SPIDER-MAN & KRAVEN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Unwittingly bonded with an alien symbiote, Spider-Man has the enhanced strength and abilities he needs to take on his deadly enemy, Kraven the Hunter.”
The last time I reviewed a Kraven figure, I remarked that long-running lines require a somewhat cyclical nature. Well, uhh, I’m now reviewing a re-release of Kraven from that very line…so, hey, here we are. Guess we’ve already come back around to him, haven’t we? I, of course, already had the previous Kraven, but one more certainly couldn’t hurt too much. Nor could one more of the Spider-Man he’s packed with!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Spider-Man and Kraven are a Target-exclusive Marvel Legends two-pack, clearly patterned after the much-loved “Kraven’s Last Hunt” storyline. The set started hitting shelves just a few weeks ago, and will hopefully be showing up in plentiful quantities throughout the summer. Both figures are tweaks of prior figures that have packed up a sizable aftermarket price.
Spider-Man’s black costume (or at least a cloth copy of it) was central to “Last Hunt,” and is enough of a fan favorite that a re-release of his Sandman Series figure definitely makes sense. The basic figure is essentially identical. Same base body and head, and for the most part, the same paint scheme. The symbol is ever so slightly different, with the head being a little wider. It’s minor enough that you’d only notice the change with both releases side by side. The main change-up is the accessories. They were kind of the let-down of the original release, but this one amends that. He loses the open gesture hands of the original, but exchanges them for the missing web-pose hands that were sorely missing the last time. He also gains an alternate unmasked head, which is a re-paint of the unmasked head from the Spidey/MJ pack, now featuring some battle-damage. Of course, since I still don’t have that, I’m just building a continuing collection of non-standard Parker heads.
Kraven’s been absent from Legends longer than Spidey’s black costume. His Rhino Series release was four years ago now, and just predates a lot of collectors getting into the re-launched line, meaning he still goes for a bit of a premium. His re-release is definitely the main driving force of this set. Where Spider-Man was a fairly straight re-issue, Kraven is actually quite different from his prior release. Where that one was his most recent appearance, this one is a classic Kraven. He gets a new head, right hand, and belt, and swaps out the boots of the last release for more streamlined parts. The head is by far the best piece; the crazed expression is a perfect recreation of Mike Zeck’s Kraven from “Last Hunt,” and it’s a marked improvement over the more generic sculpt of the last release. Another marked improvement? The paint. It’s sharper, bolder, and just generally better detailed than the last release. Hasbro’s definitely gotten a lot better at this part of the figures. Kraven includes the same spear as the prior release, and also adds in a hunting rifle, which is a pretty classic Kraven sort of piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since I have both of the original releases, when this set was originally announced I didn’t know if I’d be picking it up. The images of the new Kraven head definitely did a lot to sell me on him, but the Spider-Man didn’t look to have much new to offer. I was out looking for the Endgame Hawkeye and Widow (who I still haven’t found), and came across this set, and upon seeing the unmasked head and webshooter hands was definitely sold. Both figures included are improvements over their original releases, and I don’t regret grabbing this one at all.