SAVAGE WOLVERINE & SAVAGE LAND REAPER
In 2013, Marvel decided to a soft re-branding of their comics, under the banner “Marvel Now!” which would do new and and innovative things with the line. Like giving Wolverine another book! Nobody had done that before! Okay, so Savage Wolverine may not have been the most unique thing, but it did get some decent buzz, thanks to Frank Cho’s name being attached to it. When DST put together some complimentary assortments of Minimates, Savage Wolverine got not one, but two packs dedicated to it. I looked at the first, which featured Shanna the She-Devil (Wolverine’s co-star in the book) and a Savage Land Reaper, back in January of 2018. Today, I’m looking at Wolverine proper…and the Reaper again…
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Savage Wolverine and the Savage Land Reaper were released in the 16th TRU-exclusive series of Marvel Minimates, which was TRU’s equivalent to the 51st specialty assortment. The Reaper was the only cross-over between the two assortments, and is the same figure between both of its pack-outs.
Wolverine has had a lot of Minimates. This particular one was his 48th. It’s a derivation of the John Cassady Astonishing X-Men design, which had gotten a number of tweaks from several artists at this point. This one marked his most current at the time, and it remained his most current until his padded number from the “Payback” story. The figure is based on the standard ‘mate body, so he’s 2 1/2 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation . Wolverine uses add-ons for his mask and belt, as well as “unique” pieces for the clawed hands. The mask was the first actual, proper update to the mask we’d gotten since the Series 26 version, and I quite like it. It’s got a unique shaping to it, and I dig the sculpted seams running along the head. The belt, which I believe was new to this figure, but it can be hard to tell, is another nice piece, full of lots of fun details. The hands are the same hands used initially on the Series 47 Wolverine, and they’re my favorite of the clawed hands we’ve gotten. The paint is my favorite aspect of this figure, because at the surface, it’s just a basic Wolverine paint job, but there’s so much else going on. The yellow with black in place of blue makes for a figure that’s quite striking, and while there are still some spots of slop on some of the edges, the small detail work is crisp, and very plentiful. The face gives us a great, intense, Wolverine-style snarl, the hair on the arms is sharp and well defined, the muscles are subtly handled in a fashion that mimics Cho’s artwork pretty well, and they’ve even included all of the laces on his boots. There’s a ton of attention to detail, and a lot of details that could have easily been overlooked. Logan is packed with an extra hair piece and a clear display stand. It’s a shame they stopped giving Wolverines extra, non-clawed hands, but at least in this one’s case, it won’t be hard to find a pair that matches.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t really intending to get this figure when he was shown off, since who really needs the 48th version of Wolverine? Well, me, apparently. Once packaged shots surfaced, I found myself really liking the look, and at the time, it was easiest to just order a whole assortment from TRU.com, to make sure you didn’t randomly get the wrong pack in place of what you actually wanted. Wolverine pairs off well with this same assortment’s version of Captain America. He’s a variant of an A-lister that no one was necessarily asking for, but DST put in some of their best work here, and the end result is a figure that really rocks.
I’m several years out of the comic loop but what’s this Reaper fellow about? Did Sauron have some kids?
From what I recall, they don’t really elaborate. There were a bunch of them featured in the Savage Wolverine book from the Marvel Now launch, and they were more a plot element than actual characters.