MARVEL LEGENDS RETRO COLLECTION (HASBRO)
“One of the few who knows that Spider-Man is really Peter Parker, the Green Goblin is perhaps the web-slinger’s greatest foe.”
Every good hero’s gotta have their nemesis. Sometimes you gotta have multiple nemeses, in succession, just in case people get tired of the last one. That seems to be Spider-Man’s deal. Perhaps his biggest contender for that nemesis title, however, is Norman Osborne, the Green Goblin…except for when he’s Iron Patriot…or the Goblin King… or Red Goblin…look, he jumps around a bit. Green Goblin’s really where he’s at his best, though. Subsequently, most of his toys are of that persona. So, let’s jump into the latest version of it, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Green Goblin is the fifth figure in the recent Spider-Man-themed Marvel Legends Retro Collection assortment. This is main stream Green Goblin’s second figure under Hasbro’s current Legends run; the first was in the Sandman Series back in 2017. While that one went for a more modern interpretation of the character’s design, this one instead opts for a much more classic appearance, akin to what Toy Biz did with their Legends Green Goblin, as well as more cleanly tying into the loose Animated Series feel of this line-up. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Most of this figure’s sculpt is shared with the Sandman Series version. That one was a pretty solid offering when it was released, and it still holds up pretty well, so I’ve got no real complaints there. He does get a new head sculpt, which aims for that more classic mask design. While I appreciated the prior figure for trying something a little bit different, this is ultimately the styling I was far more interested in for the character. It’s got that really clean, somewhat cartoony classic appearance, but still has a lot of sharp detailing going on, resulting in a really strong head sculpt. Goblin also gets a new collar piece, which, while a far more minor addition that the new head, is still a nice piece, and helps to really complete the look just a little bit more. My only wish is that is was actually secured in place some how. Another area where this figure really changes things up is the paint. The last two Legends Goblins have been really subdued in their color schemes, and that’s really been my main complaint for both of them. This one just goes for full-on crazy bright colors, and I am just all about it. My only complaint is that the pupils placement on the eyes does seem slightly off from where it should be, but that’s somewhat minor. Goblin is packed with the same glider and pumpkin bomb as the Sandman Series figure, but also gets an unmasked Norman head to swap out for the mask. It’s a more calm and collected Norman, which makes it perfect for popping on one of the suited bodies, if you want a more civilian Norman to plague your Marvel Universe.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The old Toy Biz Legends figure is one of their best, and the first Hasbro attempt took a different enough take on him that it wasn’t really a replacement. I’ve been waiting for a slightly more proper replacement since, and this one ends up being a bit more up my alley. The classic head’s awesome, and even more awesome is the classic color scheme, which I’ve been waiting 14 years to get. I’m glad to finally have him!
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