MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
“As the villain Electro, Max Dillon wields full control over electricity in his never-ending quest to defeat Spider-Man!”
When Marvel was putting together Spider-Man: The Animated Series in the ’90s, James Cameron was still signed on to put together a live action theatrical film. He had chosen Electro and Sandman as the villains of the piece, and they were subsequently left out of the cartoon, so as to avoid any brand confusion or competing versions of characters (it’s something that Marvel gave up on pretty quickly, but that DC still holds onto fervently to this day), but as the show got well into its run, it became clear that Cameron’s film wasn’t going to materialize. Sandman never got to make the transition over to the show since they’d already worked in Hydro-Man to replace him), but Electro did manage to make it over, albeit re-imagined as the Red Skull’s son. That late into the cartoon, the toyline wasn’t quite as strictly tied to the animation, so Electro never got released on that classic packaging, but, well, here he is now? Sort of?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Electro is the third figure from the recent Spider-Man-themed assortment of the Marvel Legends Retro Collection. He’s also the third not to have a ’90s counterpart he’s recreating, but at least in his case, there actually was an Electro figure in the line, just after they had changed the packaging. This marks Electro’s third time getting the Legends treatment, the second under Hasbro’s tenure. The last one was a more modern-inspired take on the character, while this one goes strictly classic. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. The last Electro figure was built on the Pizza Spidey, and I thought that worked pretty well for the character. Hasbro seems to have felt rather differently, so he’s been moved all the way up to the Spider-UK body for this release. It seems kind of bulky for how I usually think of Electro, but he’s a character who’s fluctuated greatly in size from artist to artist, so this one feels valid too. Ultimately, I don’t actually dislike it as much as I initially thought I would, and it’s not like the UK body is a bad one by any stretch of the imagination. Electro re-uses the classic-style head from the previous release, which is honestly just sensible, since it’s not like Hasbro was ever going to do a better classic Electro head. This one’s just pitch-perfect for the character, and even manages to somehow not look completely ridiculous on this bulked up body. He also gets a new set of forearms, which add his little electric bolts from the tops of his gloves, completing that classic look. Electro’s paint work is pretty standard. It’s very classic, and very bold. It changes from the slightly metallic shades of the prior figure to just strict yellow and green, and also differentiates the head sculpt by actually painting in the eyes this time around. On the accessories front, this figure amends the one major flaw of the last Electro by including hands with and without the electric effects. I’m glad to see them learning.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was very lucky to actually get ahold of the Space Knight Venom Electro, and I was pretty happy with that release, but I figured this guy was coming sooner than later, especially as Hasbro filled in that Sinister 6 line-up. Personally, I wasn’t terribly excited for him, since, as I noted, I was pretty happy with the prior release. I also wasn’t big on the base body choice on the prototype. But, I’m not really turning away any Legends right now, so I bought him along with the rest of the set. Honestly, he’s better than I’d expected him to be, and it’s really a toss-up as to which version I prefer. They’re both very nice.
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