STORM & LOGAN
Back in January, I delved into the time capsule of the earliest assortments of Marvel Minimates, and their choice to use the Ultimate universe’s versions of Marvel’s merry mutants over their mainstream counterparts. Some of the characters weren’t too heavily changed, while some of them were. Today’s set pairs both sides of that coin, with Storm (a character whose backstory and characterization were both fairly divergent from 616) and Wolverine (a character so unchanged from his mainstream counterpart that no one really noticed that the one included in this particular set *isn’t* actually the Ultimate incarnation).
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were paired up for the specialty Series 3 assortment of Marvel Minimates, and they would both also be included in the TRU 5-pack and 4-pack that corresponded to the assortment. They were split up and matched with their opposite numbers in the Wolverine/Sabretooth set for the Canadian release, and then Logan found his way into one more stray two-pack for Walmart and Target.
Storm’s Ultimate incarnation may have been different in terms of character, but in terms of design, she really wasn’t that far removed. I could see regular Storm wearing this at some point in the ’90s. The figure is built on the pre-c3 ‘mate body, with long feet and all. She had four add-on pieces for her hair, necklace, and boots. The necklace is shared with her assortment-mate Jean Grey, and the hairpiece was re-used twice more (for Emma Frost and She-Hulk). The boots remained unique to this release, though, and use the older style slipping over the standard feet style of design. Like the others in these early assortments, the general style on these parts is rather basic, though she’s certainly one of the most built-up ‘mates of the earliest releases. It’s a little odd for Storm to be one of the largest characters, but that’s really just how the trappings of the early line work out. Storm’s paintwork is actually pretty good for the early figures. It’s still more on the basic line, but there’s a fair bit going on, with the coolest bit by far being the wraps on her arms. That said, she does miss out on actually getting the sculpted earrings painted; at least they got her ears, though.
The standard Ultimate version of Wolverine was packed with Sabretooth (and Cyclops), but you can’t have just one lone Wolverine, can you? Of course not. As I touched on in the intro, he’s actually the one figure in this assortment who wasn’t from the Ultimate universe, instead being just a regular civilian version of the original Logan, as denoted by the hair’s distinctive shaping and his lack of goatee. He too uses the standard old body, but with a set of the old-style claw hands as well as an add-on for the hair. This is probably my favorite Wolverine hair piece the line produced, which makes it rather a shame that this was the only time it was used (though it was shown on prototype shots for the DOFP Wolverine, before being replaced with the New X-Men Wolverine piece). The rest of the figure is handled via paint, and it ends up working out alright. The face is a rather unique expression for Logan, but one that works in the context of the earlier ‘mates, and the detailing on the jacket is actually pretty impressive.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I mentioned in my Wolverine and Sabretooth review, the only Series 3 set I picked up when these were new was Cyclops and Jean. I got this one along with a handful of other older sets from Luke’s Toy Store back during one of their sales. I’ve always wanted this pair, so I was glad to finally get them. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from them, but they’re both pretty solid ‘mates, even by more modern standards.