STARFORCE CAPTAIN MARVEL & KORATH
Despite its ’90s setting, Captain Marvel had quite a good number of returning (or, from a certain perspective, debuting) characters, who were a sizable part of not only the marketing, but also the merchandising. It also followed the MCU trend of multiple distinct looks for its main character. Both of those two things will be touched on in today’s review.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Starforce Captain Marvel and Korath are the second set of Walgreens-exclusive Captain Marvel Marvel Minimates. All of the sets in this line-up feature at least one Starforce uniform, but this one goes nuts and gives us two. I know. Crazy.
STARFORCE CAPTAIN MARVEL
In a nice little throwback to Mar-Vell’s original colors, Carol begins the movie in green. She also bears a slight resemblance to another comics company’s former test-pilot turned super-powered space cop, but I’m sure that’s just a total coincidence, right? Would you believe this is the first time we’ve gotten any version of Captain Marvel in green? That seems a little bit wacky to me. Construction-wise, this figure is exactly the same as yesterday’s standard colored Captain Marvel. She’s got the same basic hair, and swaps out for the same helmet piece as before. The main difference is the paint, which is swapped for green and black and gives her a different facial expression. I’m not crazy about the facial expression’s look when unmasked, but it ends up working out a lot better when the helmet is in place, so I find it to be a worthy trade-off. Starforce Carol again mimics the standard figure for its accessories, meaning she includes a flight stand and a standard clear display stand.
“WHOOOO!?!” …You see, it’s funny, because it’s Korath…the guy…the guy who say’s “WHOOOO!?” to Star-Lord at the beginning of the first Guardians….and now I’m applying it to him? Get it? I assure you, it’s very funny. I’ve got this certificate that says so. Where was I? Australia! No! Korath! That’s the one. Though the Guardians ‘mates went pretty deep with their coverage, Korath was perhaps the one notable character to be left out. Fortunately he got a second chance! The figure’s almost a vanilla ‘mate; his only add-on is his holster for his sidearm. Beyond that, he’s carried out via paint, which is decent enough. The likeness is pretty spot-on, which is really the most important part, since I suspect a number of collectors will be sticking it on another body for a Guardians Korath. The body’s okay, but not great. The details just don’t seem to be quite as sharp on Korath as they are on the other two Starforce members, and the green appears to be a slightly different shade for some reason. Korath is packed with a pistol and a pair of swords, as well as a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like yesterday’s pair, I grabbed these two a little while before the movie’s release, but didn’t actually open them until the night I saw it in the theatre. I wasn’t sure what to think of another Marvel, but I really dig the Starforce colors for her. Korath’s not perfect, but it’s at the very least nice to finally have him, even if it is a slightly different version of him.