SPIDER-MAN – BATTLE RAVAGED
SPIDER-MAN CLASSICS (TOY BIZ)
“The amazing Spider-Man uses his sensational spider-powers to protect society from the world’s most dangerous super villains. It takes all of his super-human strength, speed, and agility to fight the forces of evil. He often faces insurmountable odds and is forced to combat numerous opponents at the same time. Not even his amazing early warning “spider-sense” can always keep him from being hurt in battle. However, Spidey’s incredible determination and will to win lets him triumph in battles against impossible odds. In the process, his world famous red and blue costume is often torn to shreds. It’s a good thing our hero created his own costume and knows how to sew up a replacement. Where else can a superhero bring their costume to be mended?”
Man, Toy Biz’s bios sure were in-depth, weren’t they? I dig that they got all of Spidey’s usual descriptors in there. Someone was having a good time with that one.
Spider-Man Classics marked Toy Biz’s first move towards the style that would define the industry for the next decade or so. The first series was a smash success, and happened to feature both the basic and black-costumed variations of Spider-Man. When it came time for the follow-up, they had to get a little more inventive for the necessary Spider-variants. Hence, the Battle Ravaged Spider-Man, a figure I’ll be looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Battle Ravaged was one of the two Spider-Man variants in Series 2 of Spider-Man Classics (the other was First Appearance Spider-Man). This would mark Toy Biz’s second Battle-Ravaged Spider-Man, following the one from their 5-inch line years earlier. This figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Rather than just going for a sort of generic battle-damaged look, this figure actually goes for a very specific look, namely Spidey’s damaged appearance from the Todd McFarlane-drawn “Torment” storyline. It was a fairly pivotal storyline at the time of its release, and it helps the figure blend in well with the rest of the Classics figures, which had all followed a decidedly McFarlane Spider-Man aesthetic. Obviously, this figure made use of a lot of pieces from the Series 1 standard Spidey. That figure was very good for its time, and while some aspects of it haven’t aged the best, it’s still a solid offering. He also gets a new head, right hand and forearm, left upper arm, thighs, and left shin. These new pieces fit in seamlessly with the old parts, and the battle damaged parts look pretty impressive. The head’s really the star part of the sculpt, being a pretty spot-on recreation of McFarlane’s battered Peter Parker. The paintwork on this guy is pretty solid overall. The colors are well chosen, and the black wash used all throughout the figure helps to really accentuate the detail in the sculpt. There are some issues with some bleed over, especially on the parts showing the damage, but the overall look is good. Spider-Man was packed with a wall-mountable display stand, depicting Lizard trapped under debris. It’s actually really well-detailed, and he even has a jointed neck, jaw, and shoulder. Very impressive. Also included is a reprint of Spider-Man #5, which is part 5 of “Torment” and features a beaten down Spider-Man battling the Lizard.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Battle-Ravaged Spider-Man was actually my first Spider-Man Classics figure. On a particularly rainy day, my Dad and Grandmother had taken me out. We stopped by a nearby comic book store (which I, sadly, cannot remember the name of) which had this guy and no one else from the series, so he was kind of my only option. Nevertheless, I thought he was really cool, so my Grandmother picked him up for me. It’s a figure that shows its age, but I still really like this guy!