Christmas is over. It’s time again for me to raise my head out of my retail hole and survey the landscape, maybe write a review or two. And, yes, I do know that it’s February. Retail plus being a Dad was an extra layer of exhaustion this year. And I’m gonna be in my late thirties this year. I just don’t bounce back like I used to. But we’re gonna make a go here with a couple theme weeks.
We’re going to run through the Absorbing Man Wave of Marvel Legends this week. Not every figure will get reviewed (you’ll see why), but we’ll get through the wave and on to ol’ Carl by week’s end. Next week, pre Toy-Fair, we’ll be doing a Star Wars Black Week that includes a pretty awesome giveaway courtesy of our friends at Entertainment Earth!
We’ll kick off with some nineties love: Ben Reilly, the Sensational Spider-Man. Before we dig in, I’m sure many a comic fan can subject me to the long-winded opinions of why The Clone Saga slapped them in the face and ruined everything forever, but I don’t care about any of that. Not even a little.
Ben Reilly was awesome. He was Electric Superman awesome, ok? He was refreshing. Interesting. Exciting. Some of the stories could’ve been better, but the idea has always been compelling. And the costume? The costume is gorgeous. It’s so slick in fact that despite the loud vocals against The Clone Saga, it’s never really gone away.* Spider-Girl wore it for one. And it’s crept into various merchandise over the years, including figures like the one here.
* – * Much like Electric Supes, who just got his, I believe, sixth figure from Mattel in the form of a crappy 12” titan hero deal. The figure is crummy, but awesome all the same.
This is actually the second Legend for the Sensational costume, but I don’t like to talk about the first one. It rolled out during Hasbro’s shakedown period and it’s just a wonky thing. In fact, as I mentioned in the Hobgoblin Series Spider-Man Review, I’m done with all Spidey figures that preceded it. Hasbro nailed that Spider-Man and I was immediately ready for costume variants. Hasbro didn’t disappoint: Spider-Man 2099 & Scarlet Spider have already been released, Symbiote Spidey is on the way thanks to a stupid poll, & Ben Reilly is already here as well.
As such, there really isn’t anything to talk about on the sculpt. There’s basically nothing new here from when I last reviewed it. It’s still awesome. The proportions are spot-on and the articulation blends together with it particularly well. The only additions here are the web-cartridges from the Scarlet Spidey figure. It’s one of those times where I can’t really gush over the buck-repeat, but this is exactly what I wanted, so I’m thrilled.
The articulation is also, unsurprisingly, the same. Well-ranged ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips (well, most are well-ranged), & inverted ankles; swivels at the biceps, waist, & thighs, double-hinged elbows & knees, the ab crunch, and the extra lateral hinges in the shoulders. It all comes together pretty seamlessly and it makes the figure a blast to play with, particularly because he can achieve so many classic Spidey poses. Continue to Page 2…