MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Stealthily dressed in black, Spider-Man possesses incredible web-slinging, wall-crawling powers.”
Hey guys! Guess what I’m reviewing for the next week! Something new and exciting and…yeah, okay, it’s more Marvel Legends. Look, I picked up three series of these suckers last month. There’s a lot of them sitting here waiting to be reviewed. So, let’s jump on into Sandman Week, shall we?
The first figure I’m looking at is none other than Marvel’s biggest cash-cow pretty much ever, the Amazing, the Sensational, the Spectacular, the Peter Parker, yes it’s Spider-Man!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spider-Man is figure 5 in the Sandman Series of Marvel Legends. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. As you’ve no doubt deduced from the images and the bio, this figure is based on Spider-Man’s symbiotic black costume. Believe it or not, this costume hasn’t been released in Legends form since 2008’s Red Hulk Series. That figure was built on the Bullseye mold (and not even the slightly updated version that Iron Fist got!), so an update was more than warranted. More importantly, he’s really the last major Spidey design to be moved to the Pizza Spidey body. This figure not only makes use of the now standard Spider-Man bod, he also re-uses the head of the Rhino Series’ Scarlet Spider figure, making him 100% recycled parts. Of course, this is a figure that kind of warrants being recycled parts, doesn’t he? Pizza Spidey’s not a perfect body, but it’s a solid build for Spider-Man, and it even looks like Hasbro’s tweaked it ever so slightly to offer a little more motion in the hips. The Scarlet Spider head is a good choice; the change of color is enough to make it look sufficiently different. The paint on this guy is pretty standard fare for this design. They’ve gone for the simple black and white, no accenting, which is, in my opinion, always the way to go with this design. Blue highlights and the like always end up messing the whole thing up. The logo on my figure is pretty clean, but it’s worth noting that I’ve seen a number of figures where that wasn’t the case, so be careful when grabbing this guy. Oh, and a cool, minor, almost nonexistent thing I noticed? The black plastic used for this figure is a cooler black, rather than the usual warmer black used on most figures. This means if the light catches the figure juuuuust right, he’s got the slightest bit of a blue sheen. It’s so minor, I’m not even certain it was intentional, but I think it’s cool regardless. Okay, I love this figure, but there’s one area where it’s a letdown, and that’s the accessories. He comes with two sets of hands: fists and open gesture. Yes, just those two. Not the web pose ones. Now, it’s true that when Spidey had the symbiote, he didn’t need to do the usual pose to fire his webs. The thing is, after ditching the symbiote, Peter actual sported a cloth version of this design for a little while, and used his usual web shooters, so the hands would still be accurate. Plus, he’s already a total re-use, the very least you can do is throw in one more set of hands, especially when they’re already tooled. Not to mention, the last two Spider-Men on this body both came with all of the extra hands *and* a spare head. There was some hope that this figure might at the very least have that unmasked Peter had we’ve all been waiting for, but no such luck. It just feels a bit weak. He does at least include a pair of swap out hands for the Sandman BAF, but he really should have had more.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After the previously reviewed Ms. Marvel figure, this guy was probably my next most wanted from the Sandman Series. I actually saw him at the same time as Kamala, but I just couldn’t bring myself to pay a premium price for a figure that didn’t actually offer anything new. It seems that was the right call, as I found this guy at a slightly out of the way Walgreens while they were running their $12.99 sale on all Marvel Legends. Score! The accessories are super annoying, and all, but honestly, I was just happy to finally find this guy, and for a price I haven’t paid for a Legends figure in like a decade. The actual figure is exactly what I’ve been hoping for ever since the Pizza Spidey body was introduced. I’m glad we finally got him!