CAPTAIN AMERICA & PEGGY CARTER
Even in these times of uncertainty for the line, Marvel Minimates has a fairly steady stream of new product always coming from at least one retailer…provided you can actually find any of that new product. Walgreens has been great for getting lots of new ‘mates on the books, but in 2018, they started kind of having a bit of a back-up in their distribution process, and two years later we’re still kind of feeling it. Officially hitting at the end of last year, Series 11 has a decent mix of things going for it, including today’s set, Captain America and Peggy Carter!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were part of the 11 Walgreens-exclusive set of Marvel Minimates, and are animation-based, specifically hailing from the Avengers Assemble show, though in the case of both ‘mates featured here, the movie-inspiration is also pretty strong.
1940s CAPTAIN AMERICA
We’ve had a couple of these MCU-esque ’40s Caps in the line, and this one’s just another. This marks the first time he’s been animated, though! Structurally, Cap’s just got the one add-on piece for his helmet. It’s a re-use from the ’40s Cap in the Series 55 assortment, which is fair enough. That piece has always looked a bit better than the one we got from TFA‘s line, and its slightly streamlined appearance works a bit better with the more vanilla nature of this figure. Everything else here is paint. This is the animated recreation of the film design, so it dispenses with a number of the details for something a bit cleaner. I rather like it, honestly. There’s a definite simplicity to it, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad in the slightest. Cap is packed with his shield, a spare hand with a connection for it, an alternate hair piece for an unmasked look, and a clear display stand.
AGENT PEGGY CARTER
Since Minimates had claim to the only Peggy Carter action figure on the market for a good eight years, I guess it’s only fitting that when Legends got in on the game, they would double their efforts…literally. This is our second Peggy ‘mate, and our third Peggy figure, ever, so that’s all pretty cool. What’s more, it takes my complaints about wanting the Hydra base-storming gear from the end of TFA into account! More looks for Peggy! Yay! Peggy is a pretty basic ‘mate in terms of construction. She’s got the hair piece, and that’s really it. It’s a new piece, and definitely goes with that animated style, but it certainly fits the character. In fact, I like this piece a bit more than the one used on the movie Peggy. It just really feels like it gets the character down. Again, the heavy emphasis here is on the paint. As with Cap, she’s definitely got a very simplified look about her, but that said, the face still looks remarkably close to Haley Atwell in terms of likeness. It also seems a little less void of expression than the last ‘mate. The detailing on the jacket is all pretty sharp looking as well, and this has got to be one of the few times that the somewhat washed out nature of the animated ‘mates didn’t feel totally out of place. What really makes Peggy shine are her accessories. She gets a hat-wearing hairpiece, a spare torso and arms, and a skirt piece, which effectively allow you to build a second figure, of Peggy in her trench-coated appearance. It’s another quite distinctive look, and another really strong design for the character. It also really adds some serious value to a figure that was already really cool, and distracts from the always present issue of the Walgreens sets not getting guns by giving Peggy a much preferred replacement.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve kind of been falling out of Minimates (which is only fair, since so has DST, if I’m honest), but Max has been keeping me at least a little bit invested, and he was nice enough to hook me up with this set earlier in the year. Cap is kind of a nifty figure, presenting something of a what-if scenario where the line hadn’t evolved so much by the time the MCU films rolled around. He’s kind of a movie Cap via Minimates Year One, and I think that really works for him. I’m getting real Series 5 Cap vibes off of this guy. The prior Peggy was good for the time, and had the novelty of being the only one for a while, but this Peggy is pretty much the ultimate version of the character, with two really great looks and a pretty spot-on likeness. This set is pretty much all win.