#0255: Spider-Man – Spider-Sense

SPIDER-MAN – SPIDER -SENSE

MARVEL 10-INCH

Spider-SenseSpidey

In the 90s, Toybiz was at the height of their popularity with their massive 5-inch scale Marvel line. However, this wasn’t enough for them. Since the figures were sculpted in two-up form, meaning they were sculpted at twice the size, they could easily reproduce the figures in a larger 10-inch scale, thereby doubling their profits! They started out by producing separate lines much in the same manner their 5-inch lines were handled, before ultimately meshing all the lines into one. Today, I’ll be taking a look at one of their variants of Spider-Man.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Spider-Man was released early in the 10-inch line, prior to the move to a merged series. As such, he was released under the Spider-Man brand. The figure stands about 10 inches tall and features 11 points of articulation. The figure is based on his “spider-sense” look, which is how his spider senses would occasionally be portrayed, most notably in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, which most of these figures took influence from. It was a fairly popular look to do, as it also appeared in the 5-inch line. Interestingly, this figure is not just a larger version of that figure, or even just a simple repaint of the basic Spider-Man. He looks to share his head and legs with the basic Spider-Man, but the Torso and arms appear to be all new. This appears to have been done to allow use of the figure’s suction cup feature, which allows you to simulate Spidey’s wall crawling abilities by sticking him to windows and stuff. However, the weight of the figure prevents him from staying in place for very long. The figure seems lankier than some of the other Spider-Men of the time, which is actually nice to see. The paint work is pretty good, if a bit basic. There don’t appear to be any issues with sloppiness and there isn’t really any chance for bleed over. You’ll notice that my figure has taken a bit of wear and tear. The figure included no accessories to my knowledge.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

As far as I recall, Spider-Man was a gift to me from one of my parents’ friends. I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but it was probably for my birthday or something. I believe it was one of the earlier 10-inch figures I received, and it was certainly the first Spider-Man. It’s a fun little figure, though not one I would seek out on my own. At the time, however, I was just happy to be getting more action figures!

#0126: Angel – Savage Land

ANGEL – SAVAGE LAND

MARVEL 10-INCH (TOYBIZ)

Okay, so I’m currently attempting to stay on top of work and school, while at the same time doing my best not to miss posting any updates.  As such, the next few reviews may be a bit more on the brief side.  Hope nobody is offended.  If you are…ummm…I’m sorry?

Today, I’ll be doing my second review from ToyBiz’s line of 10-inch scaled marvel figures.  For those of you who missed my previous review, quick little backstory: in the 90s, ToyBiz had a rather expansive line of 5 inch scaled Marvel stuff.  They decided to double their profits by up-scaling a bunch of the molds and releasing them as 10-inch scale.  Towards the end of this line, they actually started mixing up some of the pieces to get some new concoctions and character designs.  I’ll be looking at one of the later additions: Savage Land Angel.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Angel was released towards the end of the line, after it had become an exclusive to KB Toys.  He stands 10 inches tall, and features 13 points of articulation.  The figure, coming from the end of the line is completely built from previously used parts.  The head comes from the second Archangel figure, released in the Invasion series of  ToyBiz’s X-Men line.  The body is reused from The Vulture, who was released as part of the 90s Spider-Man line.  The head is sensible, given that it’s the same character, but I’ve never been the biggest fan of this sculpt, with its odd expression and wide eyes.  My issues are only amplified with the larger scale and normal flesh tone coloring.  The body is an interesting choice, I suppose, but given that is was the overly armored 90s Vulture, it means that Angel is left wearing this odd armor.  The paint is a bit of a mixed bag.  The head actually has some pretty decent work, and the shading on the armor is nice, but the costume under the armor looks a bit strange.  They seem to have tried to replicate the look of the previous Savage Land Angel, with his classic costume torn up.  However, while that figure had  bare feet, that wasn’t an option, as those pieces weren’t tooled for the large scale, which means that he’s got these weird painted on boots. Which look very strange with the shorts look, like he’s perpetually that nerdy guy who wears shorts with dress shoes and socks.  It’s weird.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoyed the 10 inch line, and how I practically got a new one every time I went into a KB Toys.  Not this guy.  This guy, I passed up more times than I can remember, mostly based on how damned creepy he looks.  I’ve mentioned before about the trip I took to that huge KB Toys outlet center, which had a 5-10 year back log of toys.  This guy was amongst them, and I finally decided to get him to round out my X-Men.  I still think he’s a bit odd, but, he’s not the worst thing ever.

#0094: Spider-Man

SPIDER-MAN

MARVEL 10-INCH (TOYBIZ)

In the 90s, ToyBiz’s 5 inch Marvel line was pretty unbeatable when it came to superhero toys.  They had wide variety and best assortment of articulation you could find at the time.  Having met a great success with the 5 inch line, ToyBiz decided to release a larger scale line through a partnership with toy store KB Toys.  The 10 inch line was made from sized-up molds from the popular 5 inch line, and offered a variety of characters at a low price.  They were also a bit more durable than the smaller figures, which made them great for play.  Today, I’ll be looking at the basic Spider-Man from the line.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Spider-Man was part of KB’s exclusive line of 10-inch figures, though the line never really had “waves” or “series.”  Instead, the figures were just kind of in constant supply.  Anyway, this was the basic Spider-Man, who was offered for the entirety of the line.  The figure stands 10 inches tall and has 9 points of articulation.  The sculpt quite simplistic, but fairly well handled, especially given it would have been released in the 90s.  The web lines are painted instead of sculpted, but that was the standard at the time, and it does make the figure look like he’s from the 90s Spider-Man Animated Series, which was undoubtedly an influence.  For the most part, the figure is molded in the appropriate colors, but there are a few painted spots.  The color matching is good, and everything looks clean, with no smudges or slop.  I believe that this figure included a web-line with a suction cup, but I’ve long since lost it.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

This guy was purchased on one of the many trips taken to the nearby, mall-based KB Toys with my Grandmother.  She would occasionally buy me one or two of these figures and I would joyfully take them home to play.