GOLIATH (w/ ANT-MAN & WASP)
MARVEL LEGENDS (TOY BIZ)
“Hank Pym started small. After shrinking his way to worldwide renown as the super-heroic Ant-Man, founding member of the mighty Avengers, he ascended to even greater glory in the guise of Giant-Man. Now, as Goliath, he continues to prove that size matters: His greatest asset is his big brain and knack for invention! Due to years of exposure to the size-altering properties of Pym Particles, Goliath can increase in stature at will and to a maximum height of 100 feet of shrink to the size of an ant. He grows by drawing additional mass froman extra-dimensional source, to which it returns when he reverts to normal. Goliath can shrink an entire laboratory or an array of firearms to the size of a microchip when not in use. The various compartments of his uniform straps contain a wide variety of miniaturized equipment.”
Toy Biz’s run on Marvel Legends was full of a lot of rather frustrating choices on their part, all in the name of trying to foster some sort of after market value for their figures. It was…well, it wasn’t the best time to be a collector, but it was a really good time for scalpers. Yay? One of their ideas was chase figures, figures that were not advertised on the back of the package and were shipped in very low numbers, and were just short of including a note on the front that said “scalp me.” The concept only ended up lasting for two assortments, Series 4 and Series 5. I’ve looked at Red Skull, the chase for Series 5, but now I’m looking at the figure that officially launched it, Goliath!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
As noted in the intro, Goliath was the chase figure for Series 4 of Toy Biz’s Marvel Legends, and was subsequently the one figure in the assortment not listed on the back of the packaging. He’s officially supposed to be based on Hank’s first Goliath costume, but, well, there’s some caveats to that, which I’ll touch on in a bit. The figure stands 8 1/4 inches tall and he has 12 points of articulation. That’s a pretty low count for a Legends release, and there’s a good reason for that: he’s not a Legends sculpt. Instead, he was a wholesale repaint of the Giant-Man figure from their classic Avengers boxed set from the ’90s. Now, you may recall from my (astoundingly short) review of that figure, that I was pretty fond of the sculpt. It’s honestly one of he nicest sculpts to come out of their 5-inch days. That being said, it didn’t really fit all that well stylistically with the Legends Toy Biz was putting out at this time. I mean, he’ll look okay with the Iron Man and Cap, but beyond that he’s gonna be out of place. Additionally, the sculpted details of the costume are pretty specific to Giant-Man’s costume, but those don’t line-up with the Goliath costume they opted to go for. He shouldn’t have the antenna or the circle, and he should have goggles, and a completely different belt. We wound up getting a couple of more accurate renditions of this costume once Hasbro took over, but for this one, Toy Biz was clearly wanting a cheap extra figure to produce and went with the “close enough” philosophy. The paint work kind of rolls with the differences of the sculpt, and pretty much makes no attempt to hide them, because, honestly, it’s not like there’s much that can be done. It’s a pretty nifty color scheme, and I certainly dig the metallic blue used on the body suit. In order to distract a bit from the re-used mold and the lack of a base sculpt, Goliath was packed with repaints of the Ant-Man and Wasp figures from the same boxed set as Giant-Man. They work a little better with the Legends aesthetic, though they’re not super-poseable or anything. The new coat of paint does look nice, though.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Despite the somewhat lazy creation, I always wanted this guy when he was new. Perhaps because I was giving into the very forces that Toy Biz was counting on, or perhaps because I just always liked this Goliath costume. Whatever the case, I didn’t get one, because the after market for him was stupid expensive for a good long while. Then the people paying the stupid money for him actually took a closer looked at him, realized how lazy a creation he was, and two much better versions of the costume were released, and now this guy can be had for a much more reasonable sum. He ended up traded into All Time about a year and a half ago, allowing me to finally add him to my collection. He’s not anything to write home about, but I can love him for what he is.