BIG TIME SPIDER-MAN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“After losing his spider-sense, Peter Parker builds new Spider-Armor to protect himself.”
So….like….that bio doesn’t really have anything at all to do with the figure the box contains, but hey, let’s not dwell, right? Though only a moderate fan, I became a regular reader of the book with issue #648, which was the beginning of Dan Slott’s 250-odd issue run. I’ve been a fan of Slott’s since his work on She-Hulk, and that was enough to get me on-board. Slott’s first story line was “Big Time,” which began Peter Parker’s time with Horizon Labs, injecting all sorts of new tech-based stuff into the book. That translated to quite a few new suits for Spidey, the first of which was his Tron-esque stealth suit, a distinctive design for the character. It’s cropped up on a number of figures before, including a Legends figure that we all prefer not to talk about. But now it’s also a Legends figure that we can all be okay with talking about! Yay!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Big Time Spider-Man is our second “Fan Channel” Marvel Legends release. Essentially, the “Fan Channel” releases are an assortment of figures largely constructed out of re-used parts, all offered up one at a time only through non-big-box stores (although Amazon is also carrying them). The set was kicked off by a Wolverine variant, with Spidey following his lead. As I touched on in the intro, this figure is Spidey’s first suit from “Big Time,” which has been offered up as a Legends figure one time before, but that particular was on the receiving end of all sorts of really messy issues, resulting in a rather disappointing release. This one moves the design to the Pizza Spidey body, which has become the new gold-standard for Spider-Men. Structurally, this figure is identical to the Black Costume Spidey also built on this body. It’s sensible, given that the two designs really aren’t far removed from each other. There’s no real call for new parts, and this way you know it’s all going to be pretty solid. The main distinguishing factor is of course the paint. Firstly, as you may note, he’s green, meaning that the suit is in its camo mode. There were other chromatic settings as well, but green is always the one we get as a toy. You’ll hear no complaints about that from me. Since the lines are technically meant to be glowing, the prior release attempted to do sort of a painted haze, which unfortunately backfired horrifically. For this one, Hasbro has wisely chosen to play it safe, and just gone for a straight flat green color. It’s a striking appearance, as this design should be. Big Time Spidey is accessorized with the full complement of extra hands for this body, as well as a webline piece. It’s nice to see the hands return fully here, given the absence of the full set from all of the Pizza-based figures in the last year, and it gives me hope that Hasbro realizes how silly it is to not include them.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I love this design, like a whole lot. It’s quite possibly my favorite Spider-Man costume ever. So, I’m all about it in toy form…well, except for that previous Legends figure. That thing was so hideous that I just couldn’t ever bring myself to own it, which made me kinda sad, honestly. Since the introduction of the Pizza Spidey body, I’ve been hoping to see an updated version, and I was thrilled to see him show up here. There’s not really much new to this figure, but he’s still a ton of fun, and a good showcase of what you can do with a solid selection of re-used parts and a good paint job.