|The Deluxe boxed set of Mini-Me and Dr. Evil is now showing up at your
local Toys R Us stores. At $15 for the pair, with the scooter and
four sounds from the movie, it's not a bad deal, price-wise.
Packaging - ***
An improvement over some of the other boxed sets from McFarlane. The
box isn't overly huge, and for the MIB collectors the figures are well
posed with some decent artwork in the background. Not quite as many
twisty ties as in some situations, but there is one holding Mini-Me's left
arm to the plastic insert surrounding their legs that is just too much.
Articulation - **
Do you have the first set? Then you know what this set is
like. The elbows on Dr. Evil swivel, and the ankles and waist on
Mini-Me are also articulated, but otherwise it's pretty standard McFarlane
fair - neck, shoulders, wrists. And unfortunately, the hands do not
hold the handlebars well at all on their own. The sculpts just
aren't set up for it very well.
Accessories - ***
There is only one - the scooter. But it kicks butt! The design
is solid, great paint work, and the double foot pegs for both Evil and
Mini-Me ensure that they stay on the scooter - particularly important
since the hands don't hold the handlebars well. The voice chip is
built into the scooter, and says four things - "Eeeeee eeeeee iiiiiii...",
just like the first series Mini-me, "I will not tolerate your
insolence", "Come Mini-Me", and "Breath taking...I
shall call him...Mini-me". The Dr. Evil voice sounds a little
off on mine, not quite as good as the first version was in
reproduction. But it's nice and loud, and fairly clear.
|Paint application - **1/2
The application itself is pretty good, considering the massive amount of
silver paint on the two bodies. There isn't any variations across
the bodies, or the scooter, which is good - but if you look at the
closeups above you'll see that both figures have problems with a lack of
paint on the top of their collars. The paint work on the heads
themselves is really terrific. Unfortunately, I don't really like
the silver, and as I remember they were wearing the standard gray outfits
at this point in the movie. But I suppose they felt they needed to
differentiate the figures on the shelf.
Sculpting - ****
I don't give four stars very often, but these sculpts are great.
They are both new - and both capture the characters fantastically, unlike
the new Austin sculpt or the Scott Evil sculpt. In particular, the
look on Evil's face is priceless, and really works well in this scene.
Overall - ***
Easily the best of the second wave of Austin Powers 2 toys, I was quite
surprised by them. I hadn't planned on picking up any of the re-done
figures from the first wave, but when I saw these in person I changed my
mind. A must have for the big Austin Powers fan, and they deserve a
second look for even those with only a passing fancy.