IRON MAN (TOY BIZ)
“Single mother and Stark Enterprises Vice President, Julia Carpenter conceals a fantastic secret: she possesses the ability to weave psionic webs, and has the strength, speed and agility of a spider! Now, in the guise of Spider-Woman, Julia is determined to turn her astonishing abilities to the downfall of the Mandarin and his sinister schemes of conquest!”
Since Iron Man is a character that’s had a spotty track record with supporting casts over the years, when it came time to give him a cartoon in the ’90s, the show had to sort of make due with the super team he was running around with at the time. Unfortunately, it was during the brief period of time where that team *wasn’t* the Avengers, and was, instead “Force Works,” a replacement for the Avengers West Coast team, which lasted an astonishingly long 22 issues. Force Works adopted most of the remaining West Coast line-up, which included Julia Carpenter, the second Spider-Woman, who wound up as one of the members chosen to get the largest focus in the Iron Man cartoon, even remaining in the show when the rest of the team left during the show’s second season. She got a figure out of the deal, as well, and I’m taking a look at that one today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spider-Woman was released in the first series of Toy Biz’s Iron Man line, as not only this series, but in fact the whole line’s only female figure. Fellow team member Scarlet Witch was less fortunate (a streak that would continue for United They Stand‘s tie-in line), as was the villainess Hypnotia (who remains without any action figures to this day). The figure stands 5 inches tall and she has 6 points of articulation. I’ve looked at Julia’s sculpt previously, once in its slightly modified form as Jessica Drew, and also in its completely repainted form as the Invisible Woman. Apart from issues with the articulation, it’s actually not a half-bad sculpt, and its only flaw when used for Sue was the lack of eyes, which isn’t a problem here. Other than that, it’s a rather nice, rather balanced sculpt. The figure’s paint work is decent enough; to keep with her animation look, there’s a slight purple shade to the “black” sections of her costume, which actually doesn’t look half bad. The application is a little fuzzy in some spots, but it certainly could be worse. Julia was packed with her Psionic Webs, which were a big goofy purple thing, as well as an ID badge with her bio on it. She also got an action feature; there’s a lever on her back, which flips her arms up rather spastically. It was meant to be a “Psionic Web Hurling Action” according to the package, but it really just looks like she’s flipping over a table or celebrating a touch down or something.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Spider-Woman is a figure that I don’t vividly recall getting. I know she was still new when I got her, and that she was more than likely a gift, probably for either my birthday or Christmas. I’d guess she came from my parents, since they’re the most likely culprits for purchasing her. She’s one of those ones that I just recall always being in my collection. She’s honestly a pretty solid figure, just start to finish.