Marvel Zombies Minimates

Marvel Zombies Minimates

Back in 2006, Marvel comics created a series in which its heaviest hitters turned into zombies and ravaged the world. While I personally felt that the idea of mixing zombies and super heroes could have been better managed in comic book form, the series did give us the opportunity to have zombie super hero action figures! Diamond Select Toys created some large figures as part of their Marvel Select line (I reviewed Spider-Man here), but they also included zombie figures into their Marvel Minimates line. There are nine figures (ten if you include Wasp, we’ll get to her later) that came in the form of one 5 pack, and two 2 packs.

5 Pack: Zombies Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Power Man, and Hulk (and Wasp)

Zombie Spider-Man and Captain America

While I enjoy all of these figures very much, some members of the 5-pack are definitely stronger than others. Spider-Man and Captain America are my favorites of the bunch. All of the figures include damage that is comic-accurate: Spider-Man’s got a busted leg, Cap’s head is open, Power Man’s ribs are exposed, etc. While Spider-Man is annoying as hell in the comic, his zombified minimate is perfect. The detail all around is excellent, including the use of clear plastic as part of his block body. Captain America is also meticulously detailed head to toe, I especially like his blood-stained shield. His body is beat-up, but not too zombified, so I suppose you could switch out a different Cap head to make simply a severely battle-damaged Cap figure.

Zombie Wolverine, Hulk, and Power Man

A little less impressive are the other three figures. Power Man is pretty well-done figure, although he’s certainly much less of a super hero powerhouse compared with his boxmates. Hulk looks decent, though the detail on his chest seems poor next to Spidey and Cap. The real loser here is Wolverine. Hands-down my least favorite of the bunch, something about him seems really off. His bulked up chest piece gives him an odd look. His face looks a bit odd, and with his mask on, looks even worse. As a bonus, the set also comes with the head of the Wasp. She’s got a small piece neck left, so you can’t place her on any other minimate bodies, but she’s also got a little handle built into her hair so that others can carry around. Not really a full figure, but definitely a cool little accessory. (Unfortunately, Wasp is one of my daughter’s favorite heroes and this is the only action figure I have of her.)

The set is really cool as a whole. It cost about 18 bucks when it first came out in 2007. Unfortunately, now if you want to get your hands you’ll probably have to pay at least $75. Whether or not you’re willing to pay that will probably depend on how much you like zombies, super heroes, and/or minimates.

Zombie Daredevil and Giant Man

Zombie Daredevil and Giant Man

Daredevil is a pretty well-known hero, though he did not have a big role in the Marvel Zombies comic books. Giant Man is a B-lister, but had a big role in the book. They were packed together as a 2007 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive. Daredevil sports a giant hole in his chest. The same clear plastic technique is used here, though it’s a bit less effective as there’s some visible load-bearing plastic in his little block body. Giant Man may be the least gory figure of the bunch, but he’s still a nice addition to the hero zombie horde.

Black Panther and Zombie Iron Man

Black Panther and Zombie Iron Man

The final two-pack was a Previews exclusive and contained The Black Panther and Iron Man. Black Panther is the only non-zombie of the group, though he may have the worst body damage. In the comic, Giant Man was taking his time with the Panther, eating a piece at a time before he escaped. As a result, Panther’s missing an arm and a leg. He comes with his makeshift crutch and a bloody foot bandage. He comes with a slip-on head cover, so he can appear masked or unmasked. I would have preferred an extra head piece instead of the slip-on, but he looks decent displayed either way. Iron Man gets blasted apart in the comics and the nice thing about his minimate form is that you can remove his lower body to make him comic-accurate. Iron Man’s biggest flaw is that his face plate looks too big and makes him look a bit goofy. It’s removable and looks better positioned to show his face, even if it doesn’t fit quite right in the peg holes.

The two exclusive packs are also a few years old. You can get them cheaper than the 5-pack, though they might feel incomplete on their own.

As always, the best thing about the minimate packs is there interchangeability. Now with The Walking Dead minimates available, you can combine their zombie worlds. Here’s Rick Grimes and Chris Redfield from Resident Evil fighting off the zombie heroes:

Zombie Busters vs. Super Zombies

Or you could supplement TWD zombies to create the Zombie Avengers!

Zombie Avenger Minimates

I’m not sure if they’re worth the prices you’d have to pay now to complete the whole set, but they are certainly cool figures to have as part of your collection.

Escape from Super Zombies

 

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