ROCKET & ADAM WARLOCK
What’s this? New Walgreens-exclusive Minimates? And someone’s actually found them? Crazy concept, I know. Even though Series 8 and 9 have yet to show up in full force in many parts of the country, it would appear that Series 10 is starting to make its way out there. Today, I’ll be looking at its Guardians of the Galaxy-themed set, featuring Rocket & Adam Warlock!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Rocket and Adam are one of the four sets in Series 10 of the Walgreens-exclusive animated sub-line of Marvel Minimates. Both figures are based on their animated counterparts, but should fit in pretty well with most comics-inspired ‘mates as well.
Due to his smaller stature, the first two Rocket ‘mates we got weren’t proper ‘mates at all, but were instead unarticulated pack-ins. Since Guardians Vol. 2 and Infinity War both gave us a proper figure for the MCU Rocket, it’s only fair that we’d also get an update to the animated Rocket (who can, of course, double for a Vol. 1 Rocket, for those so inclined). Rocket is constructed from the same selection of pieces as the Infinity War release, so he uses the Series 71 head and belt/tail piece, the shortened child-sized arms, the IW legs, and the torso from NBX’s Sally. For those keeping track, that means Rocket’s only “classic” Minimate piece is the pelvis, but unlike some overly sculpted figures we’ve seen in the past, Rocket still feels very true to the Minimate form, and fits well with his teammates. As with the Infinity War release, this is my favorite selection of parts for the character. Since cartoon Rocket is still wearing his orange jumpsuit from the first movie, that’s the look we get for this figure. The paint translates it well, and while he’s definitely of a more animated style than his movie counterparts, I think they’ve left in enough details that he won’t look out of place with the movie stuff. One slight change that stands out is the presence of actual, discernible pupils for Rocket, which I think are the one main thing to marks him as “animated.” I actually like them a lot, as they add a little more life to the figure, I feel. Rocket is packed with a repainted Nova Centurion blaster, as well as a clear display stand. The Centurion blaster works a lot better for him than the two prior guns, so I’m happy with its inclusion, and I’m honestly just happy to see it crop up in another release.
It’s been a good long while since we’ve gotten an Adam Warlock Minimate. His first and only prior to this figure was part of the Infinity Gauntlet set from back in 2009. Fortunately, his presence on the Guardians cartoon’s second season made him a prime choice for a spot in the line-up here. Adam is constructed from three add-on pieces, used for his hair, shoulder pads, and belt. They’re all re-used parts; the belt’s a standard piece, the hair’s from Archangel, and the shoulder pads are from the GSXM Nightcrawler. The hair is perhaps not a 100% perfect match for his animated look, but it’s close enough, and the overall construction and choices of parts are well-thought-out. The paintwork on Adam is cleanly applied and has a nice amount of pop to it. He doesn’t look as washed out as a lot of the animated ‘mates end up looking, and even his details, especially on the face, are actually more in line with the comics-based ‘mates than the average animated ‘mate. The highlight work on his infinity stone and the black portions of the costume really add some solid dimension to the whole figure as well. The last Adam Warlock suffered from somewhat lackluster paint, but that’s very much not the case with this guy. Adam’s only accessory is a clear display stand, which feels a little light. An extra Magus head or even a flight stand would have been nice.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I happened upon this set back in November, at a Walgreens nearby a run that my mom and brother were participating in. I wasn’t expecting to find them, since I haven’t seen anything from the two series that preceded this one, but the whole set was there. I was only immediately interested in these two, so they were the only ones I bought. Come to find out, I’m one of the first people to find them, and they aren’t officially hitting until the spring. Now I’m kicking myself for not grabbing the whole set! Oh well, I’ll just have to make due with these two. The IW Rocket was my favorite version of the character, but this one’s edging him out on that front. Another solid take on the charatcer. The IG Warlock has been representing the character for almost a decade now without much issue, but for a character as prominent as Adam, it’s nice to get another chance, and the somewhat differing nature of his animated design makes for some nice variety, even if you have the previous release. This figure’s got a lot going for him. All in all, a pretty solid set.