MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A cackling menace aided by advanced technology, Green Goblin seeks to destroy Spider-Man in the pursuit of ultimate power.”
Wow, I sure do seem to be writing about Green Goblin a lot lately. Of course, to be totally fair, this is the first proper review I’ve written since September of 2015, so I guess he was somewhat overdue. Despite being perhaps the most recognizable Spider-Man foe, when it comes to toys, GG almost always ends up playing second fiddle to his successor Hobgoblin. Of course, now it’s a pretty easy tell to figure out when we’ll see a Green Goblin figure, since he almost always follows the release of a classic Hobgoblin. When Hobby showed up in the Space Venom Series of Marvel Legends last year, it was really only a matter of time before the original Goblin got a shot. As a matter of fact, it was only a single series later that he was added, which is a pretty quick turnaround. It’s almost like Hasbro had this planned from the beginning…
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Green Goblin is figure 1 in the Sandman Series of Marvel Legends. Finally, Goblin comes first…ignoring that this is the sixth series of this particular iteration of Marvel Legends, of course. Goblin is no stranger to Legends, with two figures during the Toy Biz era, and a build-a-figure from Hasbro back in 2014. That being said, the last Goblin was the Ultimate Universe version of the character (bleh), so this is the first “classic” Goblin since the Bring On the Bad Guys version from 2006. Admittedly, that figure still holds up as one of Toy Biz’s best offerings, so the need for a replacement was a bit lower than some of the other redos as of late. But, eleven years is still a pretty long time in collecting years, and it’s safe to say there are a lot of people collecting now that weren’t in 2006, so the new one is far from extraneous. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. From the neck down, he’s mostly the same figure as the Space Venom Hobgoblin, which is sensible, since the suits are very similar. The only difference is the belt, which has been swapped out for Daredevil’s. The body’s got an interesting lineage. It’s technically a variant of the Bucky Cap body, by way of using the Doctor Strange body as a starting point. However, since that figure had a unique torso, and this figure swaps out the arms and legs for new pieces, the only actually shared piece between this figure and Bucky Cap is the pelvis. Funny how that works out. The arms and legs are solid additions to the body, and add a lot of texture and flair. The opt for the modern, more pronounced take on Goblin’s scale-mail, which is perfectly fine, since it helps differentiate him from the Toy Biz version a bit more. I’m curious to see how these parts looked on Hobgoblin (I’ve still yet to see him or the majority of the rest of the Space Venom Series anywhere), as they work really well for Norman’s Green Goblin, who I generally think of as being a bit scrawnier than any of the the Hobgoblins (well, barring Phil Urich). The satchel is a separate piece, which can be removed. It’s not affixed in anyway, which is rather annoying, as it moves around a bit too much for my liking. Still, it’s not a terrible piece. The one new piece on this guy is his head sculpt. Like the scales on the arms and legs, the head goes with a more modern take on GG’s design. The face is more angular and caricature-ized, and he has the tassels on his cap that were added in the early ’00s. By and large, the figure looks the be at least somewhat modeled on Norman’s Goblin King appearance from the end of Superior Spider-Man. As much as I love the old Toy Biz figure, one issue I had with it was the subdued nature of the paint. This figure does a little better, I guess. He could still stand to be a little brighter in my opinion, but seeing as he’s a more modern incarnation, it’s not too off. I do wish the eyes were a little less out to the sides, but they look pretty good from just about every angle but dead-on. GG is packed with one of his pumpkin bombs, as well as his trusty Goblin Glider. The glider is rather on the small side, and also pretty flat, but as I noted in my last Friday Addendum, Goblin Gliders are almost always a little bit off. Green Goblin is also packed with not one, but two heads for the Build-A-Figure Sandman. While they were throwing those extra heads in there, I sort of was hoping he might get an unmasked head of his own, but I guess they felt four heads in one pack would be obscene.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I was able to grab most of this series at Walgreens during their Marvel Legends sale, Goblin was not amongst the selection of figures they had. It would appear he’s this series’ in-demand figure. Goblin came to me courtesy of my parents. Amusingly enough, they picked him up from the K-Mart 15 minutes from where I live, but they were on their way home, so he made the 10-hour journey back, just to be mailed all the way back to me. I will admit, this figure had a pretty high bar to clear, since the TB version is still one of my favorites. Unlike some of the other recent replacement Legends, I don’t know that he’s truly displaced the prior figure as my go-to, but a lot of that is due to his slightly different execution. I’m still more of a classic Goblin fan, but for a modern take, this one’s pretty solid.