Art Asylum and Diamond Select Toy's
photos by Mr. Stinkhead
Art Asylum keeps on amazing with their Marvel Universe line of minimates. The tenth series offers Sandman and Silver Sable, Ben Reilly and Black Cat, and Spider-Carnage and Spider-Woman. YouBuyNow.com sent us these sets, and they have them for sale right now on their site.
If you've kept up with our previous Minimates articles you know that we love the basic minimate body. It's small and compact, and dare I say cute (dare, dare!), but still allows for some cool poses and general mini mayhem. You can play and display, which is what I personally look for in an action figure. Even though I was pretty happy with the Minimate body, somehow this series has been improved. The joints all seemed to move easier (my Storm figure can't bend her one knee), yet they're not so loose they can't hold a pose. The hair on the women is a gigantic improvement. I have said in the past that the wonderful female form was just not made for the mini-figure brick style. That's still true, but boy oh boy does this flowing hair really help. [Ed note: Any one else disturbed by the number of "sexy" shots Stinkhead took of these girls?] The hair sculpt allows
On top of improving upon the joints and hair sculpts, the paint or decal application looks a little sharper and tighter. They've always impressed me with how minute they can print little squiggles on a round surface. Now it seems they've gone a bit further. Fan favorite Ben Reilly has patterns on the inside of his leg. Not that it's seemingly impossible or anything, but I haven't seen that yet.
I'm digging that we finally got Sandman and Silver Sable. I don't read the comics that much [Ed note: and by "not much" he means "at all"], but it's cool to get these figures. Is it me or do the claws on the Spidey-Carnage seem to be made out of a softer rubber, rather than the hard plastic? Either way, it's a real quality product.
Any downsides Mr. Stinkhead? No, not really. I like the product, the execution is about as good as it could be. My only thing is my lack of knowledge on the characters. I know who they are, but they're not up on my list of must-haves. But I understand that the point right now is to fill out the Marvel Universe, much like that extra small Star Trek: TNG t-shirt you saw at SDCC.
YouBuyNow.com was kind enough to send us these, so why not check them out for all your Minimates needs. In the mean time I'm going to pose these fine new ladies for some hardcorI mean artistically tastefull photos.
Thanks to Jager his help with the funny pics below.
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