SPIDER-MAN – UNMASKED
SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES
Spider-Man, Spider-Man. Does whatever a spider can. Spins a web any size. Catches thieves just like flies. Look out, here comes a Spider-Man….Review. It’s a Spider-Man review. That’s what it is.
Yes, it’s another figure from the 90s Marvel Licensing giant that was ToyBiz. They made a big success with X-Men, so they moved onto Spider-Man and ended up finding even greater success. This figure comes from that line. It’s not the first figure I’ve taken a look at from this line, but the first figure was actually Captain America, so I didn’t really discuss it much at length.
Once the line proper had proved to be a hit, ToyBiz teamed up with BJs Wholesalers to have several exclusive boxed sets, consisting mostly of repaints, and based around certain themes. Today’s figure comes from one of those sets.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This figure was released as part of a 6 pack of figures, all based on the Clone Saga, which was going on in the comics at the time. The figure depicts Peter in his Spider-Man costume, sans mask. I guess he took his mask off a lot in the story? I must confess, I haven’t actually read the Clone Saga, so I wouldn’t know. I’m not opposed to having an unmasked Spider-Man, whatever the reasoning, so I’m not complaining. The figure stands about 5 inches tall and features 11 points of articulation, which was pretty good for the time. The figure was made from completely reused parts: The head comes from the Spider-Man line’s version of Peter Parker, and the body is the same one used on Mutant X’s The Fallen. It’s a body ToyBiz was fond of reusing. It’s not bad, though it is a bit scrawny, especially in the lower arms. The head was pretty nice. It’s based on his look on the cartoon, which it emulates well. Peter’s paintwork is decent, not amazing. Mine has some wear on the webbing from minor play and such. As far as I recall, he included no accessories.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, I’m going to give a shout out to my friend Pat Sponaugle, who follows this blog. This figure, as well as the rest of the set he was included in, was a Christmas gift from Pat way back when! Thanks Pat!
Overall, he’s actually a pretty neat figure. Perhaps not the greatest Spider-Man ever, but still pretty cool. I have fond memories of getting this figure and adding it to my, at the time much smaller, collection. I think this was the rough start time of me becoming the kid for whom everyone just bought whatever action figures they could find during the holiday season.