What’s up FiQ-fans! It’s the last Friday of the month, so that means it’s time for another FiQ Friday Fab Five at 5! For my inaugural FFFF@5, I looked at the top five figures of DC’s number one hero, Batman. Today, I’m flipping over to Marvel and their top hero, Spider-Man, and taking a look at the top 5 Spider-Men. Obviously, this list is just confined to Peter’s classic red and blue number; the symbiote really deserves a list all its own!
#5: Battle-Ravaged Spider-Man — Spider-Man Classics (Toy Biz)
Okay, admittedly, this guy’s not *technically* a standard Spidey. But, let’s be honest with ourselves, Peter takes damage often enough that this might as well be as standard look. 2002’s Marvel Legends-prototype Spider-Man Classics gave us a handful of awesome Spider-Men in its short two series run, but I always felt this Battle-Ravaged variant really stood out from the pack. In fact, up until very recently, he was the only Classics Spider-Man in my collection.
#4: Spider-Man — Marvel Minimates (Diamond Select Toys)
Sometimes you get things right on your first try. The first Spider-Man Minimate is definitely one of those times. While later Spider-Mates have offered more accessories and greater detailing, it’s hard to beat this guy and all his simplistic glory.
#3: Super-Poseable Spider-Man — Spider-Man: The Animated Series (Toy Biz)
Spider-Man’s a character that needs to be super-poseable to fully do him justice. Early offerings from Toy Biz were decidedly more restricted in their mobility, so this Series 3 addition to the line put them all to shame. Even two decades later, he’s still a pretty solid contender. And, bonus points: he was my first Spider-Man figure!
There’s no shortage of really great Spider-Men in this particular scale, but there’s just something about Hasbro’s most recent update, affectionately called Pizza Spidey based on his rather amusing accessory slice of pizza, that just seems to get the character down pat. The poseablity, the bright colors, and a selection of expressive interchangeable hands all make for a really fun figure that feels very true to the character.
#1: 18-inch Spider-Man — Spider-Man 2 (Toy Biz)
At 18 inches tall, this is definitely a monster of a figure. He had the misfortune of hitting at a time when there weren’t many other figures available in this scale, but even as a standalone figure, he’s downright amazing. Toy Biz took advantage of the larger scale to make him the most detailed and by far the most articulated version of the character ever made in figure form. He carries a hefty after-market price tag for a very good reason.