SONIC ATTACK SPIDER-MAN & BLACK CAT
Marvel sure does like their cross overs, and they have for quite a while. As perhaps the company’s biggest name hero, Spider-Man’s found himself at the center of a good number of them. In 1993, it was actually one of his villains that was center stage, for “Maximum Carnage”, an event spinning around, you guessed it, Carnage. Spidey himself was still rather involved, it running through his books and all, and so were a good number of his supporting cast members. The whole event was a fairly big multi-media success, and in 2018, DST put together a set of Minimates to mark its 25th Anniversary. I’m taking a look at Spider-Man and Black Cat today!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Sonic Attack Spider-Man and Black Cat were released as part of the 76th specialty series of Marvel Minimates, which was entirely themed around the “Maximum Carnage” cross-over. They and the rest of the assortment hit shelves in October of 2018.
Also included in this set is a piece to the Build-A-Mate Shriek. This time around it’s the head and hair, which are definitely her most distinctive features!
SONIC ATTACK SPIDER-MAN
Every so often, we get an update on the classic Spidey, and since he had his standard look during the story, this is as good a time as any to get one. This one specifically goes for that ’90s aesthetic, as a sort of a post McFarlane version of the character, which does have a distinctly different flair to it than previous figures. Structurally, he’s pretty much like any basic Spidey, meaning he’s just that core ‘mate body. It’s a good core body, so it’s hard to go wrong with a straight re-use. Correspondingly, he stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. The paint does the heavy lifting here. He’s got all the usual hallmarks of a late-line Spidey, so he doesn’t have quite as expansive a selection of weblines as some of the earlier versions. He does get a lot of detailing on the not-red parts, though, with a very creative use of shading on the arms, legs, and torso, which help to capture the artistic feel of Spidey as seen in the story. The paint work is all fairly clean on this guy, and the coverage for both colors is pretty consistent. This Spidey’s accessory selection is where things really get more unique. He gets the usual webline and display stand, as well as the sonic gun from which the figure’s name is derived, and, for the first time ever, a pair of thwip hands. They’ve been on the request list for quite a number of years now, but it’s pretty cool to finally get them.
Black Cat certainly hasn’t had as many ‘mates as Spider-Man, but she’s gotten a respectable amount, with four separate releases under her belt. What’s most impressive is that there hasn’t been any overlap in terms of costume choices. This one uses her mid-90s appearance, which isn’t terribly different from her first ‘mate, but lacks the fur collar and has a deeper neckline…so deep that it becomes more of a waist line, really. In terms of parts, Felicia gets five separate add-ons for her hair, glove, and boot cuffs. The hair is from the MvC Phoenix, and is suitably large and flowing for a Black Cat piece. It also follows her original ‘mates precedent of re-using a Jean Grey piece, so I guess that’s fitting. The cuffs were last used on TRU Series 24’s more modern Black Cat, and work just as well here as they did there. Black Cat’s paintwork is overall pretty decent. It keeps the usual striking nature of her design, and the line work is mostly pretty sharp. The skin tone is a bit uneven in terms of coloring, which is a little distracting, but for the most part she looks pretty decent. They managed to convey a feminine figure alright here, though she does at times feel a little top-heavy to me. Spidey may have done very well on the accessories, but Black Cat’s not quite so lucky. All she gets is a display stand, which really doesn’t feel like much, does it? Certainly there was something else to throw in?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve got no real attachment to this cross-over, and I was already starting to dwindle on my Minimates purchasing when these hit. But, I kinda liked the look of the set, so I grabbed it. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting a ton from yet another standard Spider-Man, but this guy turned out really well, and the accessories in particular really make him. Definitely a worthy update to a core character. Black Cat’s a solid ‘mate, but I don’t know that she’s terribly exciting. Despite being technically something new, I can’t help but feel like she’s a little redundant. Maybe I’m just not that huge a Black Cat fan.