MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Man, can you believe we’re still getting Infinity War tie-ins? What’s that? Wrong Infinity War? Right. Yes, believe it or not, the title “Infinity War” was not originally attached to Thanos’ quest to gain the Infinity Gauntlet (that was, wait for it, “Infinity Gauntlet”), but was instead a follow-up story centered on Magus, Adam Warlock’s evil alternate persona. Over the course of the story, Magus created evil duplicates for most of Marvel’s major heroes, including good ol’ Spidey. Spidey’s Doppleganger stuck around longer than the others (because they didn’t have enough evil Spider-Man equivalents) and actually found his way into a few other stories from around the time, including “Maximum Carnage.” He’s not the most prevalent character to show up as a toy, but he’s got a few under his belt, and now he’s got a Marvel Legend.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Spider-Man Doppleganger is figure four in the Molten Man Series of Marvel Legends. He’s the second comic figure, and Doppleganger’s third figure overall*. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 58 points of articulation. He’s constructed pretty heavily out of re-used parts, primarily being made from the body of the Kingpin Series’ 6-Armed Spider-Man. He inherits that figure’s articulation issues on the torso, since no changes have been made to the mold, but at this point I’ve made my piece with it. He gets a new head, two sets of new hands, and new feet, as well as swapping out the bare secondary arms of the Spidey for the fully sleeved main arms. The final creation is a decent offering, but definitely comes in a lot smaller and scrawnier than Doppleganger is usually depicted. There’s a degree of artistic license I suppose, and obviously Hasbro wanted to quickly get a second use out of the new molds. Also, a slight oddity is that the new head, hands, and feet all have raised weblines (like last year’s Spider-Ham), in contrast to the rest of the body. It doesn’t stand out terribly in person, but the lighting for the photos really brings it out. Doppleganger gets a noticeably darker colorscheme than Spidey did, which actually does him some favors when it comes to those unpainted weblines. I’d still really prefer they were painted, but I’ve made my piece with it. Everything else is pretty decent, and I particularly like the pearlescent finish on the eyes. Doppleganger has no character-specific extras (I’m not really sure what he could have gotten), but he does include the right arm of the Molten Man Build-a-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
There was speculation of Doppleganger as soon as 6-Armed Spidey showed up, but I was really surprised by this guy’s presence just one assortment later. For all of the prior figure’s flaws, I ultimately was quite happy with him, and marked him as a pleasant surprise in his assortment. Doppleganger I’m not so sure about. He’s not awful, but he’s really tiny, and still has all the issues from the last figure. Ultimately, I think he may have been better served as a Build-A-Figure with a unique sculpt, but that’s not how it played out. As it stands, he’s one of the two weakest entries in a generally pretty strong line-up, so he makes out alright.
I purchased Doppleganger from All Time Toys, who set me up with this whole set to review. If your looking for other Legends or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.
*Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time that Doppleganger and Hydro-Man have been part of the same assortment. They both made their toy debuts in the “Spider Wars” series of Toy Biz’s ’90s Spider-Man line.