MILES MORALES — ULTIMATE SPIDER-MEN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“With amazing agility and wall-crawling skills, these young web-slingers take down the bad guys!”
Hey, remember waaaaaay back when I was reviewing Marvel Legends? It’s been, like, days. Plural. I think I might be going into withdrawal. Could be serious. Near as I can tell, the only surefire way of avoiding that withdrawal is to review some Marvel Legends. Oh darn.
Today’s figure hails from Marvel’s Ultimate Universe (or at least he did. It’s sort of complicated). I’ve only briefly touched on the concept before, but in a nutshell, it was launched in the early 2000s as a more grounded, more accessible line of comics, geared towards newer readers. After a few years, the universe was suffering from a lot of the same continuity lock-out as the main universe, thereby robbing it of its main hook. To try and salvage some things, Marvel repurposed the ‘verse, and started using it to try out some more daring story telling. For instance, in the main universe, killing Peter Parker and replacing him would never stick, but in the Ultimate ‘verse, they were able to do just that. Following the death of the Ultimate Peter Parker, readers were introduced to his replacement Miles Morales. Miles was a serious breakout for the Ultimate line, and actually kept it afloat for several years, before he was eventually moved to the main universe. By virtue of bearing the title “Spider-Man,” Miles has gotten an assortment of figures, one of which I’ll be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Miles was released as part of the illusive Space Venom Series of Marvel Legends, under the title “Ultimate Spider-Men,” which he shares with the ultimate version of Peter. This is Miles’ second time in this particular style; the first was released as a Walmart-exclusive figure in conjunction with the release of the first Amazing Spider-Man. That figure was built on a very out of date, very ill-suited body, and was generally not well-regarded with the fans, on top of being nearly impossible to find. This new one’s better on at least one of those counts. The figure stands about 5 3/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Miles is built on the same base body we saw on the Sam Alexander Nova figure (it actually debuted here, though). It’s a good, solid base. Aside from the lack of butterfly joints at the shoulders, and the addition of cut joints on the shins, it’s very similar to the Pizza Spidey body, which is certainly a plus. The masked head (which is shared with the Peter figure as well) is also pretty similar to the Pizza Spidey head, though there are some key differences that help bring it more in line with the usual depictions of the ultimate masks. I really dig the slightly wider eyes; it adds variety. Miles also sports an unmasked head (putting him ahead of the main universe version of Peter in that respect). It’s a really nice sculpt, and really manages to capture Miles’ in-comics look without getting too bogged down in any one artist’s style. The level of detail, especially on the hair, is top-notch, and he’s got a nice, friendly expression that suits Miles really well. The paintwork on Miles is generally pretty good. The web pattern is sharp and evenly placed. Some of the reds on the rest of the body are a little thin, and there’s some slight slop here and there, but for the most part it looks pretty good. The unmasked head is even better, with clean application all-around, even on the eyes! In addition to the extra unmasked head, Miles also includes three pairs of hands (in fists, open gesture, and web-firing poses), as well as the right arm of the Build-A-Figure Space Venom.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I’ve noted in a few prior reviews, I didn’t have much luck finding this particular series at retail. While that was a bummer all-around, the one figure I really, really wanted was Miles here, since I really needed him for my Avengers/Champions line-up. While on a trip up to see Super Awesome Girlfriend’s dad, I stopped by the local Walmart, and they just so happened to have the remnants of this particular series. I was initially only planning to get a Miles for my Dad, but Super Awesome Girlfriend insisted on going back and grabbing the second Miles for me. Because that’s just what she does. This is definitely a solid addition to the line, and a figure worthy of Miles’ awesomeness from the comics. He really makes for a fun toy! Now, if I can just get around to finishing Space Venom…