When I was looking at the recent minimate unveilings at Toy Fair, I couldn’t help but think about some of the customs I have made of these very same new characters. I made a list of my customs that have had official releases later, and I came up with 24 minimates. I thought it would be interesting to see a side-by-side comparrison of each of these. Ivan gave me permission to use some images from the Minimate Database, and the rest I borrowed from the Toy Fair reporters. I put them in order of my most recent customs first, down to my oldest customs. I am splitting this into 2 posts due to the large amount of content. You can expect part 2 to be posted in the next few days.
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1. Union Jack
This exclusive Toys R Us minimate was revealed just a few weeks after I finished my custom. This is the only custom on this list that used decals, so this might be the closest to the official version. The official version made me realize that I forgot to paint the white outlines along the red stripe on his crotch.
2. AIM Agent
The official version looks really good, but I like certain parts of my custom better, like the gloves and the gun. With that said, I will be retiring this custom once the official one is released, since I plan on buying a case and having several on display. 🙂
3. Classic Sabertooth
I like the chest fur better on the official Sabertooth, but I like how mine has sculpted arm and leg fur. I am torn between the two facial expressions. They are based on different artists, and I kind of like them both. I will probably keep this custom on display along with the new one for that very reason.
4. Final Battle T-800
When I made this minimate I never expected to have an official version someday! While I love this custom dearly, the official one is one of the coolest minimates I have ever seen.
5. Battle Damaged T-1000
Here is another custom that I never expected to see on store shelves. I will be keeping mine on display along with the new one since the head damage is different. I like how mine has sculpted bullet holes, but I understand why that wouldn’t have been cost-effective for the official one.
6. Miss Marvel
I got owned by the official one. I have nothing more to say. 🙂
Mine has metal wings, which is definitely cool, but the official mate has a much larger wingspan. Also the official plastic wings won’t slice your hand open like mine will.
Another example of the official version cleaning my clock. I was never completely sold on the face on the official version, but I don’t think mine is much better.
I am very proud of my Gambit custom, but I do admit the official one is better. We don’t know yet if the official one will come with an extra set of arms for when you remove the coat like mine does. I like how you can read the playing card value in my custom.
10. Dr. Strange
This is another case where the two faces are inspired by two different artists. While my custom was nice, I did retire it when I got the official mate.
My Namor went into the parts bin when I got the official one. I like the foot wings on mine better, since they didn’t require an extra piece, but I can see why DST didn’t create an entirely new foot mold for him.
In this battle, my custom is definitely the victor. With most of his body being water, along with a cool base, the official one didn’t stand a chance. Mine is based on a different artist, as you can see the hairstyles are different. In this case, the official one went into my parts bin (I am not a completist by any means).
I hope you found this post interesting. Keep an eye out for Part 2 in a few days!