Marvel Select has been a pretty good toy line for probably over a decade now, but it hasn’t reached into my wallet too often over the years. It was a mixture of a few things, my once-preference for DC Comics, the general 7” scale of the line, and the early figures with limited articulation & bulky dioramas not really appealing to me at the time (despite some good sculpting).
Occasionally, I’d pick one up when it was a character or look I really wanted to have like the Black Costume Spider-Man & Spider-Woman. Or if it was an oversized figure that would fit in great with my Marvel Legends collection like Thanos (& Uatu, but I don’t think I ever got around to him). In recent years, I’ve been more tempted, particularly as the articulation increased with little sacrifice to the great sculpts. The jury is still out on the Rhino release from earlier this year, but one figure I knew I wanted right away was the Classic Venom.
Now, I’m not a big Venom fan really. I am a HUGE Symbiote Spider-Man fan. I fell in love with that costume when I saw the Secret Wars figures. My parents tracked down the comics and I’ve compulsively bought it ever since. The old 5” line. Famous Covers. Legends. The aforementioned crappy Select one. Animated versions. Squashdown versions. Minimates. I’m reminded I still need to go back and get the Medicom one. And that LEGO has forsaken me with an SDCC exclusive (can I pay $150 for a LEGO Minifigure??) Anyway, hey, yeah… Venom.
As you might gather, while Venom simultaneously represents a huge perversion of my favorite Spidey look, he also sports it. So, hey, I like the guy enough, particularly in that narrow window when he was a big, scary-toothed alien and not a crazy-tongued thing. So I don’t normally buy Venom figures, but when I do… they don’t typically have a tongue. It doesn’t happen often.
But Marvel Select took Venom-figure making to a whole new level. This figure tried to cover as many bases as it could. The basic figure itself is pretty awesome, I’ll get to that in a minute, but the accessories knock this figure out of the park. Three heads. 8 hands. Clip-on back-spawn with articulated arms. Two extra half-arms. That’s a lot and with it, you can have my preferred toothy Venom, the more popular crazy-tongue Venom (the tongue is also removable), a mid-transformation Eddie Brock, and then a crazy-looking child-spawning Venom using all the extra attachments. Those options alone are pretty impressive and that’s not counting that the four of the spawn-heads are articulated as are four extra arms, featuring swivels at their base and their wrists, as well as hinged elbows on the larger two.
All that extra stuff is fantastic. There’s the obvious play value, but even display-only collectors can get in on the action choosing their favorite look or switching between the looks whenever they choose. While the Eddie Brock & crazy tongue heads are well-sculpted & well-painted, and I have the option of pulling the tongue out of the screaming head, my Venom will be keeping his old school McFarlane head on my shelves for the foreseeable future.
I’m a little out of order talking about the accessories first, but the main body is as well-sculpted as any of the add-on pieces. The guy is massive first-of-all. Topping out at 8”, I think he might be a little too big to even be in-scale with other Select figures, but it hardly matters. We could chalk this up to artistic interpretation and the variable size of the symbiote, but he still a little large. I, personally, don’t mind tossing him with my Marvel Legends – though he does look a bit silly when he’s paired off with Iron Monger or someone else that should be larger. I love it though, and if I didn’t have affinity for that old ML Sabretooth-repaint Venom, this guy would take over his spot in my display instead of having to share it. Continue to Page 2…