MULTIPLE MAN & ARCHANGEL
The last two sets of Minimates I looked at each paired off one member of X-Factor’s first incarnation with one from the second. The first was the team leaders, Scott and Alex Summers, the similarly powered leaders of their respective teams. The second was Jean Grey and Lorna Dane, the again fairly similarly powered love-interests of the team leaders. For the third set, the connective tissue appears to be choice in head gear…*
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Multiple Man and Archangel are another set in Series 78 of Marvel Minimates, a whole assortment based around X-Factor. Multiple Man is also available in a Luke’s Toy Store-exclusive two-pack with a duplicate of himself, allowing for quicker army building. Also included with this pair is the head of the assortment’s Build-A-Mate, Strong-Guy.
Multiple Man’s first minimate was based on his 2000s X-Factor Investigations appearance, and pretty much since then a more classic version of the character has been fairly heavily requested. Like a lot of this assortment, Multiple Man treads down the same roads as his recent Legends release; at least they know there’s a market, right? The figure stands 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He’s built on the modern ‘mate body, with an add-on piece for his jacket. The jacket’s actually a new piece, which is a little surprising, but nice to see nevertheless. The rest of his design is conveyed via paint work, which is a pretty impressive affair. The shading on the uniform works really well, and I dig the green trench coat that more closely replicates the comics art. Multiple Man’s only accessory is a clear display stand, which is a slight let down. It’s too bad we couldn’t get some alternate arms for a sans jacket look, or maybe an extra head with a different expression like the Legends release had.
“Warren Worthington III lost his feathered wings in battle, but was given new, metal wings by the mutant Apocalypse.”
Archangel marks this assortment’s first straight remake of an earlier ‘mate. His Death design was first released back in Series 19 of the line, and hasn’t been updated since. This one is different, but I don’t know that it’s inherently better. He gets an add-on for his wings, which are a different piece than the previous Archangels, another surprise. While these seem to capture the earlier stylings of the wings a bit better, it’s at the cost of the cool ball joints of the old ones; these wings only have the one possible pose. That’s a bit of a letdown. His paint work is at least pretty good. I like the general color scheme of this one a little more than the prior release, and I think the face is more Warren Worthington-esque than the earlier version. Archangel gets a flight stand and a regular display stand. Cutting the death mask from this release is another letdown.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got these two from the same source as the last two packs: Super Awesome Wife! As I noted yesterday, I mostly wanted the first set, and the rest were along for the ride. That said, this set’s probably number two for me. Both figures are decent, but I can’t help but wish there were some more extras included, and there’s no denying that Archangel suffers a bit from change fro the sake of change. Multiple Man’s pretty cool, though.
*Interestingly, as odd-ball as this pair may be, this is not the first time Madrox and Worthington have been paired up in this line; Madrox’s more modern appearance from Series 31 was packed with two different versions of Angel.