MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“The Venom symbiote gives Peter Parker a black suit with special, enhanced powers.”
After a long hiatus from the line, Spider-Man’s distinctive symbiotic black costume re-appeared in Legends back in early 2017. That figure was a pretty straight forward “classic” symbiote Spidey, which I guess left the door open for a *less* classic symbiote Spidey? And wouldn’t you know it? Dan Slott and Staurt Immomen were kind enough to provide Hasbro with a variant of the symbiote right in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man. In one of the fastest turnarounds from page to plastic, here’s the newest Symbiote Spider-Man!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Symbiote Spider-Man is figure 3 in the Kingpin Series of Marvel Legends, as the second Spidey variant in the assortment. This one’s just got the normal number of arms. He’s based on SPider-Man’s appearance from the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #800, where Peter is forced to re-bond with the Venom symbiote in order to defeat the Red Goblin (more on him later in the week). It takes the classic black costume, and adds a bunch of minor tweaks. Some work, some don’t. I like the re-worked version of the logo, and I don’t hate the claw hands, but I’m still not sold on the monster feet, and especially not sold on the eyes. He looks like he’s wearing some form of funky eye-wear, and it feels like it’s needlessly breaking up an otherwise streamlined design. All that said, I’ve certainly seen worse designs, and there’s good reason to include him in this line-up (again, more on that later in the week). The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Unlike the other Spidey in this set, Symbiote Spider-Man sticks to the formula of the last few years, and is built on the Pizza Spidey body. He gets the clawed 2099 hands and the monster feet from Superior Venom, with a brand-new head to top the whole thing off. If nothing else, the whole thing is faithful to the comics design. The new head is a fairly nice sculpt. The eyes still bug me, and the fact that they stick out the way they do means that there’s some potential for them to be bent in the package. Fortunately, they’re a soft enough plastic that you can reshape them with a bit of heat if its an issue. Beyond the eyes, though, I really like the shaping of this head, especially how you can see Peter’s nose beneath the mask. I wouldn’t mind seeing a version of this sculpt without the eyes; it would make for a cool basic Spidey head, I think. Symbiote Spidey’s paintwork is pretty simple, molded black plastic with white detailing. It’s the usual for this design. The white for his symbol is a little sloppy in some spots, but he’s overall a solid effort. Spidey’s packed with a spare set of hands in fists, as well as both heads to the Kingpin Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: I wasn’t really that interested in getting this guy initially. Yeah, with the standard Symbiote look covered, I wasn’t hurting for another version of it, so I wasn’t sure about this guy, especially with some of those weird design elements. The desire to get that Kingpin figure really drove this one. I didn’t expect much, but I was actually quite surprised, and I find myself really liking this figure. Yes, those eyes still bug me, but he’s a fun toy nonetheless.
I bought Spidey from my friends at All Time Toys, who were kind enough to set me up with this whole set to review. He’s currently in-stock at their webstore. If your looking for other Legends or other toys both old and new, please check out All Time’s website and their eBay storefront.