DAREDEVIL & PUNISHER
Today marks the penultimate post-Christmas review for 2016. This review is more or less a continuation of yesterday’s. I’ll be looking at the remaining Marvel Minimates based on Netflix’s Daredevil series. Yesterday’s set was heavy on the civilian looks, but this set turns things around, giving us Daredevil’s official, more superhero-y costume, as well as his fellow Hell’s Kitchen vigilante, Frank Castle, aka the Punisher!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
DD and Punisher were released as an exclusive two-pack at SDCC 2016. They served as a way of hyping up the rest of the Netflix-based sets, as well as tying into the recently released second season of Daredevil. The set was supposed to get a wider release following the, but some issues with misplaced product in one of Diamond’s warehouses meant that a good chunk of the sets didn’t arrive until almost the end of 2016.
After spending 13 episodes in Season 1 sporting the all-black number seen yesterday, the final battle of the season finally gave DD his more familiar red getup. This figure isn’t *quite* that version, but is instead based on his look from the back 3/4 of Season 2, after a stray bullet from the Punisher cracks his original helmet and he has to get a replacement. The differences are negligible, really, but it’s still important to note. The figure uses the standard ‘mate body, and as such stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He’s got add-ons for his mask and thigh holster. The holster is the same piece seen on yesterday’s Season 1 DD (though flipped to the other leg, as it was in the show), but the mask is all-new to this particular figure. It’s a decent enough translation of his second mask, though the forehead section seems a little too tall. It’s a minor enough issue not to really bug me. His paintwork is far more complex than any of yesterday’s ‘mates, and does a pretty solid job of capturing the suit seen in the show. The colors are a good match, and all of the line work is nice and sharp. Under the mask, there’s another Matt Murdock face, this time a bit more intense than either of the two in yesterday’s set. It’s perfectly fine (the stubble in particular is very impressive), but something about this particular expression messes with the likeness a bit; I’m not seeing much of Charlie Cox in there. DD is packed with his billy club (the same pieces as the eskrima sticks, but in red this time), an extra hairpiece for an unmasked look, and a clear display stand.
Frank Castle serves as the antagonist for the first several episodes of Daredevil’s second season, before becoming something of a dueling protagonist as the season progresses. Season 2 was admittedly a slight step down from the show’s first season, but Jon Bernthal’s turn as the Punisher was easily the high point of the season, and this is coming from a guy who’s never really liked the Punisher. His presence as the second half of this pack is far from surprising. Frank spends most of the season in rather normal clothes, but does finally dawn a pretty straight forward Punisher costume during the second season finale. It’s only on-screen for a few minutes, but it’s a pretty distinctive look. Punisher uses add-ons for his hair and coat. The hair is a new piece, specifically designed to replicate his close-cropped style. It does alright in that respect, though I feel like something more along the lines of the Red Hulk hairpiece might have done the job a bit better. The coat is the long coat piece first introduced way back in 2007 on the very first Doc Brown, and it’s a nice, basic piece, which does its job pretty well. Punisher’s paintwork is more on par with the Season 1 set than DD, being mostly a lot of black. That being said, there’s a lot of really great detail work on the front of the torso and the belt. He also has a pretty good likeness of Jon Bernthal, and the detailing on his hair even continues under the hair piece, allowing for him to be displayed with his closer cropped ‘do from earlier in the season (even if he’s not wearing the right jacket and shirt). In terms of accessories, Frank is packed with a spare set of arms with rolled up sleeves, a machine gun, two handguns, and a clear display stand. I wouldn’t have minded getting the larger rifle he uses during the final battle with the hand, or even the mini gun he was seen carrying at the very end of the finale, but I guess this assortment works alright too.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since I didn’t attend SDCC, I couldn’t pick up this set in person. I also missed out on the initial supplies that hit online, so I ended up having to play the waiting game. Ultimately, they were a Christmas present from my parents (who have been supplying me with pretty much all of my Minimates as of late). This is a great counterpart to yesterday’s set, and gives me another two of my favorite characters from one of my favorite shows!