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“The Phage symbiote gives its host the ability to forge incredibly dangerous bladed weapons to attack its victims.”
Hey, do you guys remember Lasher? Or perhaps Scream? Because that saves me a lot of trouble and explaining if so. Or, you could just follow the links I dropped in there. That would also save me some explaining. Look, the long and short of it is that Lasher and Scream, the spin-offs of a spin-off of a spin-off, were actually from a whole group of spin-offs, created in the comics by the Life Foundation. It was five symbiote crew, and we’ve just gotten another member of said crew, my boy Phage here, who I’ll be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Phage is figure 3 in the “Venompool Series” of Marvel Legends. He’s the third Life Foundation Symbiote, and definitely the most obscure of the characters included in this line-up. Phage has had one prior figure, back in the Toy Biz days, but that one was…well, let’s be diplomatic and say it wasn’t very comic book faithful. This one, on the other hand, aims for a slightly more faithful appearance. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Phage is built on the Bucky Cap body, which was just vacated by Carnage, thereby meaning it doesn’t suffer from any overuse in this assortment. He’s also the first of the Life Foundation Symbiotes to use it, so again, there’s the diversity factor there. He gets a new head, forearms, shins, and hands, and an add-on piece for his back piece. It’s all pretty straight forward stuff, and matches with how they’ve handled the various symbiotes in this line previously, while still being different enough to stand out. It fits pretty well with how Phage was depicted in the comics in the ’90s, and is just generally pretty decent looking. In terms of coloring, Phage was somewhat similar to Scream in the comics, with them both being largely yellow. Phage, however, was usually depicted as being slightly darker, and a touch redder in hue. This figure replicates that pretty decently overall, and that, coupled with black accenting in contrast with the brown on Scream, means he’s not too similar to her in color scheme. Phage is packed with an alternate arm piece, replicating the blade that Phage would usually use. It’s a shame it’s just the one, but it’s cool never the less. Phage also includes both legs to the Venompool Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve got a soft spot for the Life Foundation Symbiotes, and after getting Lasher and Scream, I was definitely looking forward to getting more of them. Phage was definitely my most wanted figure from this assortment because of that. Phage is a fairly by the numbers figure, but it works, and he definitely looks cool with the other two. Now, can we get Riot and Agony? And possibly a deluxe Hybrid?
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