SPIDER-CARNAGE & SPIDER-WOMAN I
As I discussed last week, the 10th series of Marvel Minimates would be the first of a number of re-use assortments, which were entirely built from previously existing parts. This certainly had an impact on character choices as well, since they needed to be characters that would require no new parts in the first place. The end result was something of a hodgepodge, but they did hold to a vague Spider-Man theme, I suppose? Today, we’re looking at the totally sensible, and not at all strange pairing of Spider-Carnage and Spider-Woman!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Spider-Carnage and Spider-Woman I were released in the 10th specialty assortment of Marvel Minimates, which hit in the summer of 2005. This set was the non-variant set, with the Spider-Woman II variant swapping out for this one in one pack out of every case, while Spider-Carnage remained. They’re an odd pairing, since Spider-Woman wasn’t actually a Spider-Man character, and was in fact retired during Spider-Carnage’s brief run, but here we are.
Spider-Carnage, being a combination of Ben Reilly and the Carnage symbiote, and even being in the same assortment as a Ben Reilly Spider-Man, honestly feels like he would have made more sense as the variant for this particular line up, but DST clearly felt differently. He’s built on the post-C3 body (with a pre-C3 head, of course), so he’s about 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. Spider-Carnage’s construction makes use of the same bands as Ben Reilly, plus the hands from the Series 1 Carnage. It’s a pretty straight-forward combo of the two, so I guess that makes sense. Otherwise, he’s just handled with paint. The application on the torso is 100% identical to the Ben Reilly, which makes sense from a consistency stand point. He swaps out the blue for black, which isn’t strictly accurate, but Spider-Carnage was typically shaded a little darker, so I guess it’s not terrible. He gets some additional red detailing on the arms and legs, which is true to the comics design. The face is new, of course, but, rather strangely, the head loses the web-lines on the back that should be there. Also, rather oddly, he drops the extra detailing on the wrist bands for a straight silver. It’s an odd detail to drop, and feels like it would be more hassle than not, but I’m not in toy production, so what do I know?
Jessica Drew had actually just returned to active duty in the comics, as part of the New Avengers line-up, early in 2005, making this figure a very well-timed and relevant choice, which was really a first for the line. She too was built on the basic post-C3 body, but with the pre-peg-hole head. As far as construction goes, do you remember Black Cat? Because she’s exactly the same, as was her variant, the Julia Carpenter, and also Silver Sable, who was in this same assortment, too. Not a ton of diversity there. It’s not an inaccurate look for Jessica, so I guess it works. Otherwise, she’s all paint. Curiously, Jessica is entirely painted, from head to toe, with none of her parts being molded in the appropriate colors, a real rarity for Minimates. It’s not terrible looking, though, and does help keep any weird bleed through from happening, so that’s good. The one downside to the figure is that she’s got flesh tone painted on the top of her head, ruining an easy conversion to her fully cowled look from her earliest appearances. It’s kind of an odd choice.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I snagged this set at the same time as last weeks pair, back when they were still new. I actually don’t really know why, as neither of them really spoke to me. I mean, I guess I like Jessica Drew well enough. But it’s still not a set I really get excited about. Ultimately, they’re both well put together figures, but neither of them really jumps out as all that inspired or anything.