The paintwork on Venom is pretty straightforward, but it was still tough to find a well painted one from my choices at the Walgreens I visited. Like any Venom it’s all about how thick and even the white paint is on the black-molded figure. I focused on getting good outlines on the eyes, allowing for the rough texture of the armor to excuse some issues with the armor. I think I ended up with a relatively nice figure and I couldn’t be happier that there are no lousy blue highlights on the figure!
Venom included five accessories, a set of tentacles and four guns. The tentacles plug into his back and are attached in the package, but are thankfully removable. They’re cool if you like them, but I’m not a fan. They do have one handy feature though – they can hold the extra weapons. It’s actually kinda neat, particularly since there are no other holsters for the gear (strangely, the one holder has a molded gun in it). I’m still not going to use it. I’ve opted to pop the two pistols into his regular ol’ hands and have that be that.
Overall, this figure is full of win. He’s a figure rescued from cancellation. He represent a new avenue for US-based collectors to snag some good figures. He’s a great and current variant of a classic character. And he’s well executed with a great sculpt & great articulation. The paint could be a little better, but I’ll take it. The only thing not to like? Well, I listed that in the wins. While he represents a new retailer doing exclusives – I’m just feeling too old for toy hunting having been out incessantly looking for this and my Boba Fett. It’s a bummer. But I don’t want Walgreens to stop, not by any means. I’m excited to see what they have next.
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