A few months back, Toys "R" Us ran a poll to determine which four Minimates would make it into their exclusive Avengers vs X-Men Minimates box set. Now that the dust has settled, we can see that the Avengers won with all three nominees making it into the set with the last slot going to a Phoenix Force Cyclops.
Given that I expected Toys "R" Us would limit it to two from each faction, the results are surprising. While I accurately predicted that Scarlet Witch, Phoenix Buster Iron Man, and Phoenix Force Cyclops would make the cut, I didn't factor on Protector largely because I was unfamiliar with the character prior to the poll (which I have since learned is a Noh-Varr alias). I can't say that I'm happy with the results, but one must respect democracy and keep a stiff upper lip about the matter.
As previously noted, Phoenix Buster Iron Man is something of a 2-in-1 since the Phoenix Buster parts can be removed to reveal a normal Iron Man Minimate underneath. The Phoenix Force Cyclops features a removable Phoenix flame mantle (as well as the flame-hand accessories) and is probably the coolest-looking figure in the set. The visor also seems to be removable, revealing a pair of fiery eyes. Scarlet Witch may mostly consist of standard Minimate bits, but the character still looks thoroughly distinct and is definitely a great addition to the Minimates line. She features interchangeable Hex magic hands (displayed). Finally, Protector features an alternate unmasked head piece and two pistols.
This box set should be appearing at local Toys "R" Us retailers and on their website in the near future.
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