Thing & Doombot Minimates

December 5, 2011 | By More

While I typically don’t go out of my way to get Minimates, if I can get a good deal on them I’ll pick them up. Such is the case here. The Doombot and Thing were on sale. Honestly, I couldn’t resist the sculpted out version of The Thing.


Dr. Doom is one of the Marvel characters that I kind of dig, even though I don’t know very much about him. I was a bit flummoxed when I saw this referred to as a Doombot. To me, Doombots were the robot duplicates Doom used in his various schemes. A littl research reveals this figure might be better named “Servo-Guard” with a number.

The face reminds me a bit more of a Sentinel than Dr. Doom. Must be the mouth circuit. The red eyes probably don’t help either.

The overall look of this guy is definitely Kirbyesqe. The gloves, boots and helmet evoke a cross between comics and Buck Rodgers serials. I kind of dig it in a crazy way.

His chest is made up of an extra piece that bulks him up a bit and adds shoulder pads. There’s no line work on the back, but there is a magenta square to give some detail.

That magenta color was a bit odd to me in the package. Once I got him unboxed, it seemed a little better to me. It also has that vintage comic color feel to it.

My one small issue with this guy is his head. I cant his funky helmet off. It’s not a huge deal, but it is very snug.

Other than the TV antenna helmet, there’s no accessories for the Doombot.

The Thing:

The Fantastic Four’s rock solid strong man is also accessory absent. However, consider the number of pieces that make him up, I’m willing to forgive it.

This version of Ben Grimm is a sculpted out version. Instead of just a painted Minimate, Ben has a rock skin covering him almost everywhere. That’s not to say he’s not a Minimate. The basic body is still under there.

The sculpt looks pretty good. It keeps the stylized look, but really bulks him out.  The head piece gives him a pretty solid looking brow.

The kind of cool pieces are the upper arms and upper legs. The upper arm pieces cover all the way down to where the rock gloves stop. There’s a clear spot on the inside to allow the elbow to move. However, the motion is slightly limited and you have to get the pieces lined up right. The leg coverings don’t hinder the knees at all.

There are two things I really love about this little guy. The first is his completeness. Where a number of Minimates are light on detail on the back, this one isn’t. Ben is a total 360 degree character. It just makes him a lot of fun to pick up.

Even his head is painted all the way around. This gives the head a finished off look, instead of just a hunk of plastic. I love the grimace, as well. Mrs. Nerd saw the top picture on the screen and went, “It’s clobberin’ time!” (Which I was surprised she even knew.)

The other thing I really love about this figure is they went the extra distance and gave him a wash to highlight the rock detail. What I’m not sure about is if the darker spots are there intentionally or not. They kind of give him a bit of a battle damaged look. Kind of like the Thing ran into a burning building to save somebody.

The little mitts are pretty cool, as well. Slightly open, but still closed enough to pull of the fist look.





I’ll be honest. I really only picked this set up for The Thing. And I was not disappointed. Did the Doombot win me over? A little. It never hurts to have a faceless bad guy to throw into the mix.

 Engineernerd Score: The Thing 95/100 Doombot: 85/100


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  1. Errex says:

    Not really a FF fan, but these Mini Mates do look rather cool. Nice review!

  2. Engineernerd says:

    I’m not a huge FF fan. I just kind of like the Ben. He matches my personality 😛

  3. Tom says:

    I have gotten more and more fond of the minimates over the past year or so with picking up the Captain America movie ones. It’s really amazing how much detail they can pack into those little guys when they want to.

  4. Engineernerd says:

    Bout a year ago, I was at DCBS when they had a clearance sale on them for $2.50 a two pack. It was enough to push me over the edge.