MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Going into Avengers: Endgame, the only MCU film we knew would be following was Spider-Man: Far From Home, the follow-up to 2017’s Homecoming. We didn’t even know for sure whether it was pre or post-Infinity War (though we all had a pretty solid hunch), but the first trailer post-Endgame made it very clear, as well as follow-up comments that have confirmed that Far From Home will be serving as Phase 3’s proper send-off. The movie’s set to hit theaters next week, and to get us all in the Spider-Man spirit, Hasbro is particularly on-the-ball with their Legends tie-ins. I’ll be kicking my reviews of those off today with the Friendly Neighborhood hero himself!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spider-Man is part of the “Molten Man Series” of Marvel Legends, which is the second Spidey-themed assortment of the year. This guy is the extra sans-BaF-piece figure for the assortment, which has been the running trend for the movie line-ups (and Spider-Man line-ups, for that matter). The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. As we’ve seen from all the promo material, Peter’s got yet another new suit this time around. It’s got a fair bit in common with his Homecoming look, but switches the blue out for black (ala his earliest comics appearances) and streamlines a few more elements. It also looks to have picked up a few elements from the first Superior costume, as well as his appearance from the PS4 game. Despite all the little changes, it still reads as undeniably Spider-Man. As with the Iron Spider figure from Infinity War, while this figure has a lot in common with the main Homecoming release aesthetically, he’s actually an all-new sculpt. I’ll admit, I was actually quite surprised to discover this, and it wasn’t until I compared the two releases in hand that I realized there were no parts at all shared between them. This figure takes a design that’s closer to the Homecoming figure and applies it to an articulation scheme and base body layout that’s much closer to Iron Spider, and it really works out well. As much as I liked the Homecoming figure, he was definitely working with some slight iffy pieces he’d inherited from his Civil War predecessor. The fact that this one starts from scratch removes all those issues outright, rather than trying to work around them, and the end result is a very playable figure. The attention to detail on the smaller elements of his costume is also quite impressive, with elements such as the mechanics surrounding his eyes standing out, especially given their absence from prior figures. On the flipside, the paint’s a bit of a step down. It’s not terrible; all of the basic elements are there, and they’re reasonably well applied. There’s some slop on the edges, but nothing terrible. For me, the biggest loss is the outlining for the weblines. This detail was also missing on the Infinity War release, but seemed less glaring there. Here, especially when compared to the Homecoming figure, it really seems to stand out. Spidey is packed with two sets of hands, one set thwipping and the other gripping. The choice of gripping instead of fists is interesting, since he doesn’t have anything to hold or anything, but hey, at least he got extra hands, right?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this figure, since I initially thought it would be a pretty heavy re-use of the Homecoming parts. When I brought this set home, I didn’t really think much of this guy, but was pleasantly surprised by him when I opened the box. I think this is probably my favorite of the three MCU Spidey designs, and the figure, while not perfect, is the best basic MCU Spidey you can get.