He does include a tongue head, of course. I believe the two heads are probably the only new pieces that are unique to him on this otherwise bucked out figure. And while I do prefer the smiling head, I have to admit the tongue head is good. The more snarling expression is great, the teeth are defined, and the tongue isn’t too crazy. Plus, the green “drool” paint is well done. It’s a good look if you’re into tongues.
The articulation is standard for the current crop, ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, & inverted ankles; swivels at the biceps, waist, thighs, & calves, double-hinged elbows & knees, the ab crunch. The hips are good, but are the one area that’s not great. He’s able to get in some decent Spidey poses despite his bulk.
There’s really not much paint needed here. Venom is wonderfully done without any white, blue, or grey, over sprays. He’s just molded in black like the Secret Wars Spidey of old and he looks fantastic as a result. It only took a decade to get them to stop doing those relief highlights. The symbol itself is a little fuzzy on the top edge, but its’s fairly crisp throughout and the black detail lines are spot on. The paint really shines on the head with the bright white eyes and the aforementioned green drool, but also on the closed mouth head where the teeth are individual painted and look great.
In addition to the extra head, Venom also included alternate hands. He’s gots claws and the fists. This helps his fun factor and his posing range, but I would like to see more in the way of these hands. Hasbro has done a great job on the alternate handed figures and I can’t help but want more here too.
Overall, it’s just an era for good Venoms. Hasbro’s smooth buck and the great tongue-less head sculpt have me enjoying having that early Venom on my shelf again. Plus, there’s a great tongue head for all you tentacle folks. Venom is really a great example of how Hasbro his hit their stride. We’ve got an iconic character that looks great despite being just a couple of new parts on their basic brawny buck. At this rate, I feel pretty certain I won’t have many Toy Biz versions of figures in my collection here before too long.
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