MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Reluctant hero Spider-Man Noir battles bad guys and mob bosses alike in 1930’s New York City.”
Remember earlier in the week when I was talking about the gift that was Spider-Verse? Well, this isn’t quite that. I mean, yeah, Spider-Man Noir was part of “Spider-Verse,” but he predates the event, and had a pretty loyal fanbase before it. Like the 2099 venture, the Noir line of comics was an venture by Marvel that’s mostly just remembered for its take on Spider-Man. Noir has had three action figures, and I’m looking at the most recent of those today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spider-Man Noir is part of the Lizard Series of Marvel Legends. Despite being kind of divergent from the usual design, he’s technically the headlining figure, being the resident Peter Parker Spider-Man. There are a few different versions of Spider-Man Noir out there, but this one’s based on his original comics design, which I’d hazard is his best. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Despite his more unique design, Noir is actually largely made of re-used parts. He’s built on the AIM/Ghost Rider body, with the trench coat from the Punisher/Red Skull body. The torso has been tweaked to give him a new collar, and he’s also got a new belt add-on. The overall body is a little bit of a frankenstein effort, but there’s no denying that it’s an improvement on the previous trenchcoat body. At least this guy can put his arms all the way down. Noir also gets a new head sculpt to top things off, which is a pretty impressive translation of the character’s distinctive mask and goggles. As far as paint goes, Noir is understandably monochromatic. He’s largely just a lot of black, with some minor changes in finish and the exact darkness here and there. Noir is packed with a pair of pistols. They’re the sci-fi looking guns from the AIM figure, which doesn’t seem quite right for a character like Noir, but I guess they work in a pinch. I know Hasbro’s recently decided to move away from more realistic firearms, and Noir’s the first one to really be negatively impacted by it. Noir also includes one of the Lizard’s arms.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After grabbing the last four from All Time, I was a little too late to get this guy from them, so I had to resort to my usual sleuthing to find him. I ended up coming across him at the FYE at the mall where Super Awesome Girlfriend was working until recently. Noir’s a cool character with a cool look, and I’m glad to finally have a figure of the guy.