ROGUE & COLOSSUS
The X-Men are a team with distinctive eras. The late ’80s, just preceding the Jim Lee-designed re-launch of the ’90s, was known as the Outback-era, when the team find themselves in the Australian Outback. It was during this era that Rogue really came into her own on the team, and Colossus found himself a more prominent figure than before. How fitting that the pair would make their way into Marvel Minimates‘ Outback-inspired Series 47.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This pairing was part of the aforementioned Series 47 of Marvel Minimates, which arrived at retail in late October of 2012.
“Unable to touch others, Anna Marie saw her mutant ability to absorb memories, powers and life energy as a curse. But after fighting the X-Men as part of the evil Brotherhood, she later sought them out to ask for help and eventually joined the team.”
Rogue has been a prominent member of the team since Marvel Minimates‘ launch, so she had found her way into the line-up four times before this figure’s release. This one stands out as distinctly different than the others, calling back to before yellow became a prominent color in her palette. The figure makes use of one add-on piece for her hair, which was new to this figure. It’s a nice piece, definitely capturing her ’80s ‘do well. The squared-off nature of the style actually lends itself quite naturally to the blocky stylings of the Minimate base body. Beyond that, she’s just a basic ‘mate body, which suits the design. The figure’s paintwork is clean, and eye-catching. The metallic green pairs well with the black, and the detail line-work is all sharp and captures her look from the comics well. Rogue is packed with a flight stand, simulating the powers she got after accidentally drained Ms. Marvel. We’re still one assortment out from the display stands becoming a standard inclusion.
“Piotr Rasputin’s ability to turn his body into organic steel makes him super-strong, nearly indestructible, and able to throw objects a great distance at great speed. When the object is his teammate Wolverine, this maneuver is known as a “fastball special.””
This release marked Colossus’s fourth time as a Minimate, though his first in 33 series, making his re-release quite warranted. This figure also pulls double-duty, filling a Colossus-shaped hole in both the Outback line-up of this wave, and the Jim Lee looks of Series 34. He comes packaged in his Lee-designed look, which is really just a minor rework of his original design. Colossus uses add-ons for his hair, torso cap, torso extender, hands, and boots. All of these were new to this particular figure, and for the most part, they’re pretty decent offerings. The new hair isn’t that far removed from the prior piece, but is sharper in its detailing and shaping. The new gauntlets and boots match up well with the design, and fit nicely to the body. The only slightly troublesome piece is the torso. In an effort to bulk him up, they’ve made it a whole cap, rather than just focussing on his tunic like prior figures. The end result makes him look a little bit pudgy, though it’s far from terrible. Colossus’s paint is solid work. It’s bright and eye-catching, and the detail lines, especially for his metal skin, looks really sharp. There’s some slop on his torso piece, but otherwise its pretty cleanly done. To facilitate the double-duty being pulled by this figure, he includes a plethora of swap-out add-ons, including a new torso cap, gauntlets, boot cuffs, and standard hands and feet. It all swaps out to create Colossus’s less covering ’80s look. He also includes two extra right hands, designed to allow either version of Colossus to perform his signature “Fastball Special” with this wave’s Wolverine, as well as a clear display stand to help keep the two balanced.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was pretty excited for this whole line-up at the time of its release, though this particular set was a little lower on the totem pole than its compatriots. This Rogue is somewhat removed from the version that most people would consider definitive, but the figure is still a well-put-together ‘mate. Colossus’s main look may be slightly flawed, but the ability to get a second look out of the figure makes him a strong, and necessary figure.