SPIDER-MAN — HOUSE OF M
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Quick on his feet and agile as they come, Peter Parker becomes the wrestling sensation known as Spider-Man.”
Ah, “House of M”, the second in an insanely long line of mid-00s-era events that were designed to “shake the world to its core and break the internet in half.” Boy was that a greeeeaaat time. My distaste for most things that Brian Michael Bendis is involved in has been no secret on this site, and “House of M” is certainly high on the list of things that have earned said distaste. But alternate universe stories are prime choices for variants of main characters, and “House of M” has some decent ones, including everyone’s favorite web-slinger Spider-Man!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
House of M Spider-Man is figure 7 in the SP//dr Series, the second Spider-themed series (I guess third if you count the Venom set) of the 2018 Marvel Legends. He’s the resident Spider-Man variant of the assortment. This is the second time we’ve seen the House of M design in this scale; the last one was during Toy Biz’s final year with the license, and was part of their more action-feature-prone Spider-Man line. This one is his first proper Legends release. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. You remember when I reviewed Pizza Spidey way back when? Cool. Well, this figure uses the exact same sculpt as that one. No surprises there, since the designs really aren’t that far removed from each other, and they’re supposed to be the same guy. Sensible re-use is sensible re-use. The main breaking point between the two is the paint. It’s still not crazy different, since the designs are still quite similar, but it nevertheless captures the slight differences in the costume design. I gotta say, I actually like the red/blue used on this figure a little more than the basic Spidey, for what its worth. House of M Spidey includes a web-line piece (which I hope to see become a standard inclusion going forward), and the left leg of the SP//dr Build-A-Figure. That’s it. No extra hands. No unmasked head. Nothing special. This late in the game, we shouldn’t be getting any Spidey built on this body without the extra hands. That’s kinda lame.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, dislike of “House of M” aside, I do kinda like this variation of the standard look, and I was certainly interested when he was first shown off. The web-line in particular had me interested, since we haven’t gotten anything like that yet for the modern Legends. The final figure gives me mixed emotions. Just the base figure is actually surprisingly strong, but the lack of any sort of extras really, really hurts him here. I’m not sure why Hasbro opted to cut those extra hands just for this one variant is beyond me.
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