MARVEL LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES
In the 90s, when Marvel Comics was pretty much just throwing everything at the wall to see what stuck, they came up with the idea of doing a line of comics set in the future of the Marvel universe, in the year 2099. They launched books based around the future counterparts of their best sellers of the time. There was Spider-Man 2099, Hulk 2099, Ghost Rider 2099, Doom 2099 (as in the doctor, not the video game), Punisher 2099, X-Men 2099 and… uhhh… Ravager 2099. Okay, so they weren’t all hits. In fact most of them really weren’t. The only one that really hung on was Spider-Man 2099, which gathered a rather hefty fanbase. Being a Spider-Man variant and all, Spider-Man 2099 has been no stranger to the toy world. He’s pretty much guaranteed to show up in most Spidey-based lines. The character also just got a new comic series, so it’s only fitting that he found his way into the latest round of Spider-Man Marvel Legends.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spider-Man 2099 is another figure from Series 2 of Hasbro’s Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. The figure stands about 6 inches in height and features 32 points of articulation. Like the normal Spider-Man from this series, 2099 makes use of the body created for Superior Spider-Man. It’s not without issue. The torso is a little long and flat, and the hips could use a bit of tweaking to improve the movement. However, other than that, it’s a pretty great body, especially for the spiders. It offers a nice, svelte body type with a fantastic range of motion, and you really can’t ask for much else. In addition to the Superior body, 2099 gets an all-new head, forearms, and hands, as well as an add-on piece for his web-cape. The head is actually pretty amazing; the detailing around the eyes is raised up, and you can even make out faint traces of the face beneath the mask. For such a simple piece, it’s really impressive. The forearms aren’t much different from Superior’s, they just have spikes added to the side, which is accurate for the character. The hands are big and clawed, which is what 2099 should have. They have quite a bit of detail, which certainly keeps them interesting. They seem like the sort of piece that Hasbro could really get some mileage out of. The cape is fine for what it is, though I myself have never really liked that aspect of the costume. Fortunately, it’s easily removed if web-capes aren’t your thing. Before getting into the paint, I feel the need to comment on the plastic which the figure is cast in. It’s this really great semi-metallic, ever-so-slightly transparent blue, which is really striking and has a really nice, slick feel to it. It’s absolutely perfect for the design, and it really makes the figure stand out. As far as paintwork, there’s really only the red parts of the costume. Overall, it’s cleanly applied and of an even consistency, but there are a few spots, such as the logo, where the paint is just missing. Spider-Man 2099 doesn’t include any accessories of his own, which is a little bit disappointing, but he does include both the right arm and flame sword of the Hobgoblin Build-A-Figure, so that’s cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Say it with me: Big. Bad. Toy. Store. That’s where I got this guy and the rest of his series-mates. I have to admit, I’ve never really had much attachment to Spider-Man 2099 as a character. His costume, however, is a different story. It’s a solid design that just translates amazingly to action figures (I still kick myself for parting with the Spider-Man Origins figure!) This figure is no exception. He has a few issues with paint, but everything else about him more than makes up for it. I’d say he’s the best figure the series has to offer, and I really like the rest of the series a lot, so that’s saying something. He’s just a really good figure. And look at that blue plastic!