NEBULA & DRAX
“Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos! The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.”
On December 20 of 2017, I noted in the intro to my Minimates Taserface and Mantis review that I hadn’t picked up the Toys R Us-exclusive Nebula and Drax two-pack. Well, the times they are a-changin…in the spring of 2018…when I actually bought this set. And…then I took quite a few years to actually review it. And I’m probably making it worse by drawing attention to it here. But, you know what, I’m just going for it.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Nebula and Drax were the TRU-exclusive pack in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 tie-in assortment of Marvel Minimates, hitting about two months before the film’s release in 2017. This pair rounded out the titular team from the film.
For the first movie, Nebula was exclusive to the specialty assortment, while this time around flipped the script and moved her over to TRU. Still exclusive, but differently so, I suppose. This release places her in her updated outfit she gets from the Ravagers mid-way through the film. It’s not crazy different, but it’s got sleeves, and it’s a little redder. The figure is based on the standard post-C3 Minimate body, so she’s about 2 1/4 inches tall and she has 14 points of articulation. Like her first release, Nebula is a vanilla ‘mate with no add-ons. It makes sense, since she’s pretty svelte, and has no notable things that would require anything extra on the standard body. Nebula’s paint is where the main work is going on. The detail work is pretty solid; she gets things toned down a bit compared to the previous version, but it’s still impressive, as is the base color work. Nebula is packed with a blaster pistol and a clear display stand.
Drax’s look is the least changed of the main characters in the second Guardians, which makes this release seem pretty unneeded at first glance. However, this one was largely used to correct an issue with the last release, which bulked him up with a bulky chest piece, generally seen as not the greatest choice for the character. This one’s only sculpted add-on is a generic pelvis cap piece, which gives him a little more bulk without going too overboard. Beyond the change of sculpt there are also some changes in terms of paint. The upper half of the figure is fairly similar to the first movie version, but just a touch crisper on the details. He also gets the blue Nova uniform pants, rather than the all-black ones, which feature a fair bit more detailing than the all-black ones from the first film. Drax is packed with his two knives and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I got the whole Specialty assortment for this movie within a few months after their release, I held off on this one, for a few reasons. Firstly, I hadn’t gone out and actually tried to find them, and moreover, I was content with the prior versions. But, with TRU going out of business in 2018, I had another chance at them, for a much better deal. Nebula I can take or leave; the first one is still a favorite of mine, so this one’s just different to be different. Drax is actually an improvement, and I quite like the changes they’ve made here.