MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A former security guard, Donna Diego is merged with components of the tendriled villain, Scream.”
Hey, do you guys remember Lasher? Yeah? Well, let’s continue down that path, huh? Lasher was, of course, a spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off, but it’s important to note that he was just one of *many* symbiotes to be spawned at that same time. He wasn’t even the most prominent of the bunch! That title goes to today’s main focus, Scream. Scream made it big largely thanks to Universal Studios, who wanted to feature another female villain for their 3D Spider-Man ride, and happily added Scream, extending her shelf life far beyond the rest of the spin-offspring. Throw in an appearance in the Venom movie, and you’ve got yourself a natural fit for a brand new Marvel Legends release.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Scream is figure 5 in the Monster Venom Series of Marvel Legends. She’s the second of the Life Foundation Symbiotes to get the Legends treatment, following the previously mentioned Lasher figure. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and she has 28 points of articulation. Scream is built on the Moonstone body, which has been appearing rather infrequently. It’s last use was for Lady Loki in the A-Force set. For Scream, it does seem like a slightly odd choice, especially over one of the more posable bodies that have been introduced more recently. It’s certainly not a bad body, but that lack of mobility on the neck is a bit of a bummer. I’m hopeful this one’s on its way out. Appearance-wise, it’s not terrible for Scream. Being from the ‘90s, she does benefit from this body’s curvier figure, and the really thin waist doesn’t look quite so out of place. On top of the Moonstone body, Scream rather wisely re-uses Carnage’s hands, and also gets a brand-new head sculpt. The head’s obviously the star piece of the figure, and it does a rather respectable job of capturing Scream’s distinctive noggin from the comics. I do wish it sat a little higher on the neck, but it’s otherwise quite a nice piece. Scream’s paintwork is fairly decent; in their original appearances, each of the five spin-offspring was done up in one main color, with a bunch of goopy, swirly black, in a similar fashion to Carnage. As she continued to appear, Scream gained some more definition to those darker patches, which were now a reddish brown. This figure draws from her later designs, making her a little smoother and sleeker than the Carnage from this same assortment. The slightly metallic yellow plastic also means that she fits in pretty well with the similarly colored Carnage and Lasher figures, and helps give her symbiote that otherworldly appearance. Scream gets no accessories specifically for her, but she does include the right arm of the Monster Venom Build-A-Figure, which is still pretty respectable.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As noted in yesterday’s Spider-Ham review, there were two figures I knew I’d be getting when this assortment was first shown off. Scream was the second of those. After getting Lasher, I was pretty excited by the prospect of the other Life Foundation symbiotes showing up, and Scream was definitely high on the list. She’s an okay figure. I can’t say I was particularly wowed by her the way I was with Lasher. That said, as soon as I knew she was on the Moonstone body, I knew what I was getting, and I certainly can’t say she disappointed me. If nothing else, she looks pretty darn cool with Lasher, and I can’t wait to further build this subset.
Scream was purchased from my friends at All Time Toys. 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.