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Marvel Legends Spider-
Man: Hobgoblin Series Spider-Man Review

“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…

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7 comments to Marvel Legends Spider-
Man: Hobgoblin Series Spider-Man Review

  • The Ghost

    I still use the very first Spider-Man Classics Spidey (and Symbiote Spidey) in my collection. 😛

    I, too, have been awaiting the perfect Spider-Man. I do like the look of this one for the most part.

  • Brainlock

    there have been so many Spideys that I don’t bother with them unless they have some unique catch, like a BAF part or, in this case, alt.head/hands and pizza. I’ve seen some get “Pizza Spidey” here in some cool poses like a crouch on one hand and some pretty cool McFarlanesque swinging poses.

    no clearances here, but I did score that Arana-Spider-Girl for $15 the other week across the River in Alton/Godfrey. just waiting for them to drop on the Superior and whatever the other Spidey in the Goblin wave was so I can finally pick them up. That’s the main problems with keeping the same retail code for each wave: you never know which one will show up on restock and it’s harder for them to hit clearance, despite the half inch of dust collecting on the boxes. seriously.

    My only hope with the upcoming Rhino wave Scarlet is they don’t give Ben gimp hands like the Ares wave version. Every time they do him, they seem to insist on screwing him up some way.

  • He-Mullet

    The head also lends itself to an “I’m talking to Aunt May/Mary Jane on a Payphone trying to make up an excuse on why I’m going to be late!” classic pre-Marriage that no matter how much that douche Quesada says it didn’t happen, it happened! I skipped it because of his waist Articulation… If I see Mayday Parker, she I’ll pick ASAP!

  • Paul

    Seriously. This thing is bristling with accessories. I picked him up just to support more accessories for toys.

  • J. Lee

    Well have picked up Mayday and this Peter. Dig them both but, ugh Hasbro on the posed package setup warp Maydays legs a bit. Haven’t seen many of this wave though. I should check clearance area to finish Phil ( I want his Green Goblin and M2 Golden Goblin as well since he was a Hero)

    Enjoy this Spidey alot and have lots of fun. Also my Spider/Rider/Sentai display looks great with him.

  • Affonso Carrasco

    Very good action figure picturing the amazing Spider Man.
    It fullfilled the lack of a classic SM in my collection.
    New SM, Daredevil, Black Panther, Hawkeye (not perfect, but better than Toybiz Marvel Legends, now what I would like to see are Beast (Classic), Namor (green trunks)and Vision (it´s coming).

  • Wayward Knave

    I’ve had only one Spider-Man figure in my entire lifetime. I’m not exactly sure where it comes from but it’s like a classic Spider-Man, except it’s in black and red and it has a clear yellow spider symbol on the chest and back (I bought it loose from a shop for approximately USD 3.00). So I think it’s a good thing that there are all these Spideys to choose from nowadays that suit the different tastes of fans and collectors. Although, if but for no other reason than sentimental value, I suppose I’d like to see a Marvel Legends update of my “Black & Red Spider-Man” (or whatever variant this is).