Oh yeah, it’s Friday! You know what that means: it’s time for another installment of Flashback Friday Figure Addendum! Today, we flip back over to the Marvel side of things, with long-time Spidey foe Green Goblin, from back when he was Willem Dafoe!
The first Spider-Man movie may have been surpassed by other superhero movies in recent years, but when it was released it was my favorite superhero movie, and remained in that spot until it was dislodged by its sequel. The movie was also one of the earliest comicbook based movies to get a decent tie-in toyline, on par with, and perhaps even better than the comic stuff at the time. I’m certain it surprises no one that I owned a few of the figures from that toyline, and today I’ll be looking at one of the figures of the film’s big bad, the Green Goblin.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Goblin was part of the first series of Spider-Man movie figures. The figure stands 6 inches tall and features 38 points of articulation. He has an all new sculpt based on Willem Dafoe’s performance as the character in the film. It’s a pretty good sculpt and, whether you like the suit or not, it’s a good representation of the suit’s design. Under the figure’s removable mask is an unmasked Norman Osborn head, which bares more than a passing resemblance to Dafoe. The resemblance might be a bit closer were it not for the slick back hair style, but it was necessary in order to facilitate the removable mask feature. The mask is a well done piece and is essentially a scaled down version of the real thing, though it is missing the backing it had in the movie. This is once again to aid the removability. The paintwork is cleanly applied, with no real issues with slop or bleed over. His skin tone is a tad too yellow for my tastes, but only a tad. The figure came packaged with his goblin glider and a flight stand, but both of mine have been lost. Sorry!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got Green Goblin from the KB Toys in my local mall shortly after the first series was released. That would have been a few months before the release of the movie. For some reason, I wanted Green Goblin, but none of the other figures in the series. So, I only had the Goblin for a while. He’s a quality figure for sure, but that goblin costume looks worse every time I see it.
Okay, so first of all, I feel the need to apologize for the complete lack of a shot of his unmasked face in the original review. I’m not sure how that got completely left out. It’s now been added as part of his Wilson photo.
This was another short review, though it does hit on most of the major points. Perhaps I should try for brevity more often? Nah, that’s silly! Anyway, as nice as the actual details on the costume are, the actual body they’ve been placed on is rather oddly proportioned, and suffers from a lack of any useful articulation on the torso. Still, he’s on par with most of the early Marvel Legends and Spider-Man Classics, so he’s not awful. Missing from my original review was his Goblin Glider, which I discovered during The Find. It was actually split between several different boxes, so finding the whole thing was quite an accomplishment. It’s honestly one of the best parts of this figure. There’s a ton of detail and it’s not undersized like so many of the gliders end up being. There’s even some slight articulation, so you can get him posed on it just right.
This guy feels a lot more complete now. His design’s still really, really goofy, but this was a pretty fun figure for its time, and it was honestly the best Goblin Toy Biz put out until the Series 13 Legends release.