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A super fun set. Peter, Gwen, and Miles have all been done plenty, but it's always nice to get updates, and I love the new web hands. Ben and Miguel are wonderful (and much needed) updates. A lot of care went into making them. But the star...THE STAR...AT LONG LAST...SPIDER-HAM! Even without articulation it's still a thrill to finally get him; I feel like I willed this one into existence at long last. Now all I need is the Rocketeer and Usagi Yojimbo!

Also, I got another cool new Minimate product from Luke's Toy Store (your only source for Minimates) and had a little fun with it:

https://www.instagram.com/p/C8GQ6oiM8ZP/

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I got the set yesterday. First impressions...

It alright. 😜

Nah, in all seriousness, it's a good set, albeit one I would strongly recommend for younger collectors primarily.

Peter Parker is a decent figure, tho I'm annoyed by the further reduction of the web pattern on his boots (it's only on the front now instead of the front and exterior sides like it has been since 2011). I also think the lack of red lining across the top shoulder areas of the chestblock looks a bit jarring. Other than that, a P decent vanilla Spider-Man.

(It kinda reminds me of the original Spider-Man we got from Wave 2 because of the darker, richer shades of red and blue, the shape of the eye lenses on the head, the more... lanky, for lack of a better term, proportions of the spider on the back. So, that's a plus.)

Miles was really well done. Mine, unfortunately, had the eyes misaligned from the web pattern on the head, but I can always track down a loose one that doesn't have that issue later when they go up on Luke's or something like that. The paint is minimalist and simple, but that's by no means a knock against the figure. It looks good for what it is, and is a perfectly servicable Miles Morales Minimate (try saying that three times fast 😆).

This is actually my first ever Spider-Gwen Minimate. I never got the original one from 2015, nor the 2017 animated or blind bag versions. Dunno why. Just didn't. This is a great figure, tho. A small smudge of pink paint from the hood dripped onto the head, but it's seamlessly masked by the hood itself, and like with Miles, I can always get another one later.

Funnily enough, on the same day I got the box set, another package that I also happened to order from Luke's arrived as well; that exclusive two-pack of Scarlet Spider and Hobgoblin Minimates from 2007. So, I got both the original Scarlet Spider 'Mate and the most recent one on the same day 😂. The new one was as good as the promotional materials made it look. I actually think this one is probably the best one to date, even surpassing the original one and the one from 2017. It has the best colors and the best printing, IMO. The sweater chestpiece is a tad bulky, I'll concede, but after comparing it to the original, I actually think it works better. If you look back at some artwork of the character from the '90s, he kinda does have a pronounced, broad chest (depending on artist), so the bulkier piece does work in that sense. However, I still hold that, while this is a great figure and I'm glad to have it, it was still the set's most unnecessary addition for a slot that easily could have gone to Hobie or Penny or, what I would have preferred, Spider-Man Noir. A comic book Noir would go HARD, especially with the Amazon show on the way.

(On a side note, the only thing the original Scarlet Spider has over the new one and the one from 2017 is that it's the only one of the three to have printing on the back of the torso/hoodie.)

Spider-Ham is probably the most disappointing figure of the whole set, mostly for the total lack of articulation at all, whatsoever. I get that it's a small figure, but a balljointed head couldn't have been worked in? It's definitely a good piece to fill out any Spider-Verse display, but this isn't a figure I see myself really taking down and messing with... not that I really could to begin with since there's no articulation. I get that he's kinda the H.E.R.B.I.E. of the set as less a whole separate figure and more just an accessory, but still.

On the 180, Spider-Man 2099 is, without a doubt, the best figure of the whole set and a FARCRY of the original Spider-Man 2099 from 2004. When Luke posted the first in-hand photos of the set a few days ago, I was blown away by the metallic blue paint, which I didn't even realize it had from the original promo shots. Then I get it in-hand, and it's even better. The web-cape on the back was an EXTREMELY pleasant surprise, since it was engineered to hinge up and down on the shoulder joints for swinging poses. BRILLIANT! On top of that, the printing is fantastic, and the inclusion of the forearm blades just helps sell how far we've come since 2004. This is a serious contender for one of the best Spider-Man/Spider-Woman Minimates ever released, IMO. It goes right up there with the Wizard World '07 Spider-Man 3 debut pack red suit Spider-Man, Torment Spider-Man, the Wave 24 Spider-Man, the original Miles Morales from 2012, Armory Spider-Man, the original Spider-Gwen, and the Wave 80 Spider-Woman.

