WOLVERINE – AGE OF ULTRON & ULTRON DRONE
After a brief break, I’m jumping back into the Minimates reviews. The Toys R Us trip mentioned in yesterday’s review of Tyreese was not made to track down Tyreese, but rather to track down the latest Toys R Us exclusive wave of Marvel Minimates. This wave was a bit of a mixed bag as far as character choices, and today I’ll be looking at the set released to compliment the Age of Ultron Set I reviewed last week.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two figures were released as part of the 18th Toys R Us exclusive wave of the Marvel Minimates line.
First, it’s everyone’s favorite mutant who has claws and is the best there is at what he does, Wolverine! Wolverine was effectively the main character of the Age of Ultron crossover, and I’m going to avoid making a comment on that so as to not bring out the nerd rage. Wolverine is based on his look from the series, which is kind of an inverse of his usual costume, and bears a little bit of resemblance to his Ultimate X-Men incarnation. There’s a lot of black. He’s built on the basic Minimate body, so he stands about 2 ½ inches tall and he has the standard 14 points of articulation. He’s got 4 sculpted pieces: hair, hood, and clawed hands. The hair and hands appear to be the same ones used on the Marvel Now! Wolverine released in TRU wave 16. The hood is a new piece, and it’s alright. It’s just a basic hood, so I can see it getting some more use down the line, especially if Diamond wants to do a 90s Scarlet Spider or something. Wolverine has a decent amount of painted details, all of which are applied cleanly. The work on the musculature using gray is actually pretty cool. The face is definitely not one of my favorites, though. It just looks a bit strange and the lack of eyebrows weirds me out. Wolverine’s only accessory is a clear display stand.
Next, it’s the Ultron Drone, hero of the… yeah, it’s just a generic Ultron Drone, which there were a bunch of in the Age of Ultron series. There you have it. He’s based on the drones that appeared in the early issues of the cross over. It’s not a bad design, I suppose, plus it’s Ultron, who is always cool. The figure is built on the standard body and has all the basics. He features two sculpted add-ons: head and belt-thingy. The head piece is the same one seen on the Conqueror Ultron in the main boxed set, while the belt/torso extender is a new piece. The paint detailing a very nice on this figure, with a nice gold coating covered with some pretty cool detail work. The face is different on the drone than on Conqueror Ultron, but I actually think I like the drone a little bit more. Like Conqueror Ultron, the Drone features a face detailing under the helmet. It’s the same as the one on the helmet, but it’s presented on a clear orange head. The Ultron drone includes an orange flight base and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like I mentioned in the intro, I got these guys from Toys R Us on the same trip in which I acquired Tyreese. I actually didn’t see this set at first and was a little bummed I had missed it, but found it hidden in another aisle. And, thanks to Toys R Us’s zany clearance system, the set was only $3.98. And that’s really cool because it means I only paid for one of the figures, which is great because I really like Ultron but have no need for “stealthy Wolverine.”