MS. MARVEL & KANG
Hey-ho there readers! So, today’s gonna be another Marvel review, because, like 95% of what I’ve bought recently is Marvel. On the plus side, I’m actually looking at a relatively new item for a change. That’s cool, right? I’ll be heading back over to the Minimates corner of my collection, and taking a look at one of my favorite new additions to the Marvel Universe, Kamala Khan, alongside long-time Avengers for Kang the Conqueror!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Ms. Marvel and Kang were released in the fifth Walgreens-exclusive series of Marvel Minimates. Both are based on their appearances in the Avengers Assemble cartoon, but in both cases, this translates to a look that’s essentially identical to their comics counterparts.
It’s been a good year for Kamala! First she got a Marvel Legend, and now she’s got a Minimate too! Not too shabby for a character that’s only been around since 2014. Ms. Marvel makes her Minimate debut here, and is based upon her appearance in the episode “The Inhuman Condition.” The figure stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and she has 14 points of articulation. She’s built on the standard ‘mate body, with add-ons for her hair, scarf, and skirt. The skirt appears to be a fairly standard piece, but the scarf and hair are both new. They’re decent enough pieces, I suppose. Obviously, they’re a bit more on the simplistic side, as is the case with most of the animation-based mates. It’s really only noticeable on the hair, which you can easily replace if you really want a more realistic look. That being said, the pieces mimic her design from the show pretty well, and fit the character nicely. The paint work on her is generally pretty solid; the colors are still a little more washed out than I’d like, but she generally looks like she does in the comics, and the colors have more “pop” than some of the others. I’m not the biggest fan of the rather bland expression on the face, though; Kamala’s usually depicted as rather jovial, so a smile or grin would have been more true to the character in my opinion. Ms. Marvel is packed with a spare right hand and left arm (borrowed from Mr. Fantastic), simulating her stretchy powers, as well as the usual clear display stand.
Wow, another Kang? Man, it was such a big deal to get him the first time, but I think I might have burned out all of the excitement. Of course, that ‘mate was only in an exclusive 4-pack, which not everyone got, so I suppose a new one makes sense. Like Ms. Marvel, he’s built on the standard body, and has the usual articulation. He has add-ons for his head-piece, shoulder bit, and skirt. The shoulder thing is re-used from the last Kang ‘mate (rather sensible), and the other two parts appear to be new. They’re decently sculpted, though I’m not 100% sold on the head piece. It’s an odd looking thing in the comics, and neither attempt at translating it into ‘mate form is particularly right. This one’s not terrible. This figure uses the standard upper-arms, which is one change I’m in favor of, since I was never much of a fan of the puffy sleeves from the last one. As far as paint goes, I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the paint on this guy; the colors just aren’t vibrant enough for my taste. The green in particular just feels really dull and boring. I’m also not a big fan of the reduced detail work, since the things like the wrinkles of the shirt and the lines on his mask were some of my favorite parts of the last Kang. In terms of accessories, he only includes a display stand. I feel like there has to be something else he could have gotten.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I found these two while looking for Marvel Legends at Walgreens. I’ve largely fallen out of collecting Minimates hardcore, in part because of the difficulty of finding the Walgreens releases, so these two sort of snuck up on me, and I was really surprised to find them as quickly as I did. Ms. Marvel’s the real draw of the set for me, and aside from the slight disappointment with the expression, I’m really happy with her. Kang is kind of meh. Rather drab and un-interesting to me. Perhaps it’d be different if I didn’t have the first one. Still, it’s a pretty decent set all in all.