MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Otto Octavius suits up in a high-tech spider suit to protect the city as the Superior Octopus.”
Hey, remember when Doc Ock died and then put his mind into Peter Parker’s body and then took it over and then fought for dominance with Peter’s remaining subconscious and then ultimately relented his hold on the body so that Peter could take back over in order to defeat Green Goblin and save the day once again? Well, that just turned out to be the set-up for the rest of Doc Ock’s story. The events of Spider-Verse led a pre-giving-the-body-back-to-Peter Ock to create a back-up of his mind in the Living Brain, which he then used to reconstitute himself in a clone body that merged Octavious’ DNA with Parker’s during the events of “The Clone Conspiracy,” thereby leading to the creation of the Superior Octopus! Wooooooo! Yay comics!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Superior Octopus is figure 3 in the “Demogoblin” Series of Marvel Legends. He’s sort of a two-fer figure figure, being both a high-profile Spider-Foe, and also kind of being a Spidey variant, which no doubt made him an easy sell for the assortment. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 42 points of articulation. Ock is nominally built on the 2099 body, although it’s a slightly changed, slightly improved version of it, getting a retooled torso section. It’s not wildly different from the standard pieces in terms of general sculpt and musculature, but in place of the previous ab-crunch joint, this one gets a ball-joint instead. There’s some give and take on the range of motion on the respective joints, and it’s a little bit of a shame that Hasbro didn’t take advantage of this opportunity to go all out and do the joint combo they’ve been doing on their Lightning Collection figures, but on the whole, I do prefer this joint both in terms of poseability and aesthetics. In addition to the tweaked base body, Ock also gets a new character specific head, hands, wrist bands, and back-pack with the tentacles that give him his namesake. The new head and hands match the source material nicely, and also meld well with the pre-existing parts. It’s again a bit of a shame that he just has the one set of hands, but the combo here works well enough. The tentacles are handled in pretty much the same way as the last Ock, being solid pre-posed pieces with joints at the base and the claw. The slightly thinner nature of them does make them a little more workable and less obstructive when posing him, and by and large, I like them a lot more than the standard Ock pieces. The paint work on Ock matches up well with the comics design, and I certainly like the color scheme here. That bright green just really pops on this figure, especially in contrast to the otherwise monochrome colors. Ock doesn’t get any of his own extras beyond the tentacles, but he does include both arms for the Demogoblin build-a-figure, who I’ll be taking a look at later in the week.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Superior Ock is one of those designs that was really just begging for toy treatment from the moment it was introduced, so I was neither surprised, nor upset when it was shown off for this line-up. Honestly, it was probably one of the figures I was most looking forward to from this assortment. There’s not a ton of new or different going on, but he’s a good example of slight tweaks to an already successful formula working out well for the final product. Now, I really wouldn’t mind an updated Superior Spidey to match this one in terms of quality.