SPIDER-MAN & SPIDER-GWEN
MARVEL AMAZING YAMAGUCHI (REVOLTECH)
While I’m familiar with Revoltech, I’ve not really jumped into the deep-end when it comes to their stuff. I was quite a big fan of Assemble Borg, an in-house line of theirs, but my experience with licensed figures has so far been limited two their two Aliens offerings. Outside of Aliens, perhaps the best way to pique my interest is Marvel, and as luck would have it, Revoltech has recently been offering up a line of Marvel comics-based figures, under their Amazing Yamaguchi banner. Today, I’ll be looking at two such figures, Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen were released in Revoltech’s Marvel Amazing Yamaguchi line of figures. They’re numbered 002 and 004 respectively. Spider-Man arrived in early 2017, with Gwen arriving just a few months later (Venom bridged the gap between the two of them).
Spider-Man is, of course, no stranger to action figures. In fact he’s usually on the short list whenever anyone picks up the license. So, it’s not a shock that he was amongst Revoltech’s first two releases (supplanted only by fan-favorite Deadpool). This Spider-Man appears to take inspiration from J. Scott Campbell’s version of the wall-crawler, with a little bit of Humberto Ramos’ very expressive version thrown in, and it’s all filtered through Revoltech’s usual style. The point is, he’s definitely a very stylized figure, designed to fit specifically with the rest of Revoltech’s Marvel figures. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall (just a little shorter than Hasbro’s Pizza Spidey) and he has 43 points of articulation…theoretically. He’s got a lot of joints (the majority of them are Revoltech’s signature Revolver joints), to be sure, but how they interact and are used is slightly different that your typical action figure. Due to how the figure has been sculpted and how the Revolver joints are placed throughout the sculpt, you can’t really just pick this figure up and randomly pose him, the way you might with, say, a Marvel Legend. You have to know what pose you’re going for, and sort of reconfigure him into that set-up. In some ways, he’s a little more like a construction set that you can reassemble into different configurations. The end result is a figure that can get into and hold some pretty spectacular and very Spidey-esqe poses. He’s definitely dynamic. By nature of the figure’s design, his sculpt is, overall, rather unimpeded by the articulation, though he is rather segmented. Depending on how you have him posed, this segmentation isn’t as noticeable. He’s very sleek, and there’s no denying that this is a very good looking figure. His paint only adds to that. The blue is nice and metallic, and the red has a satisfying glossy sheen, which only furthers the very slick stylings of this guy. Accessories are another strong suit of this figure. He includes four different sets of hands, in fists, open palm, web-shooting, and gripping. The gripping hands don’t really have much practical use on this figure, but the rest are all pretty great. The fists and the web-shooting hands have spots to plug in weblines, making for even more dynamic set-ups. My personal favorites, however, are the open palmed ones, because they’re just very versatile. There are two full-length weblines and two shorter ones, as well as one with a slight hook on the end, for actually using to hang the figure. They definitely follow the Todd McFarlane style guide for webs, which is a good a good one to go by. Perhaps the coolest extras included with this guy are the extra eyes. Some of the recent Legends Spider-Men have experimented with extra heads with differing “expressions” on the eyes of his mask. This takes that idea and runs with it, allowing for the eyes to be swapped out independently. There are rather basic eyes included on the figure, plus squinting, wide-eyed, and “angry.” You can mix and match as well, which certainly results in some amusing combos. Lastly, the figure includes display stand with an articulated arm, so you can keep him in those more intense poses for longer.
Who knew Spider-Gwen would take off quite as well as she has? Marvel, apparently, since they actually managed to get her merchandising out there pretty darn quick for a brand new character. Her Legends release hit shelves in record time, and this one wasn’t that far behind, hitting less than three years after her original appearance. Gwen is actually a lot less stylized than Peter. While she’ll still certainly fit in with him, she’s a lot more versatile than he is. She stands about 5 3/4 inches tall (again, not much different from the Legends figure) and she has 45 points of articulation. Unlike Peter, who has a bit of a learning curve attached to his articulation, Gwen’s actually fairly straight-forward. Her articulation is far more intuitive, a lot smoother, and the joints are more carefully placed. Where Spidey feels a little like the Revolver joints were added to a finished sculpt after the fact, Gwen definitely was sculpted with those joints in mind. This is most clearly illustrated in the two figure’s knees. On Spidey, the joints are set back behind the knee, and there’s this large flat gap that appears when the knee is bent. On Gwen, her knees *are* the joints, and they work like actual knees. No weird breaks in the sculpt necessary. On the flip side, however, Gwen’s multi-part hood construction doesn’t work quite as well as the multi-part head/neck that Peter has. For the most part you can make it look alright, but there are some angles where it just looks perpetually off. Still, its hinged design is somewhat inspired, and I can tell they were trying for something a little better than how the hood was attached for the Legend. There’s a bit more going on with Gwen’s paintwork than there was with Peter. It’s all very clean, and the slight gradient of the pink around the eyes is very impressive. There’s a slight bit of slop on the edges of the white parts, but it’s very minor, and not particularly noticeable. There’s another very impressive accessory complement with Gwen. She gets even more hands, with all of the same basic offerings as Peter, as well as an extra pointing hand for her right hand, and a left hand for holding her phone. She then gets the aforementioned cellphone, two very dynamic web-lines, and two shorter ones for plugging into her web-shooter hands. Instead of swappable eyes, Gwen features four different face plates to choose from. There’s the basic eyes, the squinty eyes, the asymmetric eyes (by far my favorite), and a fully unmasked face. The unmasked face is very stylized, and I find not particularly well-scaled to the body, but the other three plates work very well, and swap in and out without much trouble. Lastly, Gwen also includes a display stand, for those prolonged poses, though she’s quite stable on her own.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
In terms of 6-inch figures, my go-to for Marvel’s always going to be Marvel Legends. When this line was announced and Deadpool and Spider-Man were unveiled as its first offerings, I wasn’t particularly sucked in, but I kept my eyes open to see what else they might be doing. Upon seeing these two in-person, I was certainly intrigued. Ultimately, I think your opinion on these figures is going to be heavily depended upon what you want from them. Do you want something that looks good on your shelf and can hold extreme poses long-term? These are for you. Do you want a figure that you can just pick up and mess with from time to time? These are less for you. Ultimately, I’m more in that latter category. As such, Gwen, the more traditional figure of the two, is definitely my favorite. I can appreciate both for what they are, though, and there’s no denying that they’re both solid, well-made figures.
This pair aren’t from my personal collection, but were loaned to me for review by my friends over at All Time Toys. If you’re interested in owning either of the figures reviewed here today, they’re both available individually from All Time’s eBay store. And, if you’re looking for other toys, both old and new, please also check out All Time’s full eBay store front, and take a look at their webstore at alltimetoys.com.