KILLMONGER & ULYSSES KLAUE
Black Panther’s impressive supporting cast did the film a lot of favors. While my personal favorites were amongst his allies, there’s no denying that the antagonistic side was pretty strong, too. We not only got the returning ball of fun that was Klaue, but also one of the most fully-crafted of the MCU’s villains in Erik Killmonger. What luck that the Minimates went and paired those two!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Killmonger and Klaue are the other shared two-pack in the Black Panther assortment of Marvel Minimates, though, unlike yesterday’s set, these two are only available in two-pack form, either from Toys R Us or Walgreens. There’s a close but slightly different Killmonger in the specialty-exclusive four-pack.
This Killmonger uses the Black Panther-styled design that most of the figures are going with. It wasn’t his main design, but it’s the one he wears during the final battle, and the one with all the parallels to T’Challa, so I suppose it makes sense. The figure stands 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. Construction-wise, Killmonger’s got the same exact set-up as Panther, with an add-on for the mask and the clawed hands. The suits are meant to be very similar, so this is definitely a sensible re-use. The main tweak here is the paint, which is slightly more involved than T’Challa’s was, thanks to all the leopard print and everything. It looks pretty solid all-around, though I do feel I should note that my figure’s face is printed off-set to the right on the mask. Under the mask, there’s another face, depicting a pretty solid (and somewhat angry) Michael B Jordan. Killmonger includes a new hairpiece to show off this unmasked look, as well as the usual clear display stand.
Klaue was fortunate enough to have already gotten an MCU-‘mate, thanks to his Age of Ultron appearance. But, that was back when he had two real arms, and a Klaue with two real arms is hardly Klaue. The figure gets add-ons for his hair, vest, and sleeve cuffs, as well as a brand-new left forearm. The hair and vest both look to be new to this particular figure (though the vest is already slated for re-use with the Series 75 Luke Cage) and both do an okay job capturing Klaue’s look. The hair does seem a little hat-like, but it’s not awful. The sleeves are the same pieces that have been in use since The Spirit, and they work just as well here as anywhere. The new left arm is definitely awesome, and adds a nice bit of unique flair to what could have been a bland guy in a suit. Klaue’s paint is reasonable enough, though not terribly exciting. The Serkis likeness here is about on par with the last one, just with a more excited expression, which certainly befits the character. There’s some slight slop around the mouth, making it look like Klaue’s just had a glass of milk or something, but he’s otherwise fairly clean. Klaue is packed with an alternate left arm with his hand in compact form and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with yesterday’s set, I grabbed these guys while taking advantage of Walgreens’ sale on Minimates. I had initially just planned to grab the two exclusive sets, but I liked the look of these two in person. While neither of them is really my favorite from the assortment, or even necessarily my favorite version of either character, both are definitely strong figures.