MARVEL LEGENDS VINTAGE (HASBRO)
“The clone of Peter Parker left New York and wandered the country returning years later calling himself Ben Reilly. He became the superhero known as the Scarlet Spider!”
It wasn’t all that long ago that I was reviewing a Legends Scarlet Spider, but I assure you, this one’s totally different and distinct from that one. Now, of course, you might recall that I reviewed *another* Legends Scarlet Spider a few years ago. Well, I assure you, this one’s…more or less the same as that one. But that one has a super hefty aftermarket price, so hey, re-release time, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Scarlet Spider headlines the second series of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Vintage line. For the second round of figures, Hasbro’s really taken the Black Widow thread to heart, and tried to give us more than straight re-issues of prior figures…well, except for this guy. This Scarlet Spider is by design supposed to be very similar to the Rhino Series figure from 2015. Apart from one small change, the sculpt is the same between the two figures. That means he’s 6 1/4 inches tall and has 30 points of articulation, and is build on the Pizza Spidey body. I was very happy with this sculpt the first time around, and I still really like it three years later. The small change has to do with his web-shooters, which are now the more rounded capsules we saw with Spider-Girl and Black Widow. They’re a bit more accurate than the more squared off versions we saw before (which were usually more associated with Ben’s Spider-Man costume). Apart from that, the biggest changes between the two figures are in the paint department. His blue hoodie has remained more or less the same, but his red body suit is now far less orange, and his eyes no longer have the black outline. The brown of his accent pieces is also more of a tan this tome around. Honestly, I don’t know which version I prefer. They’re certainly different, but neither really jumps out as “better.” This release of Scarlet Spider drops the Rhino heads from the last release, obviously, but also loses the open gesture hands from the last one, which I was a little saddened by, especially with the reds not matching. On the plus side, he does get an unmasked Ben Reilly head, which we’ve not gotten before. Sure, it’s just a repaint of the unmasked Peter Parker from the Spidey/MJ two-pack, but given how scarce that set was, it’s new to me. Also, he’s a clone, so I guess re-use makes sense. That’s probably the better rationale, isn’t it?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t initially planning to get this figure. I’m happy with the prior release, and while I did like this one’s unmasked appearance, I wasn’t sure that would really warrant the purchase. But, Super Awesome Fiancee’s store got him in, and she sent me a picture, and I liked how he looked in person, so I kind of caved. There’s not a lot of new going on here, and I don’t really see this guy replacing the prior release, but I do like the extra head, and I think he’s distinct enough to be worth my time. And, for someone who missed the first release, he’ll be awesome, which is really the main point.