Marvel Vs. Capcom Minimates TRU Wave 3 Review: M.O.D.O.K. & Akuma

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This is odd, because I think I almost might have a schedule for my reviews! Since I don’t want to completely copy OAFE, I’ll just start calling these Minimates Mondays (Transformers Tuesdays are staying for the foreseeable future though). But with all these new Minimates, I feel spoiled. I thought getting MODOK in the Super Hero Squad was amazing, but also getting him as Minimate? Delightful!

Formerly an ordinary human, George Tarleton was transformed into a Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing (M.O.D.O.K.) during an experiment by Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.). Calling himself the Scientist Supreme, he is capable of various types of attacks and also has superhuman calculating ability.

Getting MODOK as a Minimate is absurd but so great. The minimalistic style of these figures really works with the giant headed leader of AIM. The giant bulb of a head and torso barely allows his metallic purple arms and legs to flail around. Instead, MODOK just sits in his chair.

The chair is two pieces total. One is the translucent orange blast while the other piece is the metallic orange throne. Once assembled it gives MODOK some great height and bulk. But the really impressive part about this figure is that he’s actually a Minimate underneath it all!

MODOK’s giant body-head piece is a single element that covers up a generic Minimate! Granted the plastic is astoundingly tight and near impossible to pry off, but it works so well. It also means you can have MODOK stand on his own feet which is so weird to see.

Akuma is a fighter who took on the name of “Master of the Fist,” and seeks a true battle to the death with Ryu. While his basic fighting style is based on Ansatuken, the same as Ryu, Akuma seeks to lead Ryu down the path of his own fighting style, the “Satsui no Hadou,” in order to make him a worthy opponent.

Is it bad that I still think of Akuma as the “new boss” in Street Fighter? That first time playing Super Street Fighter II Turbo and watching M. Bison get defeated by Akuma is one of those things I will never forget.  Akuma is basically an extreme pallet swap of Ryu, but Minimates didn’t cheap out and made this figure as unique as it could get away with being.

From a style standpoint, Akuma wears similar clothing to Ken and Ryu but it is more tattered to show how awesome he is. Around his neck hang a set of pray beads, but they are permanently affixed to his chest covering. The back of Akuma’s robes show off a character that supposedly means sky or immortal depending on how well the paint is applied.

Akuma’s face is stern and terrifying thanks to his red eyes. The darker skin tone works well, but the spiked red hair tied up in a top knot looks a bit absurd. I find it hard to believe a street fighter would put so much effort into styling his hair. To set his hands apart, Akuma’s come with rope wrappings. If you prefer the shirtless Akuma look, the torso is fully painted but I wish the set included a piece similar to the Battlestar Galactica pilot figures.

For accessories, Akuma comes with the same ones as Ryu. A small stand is included, along with a midair stand that can plug into either his feet or his hadoken. Akuma also comes with the Shakunetsu hadoken accessory, which is identical to Ryu’s hadoken only cast in pink.

As a two-pack, I love this one. MODOK is an absurd figure that really shows just how far the Minimate style can go, while Akuma is one of those characters that really went above and beyond what I expected. He could have easily been a cheap repaint of Ryu with different hair. I have to admit though, I have no idea how this battle would fair.

Written by jestergoblin

September 17th, 2012 at 8:00 am

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