Since his mold was done first, it seems Gold Vorin is the go-to mold for exclusive Minimates this year. At Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, blue clear figures were distributed to fans at the Diamond Select Toys booth and I'm not 100% sure everywhere this version ended up. There was an industry party for Heavy Metal Magazine (and others) which had some Battle Beasts involvement, and this was in the sack of goodies at the end of the night along with, awesomely, old Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures and Mighty Mutanimals comics. I loved those as a kid, but I digress. Gold Vorin! So far seemingly a party exclusive which I hear was also handed out to people who asked questions at the Minimates panel.
Cast in a white or milky-white plastic, this figure was painted gold for a consistent metallic color which brings the detail out quite nicely. While the grey "primer" color did a good job letting you see all the details, this gold paint makes everything pop.
By now I assume you've read the other Vorin reviews so you know the drill. His head, hands, and legs are placed on a standard Minimates figure body with an armor/costume piece with a cape. There's also a little armored bit over the crotch region. The sculpting is very good, and there's a removable sheath for the sword on his back. Overall it seems to hold together quite well, too, but gold paint feels more like a display piece than a toy. Given its limited nature that's really a virtue. I never thought about collecting gold repaints as a sub-category before but now I'm giving it some thought. They look nice together. I'd suggest grabbing Gold Vorin if you see one and you're willing to pay the asking price which, so far, seems a little high on the secondary market.
Vorin watch: Clear Red C2E2. Grey C2E2. Clear Blue SDCC. Gold SDCC. Painted SDCC. Stealth Incentive Figure. TRU Painted. Comic/Specialty Painted. That's a lot of Vorins! (They could probably do one to look like the original Ram figure from the 1980s line too still.) What's next, color changing? (That might be cool, actually. It worked for OMFG.)
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