When last I talked Marvel Minimates, I was discussing the rather infamous Series 7, the line’s dreaded “retread wave”, an assortment that was more than 2/3 redundant. I had delved most of the way into it, but of the two actually new ‘mates included there in, I have thus far only reviewed one, leaving one last figure for me to look at. Gee, I wonder what I’ll be looking at today…perhaps that exact figure? Yeah, probably. Let’s do this, I guess.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spider-Man 2099 was one of the two unique pieces in the seventh specialty assortment of the Marvel Minimates line. In fact, if you *really* want to get into it, he was actually the only truly unique piece in the line-up, since the other one, Chameleon, actually got two releases within Series 7 itself. So that’s…cool, I guess? 2099 was packaged with Silver Surfer, which was an off the wall pairing to be sure. Surfer had, of course had one prior release, and had another two on the horizon following this one, and is a ‘mate I’ve already reviewed. 2099 is a vanilla ‘mate, relying on just the core long-footed Minimate body, meaning he’s 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. 2099 is, notably, one of four ‘mates in Series 7 to not use any add-ons, making it a very parts sparse assortment as a whole. He really *should* have gotten a cape piece, and honestly would have probably benefited from Venom’s clawed hands. It probably would have helped add some pop to the design, because as it is, he’s kind of…flat? The paint work is doing the heavy lifting here, and while it’s fine from a technical stand point, it doesn’t really do a ton to make the design pop off of the page. The blue seems a little light, and the red a little dark, and he lacks any sort of musculature detailing or anything. Again with the flatness. 2099 included no accessories, lest he have anything else going on to add potential excitement to the assortment. Can’t have that, can we?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When Series 7 hit, the only set I actually picked up was 2099 and Silver Surfer, because it wasn’t totally redundant, and I didn’t yet have Surfer. As I noted in my review of Surfer, I lost a good chunk of the parts to my 2099 over the years. The one seen here is actually on loan to me from Max, who was kind enough to help me round out this last piece of Series 7, just so I could finally be done with it. Honestly, there’s not much to write home about here. He was new and unique at the time, but I can’t say he was particularly thrilling.