PETER PARKER & NED LEEDS
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Civilians in Spider-Man movie tie-ins are always a bit hit or miss. The first Raimi film actually did kind of crazy good on that front, with not only civilian versions of both Peter and Norman, but also Mary Jane and J Jonah Jameson. Since then, they’ve been less invested. For the latest range of films, we started off with no civilians, but did at least get an MJ for the Far From Home tie-ins and a JJJ from No Way Home. We haven’t actually gotten a basic Tom Holland Peter, though, nor had we gotten Peter’s “guy in the chair” Ned Leeds. Hasbro’s celebration of Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary amends both of those.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Peter Parker and Ned Leeds are one of the three two-packs in the “Spider-Man 60 Amazing Years” sub-line of Marvel Legends. It’s the one movie-inspired part of the line-up, which I suppose is alright.
“Peter Parker is a high school sophomore with a big secret. Instead of rushing home to do homework, he spends his afternoons fighting crime as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!”
Civilian Peter Parker figures aren’t a total rarity when it comes to tie-in lines, but thus far the only Tom Holland version of Peter is in Minimate form. Legends has also been pretty stingy on the unmasked heads for the MCU Spider-Men, with them only being available in a handful of rather tricky to acquire exclusive offerings. So, I guess this release just generally makes up for all of that. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. The articulation scheme on this figure is actually quite impressively handled for a civilian figure; he’s not quite as posable as the top-end Spider-Men, but it’s still pretty agile, which is certainly appropriate for Peter. He’s also got the pinless construction for the arms and legs, which makes him a little sleeker looking. Peter’s sculpt is entirely new. The standard head sports a rather impressive likeness of Tom Holland, which is definitely amongst Hasbro’s best. The body sculpt is patterned on one of Peter’s sweater wearing looks from one of Homecoming‘s school sequences. It’s a suitably character appropriate look, especially for Holland’s take on the character, and the sculpt does a solid job of capturing the outfit, as well as balancing his proportions in a realistic manner. The color work on the figure is generally pretty basic, with a good chunk of it being molded colors. The face is nice and lifelike in its paint application, and the plaid pattern on what we can see of his shirt under the sweater is quite nice for the scale. Peter is packed with an alternate smiling head, two sets of hands (fists and open gesture), a back pack, and a book. The alternate head is an interesting concept, and I appreciate Hasbro’s attempt at something a little different, but it’s not quite right, especially compared to the standard head. He looks more like Marty Feldman than Tom Holland. The book’s lacking any paint details, and neither set of hands can really hold it, but it’s a decent enough extra anyway. The back pack’s definitely a solid piece, though.
“Classmates and best friends, Ned is the only person at school who knows Peter Parker’s secret.”
While we’ve had a number of Peter Parker figures over the years, Ned Leeds has been completely absent from the world of action figures. His comics counterpart was honestly never really notable enough to warrant any coverage (though an extra head with a Hobgoblin at some point might be nifty), but movie Ned is far more prominent. Still not particularly action oriented, but that hasn’t stopped other figures from being made, so why would it stop Ned? The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Compared to Peter, the articulation scheme is a fair bit more restricted on Ned. He’s obviously a far less agile character, so there’s a degree of sense to that, but I do wish he at least had a better range on his elbows. Ah, well, you can still get some decent poses out of him. His sculpt is another all-new set-up, courtesy of sculptor Dennis Chan. The head sculpt has a likeness of Jacob Batalon that’s pretty much on par with the Peter figure’s Holland likeness. I particularly like the small trace of a grin on the face; it feels very on the mark for Ned. The body sculpt puts Ned in an outfit that matches up with Peter, which is definitely nice, and he gets a set of proportions that matches up well with Batalon’s build in the movies. The paint work on Ned is a bit more involved than was the case with Peter, with some wear on the pants, and a decent job with the stripes on the shirt. Ned is packed with an alternate head sporting a Spidey mask (as seen briefly in the movie), and he’s also got his own back pack, unique from Peter’s.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up MJ back when they released her, and she’s kind of just been there on her own since then. I was definitely hoping we might see at the very least a Ned figure. Getting him and Peter together was something of a surprise, but a pleasant one. These two aren’t going to be the most thrilling of the anniversary line-up, but they’re both still a lot of fun, and do a great job of rounding out the cast just a little bit.
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