MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Eddie Brock takes vengeance on his skeptics as the all-consuming, spine-chilling symbiotic, Venom.”
Though roughly 20 years newer than the rest of Spider-Man’s most popular foes, Venom has undoubtedly made a home for himself in the mythos, and in fact made something of his own mythos. How else can you explain the guy getting a whole series of Marvel Legends devoted to him. Oh, right, movie. Well, he’s also got the movie, I guess. Look, the point is, there’s a new series of Venom-themed Marvel Legends, and I’m totally reviewing them, starting with the main man himself.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Venom is figure 1 in the Monster Venom Series of Marvel Legends. This assortment is the Spider-Man equivalent to how the loosely-Deadpool-themed Sasquatch Series was kind of an excuse to get more X-Men characters. Anyway, this particular figure doesn’t do a whole lot of new stuff. He’s really just a slight re-working of the Absorbing Man Series Venom. That was a pretty solid take on the character, and he didn’t need a hard re-do, but given slightly higher aftermarket values, a re-release isn’t unwarranted, especially if the movie further elevates his profile. The primary difference between these two figures is the head, or rather heads. There are two of them: an unmasked Eddie Brock, and proper masked head. The Eddie head is the most outwardly different, and does an alright job of capturing the spirit of McFarlane’s take on the character without getting too overly stylized. My big complaint is that it’s a little bit on the large side, especially when compared to other figures. I’m not sure I really buy that Eddie’s head should be almost twice the size of Peter Parker’s. The masked head is kind of a halfway point between the two included with the last figure, so he’s got an open mouth, but doesn’t have the crazy tongue. Of the three masked Venom heads we’ve gotten, this is definitely my favorite. He also gets a new add-on piece; a set of tendrils that slips over his neck. It works best with the unmasked head, but doesn’t look too bad with the masked head either. His paint is also ever so slightly different from the prior release; the finish on the black sections is shinier and a little bluer than the first release, though it’s not really different enough to prevent reasonable swapping of pieces between the two figures. Outside of the extra head, Venom is also packed with the right leg of the Monster Venom Build-A-Figure. He lacks the extra set of hands like the prior figure, which is slightly disappointing, though I guess the larger BaF piece somewhat makes up for it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since I got the original release of this guy, I really wasn’t sure I’d be grabbing this one, especially since he was originally rumored not to even be including a BaF piece. That of course didn’t prove to be the case, and since I wanted Monster Venom, this guy had to come along. I’m actually not too unhappy about the extra of him. The new pieces offer a lot of value to the original, and the Pork Grind head included with Spider-Ham means having a spare body isn’t the worst thing. Plus, now he’s much easier for fans joining in a bit later to get ahold of, which is the most important thing.
Venom was purchased from my friends at All Time Toys, and is still available here. If you’re interested in buying other Legends figures, or are looking for other cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.