“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 had this really cool Morbius figure once. It wasn’t exactly comic accurate. It skewed creepier with a decayed, atrophied look, giant claws and a flowing decrepit cape. He had “Fang Attack Action” where a lever in his face would stretch his chin for a screaming… well fang attack. I really enjoyed adding him to my Spidey villain collection.
Then one day he fell forward and I didn’t notice. And then a day passed. A week passed. A month passed. It was a big ML collection so I’m really not sure exactly how long Morbius was face-checking the figure in front of him. When I did finally notice and reached in to correct him, well, his face had been let’s say… permanently rearranged. The softer plastic used for the action feature really, really liked the plastic of the figure in front of ol’ Morbius and they had plenty of time to bond. Morbius’ face basically melted off. I don’t throw away many figures, but I did have to toss him. I imagine I’m not the only one.
And so I’ve been Morbius-less for many years now. Hasbro finally saw fit to correct that with a less ambitious, but still great figure this year. This Morbius isn’t trying to be too cool for school. He’s just on the basic buck with a few new bits to nail his look. I do miss the action feature because it was cool, but it definitely wasn’t worth it in the long run.
The new figure starts with a new head sculpt and I actually like it even though it’s screaming. I’m not a fan of screaming heads that often, but Morbius just chilling on the shelf probably wouldn’t look right. This snarling expression is convincing too. Morbius is not happy. Maybe he just saw a pic of his old figure. I’m not entire sure what else is new – my ML parts knowledge just isn’t as strong. The claw hands are probably a reuse, but the torso could be new. It’s designed to integrate his fashionable collar. New or not, it all comes together for a clean, simple Morbius look and brings another classic Spidey villain to the shelves. Continue to Page 2…