MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Herman Schultz suits up in battle armor that produces intense shockwaves, earning him the notorious name Shocker.”
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about Hasbro’s latest iteration of Marvel Legends, it’s that the current development team definitely has some favorite team line-ups, and they sort of have running themes in each assortment to finish up some sets. One of the favored teams over on the Spider-Man side of things is the Superior Foes of Spider-Man, the stars of the eponymous book by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber. It all started with Boomerang (who was himself granted a slot courtesy of being part of Jeff Parker’s Thunderbolts, another favorite team) back in the Ultimate Green Goblin Series. Then we got both Beetle and Speed Demon (*and* the head of Silverman) in last year’s Absorbing Man Series. Now we’ve gotten probably the most recognizable member of the team, Shocker!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Shocker (who get’s the “Marvel’s” description, which is sort of amusing to me, since it kind of sounds like Marvel’s flipping me off) was released in the Sandman Series of Marvel Legends. This is Shocker’s first time as an official Marvel Legend, though he was released in Toy Biz’s Legends-compatible Spider-Man: Classics back in 2006. Of course, that was 11 years ago, and Shocker was one of the many villains from that line to be hampered by a gimmicky action feature, so a new figure is very much appreciated. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Included in that articulation? Elbow joints! Shocker seems to lose those a lot, so it’s nice that this figure is different. He’s seen here in his most recent costume, which is the one he was sporting during his time with the Superior Foes, as well as his tenure with the Thunderbolts a few years back. It’s different from the classic costume stylistically, but very similar in spirit. I dig it. The figure is built on the Bucky Cap body. While I personally tend to think of Herman as being a little bulkier (especially with all that padding), he’s certainly been drawn a size similar to this on more than one occasion. In a perfect world, he’d get unique tooling to capture the quilted texture of the costume, but that’s not where Legends is right now, so he makes due with the standard pieces. He also gets a new head, forearms, hands, and knees. The forearms and hands add Shocker’s signature vibro-shock gauntlets, which feature a really awesome sculpt; there’s tons of little dings and such that really add character to the figure. The kneepads seem a little out of place on the otherwise streamlined design of the figure, but they’re true to the comics. The head is surprisingly well-done. Masked characters don’t tend to gent noticeable expressions, but Herman’s got something of a bewildered look that just seems perfectly in character for the Spider-Verse’s resident punching bag. This is how you sculpt a fully face-masked character! Shocker’s paintwork is passable; it has to handle all of the quilted parts of the costume, which look pretty decent here. The changes from the yellow to brown could probably be a little cleaner, but they aren’t too terrible. I do really like the pearlescent white they used for the eyes; it really makes them pop. There’s a running change on this guy, which adds a belt buckle with the Thunderbolts logo on it, allowing him to officially be the Thunderbolts version as well. My figure is the earlier, non-Thunderbolts version. No clue which of the two will be the rarer one, but I’m happy with the one I got. Shocker includes the energy pieces used by Havok, Wonder Man, and Polaris. I lamented their overuse in my Polaris review, and it seems even more egregious here, since the pieces don’t actually make any sense for Shocker’s powers. The gauntlets cause vibrations; there’s no “energy” component to them at all. I honestly would have preferred an unmasked head, but I guess the that would have cost too much. Shocker also includes the left leg of the BAF Sandman.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been hoping for Shocker since Speed Demon and Beetle were first announced. Superior Foes was one of my favorite books when it was coming out, so I’m happy to have most of the team. With that being said, I didn’t really know what to expect from this figure. Shocker’s not a particular favorite of mine or anything, but the figure looked kinda cool. I ended up finding him at the same time as Spidey, for the same low price, which was enough to push me into grabbing him. He’s sort of the anti-Black Spidey: a figure I wanted but didn’t need, but who ended up being one of my favorites from the series. I’m glad I picked up this guy, because he may actually be my favorite of the Superior Foes sub-set. Now, what are the chances of getting an Overdrive?