BATTLE DAMAGED DAREDEVIL, BULLSEYE, & UNMASKED DAREDEVIL
Though Daredevil and his supporting cast of players were removed and set out on their own for the purposes of Marvel Minimates very first assortment, when it came time to launch into their second year, old horn-head found himself once again grouped with the Spider-Man cast, accenting two straight Spidey-themed sets. This time, he paired off with pretty much his last major foe not to be covered in the first series, Bullseye, and got two additional variants of himself, all of which I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Battle Damaged Daredevil and Bullseye were the final standard set in the specialty line-up for Series 4 of Marvel Minimates, with the variant DD swapping out for the standard in the one-per-case variant set. As is the case with most of these earlier ‘mates, Battle Damaged DD and Bullseye were also available through the Target/Walmart packs, and were each available (albeit separately from each other) through Toys R Us’ larger boxed sets as well. Unmasked Daredevil was only available in the Series 4 line-up, which is just really the best for everybody, I think.
BATTLE DAMAGED DD
Well, Spidey got in on this whole “Battle Damage” trend, so I guess DD wanted to be a part of it. Given how much of beating Matt’s prone to taking on his usual exploits, it’s honestly not the worst choice for him. The approach to creating this figure is much the same as the Spidey, starting with the standard version of the character and dropping some additional damaged details on top of it. In that regard, this guy uses the same construction as the Series 1 release, with add-ons for his mask and belt. As with that release, I feel these pieces still hold up, and they were definitely great at the time. The paint’s where the changes occur. Under it all, the very basic core details from the Red DD are all still there, but now there’s been a lot of scuffs and scratches added throughout, and a couple of exposed bits of skin are showing through. Under his mask, we get a similar face to the other two DDs, but his expression has now changed, into something a bit more severe. It’s a nice little change-up from the norm. He may be a little battered, but Matt’s still rocking his two billy clubs, once again in all-red.
Bullseye was shown off a few times along the year one ‘mates, but didn’t quite make the cut, so we knew he was coming in some fashion. This guy was also definitely a little swept up in the whole 2003 movie craze, but it’s not like Bullseye’s a really oddball character or anything like that. His construction is pretty similar to his opponent, with add-ons for his mask and belt. Both of these were new to Bullseye, and both would remain unique to him. The mask was the first time we got visible eyes beneath a separate mask piece, and it handles them quite well. The belt’s a pretty solid and pretty standard piece, so I’m a little surprised it wasn’t re-used, and honestly I might be wrong on that. The paint on this guy is again pretty basic, but shows some of their trend towards higher levels of detailing. When first shown, Bullseye was in a color scheme much closer to his modern comics appearance, but by time of release, the bulk of him is a much friendlier blue. Not sure why the change, but it matches his classic appearances, so I guess that’s fine. Bullseye is the master of turning anything into a weapon, so there are a lot of accessory options there, but this guy just goes for a single small knife. Honestly, it’s not the end of the world, considering that the Legend didn’t even get that much.
Man, did you think that Unmasked Spider-Man was a lazy excuse for a whole figure? Well, feast your eyes on Unmasked Daredevil. Literally, he’s the Series 1 Daredevil with Peter Parker’s hair/glasses. You had to buy a second Bullseye in order to get a thing you stood a good chance of just doing on your own with parts you already had on hand. What’s more, it’s not even all that great an unmasked figure, because, with the glasses and all, about the same amount of the face is visible. Boy was this a weak, weak variant. In a world where people pointed to the sanctity of preserving the rarity of the variants, I point to this guy and say “how do you preserve that?”, considering that an unmasked option literally became a standard for DDs after this. I’m not a fan of this guy.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had Damaged DD and Bullseye when they were new, but over the years lost most of their pieces. I recall liking them well enough at the time, and I can confirm I still think they’re pretty worthwhile. Damaged DD in particular is a unique offering and does actually try to do something new and interesting. Unmasked DD I didn’t have when he was new, in part because I wasn’t getting the variants, but also because even when they were still new, I felt he was a waste of space. And now I have one and I still kinda feel like he’s a waste of space. But I own him, so I guess he won in the end, now didn’t he?
All three of these specific ‘mates are new to me, and were purchased from my friends at All Time Toys. They’ve still got a lot of that Minimate collection, and other cool toys both old and new, so please check out their website and their eBay Store.