HAVOK & CYCLOPS
Okay, six days into this year’s Post-Christmas reviews, we’ve stumbled into our first theme: Minimates. Yep, the next five days are going to be all about Minimates, which, somewhat like the Robin figure I reviewed on Saturday, feels a bit like getting back to my roots. It’s been a while since I’ve just done a week of Minimates reviews. For years, one of the more persistently demanded teams yet to grace Minimate form was the ’90s incarnation of X-Factor. After giving us most of the characters in other, non-X-Factor forms, DST has finally given us the core team, each paired alongside one of their predecessors from the original X-Factor line-up. I’m kicking things off with the two teams’ respective leaders, the brothers Havok and Cyclops!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Havok and Cyclops are part of Series 78 of Marvel Minimates, which is, as noted above, based on the first two incarnations of X-Factor. In addition to the two main figures, this set also includes the legs and torso of this assortment’s Build-A-Figure, Strong Guy, who I’ll be reviewing on his own at the end of the week.
Okay, so the Legends release has stolen this guy’s thunder ever so slightly, but I am nevertheless still stoked to have yet another figure of Havok’s X-Factor duds. They’re very sentimental to me, and while I’m glad we got the two versions of classic Havok we did before this guy, I am still so thrilled by this guy’s existence. In contrast to the Legend, the old Toy Biz figure, and even the Kubrick, this Havok actually gives us the first incarnation of Havok’s ’90s costume, before he got the yellow straps to match the main X-team. The only other instance of his first costume in toy form that I can think of is the X-Men Under Siege! board game from the ’90s, so it’s a pretty noteworthy thing. The figure is 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. He’s constructed using the modern standard ‘mate body, with the poofy-sleeved upper arms, and add-ons for the hair, jacket, and glove cuffs. The cuffs are the same Spirit pieces we’ve seen many times before, but the hair and jacket are all new pieces. While I always envisioned this look with a full head-piece myself, I must admit that this layout works pretty well, and keeps him from being overly bulked up. Havok’s paintwork is pretty impressive, given just how much detail is going on. The face is really the first time I feel they’ve gotten comic Havok down; the previous two seemed just a bit too intense with the screaming. The gritted teeth here look good. The torso is fully detailed under the jacket, and I was pleased to see that they had even included some of the easier to miss details such as the pockets on the sides of his legs. Havok is packed with two brand new effects pieces and a clear display stand.
And again Legends did a bit of thunder stealing here, what with giving us this exact costume in the Vintage wave this year. Who would have guessed? Certainly not me. While I don’t have quite the same level of attachment to this costume that I do Havok’s, this Cyclops costume is still pretty sentimental to me, and I’m down for another version of it. It should be noted that this is Cyclops’ second X-Factor costume. The first was released as part of a boxed set in 2009, and remains the only time that the original costume has been done in toy form. In that regard, Minimates are just catching up with everyone else and releasing the more popular white and blue. The figure is constructed solely from re-used parts, with the cowl/visor piece from Series 68’s Giant Size X-Men Cyclops, plus standard cuffed boots and flared gloves. If you want to get really technical, the gloves are supposed to have folded over cuffs like the boots, but otherwise the parts make for a good match to his comics appearance. Cyclops’ paint is a bit more straight-forward than his brother’s, but still very nicely done, with clean application and a striking color scheme. Cyclops is packed with an alternate hairpiece (borrowed from the Series 34 release) with his Jim Lee-style exposed hair, which he had towards the end of this costume’s run, as well as a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This pair (and the rest of the series, for that matter) were a Christmas gift from my Super Awesome Wife. Amusingly enough, the series was wrapped as two pairs, and these two weren’t in the first pair, but I knew they had to be in the selection of wrapped gifts. It may have slightly undermined my excitement on the first pair, which may have slightly annoyed Super Awesome Wife. Whatever the case, I was very glad to get them, and this pair in particular has extra sentimental value to me, being my first two figures of both characters packed in one set.