JiNX has had a pretty good run with Minecraft products as of late, ranging from hats and gloves to plushies and t-shirts, all aimed at making even the most jaded fan happy and able to show off their love for the game. The company just released some brand new items and we got a few of them in the mail to review for you.
Let's start off with the new set of Collectibles There's a total of nine miniature figures in Series 2 that come in small black and purple boxes for you to collect. What makes these particular sets interesting is that if you get the right three, they all connect to each other to tell a story. One has a saxophone player belting out a tune for his piggie and horse, another has two fighters defending a bridge, and a third featuring two knights going after an Enderman and a dragon protecting a gem. As part of my review, I let my friend's daughter break open the boxes and construct them herself to see what she thought of them. While they were fun to put together, they kind of lose their charm after fully being constructed. But to be fair, they are more like desk items for display than figurines you can play with. I thought they looked fine as display models, so probably best for someone who likes to show it off more than play.
Next up was a brand new plushie as I got int he form of a 12-inch Steve doll. It is Steve in all his glory with blue eyes, light blue shirt, brown hair, jeans and that weird Minecraft smile. As far as plushie dolls go, he's pretty well designed with all of his limbs being moveable but not so flimsy in design that they might tear like you see in other plush figures. He's got a good amount of stuffing, though he probably could have used a little more. A nice touch to the figure, like others before him, is a velcro attachment for the right arm. This one is a stone pickaxe that looks to be the proper dimension for the character. He was a nice addition to the bunch.
Finally, I was sent a lovely t-shirt with the design you see below. A nod to old-school EC Comics title Tales From The Crypt in the form of "Tales From The End", featuring a knight doing battle against a dragon. A nice joke off to the side about the Enderman where the story features would normally be, and a nod to the game's founding in the upper-left corner. And kudos to JiNX for replacing the old "Comic Code" logo with their own symbol. The shirt itself was made of a thinner cotton blend that isn't form-fitting, but it also isn't too thick that it's suffocating. It's kind of that middle-range shirt that's good for nearly every season, which was a lovely bonus.
Overall, these were some good Minecraft products from JiNX, but I would personally lean more toward the shirt and the plushie than I would the figures. To each their own taste, though.You can currently purchase all of them via the Minecraft section of their shop.