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Toy Review: The Avengers (Movie) Minimates

Posted by: Casimir at 8:45 am on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Marvel Minimates are not unlike bunnies. They spawn and spawn with no end in sight! Generic versions, story-specific versions, alternate costumes, screen versions! It never ends! Fortunately these guys are tremendous fun, so why should they stop? I recall years ago someone describing these as the toy equivalent of an addictive drug. Best be careful before you start collecting them!

This summer saw the release of the movie-based Avengers Minimates. As expected, these are tremendous fun, and hard to put down. I’m always amazed at the versatility this line yields, with just the addition of a few extra costume pieces here and there. Here’s a quick run down of some of the sets. (I say “some” because I assume there will always be more. There are always more Mimimates.)

Thor and Captain American come paired together. Both have just enough “extra” pieces to make them unique. Cap comes with an extra hairpiece for those times when the helmet gets too hot. (Oddly enough, the cut of the eyeholes in the helmet makes him look sleepy.)

S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill comes with a Chitauri foot solder. Maria’s design is such that you know it’s her, despite therelatively simple outfit. I love the fact her sidearm fits in the tiny holster! The alien foot soldier features larger feet, and bulky armor to make it appear taller than the standard Minimate. Of course all that armor limits the articulation range.

A third set includes another Chitauri soldier along with his general. The only real difference between the two is a higher collar and a cape on the general. And a regal paint job, of course.

I found it odd that all of the above came with one clear transparent figure stand. Just one. In a two pack. Someone at Diamond Select needs to count again. It should be two or none at all.

Finally, Iron Man is packaged with Hulk, presumably to keep the green goliath in line. Iron Man’s armor packs in a lot of detail, but like the aliens, it limits his movement range. He comes with an open and closed helmet, and stylish Tony Stark hair. And let’s not forget his nifty “flight trail” stand. That was a nice touch. Hulk’s extra pieces make him appear bigger and rounder than most Minimates, without making him a giant. He features an angry head and an angrier head. (Though I wonder if the Lego trick of two faces on one piece would have worked and saved Diamond some money.)

One can’t have too many Minimates, I suppose. Add these fine representatives of the line to your shelves and test the limits!


About the Author: Casimir
Not satisfied with the limited options available at retail, award-winning customizer Cason Pilliod has been crafting his own toys since he was a child. His passion for toys merges with his background as a theatrical prop designer, allowing him to find unique customizing solutions, which he shares with the ever-growing customizing community via Inanimate Objects. Cason is also an armchair pop-culture historian, Swing dancer, DJ, daddy, and was once a Muppet wrangler, so he's got a unique spin on life. He also worked for Microsoft once, but let's just keep that a secret.



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