MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Oh man, we went a whole week without any Legends reviews. That was a rough week, wasn’t it? Everybody pull through okay? No one lost during the long drought? It’s okay, we’ve made it to the promised land which is…more Legends. Whew. And hey, it’s a Spider-Man. That’s a rare sight! …Listen guys, there are a lot of Marvel Legends, and I’m buying pretty much everything, and I have to review them sometime, so, you know, just go with it, huh? Let’s just smile through another week of Legends reviews, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Spider-Armor Mk III is one of two Spidey variants in the latest Spidey-centric round of Marvel Legends. It depicts Peter in his improved anti-Sinister-6 armor from “The Ends of the Earth.” The suit then re-appeared as an alternate costume in Spider-Man for the PS4, which is how it earned its spot here, officially under the “Gamerverse” sub-line. It’s a fairly unique design, with a fairly prominent role in a big Spider-event, which matches up with a few other figures we’ve gotten, so I really can’t complain about it showing up here. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. The armor gets an all-new sculpt, as it really has to. It’s actually a pretty impressive offering, managing to capture the design from the comics, as well as keeping it slightly more real-world as it appeared in the game model. There’s a lot of really nice layering to the armored parts, as well as some really great texturing in the under suit elements. It also manages to bulk him up sufficiently from the standard Pizza Spidey body, making it look like he’s actually wearing armor. Posability on this figure is a little more limited than your average Legends Spidey, but it kind of comes with the more heavily armored territory, and he’s still got a solid range on most joints. Honestly, I was expecting him to be a lot more restricted than he ended up being. The paintwork on this guy is pretty decent; he’s a little more reserved in color than most Spidey variants, but still keeps enough of that distinctive scheme to make him easily identical. The armor was also pretty consistently depicted as a little washed out, so it’s accurate to the source material. The application is all pretty sharp, with no noticeable slop or bleed over. The Spider-Armor is packed with a web effects piece that can slip over another figure’s face, as well as the right leg of Demogoblin. It’s annoying that we aren’t getting alternate hands standard with Spider-Man variants; at the very least, I’d like a set thwipping and a set in fists. As it stands, he does feel a little light. That said, I do really like the web effect piece, and I appreciate that Hasbro is willing to try some new things here.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I can’t say that this design was at the top of my list of most wanted Spidey variants (honestly, I’d prefer a Mk I armor myself), but do like this design well enough, and I can’t deny that it translated well into toy form. The all-new sculpt is definitely fun, and I dig the new web effects thing they’re trying out. If this figure had one or two more extras, he’d be fantastic. As is, he’s still a very passable figure, and I feel worth a Spider-fan’s time.
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