SAKAAR LOKI & HEIMDALL
“In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!”
For movies prior to Thor: Ragnarok, Diamond Select’s Minimates line-ups typically relied on a mix of a couple of different retailers carrying two-pack assortments, but beginning with Ragnarok, the specialty assortment was replaced by a boxed set, augmented by exclusive two-packs at both TRU and Walgreens. For Ragnarok, Walgreens took two exclusive packs, while TRU took one, which is the one I’ll be looking at today. Let’s have a look at Sakaar Loki and Heimdall!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Sakaar Loki and Heimdall are, as noted in the intro, the one proper TRU-exclusive set for the Marvel Minimates tie-ins for Ragnarok. Interestingly enough, this was the second time the two characters had been packed together in the line, as they were also paired for the Dark World tie-in assortment as well.
Surprisingly enough, Loki was actually the character with the most ‘mates for Ragnarok, edging out even his brother Thor, and netting one variant for each of the three release venues for the movie’s tie-ins. This one is based on what he wears for the bulk of the movie, while running around on Sakaar. It’s not quite as true to the character as his final battle attire, but it’s still pretty decent. The figure is built on the standard post-C3 minimate body, so he stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. Loki’s got three sculpted add-on pieces, for his hair, belt, and cape. The belt and cape were shared with the boxed set Loki, while the hair was a new piece shared with the civilian Loki released on the Walgreens side of this assortment. I find the hair to be a little bit bulky for Loki in Ragnarok, but it’s generally not bad, and the cape is still one of my favorites. Loki’s paint work is a little cleaner than his boxed set equivalent, with no major issues with slop or bleed over. He’s also a little more colorful, which is true to the Sakaar design. I’m not as big on the facial expression for this one, which is rather bland, and feels like it has too many lines for Hiddleston. Loki’s only accessory is a clear display stand, which is rather on the light side.
Heimdall’s only prior coverage in the line was his Dark World release, which actually wasn’t bad, and is also his fully armored attire, which was distinctly different from his on the run look from Ragnarok. Heimdall gets two sculpted add-ons, for his hair and for his cloak/coat. The hair is an alright piece, though it certainly feels rather too kempt for Heimdall’s look in Ragnarok. Where Loki’s piece seemed too bulky and long, this one feels too tame and short. The chest piece is also…it’s just not great. Making the whole thing one piece means that the right arm is effectively trapped in place, and the legs and waist are also pretty restricted, and on top of that, the neck can’t really do much either, so he’s just generally not really posable. And, to add insult to injury, the piece is just flat out not accurate to the character’s look, like at all. It’s got him wearing some sort of heavy coat and multiple layers, when in the movie he’s got a sleeveless shirt and a simple pair of pants on under the cloak. I’m not sure if this was based on early concept art or what, but it’s just not really right, and the figure would have really been better off if this piece had just been the cloak, rather than the whole thing. The paint work doubles down on the inaccuracy of the sculpted pieces, resulting in a kind of dull look for the figure. Heimdall is packed with his sword, as well as a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
There was a whole slew of 2017 releases for Minimates that I had to skip on when they dropped, and almost the entirety of the Ragnarok line-up was on that list, this set included. This one was snagged from TRU during the beginnings of their clearing out of their products in 2018. Loki’s okay, but not as definitive as the boxed set version. Heimdall is rough, I’m not gonna lie. He’s not accurate, and he’s not a particularly fun figure either. This set’s generally kind of weak.