AGE OF APOCALYPSE NEMESIS & AGE OF APOCALYPSE MORPH
2010 marked the 15th anniversary of the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline, and since 15 is not nearly as cool an anniversary as 25, there wasn’t a *ton* done for it. There was a little, though, and that included two boxed sets in Diamond’s Marvel Minimates line, which covered eight of the story’s bigger players. DST followed up on those two sets early the following year with a couple more characters packed in a pair of two-packs. Some of the story’s real breakout characters got their coverage there, which was the case for today’s focus pair, Nemesis and Morph!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Age of Apocalypse Nemesis and Age of Apocalypse Morph (as they are both decidedly billed on the packaging) were released in the 10th TRU-exclusive assortment of Marvel Minimates. Though a slightly odd pairing at first glance, they aren’t the weirdest pair, given that Morph does masquerade as Nemesis briefly during the original crossover, and they are part of the same portion of the crossover. That said, they, more than anyone, are a pair the spares set-up. I’m not complaining, though.
“Nemesis was sent to destroy as many of Magneto’s young students as he could while the X-Men where off fighting Apocalypse’s Horsemen. He was defeated in battle by the Scarlet Witch, although he was able to destroy her. He left before the X-Men returned and was embraced by Apocalypse as his newest Horseman.”
As with all toy versions of the character, Apocalypse’s son uses his pre-body destruction moniker of “Nemesis,” due to an overall desire not to trivialize the real world event with which he shares his other name. It’s kind of a heavy subject matter for a line of little block figures, so I can definitely dig that. This marked the character’s one and only time in Minimates form, which certainly makes sense. Counting his original Toy Biz figure and his Hasbro Legends release, that places him at three figures. Not a bad spread. This one remains his most recent. The figure is just shy of 3 inches tall and has 11 actual working points of articulation (his neck and ankle joints being rendered static by the construction of the figure). He’s still using the core ‘mate body, with add-ons for his helmet/chest, hands, thighs, and boots. The thighs and boots were shared with the Hulkbuster, while the chest and hands were new. The chest was re-used down the line for the Mandroid, but the hands would remain unique to this one. The general look is pretty far removed from the ‘mate aesthetic, but it does at the very least look the part for Nemesis. His paint work is mostly rather simple, with the vast majority of the figure just being molded in translucent yellow. His head and torso get his signature red skeleton remains, which looks pretty sweet, and he also gets a little bit of red on his left hand, presumably meant to simulate his energy effect. Nemesis was packed with no accessories.
“Morph joined Rogue’s team of X-Men in Chicago to evacuate as many humans as possible and stop Nemesis. Sneaking into the Inifinite processing plant, Morph and the rest of the X-Men managed to rescue some prisoners and destroy the plant, saving lives.”
Quite possibly my favorite piece of the whole AoA crossover is its distinctive take on Morph, who I actually first encountered because of his old Toy Biz figure. I’ve had a love for the character’s design since, and he was at the top of my list for the ‘mates. This guy uses the standard base body, with add-ons for his cape and boots. The cape is re-used from the AoA Magneto, which makes sense, since they had the same style of cape in the crossover and all. The boots are the standard Marvel-style flared boots, which I never liked quite as much as the DC ones, but are still more more than serviceable. The rest of the work is handled via paint, which the figure handles respectably well. The face showcases the best work, capturing Morph’s more carefree attitude. The base body also details his costume pretty well. The yellow on the knees is a little thin, and the edges of the gloves are a little sloppy, but it otherwise works okay. Like Nemesis, Morph is without accessories.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My interest in AoA is just so-so, but my interest in Morph and Blink from the Exiles time is pretty high, and Morph in particular was a real draw for me. I snagged this set, plus the Blink and Sabretooth, and the Thor, Captain America, and First Class tie-ins all at the same time, while on a road trip with my family, back when these were all new. Morph is my favorite of the AoA subset, and just a fun little figure in general. Nemesis is decent, though I admittedly have less ties to the character.