MORDO & KAECILIUS
When Doctor Strange was still in production and most of what we had was cast list, there was a lot of confusion about who exactly would be the film’s antagonist. Mordo, one of Strange’s usual foes, had been cast, but Marvel was reporting he would be on the side of good this time. Mads Mickelson had been cast, but as who? Everything seemed to point to either Dormamu or Nightmare, since those are really the only two other foes anyone’s ever heard of. So, it was a bit of a surprise when Mickelson was revealed to be playing Kaecilius, a rather minor character from the comics. Ultimately, while he’s certainly a driving force in the film, Kaecilius takes the back seat to….pretty much every one else in the film. He didn’t get picked up for either the Marvel Legends or Marvel Select tie-ins for the film, but fortunately Minimates can offer a more rounded cast, so he did show up there, alongside Mordo.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Mordo and Kaecilius are the second of the two sets shared between Series 70 of Marvel Minimates and the TRU-exclusive tie-in series for the movie. They’re easily the oddest pairing in the assortment. They are in some scenes together, but I don’t believe these two ever directly interact in the film. I guess they’re a case of pairing the spares in the assortment.
Mordo was definitely my favorite part of the movie, and clearly had a decent following, so it’s my guess that he’s meant to be this particular set’s hook. The figure is built on the usual ‘mate body, and so he has all the standard articulation and is about 2 1/4 inches in height. He uses add-ons for his hair and skirt. The hair is a re-use of TWD’s Battle-Damaged Tyrese, and it’s a pretty good fit for Mordo’s on-screen appearance. The skirt is a new piece, ad it matches up pretty well with the design from he movie, as well as fitting in stylistically with the sculpted pieces from Strange. I do wish it sat a little more flush with the upper torso, but that’s a minor complaint. The paint work on Mordo is quite expertly handled. The base color work is all pretty good; he doesn’t seem to have been brightened up like the others, but that’s okay for him. The details are really top notch. He’s got the appropriate scars on his face, and the slightest bit of stubble. I don’t know that he’s the spitting image of Ejiofor, but he’s close enough that you can more or less make out who he’s supposed to be. The most impressive paint work is definitely not he torso, which has a ton of really ornate work, on both the front and the back no less. Mordo’s only accessory is a clear display stand. It’s too bad he didn’t also get his staff. The inaccuracy of the one included with the Hasbro figure and the total omission here leads me to believe it wasn’t included in the material sent to licensors.
Here he is! The bland guy himself! Okay, that’s not really fair. Kaecilius was perfectly entertaining, and Mads Mickelson turned in a pretty great performance in the role. But he really was rather secondary, wasn’t he? Anyway, like Mordo, he’s build on the standard body. He uses add-ons for his hair and skirt. Both pieces are new to this figure, and do a reasonable job of capturing Kaecilius’s look from the movie. The skirt is a little on the soft side, but not horribly so. The paint work on Kaecilius is okay, but probably the weakest in the series. There’s a fair bit of slop on the base color work, which is rather frustrating. The worst of it seems to be on the skirt, which doesn’t help the already present issues with the softness of the sculpt. The detail lines are all pretty clean, and they sum up his look pretty well, but they feel a bit simplistic when compared to the really fine level of details seen on Mordo and Strange. The basic head presents a decent enough likeness of Mickelson, but is rather bland. There’s an alternate “powered” head, which helps to make him a little more exciting. The details around the eyes are nice and sharp, and do a nice job of capturing the cracked skin as it looks on screen. In addition to the extra head, he’s also got the standard display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like yesterday’s set, these two were a Valentine’s Day present from Super Awesome Girlfriend. While Mordo’s probably my favorite ‘mate in the series, Kaecilius is definitely the weakest figure included. He’s just rather bland, and lacks the really solid execution like we saw on the Ancient One. Still, it’s not a bad set, and accents yesterday’s pair quite well!