MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Shocker’s vibro-units allow him to blast through solid metal, or hurl long-range vibrational punches! But they’ve yet to help him defeat his eternal nemesis, the amazing Spider-Man!”
Some of Spider-Man’s rogues are memorable because of how menacing they are, or how close they come to actually defeating the wall-crawler in battle. On the other hand, some of them are memorable based more on the ineffectiveness. Such is the case with the Shocker, peroneal punching bag of the Marvel universe. He’s such a punching bag that the fact that She-Hulk *didn’t* beat him up to get information out of him is a memorable change. Such a punching bag that his first entry in the 6-inch scale was not as his own figure, but rather as an action feature-based pack-in with a Spider-Man, which saw him permanently stuck in one of Spidey’s web-traps. Such a punching bag, that even his own bio doesn’t give him any respect. That’s cold, man. But, there’s hope on the horizon, because all of this has actually made him memorable and worthwhile in his own right, meaning he’s getting a double-dip on the Legends treatment. That’s not so bad, I suppose.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Shocker is the last of the three villains in the latest Spidey-themed Retro assortment of Marvel Legends. It’s his second time as a Legends release, following the one from the Sandman Series in 2017. While that one was in his at the time current gear from Superior Foes of Spider-Man, this one instead goes back to the very beginning, for a proper classic Shocker, fitting with the retro-theme of the release. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. While he’s got the elbow joints that Shocker so frequently loses (complete with the pinless construction that Hasbro’s been rolling out with their new sculpts), he does loose the standard wrist movement, in favor of a swivel joint further up the forearm. While it ultimately results in less mobility at the wrists, it’s for the sake of keeping the gauntlets one piece, which is true to the original design. And, honestly, with those gauntlets on, he’s unlikely to be able to really move his wrists anyway, so it’s not like it’s unrealistic. Shocker is sporting an all-new sculpt, which serves his design a little more justice than the Bucky Cap body of the previous version. It beefs him up a little bit, as you’d expect for a guy in a big padded suit, and it just generally does a really nice job of capturing the character’s classic look. All of the quilting is properly sculpted, and I like how he’s even got extra detailing on the non-quilted parts, especially evident when comparing the head sculpts from the two releases. I do somewhat miss the bewildered expression of the last one, but I don’t know that it would fit quite as well for this release. Shocker’s color work is alright, though nothing particularly spectacular. The base work is there, and the colors work well for the character. The sculpt could really benefit from any sort of accenting on the quilted sections, as they do sort of get lost in the big patches of yellow here. I may wind up giving this guy the same treatment as Six-Arm Spidey, just to help him pop a bit more. Shocker is packed with two sets of hands, one set with fists, the other with relaxed hands. They swap at the forearm joint, which keeps things clean. I like the attention to more options on these figures. He also includes the same effects pieces as the last one. I still don’t think they really work for his powerset, but I won’t complain about getting extra stuff.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really liked the last Shocker. Like, a lot more than I’d expected, really. But he wasn’t a classic Shocker, so another felt like it kind of needed to happen at some point. This guy is really great. Getting an all-new sculpt for him is really great, and the end result is a lot of fun. He’s going to make it really difficult for me to pick a Shocker for the shelf, because I do still really love the old one, but this one’s just so good.
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Putting those two together it’s just amazing to see how these toys have evolved over the past20-30 years. Incredible.