MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Bitten by the same radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers, Cindy Moon develops spider powers of her own and soon takes on the role of Silk!”
Marvel’s Original Sin cross-over from 2014 was one with a few lasting changes, none of them particularly huge status quo shifts, or anything, but notable none the less. It officially added Neil Gaiman’s Angela to the Marvel universe by revealing her to be Thor and Loki’s long-lost sister, came up with a convincing way to write out the original Nick Fury so that his son, Nick Jr, who happens to more closely resemble the Samuel L Jackson version of the character, could replace him, and, most relevantly for today’s review, revealed that the spider that bit Peter Parker had also bitten his classmate Cindy Moon, giving Cindy her own set of abilities. Cindy was worked back into the mainstream universe during the battle with Morlun and his family the Inheritors, having been hidden away for years to keep her protected. She was given the codename Silk, and spun (heh) off on her own, though she does find her way back to the main Spidey book from time to time for cross overs. Silk’s actually been pretty fortunate in terms of raw numbers when it comes to toy coverage, though perhaps a little bit less so when it comes to actual distribution. It’s okay, though, because I finally got one. So, let’s look at Silk!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Silk is an part of an Amazon-exclusive Marvel Legends two-pack, which was released under the “60 Amazing Years” banner that’s celebrating Spider-Man’s anniversary. The other half of the set was a Doc Ock, which is just a slight adjustment on his figure from back in 2018. This Silk marks her third time in Legends form, following two solo releases. This one is based on Cindy’s most recent look, which sports shorter hair, and a slightly more vibrant color palette. It’s honestly my favorite of her looks thus far, so that works for me. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and it has 29 points of articulation. Silk’s largely built using the same patchwork body as Spinneret, which, apart from the ever evolving ports on the back of the torso, is honestly a pretty solid base body, and certainly a good match foe Silk’s usual depictions in the comics. It’s also a good deal more posable than her last two figures, which feels more appropriate for a web-slinger. Silk gets a brand-new head sculpt, and it’s honestly the nicest sculpt she’s gotten to date. It’s certainly the first one to really capture her Korean heritage, which is definitely a plus, and I really like the more naturalistic approach to the detailing, as well as the ever so slight windswept look to her hair. It’s enough to look somewhat dynamic, without looking too crazy. Silk’s color work is based on the bolder palette of her newer design, so she’s definitely got some visual pop. The application is generally pretty cleanly handled; there’s a little bit of slop on the edges of the white sections, but it’s pretty minor. The head does quite well, with the printing for the eyes looking quite lifelike, and the subtle blue accenting on the hair really bringing out the sculpted details. The figure is packed with an alternate unmasked head for Cindy, with a corresponding pulled down mask piece, as well as three pairs of hands (fists, gripping, and open gesture) and an extra right hand with a web effect. It’s quite a nice selection of extras, and covers pretty much all of the bases.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Silk’s introduction was, admittedly, a little clumsy (something even her creator Dan Slott has admitted in recent years), but she got better pretty quickly, and she’s been a pivotal character to a couple of Spider-cross-overs since. I missed out on her first figure because that wave showed up effectively nowhere, and her second because I just underestimated how quickly it would sell. I was poised to miss this one, too, since I didn’t really need another Doc Ock, but I was fortunate to get just Silk on her own when one got traded into All Time. She’s actually quite a lot of fun, and getting this version makes me kind of glad I missed the other two.