I have never reviewed a comic-based red & blue Spider-Man figure here at IAT. I had several ML/SMC versions over the pre-IAT years, but none ever quite struck the right chord and I sold them off at various times. It’s true that I prefer the black costume just as it’s true that I used to prefer DC Comics, but in both cases there was always a soft spot for Spider-Man, and that includes his classic costume. I’d been looking at eBay for an older ML to fill that gap in my shelves, or hoping Hasbro would simply make a new, bestest one.
Late last week, I was at Target way too early before work. You know the time, when everyone there is buying much-needed toiletries or rare Hot Wheels. I was hoping to find some Marvel Legends Infinite Series Captain America 2 (isn’t that a clunker to say) figures, but found only the same WW2 pegwarmers hanging around. I did spy the similarly packaged Marvel Legends Infinite Series Amazing Spider-Man 2 figures however (they really ought to narrow the name down).
The Spidey figs had been similarly picked over. No sign of Black Cat & Carnage. There was a Superior Spider-Man, but exceptionally sloppy paint had made his forehead sport an unknown kanji-like symbol instead of painted webbing. And then there was this guy. Now, there’s some egg on my face here. It was early. I was tired. In my A.M.-fogged brain, I thought “Superior Spider-Man” meant Doc Ock and classic “Amazing Spider-Man” meant ol’ Peter Parker. It wasn’t until later at work that I realized he was actually the new movie costume. The suit is remarkably comic-like after all. It didn’t change anything though – he was awesome enough to buy either way.
When the figures for the first Amazing Spider-Man movie came out, they were well after the fact, months later, so it was nice to get this version early. I did finally get around to catching that movie on Starz or some such, and I enjoyed it enough. I was glad I had the figure (& similarly glad that I had passed on the Lizard). In a way, I’m a little saddened that the movie costume now closely resemble the comics – I liked them being distinct like the Avengers are for the most part. But I can’t argue how good this one looks. I love it as a figure. Heck, I kinda hope that Hot Toys makes their own version for ASM2 just as a nice get around to a really high quality comic-like sixth scale figure. It just has a little bit of movie touch with the symbol and the texture while really evoking the cool, classic garb.
The figure evokes that classic look too. Heck, I was confused it for a bit. The sculpt captures the costume particularly well. The lines are all in the sculpt, not painted on. The sculpt also has a great build. It’s a little smaller than the average ML buck, but not so much so that it looks tiny. It’s the right amount of lean. And that head sculpt – that walked off the page, didn’t it?
The real winner here is the articulation though, I think. Lots of ball-joints with great range: the neck, the shoulders, wrists, inverted ankles, hips. There are swivels at the biceps, waist, thighs, and calves. Double hinges on the elbows and knees. The ab crunch. About those shoulders though – there’s a little more than just the nicely done ball-joints. Those ball-joints are embedded in a swivel join that allows the whole shoulder to flex forward and backward. I’m usually not a fan of this type of articulation – it can be really ugly. I’m torn a little. It’s integrated into the figure much better than I’ve seen before and because it gives the figure such amazing range though, I think I can dig it. Continue to Page 2…