MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Plagued by memories of his youth and desperate to prove his worth, Prowler turns to a life of crime.”
Hey look! It’s Spawn! Okay, so Prowler actually predates Spawn. In fact, Prowler showed up during Todd McFarlane’s run on Spider-Man, just before he left Marvel…to create Spawn. Guess the guy liked Prowler. Unlike his McFarlane-owned reskin, Prowler hasn’t been particularly privy to action figures. He got one in the ’90s, likely due to his resemblance to Spawn. Then nothing for 25 years, and now he’s finally gotten his second action figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Prowler is part of the Lizard Series of Marvel Legends. Interestingly enough, this is the *second* Hobie Brown figure in this particular assortment, since that’s who’s under the Spider-Punk mask as well. Who would have thought we’d get a Spider-Man assortment with twice as many Hobie Browns as Peter Parkers. Certainly not I. Prowler is seen here in his classic attire, which is what he’s worn for most of his career (barring a quick change-up for his solo series a few years back). The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Prowler is built on the Spider-UK body, making him the second non-Spider-Man to make use of it. It works well enough, though Prowler’s build has fluctuated a fair bit over the years. He gets a new head and hands, as well as new add-on pieces for the cartridges around his wrists and ankles. The new pieces are all pretty fun, and pretty good matches for the character’s design as well. To complete is look, he borrows the cape from Moon Knight. While it’s a nice cape, and not a bad match for what Prowler usually wears, the piece doesn’t quite sit right on the body. As a result, the collar ends up being rather floaty. Not the end of the world, but a minor annoyance. Prowler’s paintwork is pretty decent stuff. His usual colorscheme is done well, and manages to not look too silly. The photos make it look like his purples don’t match very well, but this isn’t the case in person. There *are* two different purples in play, but the difference is matte vs. metallic, rather than two actually different shades. Prowler has no character-specific accessories, which is a shame, since an unmasked head would have been cool. Oh well. He does at the very least include a piece for Lizard, specifically his leg.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like yesterday’s Spider-Woman, I wasn’t certain I needed a Prowler figure, but I wanted a Lizard, so I got him. It was an easier purchase, since he’s at least a new character. Ultimately, he’s a serviceable figure, if not without his flaws. Still, even if you don’t know anything about the character, I think this figure is rather fun.
Prowler was purchased from my friends at All Time Toys. If you’d like one of your own, he’s currently still in-stock through their website, or you’re looking for something else, check out the great items available through their eBay Store.