SPIDER-MAN — BLACK COSTUME
MARVEL LEGENDS — 12-INCH (HASBRO)
Wasn’t I just talking about wanting to get more of this line? Have I already run out and done that, just in the last day? No, dear reader, not quite. This is just as symptom of the somewhat anachronistic order to how I review my toys. What does that mean for you guys? Not a whole lot, really. It means you get to read my review of a Spider-Man figure. Woop woooop.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Costume Spider-Man is a summer 2017 release for the larger-scale Marvel Legends line. He’s the second version of the webhead to grace the line, following the expected standard variant from the first series. He’s actually the first 12-inch-scale Symbiote Spider-Man to be released under the Legends banner, although Toy Biz did do a pretty fantastic rotocast version back in ’06. The figure stands 12 inches tall and has 36 points of articulation, matching pretty well with Black Panther in that respect. For the most part, this figure is a pretty straight repaint on the standard Spidey, which is a rather sensible choice. The body is effectively and up-scaling of the Pizza Spidey body, but with slightly more nuanced proportions and a bit more range on some of the articulation. Compared to the last two figures I looked at from this line, he’s rather devoid of texturing and small detail work, but I kind of expect that on a Spider-Man, especially one using this costume. They still do some nice work with placing a few key wrinkles in the costume here and there, showing that it’s not just painted on his skin. One small nit I had, however, was the presence of web shooters on the undersides of his wrists. It’s a remnant from when this sculpt was used for the standard Spidey, but it’s not technically accurate to this particular design. Very small thing, though. This version of Spidey gets a new head sculpt, which is quite impressive. I like that you can clearly make out that there’s a whole face under that mask, not just some amorphous blob. It’s the nose that really sells it for me. When it comes to paint, Symbiote Spider-Men can have a tendency to go very simple, or far too detailed. Very rare is any actual balanced approach. The question that always arises with this design is “to highlight or not to highlight?” This figure opts to highlight, a tricky endeavor to be sure. I’m happy to say it actually paid off pretty well this time around. The metallic blue they’ve chosen is only subtly different from the black plastic, and it’s thankfully not overused. Spider-Man is packed with an alternate unmasked head (which is the same as the one included with the standard version, apart from some slight paint variations), as well as three pairs of hands. It’s a decent selection, but given the standard Spidey came with another head in addition to all of this, it does feel a little light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been eyeing this guy up since he was released, but kept having other things that took precedence over him. Last month, Target had him marked down to $23.99, which was enough of a discount to get me on-board. He’s another strong figure, and a definite improvement over the Toy Biz figure I looked at. He’s not without some slight issues, but I’m overall very happy with him.