Minimate Mini-Review #331 - Watchmen Series 1

#331 - Comedian/Nite Owl

Finally we get some DC Minimates again!

Secretly the vigilante known as The Comedian, Edward Blake continued to work for the government after his crimefighting career, performing various classified and unpleasant tasks. When the highly dangerous killer is himself killed, his old colleagues Nite Owl and Rorschach are driven to investigate.

Comedian's movie costume came straight from the books: a black leather tactical suit with patriotic shoulder pads - one blue with a star, the other red with a stripe. The pads are molded as part of his web gear, but you know what's not? What the single most iconic thing related to Watchmen as a concept is? His button. He doesn't even get the yellow circle Mattel made. There isn't even a flat spot on his gear that you could paint yellow yourself. Not cool! Of course, this one is already superior to Mattel's by virtue of having pistols and working holsters, so maybe that's a sacrifice worth making? He doesn't have a shotgun or a flamethrower, which we're fine with, but why no alternate heads? The one we get is good, with a big grin and stubble and gray hair on his temples, but why no version painted with his scar? At least if you got the Pulp Fiction sets, you can give him the Gimp's mask. And you can steal a shotgun from that set as well!

Nite Owl upgraded from the comics' costume to one that seems to take its cues from Batman Begins - it's more like armor than cloth. They also changed his colorscheme, so now instead of a brown cape over a gray suit, he's all tones of browns and bronze, with a golden belt. The tampographs are crisp and clear, if nothing else. And those are definitely colors that an owl would be. His cape is unique to him, since it's molded with his particular angular collar, and his owl mask is a separate piece because that was the only way to make its little ears (they also molded his goggles while they were at it. If you want to take his mask off, the set includes hair for him, and his face is painted with a look of depression, which seems appropriate.
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4 Responses to Minimate Mini-Review #331 - Watchmen Series 1

  1. Ronnie Lane says:

    Would you believe even the HOT TOYS Comedian doesn't even have the smiley pin? Apparently there's some form of trademark on the design used such that it requires an extra licensing fee, and they're being crazy stupid with the amount they want.

    • yo go re says:

      Yeah, Monkey Boy wrote about that in his Mattel review: the smiley face isn't copyrighted in the US, but it is in Europe. Considering that, ANY amount they'd want to license it would be crazy stupid. Who ever would have thought that a plain yellow circle would be the BETTER option for a toy to have?

  2. Noy Tazi says:

    Ozy and Silk should have been in the box set.

    Then Nekked Manhattan and Comedian could have been their own 17+ release, and maybe Comedian could have at least gotten Kingpin's cigar hand and a few more weapons.

  3. AmericanHyena says:

    I actually enjoy the movie (Snyder has his issues but I think "Watchmen" came out about as well as could be expected). Admittedly, I don't feel like I desparately need toys based on the film designs.

    THAT said, I think this review sold me on Rorschach. The Minimate aesthetic combined with his mask means the figure could essentially be either passing a squint test. I think he's gonna get added to my little collection of toys at my work desk!

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