MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Advanced technology and high-tech gear are signature marks of the web-slinging hero, Iron Spider.”
After being introduced during another big crisis-cross-over in Civil War, Spider-Man follows suit for his third MCU-appearance in Infinity War. As he says himself in the film, it’s hard to be “Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” if there’s no “Friendly Neighborhood,” so saving the world is part of his game plan. Also, selling toys, of course, because that’s what Spider-Man does. There was some odd licensing stuff that kept Peter almost entirely out of the Civil War merch, but it seems that’s been sorted out for the go-round, if his Marvel Legend is anything to go by.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iron Spider is figure 2 in the Thanos Series of Marvel Legends. He’s the third of the directly Infinity War-based figures in this assortment. As the name suggests, he’s wearing his second Stark-designed suit, which we got a preview of at the very end of Homecoming. It gets brought out in full force for Infinity War, and barring a very brief sequence early on, it’s Peter’s primary look this time around. It’s certainly less of a departure from his classic red-and-blues than the comics Iron Spidey was, which I’m okay with. It actually seems to have gotten a fair bit of inspiration from Peter’s more recent Parker Industries-created armor. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. While his sculpt is certainly very similar aesthetically to the Homecoming release, it’s definitely a brand new piece. The texturing and detail work on the costume is all quite impressive. It takes a lot of the dentils from the last figure, and sort of amps them up. Apart from the obvious cosmetic changes for the costume’s details, the main difference between the two figures is how the arms are handled. The kind of stubby shoulders and arms of the last figure were really my only complaint on that one, so the improved design here is a definite plus. The paint on Iron Spider is quite clean, with sharp detailing, and no noticeable missing details. I do wish it were more metallic; his suit from the movie was really, really shiny, and this one is a bit dull by comparison. Given the CGI nature of the suit, I’d guess the duller colors come from Hasbro working from pre-film designs and what we saw at the end of Homecoming. The biggest failing of this figure is, hands down, the accessory complement. He’s got the left leg of Thanos, and that’s it. No spider-arms like we saw in the film. No unmasked Peter Parker head. Not even extra hands, which the Homecoming release had. Absolutely nothing character specific. I get that he’s an all-new sculpt, but the lack of anything at all is a real blow to the figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Iron Spider is by far the most difficult to acquire figure in this set. This surprised me, given the visual similarities between this figure and the one from Homecoming. Of course, in retrospect, that figure was never super easy to find either, so I guess it makes sense. After many times of finding the whole set sans just this guy, I finally did come across him at my closest Target, who had just put out their case. This figure is frustrating, because he himself is quite a good figure, but his complete lack of accessories is really frustrating.