SPIDER-UK — MULTIVERSE SPIDER-MEN
MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES
So, it’s been like twelve days since my last Marvel-related review. That feels like a really long time to me. Well, fear not dear readers, I just so happen to have the perfect figure to quench that Marvel thirst…or something. That sounds weird. I withdraw that comment. Anyway, umm…here’s a Spider-Man? Yeah, let’s go with that! It’s not just any Spider-Man, of course. No, no, this is Billy Braddock, better known as Spider-UK! He has the distinction of being both the Spider-Man *and* the Captain Britain of his universe, which is pretty cool I guess. He’s also another addition to the ever-growing Spider-Verse roster, and that’s always a plus in my book. Let’s see how he turned out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spider-UK is figure 3 in the Sandman Series of Marvel Legends. His package name is “Multiverse Spider-Men,” a name he shares with the latest version of Spider-Man 2099. He’s one of three Spider-Men in this particular assortment, and by far the most obscure of the three, though I feel certain they could go more obscure if they wanted to. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Spider-UK is debuting a new base body. Sizing wise, it falls between the Bucky Cap and Reaper bodies. It’s probably a little closer to the Bucky body, which is why some people are thinking this body might be Hasbro’s way of slowly working out the Bucky Cap, or at least lightening its load. I gotta say, I really like this new base. The posability is pretty great, the proportions are very well balanced, and I really dig the small folds here and there to really sell it as someone wearing an actual cloth costume, rather than one that’s just painted on. This is definitely a base I can see getting a lot of mileage. The head sculpt is also new, though it looks to share some common ancestry with the Pizza Spidey head. It’s wider, of course, allowing it to better fit the body (and the character, who was always pretty lantern-jawed). The majority of his costume details are painted, which is fine by me, since I prefer painted webzines. The application is all really solid. The lines are nice and sharp and the color palette is certainly pleasing to the eye. He definitely follows the upward trend of paint on Legends as of late. While Spider-UK includes no accessories for himself personally, he does come packed with the left arm of Sandman, which really has made me want to finish this guy.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Spider-UK came from, who else, Super Awesome Girlfriend. We were out at the Walmart near her parents the week before Christmas, and I happened upon this guy, the only figure from the series. I still haven’t seen any of the Space Venom Series, so the fact that this series was already hitting has certainly caught me by surprise. Funds were tight so I passed. However, Super Awesome Girlfriend, crafty as she is, asked me to go grab something else, and hid him in the cart. Then she conveniently had me go look for yet another thing during check-out, all so as to make sure I didn’t see this guy. She’s crafty like that. I don’t have a strong opinion one way or another about Spider-UK as a character, but as a figure, he’s pretty awesome!