IRON SPIDER & THE SPOT
I guess Mondays are for Minimates, huh? Well, this month at least. I guess we should just jump right into that, there. Back in 2018, Toys R Us closing brought their exclusive Marvel Minimates assortments to an end…a little quicker than DST anticipated, in fact. While TRU’s last official exclusive assortment was Series 25, there was one more assortment produced and ready to go when the chain went under. Fortunately for us Minimate fans, Walgreens stepped up to the plate and took the assortment on. It does, however leave us in the precarious position of just how to refer to the assortment. Today, I’m taking a look at the series’ Spidey-themed set, Iron Spider & The Spot!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Sinister Six Iron Spider and The Spot are one of the three two-packs of Marvel Minimates originally intended for TRU, before becoming an online-exclusive for Walgreens after TRU’s closure. Of note with this particular assortment’s packaging was an extra large Walgreens sticker, which was actually just covering the TRU sticker that was already in place. The figures actually had to be taken back to have that sticker applied.
SINISTER SIX IRON SPIDER
Well, maybe he’s not quite so mysterious, given he was rather quickly revealed to be *SPOILERS(?)* Miles Morales’ uncle Aaron. Kudos to DST for not spoiling that, I guess, but now I’ve just done it for them. The Iron Spider armor has been featured three times prior in Minimate form, but this time it’s
got a new hat differently colored! The figure is built on the standard ‘mate body, so its about 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. Structurally, this version of Iron Spider is the same as both the Walgreens Series 2 and the TRU Series 21 Iron Spider-Men, meaning he’s a vanilla ‘mate with a harness that has the three mechanical arms attached to it. It helps keep things sleek, and it also keeps things consistent with the other figures. On the paint front, Iron Spider is again quite similar to the TRU Iron Spider, effectively having the exact same paint apps (with a couple of minor changes on the eyes), but swapping out the red base of the prior figure for a black one here. It looks pretty decent, and the contrast’s a little better, so I think it works. Iron Spider is packed with a dynamic posing base and a standard clear display stand. Not a bad combo for a Spidey-variant.
SINISTER SIX THE SPOT
The Spot is one of those quirky lower tier Spidey foes that’s just absolutely fun every time he shows up. He’s not been very lucky when it comes to toys, however, as his only prior figure was one of Toy Biz’s 10 inch figures. Given how easily he can be assembled from re-used parts, that’s a little surprising. Fortunately, “assembled from re-used parts” is Minimates’ jam, so he finally made his way in here. Spot’s a vanilla ‘mate, but that’s okay, because that’s exactly what the character should be. He’s a guy in a form-fitting spandex suit with no add-ons. That’s just how he do. The Spot’s paint isn’t super complex or anything, but it does a really sharp job of applying all of the dots all over him, as well as giving him a few lines to represent the man in the suit beneath. It’s a stark-looking design, and its harsh black/white nature helps it pop out against more colorful characters on the shelf. Of note, the face on the standard head is another black whole, in keeping with more modern appearances for the character. The Spot’s accessory selection is a rather impressive selection of common place items repurposed for some fun times. There’s an alternate head with Spot’s classic design on it, plus two repainted Tron Discs, two smaller display stands, and two larger display stands, all in black. It’s great because they work perfectly as Spot’s “spots”, and the modular nature of Minimates means you can toy around with disassembling him to make it look like he’s popping out of various portals.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I snagged this whole assortment from Walgreens’ website, back when that was an easier thing to do. I don’t have much attachment to this version of the Iron Spider design, but I can certainly support a new character being added to the line, and the design’s not a bad one. He’s a decent way of putting a Spider-Man into the line, while still doing something new. Spot’s the main reason I got the set, because he’s one of my favorite Spidey foes. He’s a great example of how clever execution can make a second-string character made from re-used parts the real star of an assortment. He’s absolutely fantastic, and I can’t imagine him being better if they’d tried.