MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Boy do the Spider-Man foes have some confusing legacies. Following the death of Norman Osborn, and by extension the Green Goblin, the Goblin role in Spider-Man’s rogue’s gallery fractured. While the Green Goblin identity remained in play, we were also introduced to the mysterious Hobgoblin, a variant on the legacy role. Hobgoblin himself became a legacy character, actually fairly early into his life. The fourth man to take on the name was Jason Macendale, who had previously been the original Jack O’Lantern. Macendale would end up gaining demonic powers from the demon N’astirh during the Inferno cross-over, and those demonic traits would eventually be separated from him and made into their own character, the Demogoblin. Confused? Yeah, me too. Look, he’s got a toy, and I’m gonna review it. Let’s get to that!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Demogoblin is the build-a-figure for the first Spider-Man-themed series of Marvel Legends for 2020. He had previously been shown off as a single-carded figure for the Lizard Series back in 2018, but was replaced by Lasher in the assortment proper. He’s been rumored for every Spider assortment since, finally showing up here. I know a lot of people are happy to finally have him. Demogoblin has had one prior figure in this scale, as part of Hasbro’s early Spider-Man Origins line, but that was a rather hasty repaint of Hobgoblin, making this his first proper figure. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Given the common lineage, this figure does end up re-using a fair number of parts from the Space Venom Hobgoblin, itself a variant of the Bucky Cap mold. Demo reuses the torso, arms, boots, and cape from that figure, as well as getting the standard Bucky Cap legs in place of the scaly ones Hobgoblin was sporting. It’s all topped off with a new head, forearms, hands, and webgear for the torso. While Hobgoblin did include a demonic Macendale head as an extra, this one goes even further with the demonic appearance, incorporating more inhuman features, and a far more tattered hood. I really like it, and it’s an improvement on the prior piece in pretty much every way. The rest of the new parts similarly continue that trend of improvement, and he makes for quite a dynamic looking figure. The paintwork matches the usual Demogoblin color scheme. Everything is cleanly applied and does its job. This figure is one that probably would have benefited from maybe a wash or something to help really play up that demonic side, but I suppose there’s a lot of room for error when you spread something like that across multiple build-a-figure parts, so maybe it’s for the best that they didn’t attempt it. Demogoblin gets an all-new glider, which is distinct from both Hob and Green Goblin, and even features a flight stand (borrowed from The Black Series), which is the sort of trend I’d love to see continue with such things. It also helps to make him feel a little more worthy of that build-a-figure slot.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m not personally that invested in Demogoblin as a character, but after he was displaced (admittedly for a character I wanted more, so no complaints there) I understood why people were anxious to see him turn up elsewhere. Like a lot of recent BaFs, completing my Demogoblin was really just a side-effect of getting all of the figures in the set, and not really my main focus. He did turn out really nicely, though.
This assortment is probably the most balanced Spidey assortment I’ve encountered as of late. While I’d rank the Velocity Suit as the weakest entry, I actually have some trouble picking a favorite, not because they aren’t good, but because I like several figures in the line-up quite a bit. I think all of the figures in this set stand out nicely on their own, and I quite enjoyed this line-up of figures.