We’re running a little behind this week. My brother had a baby this weekend (Yay!), so we’ve been enjoying his newfound Dadness, I’m working out this Uncle thing, and my wife is quick to point out that it’s my little brother, seven years my junior, that now has kids. I think she’s trying to get at something…
There are a few other things going that might also cause my schedule to become as seemingly hectic as Vault’s, but hopefully we’ll keep our Daily Update Train going as we get ever closer to Toy Fair! I’m actually excited for Toy Fair this year, but I can’t figure out why for the life of me – what do I even buy at retail anymore? It’s all Matty subs and BBTS pre-orders these days. Well, there is one line that I’m still snagging when I’m lucky enough to run across it – you might have even guessed what it is by the subject of this review.
I will admit that I’m tempted to purchase whole Marvel Legends waves online. I did that with Rocket Raccoon, which proved the smart thing to do because I’ve never seen a single figure from that wave in person. The downside is that Hawkeye & Scarlet Spider are still sitting here, unopened, waiting for me to get industrious enough to sell them off. It would be the same story with Hasbro’s newest waves released to coincide with Amazing Spider-Man 2 & Captain America: The Winter Soldier (albeit way too early!). I may yet build Cap’s Mandroid, but the Spidey BAF Ultimate Green Goblin is about as interesting as a New52 Collect & Connect. It’s a shame as he looks to be a solid figure, but I just don’t feel a pull. Not enough to buy 2-3 figures I don’t want anyway.
So, I’ve been good; making my frequent brick & mortar stops. I missed twice: a travelling collector cleaned out my TRU and I was just a little too late at Target a few weeks ago. But I scored big last weekend. I had the whole wave in front of me, I waffled on Beetle – he looks like a 90s figure threw up everywhere, which is totally awesome, but I stuck to my “budget” choices, Black Cat & Carnage.
I kinda love Carnage, but I really couldn’t tell you why. While I consumed Spider-Man comics as a kid in the 80s (BlackCostume4Life!), I didn’t really read any in the 90s when Carnage debuted. What I know about him is largely informed by the old 90s Spidey cartoon, right down to the unnecessary use of Baron Mordo to give Cletus Kasidy the symbiote instead of getting into the whole spawning thing. As such, I don’t even always think about Carnage being a serial killer (he never killed anyone directly in the cartoon). Maybe I just like the look, or the idea or Carnage, I’m not sure. I bought Carnage toys several times over in the 5” lines and I think I picked him up as an ML (or Spider-Man Classics anyway) twice, but I settled on the Fearsome Foes version (still one of the best ML Box sets ever).
And that version has sufficed for years. I was never completely in love with the figure, but I’ve been happy. My Collection was: Carnage? Check!
But I’m getting old. See, it makes sense to me when a toy company updates Super Powers 25 years later or there’s a 30th Anniversary Transformer. I get that. I’m no spring chicken. But, now I’m getting old enough that figures I bought as an adult collector are coming back around and getting irresistible updates. That old Carnage is still great – it’s a unique Carnage sculpt for one thing, but the joints are kinda ugly, it’s a little gangly, and the head sculpt looks like he’s more gums than teeth. I still enjoy it though. And I can’t believe I probably bought it over a decade ago. Continue to Page 2…