SPIDER-MAN & SHOCKER
After making his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man was granted a solo-outing in short fashion with 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. As a Spider-Man movie, it was, predictably, pretty well covered on the merchandising front. That included an assortment of Marvel Minimates which had, up to that point, not missed an MCU showing (they lost that run when Far From Home was the first MCU film they skipped two years later). Today, I’m looking at one of those sets in the form of Spider-Man and Shocker!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Spider-Man and Shocker were one of the two shared sets between specialty Series 73 and the TRU-exclusive Homecoming tie-in series of Marvel Minimates. Seeing as it was the set that included the standard version of Spidey, it made a lot of sense for it to be a heavier packed one, so that tracked.
The first of the four Spidey variants for the movie tie-ins was the standard Stark-tech Spidey suit. It’s a solid updating of the classic Spidey costume, with just a little bit of MCU-flair, and I’ve always found it to be a strong design. The figure is built on the standard post-C3 Minimates body, so he’s about 2 1/4 inches tall and he’s got 14 points of articulation. While most standard Spider-Men are just vanilla ‘mates, this one gets two add-ons for each of his wrist-mounted web shooters. They were new pieces, which are fairly nicely handled. The paint work is where this figure really shines….well mostly. The entire figure is painted, which gives him a nice consistent finish. The line work is nice and sharp, and captures all of the important details of the costume, adapting them quite nicely into ‘mate form. The one notable downside on the paint is the upper arms, which get all of the proper line-work, but don’t have any blue detailing on the inner side of the arm. It just abruptly changes color at the elbow, which looks super weird. Kind of glaring, given the quality of the rest of the detailing. Spider-Man is packed with a webline and a clear display stand, which is pretty standard fare for a Minimate Spider-Man.
Though not the primary antagonist of the film, Herman Schultz’s Shocker makes his live-action debut as one of the Vulture’s crew in Homecoming. He also got his second, and more than likely final given the shape of things at the moment, Minimate out of it, after a 9 year gap between releases. Shocker gets three add-on pieces on the main base body. He’s got a jacket piece with a sculpted hoodie hood beneath it, re-used from the Big Bang Theory Leonard, as well as a gauntlet piece, re-used from Crossbones. Given that the gauntlet used by Herman in the movie is actually re-purposed tech, presumably from the same source as Crossbones, it’s a sensible choice of re-use. Finishing up on the sculpted add-ons, he also gets the basic torso cap piece to extend the hoodie a bit. The paint work on Shocker is generally pretty solid. The likeness on the face is an okay match for Bokeem Woodbine, but perhaps not as strong as others from the same time period. I do really like the quilting pattern on the arms, though; it’s very Shocker-y. Shocker is packed with a clear display stand. Not thrilling, but it’s at least something.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
2017 was not a year for me to be buying excessively, so I wound up passing on all of the Homecoming ‘mates at the time of their release. Instead, I wound up getting this particular set during TRU’s shut down, when they were clearing everything out. I was pretty glad to get the second chance on them. Spidey’s largely pretty good, apart from the weirdness with the arms. Shocker’s a little blander than Spidey, but he’s better than average.