INSULATED SPIDER-MAN & ELECTRO
In 2009, we were between cinematic versions of Spider-Man, so all of his toy tie-ins were sticking closely to the comics for their inspiration. This was especially true of Marvel Minimates, who had three dedicated assortments just for comic Spidey, as well as working him into some of the mixed assortments. Wedged in the middle of the themed set-ups was today’s set, a variant of Spider-Man and one of his classic foes, Electro!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Insulated Spider-Man and Electro were initially released in the fourth TRU-exclusive assortment of Marvel Minimates, before getting a follow-up release in Series 30 of the main line. The set from this review was the specialty release, but the two sets were effectively identical apart from packaging.
“This alternate costume was created by Spider-Man to counter the devastating electricity powers of the super-villain Electro. By utilizing non-conductive materials and building on his original ‘rubber air mattress’ design, he defeated Electro with ease.”
Introduced in 1997’s Amazing Spider-Man #425, Spider-Man’s Electro Proof Insulated Suit was crafted to battle Electro’s increased powers of the ’90s. It had graced toy form before during Toy Biz’s run with the license, but with this it had a Minimate. Different! The figure was based on the standard post-C3 ‘mate body, so he’s about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. His only add-on is a full face-mask piece. They were standard for Spidey for a brief span of time, but this assortment actually dropped that; the only reason this particular figure got the piece was for the extra padded design. Everything else is handled with paint. There’s quite a lot going on, but it does a great job of capturing the design of the costume as seen in the comics. Under the bulked up mask is a standard Spidey mask. It’s unfortunately saddled with the peg hole in the head, but otherwise it was really great, and the red was designed to be an exact match for the standard Spidey from Series 24 of the main line, allowing a replacement of his bulked up mask piece from the original release. Spider-Man was without any extras for this release.
“Given super-human powers by a freak electrical accident, Max Dillon was transformed from an average electric company lineman into the super-villain known as Electro! Able to absorb and manipulate near-limitless amounts of electricity, Electro can only be defeated by shorting out or overloading his powers.”
This marked Electro’s introduction to this line. While there were another four variants of the character to follow, but this is to date the only one based upon his classic design. He got three add-on pieces for this release, for his mask and his two glove cuffs. All three were all-new pieces. The mask was a little bit deep at the front, but was otherwise a good piece. The cuffs take what would become the standard approach for the flared gloves, and add the electric effects to the ends. His paint work is respectable enough; the colors are nice and bold, and the line work is quite detailed. There’s a ton of work on the face, which would perhaps be overboard on another character, but actually kind of works for Max. Electro was packed with two electricity effects pieces, shared with Series 29’s Storm.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I bought this set new from my go-to place for Minimates at the time, Cosmic Comix. I remember being pretty happy about getting an Electro, and the Insulated Spider-Man was certainly a cool design. The figures both suffer from a little bit of production issues cropping up, but they’re both pretty good overall, and neither found themself with any real replacement.