SPIDER-MAN & MJ
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Students at the Midtown School of Science and Technology, Peter Parker and MJ experience the powers of Spider-Man firsthand when the web-slinger must suit up to take down the Vulture.”
The Legends coverage for Spider-Man: Homecoming followed the usual Spider-Man movie range, meaning we got the main villain and a bunch of Spider-Man variants. We did also get an Iron Man figure, but that was sort of on his own merits. Beyond that, the other characters were really left out. While the Far From Home offerings more or less followed the same set-up, but between the two, we did get one of the more important supporting players, albeit in a slightly rebooted form with Michelle “MJ” Jones. Of course, surprising no one, there’s also another Spidey variant along for the ride.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Spider-Man and MJ are a Target-exclusive part of the Marvel Legends line. They’re both officially based on Homecoming, though the set was clearly meant to tie-in with MJ’s increased role in Far From Home.
We got both of Spidey’s main looks from Homecoming back when the movie came out, but there was one notable design missing. When locked in the Damage Control vault at the movie’s mid-point, Peter keeps himself warm by layering up and putting his hoody and decathlon team jacket over his costume. It’s a pretty distinctive look, and was even used on the film’s main poster, so its recreation as a toy was pretty much inevitable. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Spider-Man uses a lot of parts from the initial Homecoming figure, but obviously swaps out the arms for a new pair with sleeves to match the jacket. It also re-tools the upper torso to remove the butterfly joints at the shoulders. I was admittedly never a huge fan of how they were implemented on the original figure, so I don’t miss them here. In addition to the arms, he also gets the Coulson jacket, plus a new hoodie piece that slips underneath of it to complete the look. Paintwork on this guy is actually a little different from the original release; the weblines are a little tighter and the tech-lines on the blue sections are a little darker. It makes the figure pop a little more than the original, but the reds on the suit are the same, meaning the extra head from the first figure is still compatible. Spidey is packed with two sets of hands in fists and thwippign poses. It’s a shame he didn’t also get his Beats, but the hands are at least something.
Zendaya’s Michelle “MJ” Jones caused a fair bit of controversy when she was added to the cast of the first movie and was originally rumored to be a more direct adaptation of Mary Jane Watson. It was honestly downright comical given how minor her role was in the first film. Whatever the case, I found her performance to be enjoyable and the character to be a quite likable reimagining of a character we’ve seen quite a few times before. And now I’ve got an action figure of her, which is always the best thing about any fictional character. She stands a little over 6 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. MJ is built on the same body as the last Legends MJ, which is also the one used for Jessica Jones and Elektra from the Netflix line-up. It’s a pretty sensible body, and fits the general build and look of Zendaya in the movie. The figure gets a few new parts to help sell the new look better. She has a new set of arms and jacket piece, as well as new lower legs. It’s all topped off with two new head sculpts, one with the hair down and a more intense expression, the other with the hair pulled back and a more amused expression. Both have a pretty spot-on likeness, but I personally prefer the second one. MJ’s paintwork is more reserved than Spidey’s, but it’s still a pretty solid offering, with plenty of nice little touches, especially on the jacket. MJ is packed with two sets of hands, one set in open gesture, the other in a gripping/fist combo.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Wanna guess where I got this here Target exclusive? Did you say Target? How ever did you crack that one? This set first started hitting way back in June, but I didn’t actually find mine until a few weeks ago. I had almost given up hope of finding it at retail, when a quick stop off on the way home to grab a few other things led to me finding a whole stock of them. The Spidey variant is actually a lot of fun, and MJ’s kind of an essential figure, so I definitely dig this set.