HAVOK & EMMA FROST
Summers and Frost are usually two things that don’t mix. That is, unless we’re talking X-Men, in which case, those two things seem to mix a lot. Unless, of course, we’re talking about X-Men: First Class, where it’s Alex Summers, not Scott, and therefore no real reason for the two to interact, so they actually never do, and therefore they again don’t mix. Well, that is, unless you’re talking about the tie-in Minimates. Which I am. Yay?
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Havok and Emma Frost were part of the TRU-exclusive First Class tie-in assortment of Marvel Minimates, and are by far the most oddball pairing of the line-up, since, as noted, the two characters never actually meet. Still, here we are.
Since Scott Summers had been used for the first three X-Men flicks, and was therefore unavailable to be a founding member of the team for the prequel, his brother Alex, better known as Havok, was chosen in his stead, netting himself his second Minimate in the process. The figure is built on the standard post-C3 ‘mate body, so he’s about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. Alex uses add-on pieces for his hair and belt. The belt is the same piece used for Xavier and Magneto, as well as countless other figures. It’s basic and it gets the job done. The hair’s another story. It’s re-used from Ultimate Iron Man, and it’s not really much of a match for Havok, who was sporting a much more high-and-tight hair style in the film. That said, if you look at some of the concept art from the film, Havok is seen with something much closer to this style. Ultimately, you can swap it out with one of the many MCU Captain America hair pieces, which results in a more accurate appearance. Havok’s paintwork is about on par with the previously reviewed Xavier figure. It’s still quite strong, though I’m not sure his likeness is quite as spot-on. On the plus side, the control-thingy on his chest is still pretty darn cool. Havok included no accessories. An effects piece might have been nice, but it was a re-use wave, so no luck there.
Since Emma Frost had been used for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and was therefore unavailable for a prequel, Fox decided to say “ah, screw it” and just use her again, but played by a totally different actress and written as an almost entirely different character, with absolutely no explanations. Sure, let’s go with it. Emma’s one lone add-on piece is her hair. It was *technically* new, by virtue of Emma hitting shelves shortly before Peggy Carter, the character it was sculpted for. It’s still a re-use in essence, though. It works reasonably well for Emma, and matches up decently with how she looked on-screen. The paintwork on Emma is reasonably well handled. Like Havok, I’m not sure the likeness is really there, but it’s not like it looks un-like her. They’ve opted for Emma’s leather jumpsuited look from early scenes on Shaw’s submarine. While perhaps not her most distinctive look from the film, I suppose it’s not the most awful choice ever. On the plus side, this choice of costume also makes it very easy to convert her into a comics-accurate version of Agent 13. So she’s got that going for her. Just like Havok, Emma’s got no accessories. Given how little exposed skin she has, it might have been nice to at the very least get a diamond-form head and hands for her, since there’s no new tooling needed. As it stands, quite light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As mentioned previously, I snagged this whole assortment on a family road trip, just before seeing the movie. I’m a big Havok fan, so I certainly wanted at least him. While this Havok isn’t quite as strong a ‘mate as either Xavier or Magneto, with one quick fix, he actually turns out pretty alright. Not a bad addition to the line-up. Emma’s a perfectly serviceable Minimate, but suffers from not being terribly distinctive. Overall, an okay set, that’s really the most middle of the pack.