SPIDER-MAN 2099 — MULIVERSE SPIDER-MEN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
EDIT: I know, it’s Alien Day, and I didn’t review anything Aliens-related. That’s because I’ve reviewed almost every Alien and Aliens figure in my collection, and have nothing new. Next year, maybe I’ll remember to save something.
“Across time and space, these web-slinging wall crawlers take on the bad guys and fight for universal justice.”
Spider-Man 2099 is undoubtedly the break-out star of the whole 2099 venture from the ‘90s, which is probably why he’s the only 2099 character who’s still even remotely relevant. Since 2013, Miguel’s been stranded in the current-day Marvel universe, which has given him even more of an excuse to remain relevant, which is probably a good thing for him. Miguel’s no stranger to action figures; it’s not exactly hard to sell buyers on a Spider-Man variant with a kick-ass design. He got a Marvel Legend back in 2014, but since then, he’s gotten a costume change, which means he just *has* to have a new figure, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spider-Man 2099 is figure 2 in the Sandman Series of Marvel Legends. His official name is “Multiverse Spider-Men,” a name he shares with the previously reviewed Spider-UK. This guy is based on 2099’s latest costume design, which he got with the launch of his “All-New, All-Different” title. It’s not a bad look, but I’ve still got a soft spot for the old one. I feel like this one’s too short on blue. Regardless, it’s his new main design, so it’s only fair it see action figure form. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. The last 2099 was built on the Pizza Spidey body, which was fine for a classic version of the character, but these day’s Miguel’s looking a bit more robust, so this figure debuted an all-new base body. Thanks to the weird distribution of this series, I’ve already reviewed, via Sunfire. I liked it there and I like it here. I’m really happy to have a middle ground between Bucky Cap and Pizza Spidey, and this new base is a great balance of sculpting and movement. Those shoulder joints are absolutely fantastic, and feel more sturdy than the Pizza Spidey joints, which always give me pause. In a lot of ways, this body feels like the true successor to the old Bullseye body, and that’s a definite compliment. 2099 gets a unique head, forearms, and feet, all of which are great fits for the body. The head in particular is really nice; it’s a very clean, sharp sculpt, and I really appreciate how well you can make out Miguel’s face under the mask. That’s some really great detailing. The forearms are decent enough, though the spikes are a little on the soft side. The feet being unique is a bit strange if I’m hones. They’re not really that different than the ones on Sunfire, just with some extra etched-in details. I’m certainly not complaining. The paint on 2099 is pretty good, though not without some minor issues. There’s a little bit of bleed over here and there, and the white paint on his legs seems a bit prone to chipping. On the plus side, the metallic red they’ve used looks really, really slick, rivaling the last figure’s metallic blue in terms of coolness factor. 2099 includes no accessories of his own. Some extra hands showing off his talons would have been cool, or even an unmasked head, but he was technically an all-new sculpt, so I guess it’s excusable. Oh well. He does, however, include the right arm of the Sandman BAF.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up Spider-Man 2099 from an out of the way Walgreens, at the same time as the last three figures. That $12.99 sale really made buying these guys easy. I will admit, I wasn’t initially sold on this guy. I’m at best a moderate 2099 fan, and I was really happy with the Hobgoblin Series figure. Upon seeing this guy in person, I had a hard time saying no. This may not be my go-to 2099 design, but this figure is super, super fun. Despite not being super familiar with this iteration of the character, I find myself picking this guy up and reposing him a whole lot, which is really the gold-standard for an action figure. This guy was another pleasant surprise in a series pretty much constructed out of pleasant surprises.