SPIDER-MAN — HOMEMADE SUIT
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (HASBRO)
“Peter Parker swings around New York City in a suit he made himself as the web-slinging hero, Spider-Man!”
One of the biggest things to come out of last summer’s Captain America: Civil War was the introduction of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter was the best to grace the silver screen, and even in a smaller role, he was one of my favorite things about Civil War. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited for his upcoming solo flick, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is hitting in July. The tie-in toys are just starting to hit, and while the Legends assortment hasn’t yet seen a wide release, I did snag one of the figures from the basic line, which I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Homemade Suit Spider-Man is one of the four figures in the first series of Spider-Man: Homecoming figures from Hasbro. As the name notes, he’s sporting his initial homemade costume, seen very briefly in Civil War before he gets a new one from Tony. It’s looking like this suit will be getting a bigger focus in Homecoming, given its prominence in the various merchandise. The costume’s pretty nifty; it kind of calls back to Scarlet Spider’s design, but with the colors switched up a bit to make him more resemble the classic Spidey. The figure stands about 5 1/4 inches tall and has 15 points of articulation. Size-wise, he’s a little hard to place. He’s a bit smaller than the Legends stuff, but also a little larger than the old TB 5-inch stuff. He’s sort of compatible with the more recent Doctor Who figures from Character Options. Ultimately, he’s kind of close enough to a few lines that you could probably fudge him to fit if you were so inclined. The articulation is a bit on the basic side, but given the price, it’s actually not bad. Maybe some hinges on the hips would be nice, but that’s my only real complaint. The sculpt is a bit more primitive than a Legends figure, but certainly not bad. All of the important details are present, and the proportions are about right for a skinny teenager. I like that you can make out his nose beneath the mask. The paint is probably the one area where there’s some room for improvement. The molded and painted reds don’t really match up, and the blue seems really pale and drab. Also, I’m pretty sure the deco on the gloves isn’t quite right, but I’m not 100% on that. My biggest complaint is the silver paint that’s been used for the web shooters, which doesn’t seem to have adhered very well to the plastic. It’s been slowly chipping and scraping off since I opened it. Simply running a fingernail across it is enough to give it a scratch, which is really annoying. It’s a basic silver, so it’s easy to repaint, but that’s still not something I should have to do with a figure I just bought. Fortunately, it’s just limited to that one color, so I’m hopeful it’s just a fluke. The figure’s one accessory is a web attachment, which is kinda cool, though I think it’d be even cooler if the large end of it were a suction cup.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Walmart near me was in the process of resetting their toy aisle for about two weeks, and they had one of those diagrams hanging to show what was going out, which included the Legends assortment. I checked back just about every day for about a week and a half, but that one aisle remained un-set the whole time. I passed up these basic figures a few times while waiting, and on one of my later trips, I finally gave in and grabbed this guy. If you’re looking for Legends quality, wait for the Legends version of this costume, but if you just want a fun, cheap figure, there are worse things you could do than buy this guy. Issue with the silver paint aside, he’s a lot of fun, and he makes me nostalgic for my old Toy Biz figures.