MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Alright, I guess I might as well get to reviewing the thing I’ve been literally building up to. Yes, it’s the veritable merchandising gold mine that is “Venompool.” A pretty straight forward mash up of Venom and Deadpool, Venompool’s not exactly an original concept, since we’ve been seeing variants on the basic idea since 2010. Heck, we’ve even gotten another take on the concept in Marvel Legends previously, when they did the “Back in Black” design. But, the particular version that’s been getting all the love in the last couple of years is not any of the plethora of comics-based designs, but rather the version that appeared in Marvel’s Contest of Champions mobile game, which is this hulking brute that I’m taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Venompool is the eponymous Build-A-Figure for the “Venompool Series” of Marvel Legends, built from parts included with 5 of the 6 figures included. As noted above, he comes from Contest of Champions, and is the first Legends figure to explicitly based on a design from that game. He’s also the third figure based on this particular design, following the Pop and the Hot Toys. Like with Miles last week, I’m not super big on this design as a whole. It feels less symbiote-y and more like a monstrous version of Deadpool. And boy is he monstrous. The figure stands 8 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. In terms of mobility, he’s pretty restricted, given his rather bulky build. He can get some okay poses, of course, and covers pretty much everything you’d expect from a character of this size. He’s also not too hard to keep standing. He’s an all-new sculpt, which gives me a frightening sort of feeling like Hasbro’s going to try and get some sort of a variant release out of him, just to double down on the mold. It’s an accurate recreation of the game’s design, and there’s certainly a lot of detail going on there. They’ve somewhat followed in the steps of the movie design and given him a lot of texturing on his costume, which does at least keep things somewhat visually interesting. It was a touch disappointing that the chain links on his wrist and ankle bands were solid to the bands, and not separate, but I guess the line had to be drawn somewhere. The paint work on this guy is pretty good. It gets all the important details down, and application is all pretty clean. Venompool is notably well accessorized for a Build-A-Figure, getting two sets of hands (open and gripping), two swords, and a removable pair of sheaths for his back. The sheaths are a little tricky to get in place, and not the most secure. I’m not sure why they didn’t just do a peg to connect them, but maybe there’s a very important reason that I’m missing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t big on the Venomized stuff, and I’ve been suffering from some serious Deadpool fatigue the last few months. So, this guy, not really for me. Still, I decided I may as well build him, just to see what all the fuss was about. He’s a decently put together figure, but there’s just nothing that really grabs me. The design is so-so, and I have no real spot for him in my collection. Ultimately, this really isn’t one I see myself hanging onto.
This assortment is one that I was iffy on from the beginning. Only Phage really jumped out at me from the start. But, I went into it with an open mind, because the last Venom assortment wound up impressing me a lot more than I’d expected it to. This one just really didn’t change my mind. I like Phage, and Carnage is cool. Even Ghost-Spider is at least a neat visual. The rest of the assortment left me cold, and even the presentation didn’t really sell it. It’s notably a small set, and ultimately feels more cobbled together from left-overs than other recent assortments. Without so much connective tissue, the assortment relies more heavily on the individual figures, and they’re all fine from a technical stand point, but are largely “meh” from a design standpoint. I’m probably the outlier on this one, though.