SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (TOY BIZ)
“The colossal overlord of the underworld, the Kingpin has his dirty hands in almost every criminal enterprise on the East coast. His enemies often mistake his massive girth for flab – it is, in fact, over three hundred pounds of solid muscle!”
What’s this? Kingpin in a Spider-Man line? What? It’s almost as if he was originally a Spider-Man villain or something. Yes, before becoming the big (in every sense of the word) bad for Marvel’s resident horn-head, Wilson Fisk began life as a foe to everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood arachnid. So they put him in the ‘90s cartoon, and that meant he got his first action figure! Let’s have a look at him!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Kingpin was released in the second series of Toy Biz’s Spider-Man: The Animated Series line from the ‘90s. The figure stands a little over 5 inches tall (he’s a bit taller than the average figure from the line), and he has a whole 3 points of articulation. Woooooo. This guy had an all-new sculpt, based on his show appearance, which was also his standard look in the comics for a very long while. It’s certainly a unique sculpt; it’s almost as wide as it is tall. No doubt the cut articulation was to help ensure he’d cost the same as the others in the line. The quality of the sculpt is fairly decent, but not without a few issues. The head is way on the small side, or perhaps the shoulders and arms are in the large side. Either way, the proportions are off. In addition to that, he’s wearing the wrong style of jacket for animated Kingpin; it should be double breasted, but it isn’t. Beyond that, it’s actually pretty decent. The head definitely captures Fisk well, and his overall size is definitely impressive. The paintwork on Kingpin is fairly good work. The colors are all appropriate to the character and the application is all nice and clean. Kingpin is packed with a diamond topped cane, which can be placed in either hand. He also has a “crushing” action feature. His arms can be pulled upwards and clipped into place; when the lever on his back is pulled, they swing down.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Kingpin is another more recent addition to my collection. Like a few others I’ve looked at recently, he came into my collection courtesy of the supremely cool Bobakhan Toys & Collectibles. More specifically, he’s a Super Awesome Girlfriend purchase. Honestly, he’s not a character I was ever dying to track down, and the figure’s just so-so, but I’m still happy to have added him to the collection!