MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
And here we are again, with another Build-A-Figure Build-A-Figure-d. Nice.
Meet Flint Marko, aka Sandman. He’s one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes, debuting in Amazing Spider-Man #4. He’s also a recurring member of the Frightful Four (though there seems to be some sort of a time share thing going on between him and Hydro-Man), and he was even a reserve member of the Avengers at one point. He also shares his name with two DC Comics characters, with which he shares absolutely no relation. Fun. Let’s have a look at his figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sandman is the Build-A-Figure for the Sandman Series of Marvel Legends. I know, what a shock. He’s the sixth Spider-themed Build-A-Figure since the line’s rebranding back in 2014. This is actually Flint’s second time as a Legends Build-A-Figure under Hasbro’s run. Of course, the last one was movie-based and also was a horrible abomination. Prior to that, Sandman was one of the best entries in Toy Biz’s Spider-Man Classics, but like so many of TB’s later releases, most actual fans never saw that one at retail. The new figure was definitely warranted. There was a pre-paint version of this figure in last summer’s SDCC-exclusive The Raft set, which had him in a sandier color scheme, but this one returns him to his classic colors. The figure stands just shy of 8 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Sandman is built on the same body as Absorbing Man, which is itself based on the Terrax body. The body was a bit large for Absorbing Man, and it still feels slightly large for Sandman, but you can write that off as him making himself larger, I suppose. It’s not like he’s never done that before. Aside from the size thing, the other main issue I have with this body is the hip articulation, which is not only weird looking, but also a bit of a pain to pose. Those issues aside, the base body certainly isn’t terrible. Sandman gets a new set of arms, as well as two new head sculpts. The arms are partially sandy, showcasing Flints powers. I really like the sculpts on these, and I appreciate all the extra detail, like the way his hands look like they’re being effected by gravity and have some sand pouring off of them. It’s not just the sandy parts that are cool, though; they’ve also added some slight wrinkles to the upper arms, so that he actually looks like he’s wearing a shirt. I wish it extended to the torso, but it’s nice nonetheless. The heads provide us with normal and “battle-damaged” versions of Flint. The normal is okay; it gets his goofy hair down and has lots of nice detail work. I don’t know that it’s quite my ideal version of the character; something about the face feels off. It’s too wide, I think. I like the second head a lot more. It’s got a much more intense expression, and has been sculpted to look like he’s just taken a good punch to the face from a certain wall-crawler. The details match up well with the arms, and unlike Absorbing Man, there aren’t any issues with the change from head to torso being super jarring. The paint on Sandman is decent enough. He get’s his classic color schemes, and they even manage to make the transitions from sand to normal colors pretty believable. The battle-damaged head pulls ahead again in this category, largely due to the goofy pupils and spotty application on the teeth of the normal head. In addition to the second head, Sandman also gets a spare set of hands, in block and spikes ball formations. They swap out pretty easily. I know there was demand for a set of normal arms to be included, but I actually prefer the alternate hands, if I’m honest.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Building Sandman sure took a while, didn’t it? I think this may be the longest I’ve taken to finish one of these guys since…gosh, I don’t even know when. Before the Mandroid Series, for sure. To be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure I was gonna complete this guy. I mean, I like Sandman, and all. I’ve just always been really bummed that I never got the Toy Biz figure, and no version since has ever been anything but a pale imitation. But, then I got the whole series but Green Goblin, and I couldn’t stand to have him just sitting there headless, so I was compelled to buy him. I’m still not sure he’s a replacement for the TB figure, but he’s pretty fun in his own right. I’m happy I decided to finish him. Now I want a Hydro Man, but NOT on this same body.