“The darkness that blankets this city is nothing. Nothing! Not compared to the shroud that Spider-Man pulled over me! He stole my life… shattered it… then cast it aside like yesterday’s news! So it is only fitting, only fair, that I do the same to him! And I will. Very… very… soon!” – Eddie Brock, Amazing Spider-Man v1 #298, March 1988.
I’ve reviewed Venom figures before and I imagine I’ve droned on about the symbiote costume a time or two here at IAT. So to keep it short for newcomers: I love the Symbiote Spider-Man costume above all others. Venom, for a long time, was “not cool” with me because he was a messed up version of that costume. I got over it & now mostly enjoy Venom, but only when he doesn’t have that big, stupid tongue.
There, that about covers it. Even when I didn’t love Venom, he’s always had a spot in my collection though. I had the tongue-flicking 90s Toy Biz version, the dumb Classics one with the exposed leg, the cooler Legends one made from Sabretooth’s buck, the giant Marvel Select one, Agent Venom, and a whole other host of 5” & 4” ones here and there. I never did get the cool one in the jacket riding the motorcycle though, I always wanted that one. (Do not go to eBay, Do not got to eBay…).
I figure, if I didn’t love the character, I could at least kinda get the costume again. When I bought the Select last year, I was pretty smitten. I liked all the extra parts, the level of detail, the size, etc. I thought I was done on the Venom front. And then along came this wave and made me want something I never knew I wanted. An update of the Toy Biz Venom.
See, that flicking tongue venom stayed in my collection for a really long time. Granted that he never flicked his tongue, but the rest of him did hang out, kinda smiling & happy to be there filling out my 5” Marvel display. He never really got bumped out by the various Venoms that came later until the Sinister Six box set. It was probably a good decade or so.
Marvel Select Venom is a work of art and I’ll probably be keeping both of those for a while, but this Legends Venom, more by necessity than purpose just conjures up good memories of that tongue-flicking toy from my youth. It’s a clean, not overly detailed look – how I think of the symbiote versus the sometimes veiny, bulging art that gives the Select his great look. This figure has that late 80s smiling head that conveys both otherworldly menace and a guy just happy to get a hot dog at the end of a long day. I didn’t know I’d want that after the awesome Select Venom, but I do. And he rocks. Continue to Page 2…