SPIDER-MAN: THE MOVIE (TOY BIZ)
Back in the day, when super hero movies actually got dedicated toy lines at mass retail, one of the nicer things they offered were figures of some of the less dynamic members of their supporting casts. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is the toy line for 2000’s Spider-Man film, which gave us figures of J. Jonah Jameson, Norman Osborne, and today’s focus figure, Mary Jane Watson!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mary Jane was released in Series 2 of Toy Biz’s Spider-Man: The Movie toy line, alongside variants of Spider-Man and Green Goblin, as well as a Peter Parker. She’s seen here in her red dress she wears during the first movie’s World Unity Festival scene. While it’s not necessarily a definitive look for her, it’s easily the most distinctive look from the movie, and more exciting than her others. The figure stands a little under 6 inches tall and she has 10 points of articulation. Though many of the figures in this line were super-posable, MJ was on the lower end, more on par with the X-Men: The Movie figures. Like those figures, there’s not a ton of poses possible, but you can get at least a little bit of variety out of her. The sculpt was unique to this figure, and it’s actually pretty good for the time. The proportions are still a little bit exaggerated, and the articulation isn’t integrated as flawlessly as I might like, but it looks solid overall. The detail work on the dress is actually pretty nice, and the likeness on the head isn’t a half-bad Kirsten Dunst. The paintwork on MJ is pretty solid overall, apart from a few small nits. The skin’s a little pasty, and the face is a bit sloppy, but the work on the dress is nothing short of amazing. It definitely makes this figure worthwhile. MJ is packed with a section of balcony, which is meant to work as a stand, I suppose. There’s no foot pegs or anything, and it’s only really stable if you’ve got a window to mount it on, but it’s still a pretty cool piece. There’s a breakaway feature, allowing it to split, not unlike the damage seen in the movie.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
17 years ago, I picked up this figure in a Toy Zain toystore. She was rarer at the time, so I almost got her, but she was also $7.99, which was a $2 mark-up from the usual going rate, and I just didn’t know if she was worth it to me. So, I didn’t get her. And then I didn’t really see her again, until a few weeks ago, when Cosmic Comix put her out, as one of the many figures they’d gotten as part of a larger collection. The price? $7.99. Nowadays, that’s not so bad, and I was hardly going to leaver her behind again. She’s actually not a bad little figure, certainly not for the time.