Lastly, the accessories. The return of the thwipping hands (now in white for Spider-Gwen as well) is always welcome for me, the display stands (which I stupidly mistook for Spider-Sense pieces reused/retooled from the Wave 84 Daredevil) are cleverly executed, looking like interdimensional portals of some sort to emphasize the Multiverse theme of the set, but the webbing accessories.

Holy hot DAMN, are these webbing accessories great. These are PAINFULLY necessary upgrades to the weblines we've been getting for 20+ years. They're GREAT for dynamic posing and you can get a LOT out of them. These are probably the most well-done new accessories for Minimates to date.

In conclusion, pretty good set. Like I said would recommend for younger collectors unless you're a completionist, has its issues but hey, nobody's perfect, and it is, overall, a very solid set for what you get.

I would NOT recommend paying $38 for it, tho. The value of what the set provides is sorta kneecapped by the fact that, with the exception of Ham, we've gotten all of these characters before in past releases. I would say that only two of them, Scarlet and 2099, are really worth it over said prior releases because of their improvements in comparison, and again, Scarlet could have been released separately in a different set, like the impending Clone Saga one, and his slot given to a new Spider-Totem instead.

Overall, I give this set a 6.5 out of 10.

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Well definetly gonna get my spare sets ordered then since my LCBS only had one when I went in. Mainly got it for the 2099 update, thwip hands& web parts. Debating on if I really want to to slice off a Spider-Ham's head to drill a neck hole to plop it on the Itsy Bitsy body.

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On 6/18/2024 at 8:31 AM, HellfireSamurai said:

Well definetly gonna get my spare sets ordered then since my LCBS only had one when I went in. Mainly got it for the 2099 update, thwip hands& web parts. Debating on if I really want to to slice off a Spider-Ham's head to drill a neck hole to plop it on the Itsy Bitsy body.

Don't think the colors would match. The animated Spideys were a comparatively lighter shade of red compared to the figs in the box set.

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On 7/27/2023 at 1:23 PM, Trekker 42 said:

So we’re getting a 2000s Spider-Man boxset and it’s about time it gets a thread and stops stealing Daredevil’s thunder. 

Honestly, I went back to re-read this thread, and when I saw your opening message again, I instantly thought about what Diamond could do for a new Thor-centered box set. IDK why. XD

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2 hours ago, TheMinimateKing30 said:

Honestly, I went back to re-read this thread, and when I saw your opening message again, I instantly thought about what Diamond could do for a new Thor-centered box set. IDK why. XD

I think it’s because we have been banging on for Thor V The Wrecking Crew for a few years now. 

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4 hours ago, thereasonsy said:

I think it’s because we have been banging on for Thor V The Wrecking Crew for a few years now. 

Yeah, but which design of Thor would they go with? I'd argue that the classic design has been done to death and perfected in at least two figures (Classic Heroic Age and First Appearance, specifically) already.

IK Zack will prolly remind us about the whole thing about classic looks being more profitable, which I believe, don't get me wrong, but how many times can they do the EXACT same look for classic Silver Age Thor until it gets old?

That's my only concern for the set, what kinda Thor are we likely to receive from it. The Wrecking Crew, themselves, I have no qualms over. I'd be excited to get new villains.

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1 minute ago, TheMinimateKing30 said:

Yeah, but which design of Thor would they go with? I'd argue that the classic design has been done to death and perfected in at least two figures (Classic Heroic Age and First Appearance, specifically) already.

IK Zack will prolly remind us about the whole thing about classic looks being more profitable, which I believe, don't get me wrong, but how many times can they do the EXACT same look for classic Silver Age Thor until it gets old?

That's my only concern for the set, what kinda Thor are we likely to receive from it. The Wrecking Crew, themselves, I have no qualms over. I'd be excited to get new villains.

Actually, wait. I got it. Herald of Thunder Thor.

It's the most recent design for the character I can think of (unless the latest comics have given him yet another costume I'm unaware of XD), and from what I've seen, it's a fairly popular look for the character.

I mean, if Diamond can get away with throwing a classic yellow Daredevil in a box set with all-modern-looking characters, they can get away with putting the Herald of Thunder in a box set with an all-classic Wrecking Crew.

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5 hours ago, TheMinimateKing30 said:

Actually, wait. I got it. Herald of Thunder Thor.

It's the most recent design for the character I can think of (unless the latest comics have given him yet another costume I'm unaware of XD), and from what I've seen, it's a fairly popular look for the character.

I mean, if Diamond can get away with throwing a classic yellow Daredevil in a box set with all-modern-looking characters, they can get away with putting the Herald of Thunder in a box set with an all-classic Wrecking Crew.

