SPIDER-MAN: THE MOVIE (TOY BIZ)
In light of the recent re-re-launch of Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, why not have a look back at Spidey’s first turn as a movie star. Though they have been eclipsed a bit by some of Marvel’s more recent offerings, the Raimi Spider-Man films are still some of my favorites (yes, even the much maligned Spider-Man 3). Another favorite thing of mine? Prototype super hero suits. Today’s figure combines both of these things. Without further ado, here’s Wrestler Spider-Man!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wrestler Spider-Man was released in the third, and final, series of Toy Biz’s Spider-Man: The Movie tie-in line. The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and he has 22 points of articulation. He’s based on Peter’s initial costume, which, as the name suggests, he makes for his wrestling match against Bone Saw McGraw. Well, part of the figure is based on that, anyway. This guy’s actually a two-in-one, representing both a standard Spider-Man *and* Wrestler Spider-Man. The base figure is the standard Spidey, which is generally pretty nicely sculpted. He’s not quite as mobile as the actual standard Spider-Man from this line, but you can get some pretty solid poses. There’s a touch of preposing to him, with a slight hunch to his torso, which makes for some Spidey-worthy poses. The head is unmasked, and is a pretty spot-on likeness of Tobey McGuire as Peter. The standard Spidey look is finished off with a removable mask. Said was prone to tearing, which is why my figure is missing his. The paint work on the standard Spidey is really quite nice; the suit has the basic colors down, and there’s a ton of great accent work exhibited throughout. The head also gets a pretty solid paint job, though the skin does seem a little bit pale and pasty. Still, it’s far from bad. To transform him into the Wrestler Spider-Man, the figure includes a spare set of arms and feet, as well as a rubber shirt piece, mask, and pants. The sculpted parts are quite nicely detailed, and swap out with relative ease. The extra add-on pieces are a little difficult to get on, but the end result is that they’re pretty form-fitting, and that makes for a much better final figure. Like the standard mask, the Wrestler mask was also rather prone to tearing, meaning my figure’s missing that one, too. Good thing he’s got that nice Tobey McGuire likeness, right?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I noted in the intro, I really like prototype super suits, and this particular design is one of my favorites (the year Spider-Man was released, I actually made this costume to wear for Halloween). I remember this guy being announced in ToyFare, and anxiously awaiting his release. I ended up getting him during a trip to KB Toys with my Grandmother. He’s definitely my favorite figure from this particular line; I just wish the masks had held up a little bit better.