Ever since the DC Minimates from DC Direct died on the vine, I’ve been a lot more selective with my Minimates purchases. But Diamond Select Toys has its ways of pulling me back in, and there’s no better way than by making a figure from one of my favorite video games.
I love the game Okami. I bought it when it was originally released by Clover Studios and was really disappointed by their closing just a few months after it debuted. Capcom picking up the title turned out to be a good thing though. They rereleased the game, getting it to a wider audience, and they were also able to make a sequel for the Nintendo DS.
Now thanks to Capcom’s partnership with Marvel and Diamond Select Toys, Amaterasu has been made in Minimates form. It’s been six years since the original Okami game debuted, and this is the first official figure/toy of Amaterasu to be made. I’ve been waiting a long time for this.
Oh yeah, and there’s a Thor figure here too…
Although I bought this set for Amaterasu, I have to admit this is a damned good Thor figure too. As expected, he uses the standard Minimates human “buck” body. He’s got his classic Viking helmet on with long hair flowing from underneath. His huge billowing cape is a separate piece that’s attached at his shoulders. The lower half of his tunic is also a separate piece with great detail sculpting for his belt. There’s even a strap hanging off where his Mjolnir would go, but unfortunately it doesn’t have an opening. Lastly, Thor’s boots have sculpted bolts on the sides and a long shin guard that covers his knees.
Since Amaterasu is a dog, her body is a bit different. Her torso is comprised of four pieces. The inner pieces are a standard Minimates chest and waist. The outer two pieces are the canine parts, which cover the inner body like armor. Her head, shoulders, and feet are all newly sculpted, while her forearms, thighs, and shins are standard Minimates parts.
I really like the sculpt of this figure. DST did a fantastic job on her head and the cloud-like rolls coming off of her body. I was a bit put off at first by how her back legs looked, but I’ve grown used to them since getting her. She does have a couple issues with her shoulder joints not wanting to stay attached though. I also have the same problem with her waist because the inner peg isn’t long enough to keep it securely in place.
Paint wise the two figures are great. I didn’t see any issues with the different Thor figures at the store, but the Amaterasus were another story. The red lines on her body were crooked and scratched off on some of the figures. I still found one that was good, but you’ll want to definitely inspect the figures before purchasing. Continue to page 2…