SCARLET SPIDER & HOBGOBLIN
Well, we took a break to do the usual HT review for the 150th review, but now we’re back to, that’s right, the Minimates. Once again, it’s an entry from the expansive Marvel Minimates line. This time around, it pulls two characters from the Spider-Man corner of the Marvel universe: Scarlet Spider and Hobgoblin. Scarlet Spider is Ben Reilly, clone of Peter Parker. Hobgoblin’s been a few people, but in general, he’s kind of a successor to the Green Goblin legacy.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as a FYE & Suncoast exclusive set a few years ago.
Scarlet Spider is up first. He’s based on the original Scarlet Spider, not the more recent one, so he’s in Spider’s early 90s look, which was assembled from pieces from a novelty shop, I believe, on his first adventure. Dude wore a hoody with the sleeves torn off and his first adversary was Venom. Can you get much more 90s than that? Spider is built on the basic Minimate body, so he’s about 2 ½ inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He’s a vanilla ‘mate, so all of his details are painted on. Everything is pretty clean, though he is a bit basic, which does date the figure a bit. I also do wish the eyes were a little higher, but that’s more personal preference. Scarlet Spider included a web-line.
Up next is Hobgoblin. He was a pretty big character in the 90s, but his popularity has died down a bit recently. This figure is based on the character’s more reserved original appearance, instead of some of the more ghoulish looks the character got later on. Hobgoblin is built on the usual body, so he’s got the standard stats. He’s got 3 sculpted pieces: Hood, cape, and hand holding a pumpkin bomb. These pieces were all new to the figure, though the pumpkin bomb has been reused a few times since. The hood and cape are nice, and look pretty spot on to what the character looked like in his classic incarnation. The paint is much more detailed here than it was on Scarlet Spider. He actually holds up pretty well, if you’re really looking for a classically styled version of the character. Hobgoblin includes no accessories.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up this set at a Suncoast at my local mall. The Suncoast isn’t there anymore, which is a bit sad. This was one of the few times in recent years that I can actually remember being surprised to find an item I didn’t know was being made. I’ve always kind of liked Scarlet Spider, so I was glad to get him, and Hobgoblin’s not bad either.