BLACK & GOLD SUIT SPIDER-MAN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Spider-Man relies on his Black and Gold suit and abilities to defend against threats.”
Everyone worth their salt knows that a Spider-Man movie these days can’t just have one look for Spidey. How would you sell all these toys otherwise? So far, all of the MCU Spidey films have had two main looks, and the merchandising has followed accordingly. For No Way Home, I’ve already looked at the more classically “Spidey” Integrated Suit, but there’s also the slightly more divergent Black and Gold suit, notable for how black and gold it is. The exact purposes of the suit are a bit muddied at the moment, but early listings referred to it as the “mystic” suit, so it stands to reason that it might be the suit more tied into Spidey’s dealings with Strange and his magic. Whatever the case, it’s an excuse to put Spidey into all-black again, and everyone loves that.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black & Gold Suit Spider-Man is officially figure 1 in the Armadillo Series of Marvel Legends, since Integrated was not actually numbered and all. He’s the second of the four movie figures, the second of the two Peter Parker Spider-Men, and the second of the three Spider-Men in the assortment. The figure stands just under 6 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Structurally, he’s pretty simple, because he’s actually just a total parts re-use of the Far From Home standard figure. I’m not sure if that’s entirely accurate based on what I’ve seen of the suit so far, but it doesn’t seem like it’s terribly far off, and there are at the very least a good number of shared elements between the two suits. Moreover, it’s just kind of a solid sculpt, so I don’t really mind seeing it crop up again. There seem to be a few different options on the gauntlets, at least as far as we’ve seen from all of the other tie-in stuff. This one goes for the look that keeps the Upgraded Suit’s red and black gloves, presumably to avoid the need for new parts. In terms of paint work, this figure is admittedly a little bit messy. Not terrible, but the belt in particular is definitely misaligned on my copy, which does not look super great. Otherwise, he’s alright, I guess. The figure is packed with the same sets of hands that the mold’s original release sported, as well as the left leg for the Armadillo Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Remember all of the things I said about not feeling the upgrades to the suits yesterday? Well they apply even more so here. I mean, it’s a different color scheme at least, and it’s also a mold I like, so in hand I don’t wind up minding this figure all that much. Were it not for the issues with the paint, I’d say he was actually a rather nice figure. As it stands, he’s just alright, but I don’t feel like he’s a space waster or anything, and I may feel more excited about him after seeing the movie.
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