MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A sinister mercenary of evil, Lasher thrives off of the power of the malevolent Venom symbiote.”
Oh man, Symbiotes are big again. What is this, the mid-90s? No, it can’t be. Not enough pouches and leather jackets. But Symbiotes. Definitely Symbiotes. With a Venom movie hitting theatres this year, I suppose there was a desire to capitalize on that, so the fine folks at Hasbro are working in some more Venom-related characters into their Marvel Legends line. There’s a whole Venom-dedicated assortment hitting very soon, but we got a little bit of a teaser earlier this year, in the form of Lasher!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lasher is part of the Lizard Series of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. It’s our first Spider-Man assortment of 2018, and it started hitting a few months ago…in theory. It’s shown up some places, but still doesn’t seem to have hit in full force. Anyway, Lasher is the resident Symbiote in the line-up. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Lasher is made up entirely of re-used pieces, which is mostly not an issue, apart from one thing I’ll touch on in a moment. He’s built on the Pizza Spidey body, which caused a bit of a stir when he was first unveiled. A lot of people felt he should be on a larger body, in part, no doubt, due to the larger build of Lasher’s old Toy Biz figure. However, if you look at Lasher’s comic appearances, he’s typically a little skinnier than the other Symbiotes. Perhaps the 2099 body would have been a better compromise, but I don’t mind this. Lasher also uses the head from Scarlet Spider, and the hands, feet, and tendrils from Superior Venom. The head’s a pretty basic piece, and works well here. The hands and feet are a bit more specific, but still work very well for the character, and it’s nice to see them pop up again. The tendrils are perhaps my one complaint about the figure. I’ve never been a huge fan of this particular piece, even in it’s initial use, but for Lasher to not have tendrils that can actually do anything just seems wrong. I’d have much preferred to see him use the Agent Venom tendril piece. On the plus side of things, Lasher’s paint work is very striking. Application is very clean, and the two shades of green chosen really complement each other well. As always, that metallic plastic looks pretty awesome. Lasher’s only accessory (if we’re not counting the fact that the tendrils remove, which I kind of don’t) is the head to the Lizard Build-A-Figure. While it perhaps doesn’t add any value to Lasher himself, it’s an impressive enough piece that he doesn’t feel too light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Lasher is hands down my favorite Symbiote. The old figure was a bit of a grail, and he’s been standing with my Legends collection since I got him. When this guy was shown off, I was definitely excited. I was even more excited when he and the rest of the series showed up at All Time Toys back in April, thus signifying that All Time would be carrying Legends going forward. I’m very happy I have this figure, even if he has a few flaws.
Speaking of All Time, this is my first review from them since they were hit by the recent flood on Main Street in Ellicott City. They’re been steadfastly working in the weeks since, and they’ve just gotten their website and eBay store back up and running. Please give them a quick visit. While they don’t have this particular figure in stock, they do have a couple of his series-mates, as well as a whole bunch of other cool stuff!