MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The product of a failed Spider-Man cloning project, Kaine is an unstable villain who dons the suit of Scarlet Spider.”
….I think some wires may have been crossed on that bio. Yes, Kaine is a failed clone, and yes he started as a villain, but he was firmly in the hero court by the time he adopted the Scarlet Spider title. It was Ben Reilly who was the “villainous” Scarlet Spider after his recent resurrection. So…there you have it. I truly don’t envy the person who writes these bios, by the way. Not only do they have to wade through all of these similarly named characters with similarly named backstories, but then there’s jackasses like me on the internet just tearing their work to shreds.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Scarlet Spider is figure 2 in the SP//dr Series of Marvel Legends. This is the second time we’ve seen Kaine as Scarlet Spider in the Legends line-up; the first one was at the tail-end of the Return of Marvel Legends line, and is notable for being the final Spider-variant to be built on the old Bullseye body, meaning he was actually fairly quickly outmoded by the introduction of the Pizza Spidey and 2099 bodies. Given his prominence in Spider-Verse and Clone Conspiracy, a re-do was very definitely warranted. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Kaine uses the 2099 body, which gives him a slightly different build than the guy he’s a supposedly a clone of. Of course, the two builds really aren’t all that divergent, and Kaine is traditionally depicted as being a little sturdier than Peter, so it’s a reasonable choice for the character. Scarlet Spider gets a new head and hands to complete his look. The head’s kind of fun, being more on the expressive side. They could have easily re-used a prior Spidey head, but I appreciate that they created a proper one for him. The new hands include his “Sting of Kaine” stingers, and I was happy to find that, unlike the alternate Iron Man hands we’ve been getting, they still retain all of the standard wrist articulation. Kaine’s paint work is fairly clean, and nicely details the two-toned nature of his costume. Kaine is packed with an alternate head, hands, and the left arm of SP//dr. The head is re-used from Cosmic Spidey, and depicts Kaine during his his Carrion-virus-degeneration from Clone Conspiracy. It’s a bit more story-specific than I’d like, but I guess this was the best way for Hasbro to get some re-use out of it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While Ben Reilly’s always going to be my Scarlet Spider of choice, Kaine’s prominence during Dan Slott’s run on Spider-Man gave me an appreciation for the character, and I’d been hoping he’d get a re-do. This figure’s a pretty strong one. It might have been nice to get a new head-sculpt, rather than the re-use, but the standard figure is definitely well-handled. Now, how about a classic Kaine? Anyone?
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