I have never been to so many Walgreens so often! I gotta say – I’ve become converted to an “online” collector. I used to like going out toy shopping. Hitting the stores. Knowing what days trucks arrived. I swear there were times I could smell what I was looking for from the parking lot. It was awesome. Now? Well, getting boxes in the mail is pretty fun.
Don’t get me wrong. I am ecstatic to see a retailer like Walgreens – there are six within 20 miles of my house – get in on the exclusive figure action. And to do wish such a splash – the better of two Tyrion figures, the Prototype Boba Fett in 6” form, and now a cancelled Marvel Legends figure: Agent Venom.
I’m not entirely certain why I wanted this figure so much when I first saw it. I am a fan of the Symbiote Costume, moreso than Venom himself (when I do enjoy Venom, it’s usually pre-tongue). I have not read a single issue of this current Venom, now Flash Thompson in the symbiote and working as a government agent. But the design calls to me. Maybe it’s just that it’s a tactical version of the classic symbiote suit. And, of course, there’s no tongue.
Even better is than the idea is the figure itself. He looks fantastic. His origins as a cancelled regular figure probably saved him from more parts reuse then deserving of a retailer exclusive and the figure is better for it. There is some reuse, but a lot of the figure is new: the boots and kneepads, the gloves, and the armor/shoulderpads for sure. The belt and head also appear to be new, but I’m not as up on every single ML part. The main trunk of the body is reused, but it’s well dressed under al the new bits.
That base ensures most of the great ML articulation is present on Venom here as well. There are ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, hips, and inverted ankles; swivels we the biceps, forearms, waist, & thighs; double-hinges at the elbows & knees, and the ab crunch. The only thing missing is any type of wrist articulation. The swivels are present in the forearms, but any gun-totin’ figure could use some hinges in the wrists, so the figure does seem lacking in that one regard. The included articulation all works well and the bulk of the armor and gear hardly confines the figure from deep poses. Continue to Page 2…