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Absorbing Man Week!
Marvel Legends Ben Reilly Spider-Man Review

The paint work is the big unique thing here and it’s done well. The line work is great (I’ve been wanting to buy a Superior Spider-Man on this buck, but I can never find one with good lines on the head) and smartly extends into some unseen areas around the articulation so that the line work is contiguous in most poses. Again, just very well done.

Accessories was another strong area. There is of course the Absorbing Man arms, but Hasbro’s latest spate of Spidey figs have had a nice complement of alt hands: fists, thwip hands, and wall-crawling hands. This is super welcome after all those years of being locked into thwip hands on Spidey after Spidey.

He doesn’t include the half-mask head, I cheated a bit in that picture, but he does include three more awesome alternate pieces to recreate another bit of 90s goodness. Ben had the misfortune of being possessed by Carnage back in those good old days. To recreate this, Ben includes Carnage’s clawed hands, now with the swappable pegs and Carnage’s head repainted to match the costume. It’s not spot on – that would require some tendril/vein work, but I’m not worried about it. It looks great when you swap them out. I ordered these from BBTS, and opted for the whole case just because it included two Ben Reilly figures. I happily have him & Spider-Carnage posed together on the shelf.

Overall, this was an easy win for Hasbro. There was no new tooling needed to get this 100% right and they had no problem doing it. I honestly feel like, and Hasbro won’t like this, but these are the last Spidey figures I’ll need to buy in 6” scale. It’s a great buck and this costume uses it well. The accessories to get the poses just right and the alternate parts to make Spider-Carnage are just icing on the cake. Hasbro’s finally gotten it these last couple years and I feel more and more like these are the highlight years of Legends. Or maybe I’m just happy to get Clone Saga figures twenty years later? Bring on Spidercide!

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14 comments to Absorbing Man Week!
Marvel Legends Ben Reilly Spider-Man Review

  • Black Arbor

    Glad you’re back Noisy! So do Carnage’s tendrils fit in Ben Reilly’s back? That might help sell the Spider-Carnage look a bit more, haha

  • Carsten

    Seconded, welcome back! 🙂
    Great comic strips – I am really shocked, how well all the Spidey figures pull off the different poses for the strip. Couple that with the exchangeable hands and the sky’s the limit … Since I almost exclusively collect MotUC, I get mostly 2 natural poses out of my figures – “ARGH! HULK SMASH!” and “80s robot” (even with all the artuculation points).

  • Agree with you on all points man. I plan on getting every figure on the wave, especially Speed Demon, and even though the new Venom is basically the ML version of that perfect Marvel Select Venom figure I bought recently, I’m still getting him, and this one’s a fun buy with the added accessories and double re-sue value since Hasbro was shockingly so kind as to give us an added incentive on that already solid Ben figures.
    Spider-carnage is a true bonus man.
    The hardest part of course is waiting for these figures to shop in stores near me…that and having enough money to buy this wave and the CapWolf one that’s also coming out so close together with this one. Damn you Hasbro!

  • Dagwood

    Do the Spider Carnage parts fit on Spider Girl?

  • Alex

    The Clone Saga made me quit reading comics altogether for a decade. That said, I have always adored this costume. I’ve always wanted a figure of it, but the few they’ve ever made previously have all sucked, so I was very eager to grab this. I’ll admit, when I first took him out of the package I was…underwhelmed. The plastic feels extremely cheap and the paint is kind of terrible on mine, there’s slop all over and the back is a huge mess. But once I stsrted playing around with it and putting him I to different poses I began to see why you gush over this body so much. The range of motion is the best I’ve seen on a Spidey figure (even moreso than the Hot Toys ASM2 one I have because as wonderful as it looks the costume restricts it something fierce). I especially appreciate the lateral shoulder joints that I always wish pretty much every figurehad but only ever seem to be done on Spidey and only rarely. And the alternate hands are a godsend, because one gets SO TIRED of having nothing but Thwip hands.

    And then I put on the Carnage parts, and it completely won me over. That head is by far the best-looking Carnage head I have ever seen at this scale, and second period after the perfect Marvel Select one. And the hands are great. It’s fantastic to finally have a Spider Carnage fig that’s not made of weird plastic that’s translucent for god knows what reason yet somehow simultaneously too dark to see any details. I honestly do want to pick up a second so I can have one be Carnage full time and paint the veining on the arms. I just need to find that Venom first…

    • Back when Toy Biz was making Legends, the lateral shoulders were pretty standard.

      • Alex

        I only ever had a few from the first two or so waves. ML is a line I always wanted to get more into but was never able to. The Coulson 3 pack was the first I got since….probably Afleck Daredevil. This is my second. So yeah…

  • Brainlock

    I saw this guy the other week when I grabbed Gwen, Speedy, and Beetle (Sheetle?), but I decided to hold off on the 2x Bens and rest for later. I like Ben more than Pete, but he’s not a MUST BUY on first sighting. the other case mix is 2x Venom, which if he had an Eddie Brock head, or other selling point accessory, I probably would have grabbed him then, too.

    btw, HasbroToyShop has this wave up already and 10% off with the code plastered all over their site. no cases, tho. 🙁
    (not sure if that violates any ad deals you have, but their new site is major suck, anyway.)

  • Tim H

    You should have put a trigger warning around the ’90s “Hope you didn’t eat without me” one-liner.

    “Can Parker come out to play?”
    “I heard you were dying to see me.”
    “Hate to eat and run.”

  • J. Lee

    First one I bought of this wave. (Later saw same package and inside sleeve just laying in the WWE figures and I thought Toy Aisle trolls were bad but this jumped that.)

    On the Clone Saga, I stuck with it enjoyd some of the characters that came out of it like Stunner, Kaine, Fem Dock Ock, etc. so, bring any of theme on.

    The mold is a keeper and hope to see many other spiders on it among other characters like the Spot, the Eel, Unicorn, a current Comic Electro (616), and even the Looter. For webheads like to see the Black & White/Armor look, formentioned Black Suit, the Bulletproof, a new Big Time, FF, and Kaine Scarlet, Bruce Banner Spidey, Noir (make jacket removable), the Slingers costumes, and dare I say the Agent of Hell Spiderman.

    Been wondering would Speedball, Justice, and Nightthrasher work on this mold?

    A great review again Noisy and love the snickers joke.

    • Brainlock

      I’d LOVE a Slingers 4pk!

      Speedball I can see using this body.
      Vance makes me think the BuckyCap body is better suited.
      Thrash…who made the Franco New Goblin, TB or Hasbro? because all that needs is a slightly modded head. and a skateboard that can act as a shield.

  • Prophet924

    Love the Snickers bit. Very funny. Here’s hoping Toy Fair shows a Spidey themed BAF in wave two.


  • This guy hits it on so many levels. Not only was this the last Spider-Man toy I had before my awkward teenage years of being too afraid to buy toys, but I LOVED that Spider-Carnage figure (and still have ’em). I can’t even believe they covered that! This hits me right in the 90’s in all the best way (and if they DO make Spidercide, I’ll know they really care).

    I typed all that from the floor ’cause I couldn’t get up after the Snickers joke. Thanks man, I need a lung transplant.

  • Joe

    Haha, I made almost the same snickers joke last Monday on my Instagram.