MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Failed reporter Eddie Brock is hijacked by an alien entity that takes a liking to Earth and decides to protect it.”
There’s been a Venom solo film in the works since at least as far back as Spider-Man 3, back when it would have been starring Topher Grace, and then again during the Amazing Spider-Man era, but it finally came to fruition in 2018. It was far from high art, and wasn’t much of a critical success, but it was enough of financial success to justify a sequel, which should be released this year. The film was in a dubious spot in terms of merchandising in 2018, but at this point things are a little more comfortable between Marvel and Sony, and we’re finally getting a proper movie version of the character now.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Venom is technically part of the “Venompool Series” of Marvel Legends, in that he ships in the same case. However, he has no number, doesn’t list “Venompool Series” at the top of his box, and shows none of the other figures in the set on the back. Furthermore, none of the other figures in the set show him either. One has to wonder if he was originally intended for some sort of solo release, ala the Fan Channel figures, and wound up slotted into an assortment at the last minute. The figure stands 7 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. The articulation scheme on this figure is a heavy re-work for a Marvel figure, following the lead of other lines like Lightning Collection. It’s a pretty good set-up, and works particularly well for a larger character like Venom. His sculpt is an all-new offering, and not a bad one at that. It gets the general proportions of the character down pretty nicely, making him tall and pretty bulked up, without quite going to the absurd cartoonish levels of some of the larger Venom figures out there. There’s also quite a bit of detail work going into the figure; rather than just being smooth, he’s got texturing all throughout the body, helping him to look rather slimy and gross, which certainly feels appropriate. It also sets him apart from the more comic-based figures in this assortment from a stylistic stand point. He gets two different heads, one with tongue and one without. He comes wearing the one with the tongue, and that one’s the stronger of the two. Both of them are fairly accurate to the film design, which is the main aim. My biggest issue is that it’s really hard, on my figure at least, to swap the heads; it required heating the joint, and even then it was a real chore. The paint work on him is generally pretty basic, since the vast majority of it’s just molded black plastic. He does get the painted elements on the heads, of course, as well as some white detailing on the shoulders and forearms, but as the movie Venom lacks the usual symbol, he’s otherwise unembellished. In addition to the extra head, Venom also includes two sets of hands, one open, and one in fists.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t interested in Venom at all when it was released in theaters, so I skipped the theatrical run, and only caught it at home much later. It didn’t really do much for me, and I wasn’t really missing getting toys. When this guy was shown off, I was about as interested in him as I was the movie that spawned him. In hand, I’ll admit he’s a lot better than I was expecting. I’m not much for the film design overall, but I’ll certainly join in with all the other people that want to see this retooled into something more comic-inspired. I’d definitely be down for that.
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