“Seriously, what is it with New York? Would it kill you to invade Denver once? But no. You’ve always got to destroy Central Park or eat the Statue of Liberty… Bad guys are such tourists.” – Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man Special.
When the Hobgoblin wave was announced, I figured there were two for-sure purchases, one figure that I wanted without really understanding why, and that I could skip the other half of the wave and the BAF. This Spider-Man was in the skip half. What happened was, I came across the wave on clearance at Walmart. They meant to be clearancing out the Ultimate Goblin wave (scored a cheap black costume Spider-Girl), but this WM wasn’t discriminating. I, being particularly weak, ended up building the Hobgoblin (& then selling him ‘cause I really didn’t want him). The upside though was that I got to check out three figures I would’ve passed on. And I’m probably gonna keep ‘em all.
The biggest surprise for me? This Spider-Man. I knew he was probably a good figure, but do you know how many times I’ve bought a Marvel Legends Spidey thinking, “this will be the one”. I can’t even tell you how many times. They always improve the guy. But I really liked the Amazing Spider-Man 2 figure – yes, it’s movie-based, but it was pretty classic. I was really just missing the big fat bug on the back of the suit.
I just didn’t know that until I opened this figure. I’m pretty sure this Spider-Man is all-new and appears to have displaced the 2013 figure that was used for a variety of Spidey costumes. I had a few issues with that buck at the time, but now I have a ton with it! Because this figure, while still not the perfect Spider-Man is now the newest recipient of the “Closest They’ve Come” award.
The new body is great. I love the proportions and the overall sculpt – this is Spidey, he’s a not too muscle-y guy in a skin tight suit, this shouldn’t be hard, and they’ve nailed it. No clunky knees, no oversized head, just an honest to goodness straight up Spidey sculpt. I’m also a huge fan of the costume lines not being etched in – normally, I think that’s cool. But this Spidey body is so perfect that I now need it a million times over. We’ve already got 2099 in this wave and Scarlet Spider on the way in the next, but I need more. I’m not kidding: Symbiote (of course, and no damn blue highlights please), Captain Universe, Spider Armor (with some new bits), Ben Reilly’s costume, Negative Zone… heck, even the Iron Spider & the White Fantastic Four costume. Or even that weird Alex Ross costume? I can’t stand that guy, but I’m game for the figure! Continue to Page 2…