I don't really follow Thor but the Legend's figure is 🔥

https://www.amazon.com/Marvel-Legends-Galactus-Collectible-Accessories/dp/B09H1636NP

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24 minutes ago, Padrino said:

I don't really follow Thor but the Legend's figure is 🔥

https://www.amazon.com/Marvel-Legends-Galactus-Collectible-Accessories/dp/B09H1636NP

It's really the logical next step for a modern Thor Minimate. We've gotten P much ALL of Thor's comic costumes. A plethora of Silver Age Thor figs, the Armored suit, Eric Masterson Thor, the Heroes Reborn/Heroes Return appearance, the 2007 design, the Marvel NOW! look, Jane Foster Thor, Unworthy Thor, Ages of Thunder Thor, etc.

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The only Thor looks I can think of that aren’t done are the Crossing Thor and the Herald Thor. To me, the Thor is just there. I just want the Wrecker, Bulldozer, Piledriver and Thunderball. Sell them with My Little Pony Thor for all I care.  

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On 7/14/2024 at 12:03 AM, BuffaloDelorean said:

They're small things, but I'd like a classic Thor with both muscle detailing and the lowest two discs on the legs, the cape with shoulder pads, and a metallic helmet.

Absolutely all of this!  I don't think classic thor has ever been done full justice.  First appearance is closest but he is not muscular or imposing enough and needs that metallic helmet.

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On 10/23/2021 at 10:26 AM, buttheadsmate said:

I consider that a definitive Thor has never been made ....for 3 or 4 reasons ......helmet, arms & perhaps cape.

Thor is big but he ain't no Hulk but I (in my mind) always associate (comic) Thor with massively strong arms encompassed by a suitably massive cape . We have the cape on a few Thors but we have yet to get the arms .

Minimates 'suffer' helmets & hats .....period.   Why on earth DST can't just mold a head & helmet as one has always been beyond me...they do it when it suits them not when the character would benefit.  This applies to many Minimates, none more so than Thing but don't start me on that one!

All Thors would benefit from an 'arm-change' & IMHO all existing Thors benefit from the immediate removal of their helmets:pinch:

FA Thor perhaps gets my vote .

Nuff said?

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1 hour ago, buttheadsmate said:

Nuff said?

Yeah, nah. Sorry, I disagree.

I can see a valid point made about there not yet existing a "definitive" Thor helmet sculpt in the line, but having a head that makes the helmet part of the head itself seems excessive.

It also takes away from the interchangeably, I feel. Unless it's a character like Spider-Man or Deadpool, a whole separate head seems rather pointless to me just to have an option of revealing a little more of the character's face. Interchangeable helmets/hair has been a mainstay in the line for a long time and it isn't one I'd wish to see go away so soon.

I'll give you the point on it being the most beneficial for the Thing, but I cannot agree with Thor.

I also see what you're trying to say on the arms, but IMO, that comes down to proportionality. The only way I can see what you're saying work well with a character like Thor is if they made it resemble the Series 76 Venom but without the bulky chestpiece for the sake of balancing out the mass.

It could work in THEORY, but take the boots into consideration, and I can EASILY see it backfiring. He might end up looking TOO bulky in that respect, even without a chestpiece.

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Maybe a moulded head/helmet would be unnecessary but I'll never waiver from my desire to have the massive arms that the comic Thor generally has . I'm just suggesting that he gets 'shoulder pieces' (at least) like many other Marvel characters have gotten ,currently any Thor Minimate has the same size arms as Howard the Duck or Aunt May !  

If it's a Wrecking Crew we are after , surely Bulldozer will get the bulk ...so why not Thor ?

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1 hour ago, buttheadsmate said:

Maybe a moulded head/helmet would be unnecessary but I'll never waiver from my desire to have the massive arms that the comic Thor generally has . I'm just suggesting that he gets 'shoulder pieces' (at least) like many other Marvel characters have gotten ,currently any Thor Minimate has the same size arms as Howard the Duck or Aunt May !  

If it's a Wrecking Crew we are after , surely Bulldozer will get the bulk ...so why not Thor ?

Like I said, it depends on proportionality.

Thor Minimates have been standard-sized for the longest time simply because there wasn't an inherent NEED (that I can think of) to make them larger since it would compromise the posability.

Some, such as the original Thor and Thor Reborn, tried to make the character taller and bulkier, but IMO, they look a bit overly-cumbersome and awkward due to the need to balance that bulk with articulation.

You are right in that Minimate engineering technology has advanced to the point where it IS feasible to get that semi-bulky look Thor has in the comics. It's just a matter of making it a reality.

I might make a mock-up of what the figure's silhouette COULD look like from cobbling together pieces of other figures. I am curious, but also cautious as well. I don't wanna get mine or anyone else's hopes up.

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