FALCON & TIGRA
Following yesterday’s lead, today I’ll be looking at another set of figures from the latest comic-based series of Marvel Minimates, which is heavy on the classic Avengers theme this time around. Today’s set gives us another take on one of my favorite parts of the Captain America mythos, Falcon, as well as recurring Avenger and all-around under-appreciated character Tigra. Yes, that’s right, they packed the bird person and the cat person together. Clever DST. Clever. Onto the figures!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Falcon and Tigra are both part of Series 69 of Marvel Minimates, officially dubbed the “Most Wanted” series. These two are something of an odd pairing for their main universe counterparts (aside from the cat and canary gags), but it’s worth nothing that the two were sort of an item in the 1999 Avengers: United They Stand cartoon, for what that’s worth. It’s worth a lot to me, but probably not much to others, since I think I’m like one of two people in existence who even remembers that show.
Man, remember when it was a really big deal when Falcon finally got his first ‘mate in Series 54? In less than three years, he’s gone from no Minimates to a whopping 6 of them! Not bad! So far, most of Falcon’s ‘mates have skewed more modern, but this one goes back to his early days. Well, not his earliest days, with all the green and yellow and the total lack of wings. No, this would be Falcon’s second costume, which is the one that set the tone for all costumes to follow. Falcon stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has the usual 14 points of articulation. Structurally, he’s the same as his Series 54 counterpart. Same hair, same wings. He’s the same person, so that makes sense. Plus, the parts were a good fit the first time, so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The main difference here is the paintwork, which I have to say, is really well handled. All of the important details of his classic costume have been translated very nicely into the Minimate form, and the details are all nice and sharp. They’ve managed to choose the least tacky red/white combo available, which is certainly a good thing, and I really like the nice, friendly smile on his face. Falcon’s always been characterized as a pretty easy-going guy, so I’m happy we got a more jovial expression for him (and in general, really. Minimates can sometimes get a little on the stern side). There are a few spots that could probably stand to be a little cleaner (the hands in particular are rather uneven), but the paint is by and large very good, and better than most of Falcon’s previous ‘mates. Falcon is packed with his sidekick Redwing, a flight stand, and a clear display stand.
Falcon may be raking in all the Minimates these days, but Tigra here makes her Minimate debut with this figure. Poor Tigra doesn’t seem to get much respect these days. It’s a shame, because she’s an awesome character when written the right way, but almost none of the current crop of writers seem to be able to do that, so she’s either reduced to simple sex appeal or just shoved off to the side and totally ignored. Perhaps she’ll make her way into the movies and get some respect there. In the meantime, she’s got this pretty sick Minimate! She makes use of Dazzler’s hair and Cheetah’s claws and tail (they went waaaaaay back for those parts!). It makes for a pretty good match for Tigra’s usual depictions, showing that some times, re-use really is the best way to go. The paintwork on Tigra is downright amazing if you ask me. She’s one of those rare ‘mates that’s completely painted, which always looks better if you ask me. The orange really makes her pop and the sharpness of the linework, especially on her stripes is just great. Her facial expression is a much more intense one than Falcon’s, but it’s well-rendered and works quite well for the character. Tigra’s only accessory is a clear display stand, but I can’t really think of any accessories she’s incomplete without, so it’s enough to make me happy.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like yesterday’s Black Knight and Enchantress, these two were a Christmas gift from my parents. Black Knight may be my favorite figure from this series, but boy do these two give him a solid run for his money (if this were the first Falcon ‘mate, he’d have definitely come out on top). Tigra is a fantastic new addition to the Avengers line-up, and Falcon is a more than welcome replacement for the Series 54 version. Another winning set to be sure.