Last Monday, I took a rare look into the world of Lost In Space. That was cool. Why not do it again?
Minimates are a frequent topic of reviews on this site, and today’s focus comes from what is effectively the big-brother line to Minimates, Vinimates. Now, Vinimates is a relatively new thing. The line was officially launched at SDCC in 2015, but didn’t really get any proper releases until early 2016, and it really started picking up steam towards the end of last year. They share a lot of stylings with Minimates, but in terms of actual feel, scale, and general design, they’re a lot like Funko’s various Pop! lines. I’ve yet to really break into Vinimates, so why not start things off with one of my favorite designs of all time, the B-9 Robot!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The B-9 Robot was released as part of the Lost in Space sup-set of the larger Vinimates line. He hit stores in mid-October, wedged in-between the Ghostbusters and Predator Vinimates. The figure in today’s review is the standard version, but like the big electronic B-9, there’s also an Anti-Matter variation, which was available through select specialty retailers during Diamond’s Local Comic Book Store Day event. The figure stands about 4 3/4 inches tall (about twice the size of your average Minimate) and has 1 point of articulation at the neck. Most vinyl figures don’t sport more than that one point (including Pop!s), so it’s no surprise to see Vinimates follow the same pattern. Of all the Vinimates currently available, the Robot is the one that least follows the Minimate aesthetic. There’s no sign of the usual arm articulation (which is present on other figures in the line), and all of his details are sculpted on, rather than the usual painted line work we usually see on Minimates. This isn’t too far removed from the Robot’s smaller predecessor, who made use of a pretty extensive selection of sculpted add-ons in order to properly convey the character’s unique design. I’d say the closest connection this guy has to a Minimate is the slightly squarer shaping of his legs (and even then, it’s not that far removed from the Robot’s on-screen design). Nevertheless, this figure has a pretty impressive sculpt, which does a great job of caricaturizing his show design into something slightly more goofy. Even with his more cartoony nature, he’s still sporting quite a bit of detail work, which is quite impressive for this style of figure. The paintwork on the Robot is pretty solid too. It’s mostly basic color work, but it’s all appropriate to the design, and the application is nice and sharp. As a larger figure, he’s able to make use of more clear plastic in in the appropriate sections than the mini version, which makes for a slightly more interesting look.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Robot was given to me for Christmas by my parents. No goofy story for this one, I’m afraid, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still enjoy him. I’d been looking for a good entry point into Vinimates, and this guy was definitely the one for me. He’s certainly different from what I usually expect from DST, but a solid offering nonetheless. Who knows, maybe Vinimates will be the next big thing?