TACTICAL WOLVERINE & MARVEL NOW MAGNETO
For the last few years of Fox’s hold on the X-Men film rights, Disney actively discouraged licensees from doing any direct tie-ins with Fox’s movie releases. So, while we got tie-in assortments for both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine from Minimates, the last of the solo Wolverine films, Logan, went without. To tie-in with the general themes, however, there was still a comics-based Wolverine assortment in the main line, as well as a corresponding TRU-exclusive. Today, I’m looking at the TRU-exclusive.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Tactical Wolverine and Marvel Now Magneto were released in the 23rd TRU-exclusive assortment of Marvel Minimates, alongside two shared sets from Series 72 of the main specialty line.
“A verteran of many wars, the slow-aging Logan has acquired a great many human combat skills to complement his natural animal instincts.”
As the 65th version of Wolverine to grace the line, Tactical Wolverine definitely comes from a place of “what more can we do to make different versions of this one guy?” The answer, as it turns out, is add a headband and a vest. Very exciting stuff, really. The figure is based on the standard post-c3 ‘mate body, so he’s about 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He’s got add-ons for his hair and vest, plus the adjusted hands and feet with the claws and signature boots. The hair is the same piece unmasked hair piece that had been in use for a few years at this point, and the hands and feet were the same set-up. The vest appears to be a unique part. It’s alright. Kinda soft on the details, but not the worst. The paint work on this guy gives him his brown costume, and it’s actually pretty crisp and clean. I definitely dig the extra stubble on his face; it looks really cool. For accessories, he’s packed with a mask piece, so that you can convert him to a proper Brown Costume Wolverine, as well as a clear display stand.
MARVEL NOW MAGNETO
“Max Eisenhardt has been both friend and foe to the X-Men over the years. His magnetic powers make him one of the most powerful mutants on Earth.”
Ah, yes, Marvel Now. Or, I guess Marvel Then at this point, since none of it stuck. Well, except for Magneto going monochromatic, I guess. Yay. Glad that stuck. Big fan of that. There were a few different versions of his costume in play. This one’s sleeveless and black. He’s got add-ons for his helmet, cape, belt and wrist cuffs. The belt and cuffs appear to be new, while the cape is a re-use from the Avengers Vs X-Men Scarlet Witch and the helmet is from the Series 50 Onslaught. The parts are all pretty respectable matches for the source material, so that’s cool. His paint, monochromatic though it may be, is pretty crisp and clean, and just quite nice looking. His head gets full face detailing, as well as ears, since Magneto was bald at the time he had this look. He’s still got the hole in his head, of course, but, you know, there it is. Magneto’s packed with both a flight stand and a clear display stand. The flight stand is a bit too small, so his foot doesn’t actually securely stay put, which makes balancing him a real…well, balancing act, I suppose.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
None of these sets really appealed to me at the time of their release, largely due to me not having a whole lot of money to throw at Minimates. I got these for the same reason I got most of the Minimates of the same era: TRU was going out of business and they were cheap. Both figures are pretty nice, all things considered, but they’re also both non-essential looks, which makes this set as a whole kind of extraneous. Still, they’re not bad.