MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Intelligent and quick-witted, Gwen Stacy has a sharp sense of humor and is a natural leader.”
While Into the Spider-Verse was a rather loose adaptation of the Spider-Verse crossover in terms of most of its elements, one piece it did lift essentially wholesale was the super-heroic version of Gwen Stacy, affectionately known as “Spider-Gwen,” whose role and background are effectively the same for the purposes of the story. Admittedly, she’s a pretty great concept, so it’s hard to blame them for keeping her more or less the same. And, as part of the film’s main trio of protagonists, it’s also hard to blame them for pushing her when it comes to the toys. She’s no stranger to Legends at this point, but one more certainly can’t hurt, can it? However, we’re not *just* talking about Gwen here, are we? No, of course not, because Gwen doesn’t actually come packed on her own! Following the lead of the Hot Toys figure (I guess; is it still following the lead if your product beats the “lead” by, like, a year?), Gwen gets packed in with fellow Spider, Spider-Ham, another character not too terribly changed for the movie. What a pair they are!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Gwen and Spider-Ham collectively represent figure 2 in the Stilt-Man Series of Marvel Legends, and are the second piece of the four figure Spider-Verse tie-in for the line. Though both characters are included, this is definitely being billed as a Gwen figure with a Spider-Ham pack-in, and less as a proper two-pack. As such, Gwen is a more proper figure, standing 5 3/4 inches tall and sporting 29 points of articulation. She’s in her main costumed look from the movie, since she’s got less looks than Miles, and this is the one that she spends most of her time in anyway. Structurally, this figure winds up having a lot in in common with the last two Spider-Gwens. Unlike Miles, for whom the straight repaint from the two pack was pretty far off the mark, Gwen’s design falls a little more in line with the traditional base bodies for the line, so the re-use is a little more excusable. That doesn’t mean she’s all re-use, though, as the head, upper torso, hood, and lower legs are all new pieces, with the aim of making her that much more film accurate. Additionally, her legs have been modified to remove the visible pins on either side of the knee, brining her in line with the rest of the modern sculpts. It’s minor, but much appreciated. The head and hood are separate pieces, but not as easily separated from each other as earlier versions. The hood hangs a touch closer to the masked head than it does in the film, but the general appearance works pretty well, and fits the overall clean aesthetic. The new upper torso slims and streamlines the figure a bit further, again bringing her more in line with that animated look. It’s pretty basic, but it gets the job done. The new legs give Gwen her ballerina shoes from the film, one of the more notable design changes from the source material. I also found that these new feet made the figure a little more stable when standing, which I definitely appreciated. Gwen’s paintwork is pretty basic, and does suffer from a few spots of fuzziness. It is, however, a notable improvement on the prior Gwen figure, and just generally pretty good overall. It is lacking the pattern on the black sections, but given they’re black, this detail isn’t too obviously missing. Gwen gets an extra unmasked head, a hood pulled down, and two pairs of hands in both fists and thwipping poses. The unmasked head is actually my preferred of the two heads included, and is a very spot-on recreation of Gwen’s design from the movie, with a solidly rendered paint job to boot. I was very happy about both sets of hands being included, since the last Gwen only got one of each style. Gwen is also packed with the torso for the Stilt-Man Build-A-Figure, and, of course, Spider-Ham.
Spider-Ham himself is more figurine than figure. He’s 2 1/2 inches tall and has a single point of articulation, that being a ball joint at his neck. He is otherwise limited to the hands on his hips pose he’s sculpted into. Given the build and size of the character, this isn’t the worst thing, because it at least allows him to keep his look alright aesthetically. One of the biggest issues with the single release Spider-Ham was that, worse than his lack of general movement was how badly worked in the articulation was into the sculpt. At least in this case, he’s just not mobile from the start. This results in the sculpt being fairly film accurate, and it also results in a figure that’s better scaled to his compatriots. And sure, he’s got sculpted webbing again, but it’s at least recessed instead of raised, making it easier to fix the lack of painted lines this time if you were so inclined.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m a big fan of the Spider-Gwen design, and I appreciated the changes they made for the animated version. I’ve actually looked at the two pack version a few times, and been quite tempted by it, but it’s quick jumps in price and lack of a properly updated unmasked head held me back. I was quite pleased to see her shown off with the rest of the set, though I’ll admit I didn’t give her quite as much thought as some of the others in the set, given her general similarities to the prior figures. In hand, I really like how this figure turned out, and she’s actually my favorite of the Spider-Verse set. Plus, this gives me another shot at Spider-Ham, whose single release greatly disappointed me. Sure, this one isn’t his own standalone thing, but that also means I didn’t end up dropping full price for him either, which certainly makes him a lot easier to enjoy.
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