#0558: Hobgoblin

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Oooookay, after a two-week hiatus, I am finally going to finish up those Marvel Legends Infinite Series reviews I started a month ago. So, if you’ve been patiently awaiting my Hobgoblin review that I totally put off for way too long, then you’re in luck dear reader! When we last left our legendary friends of the infinite variety, I had just looked at Spider-Girl, the last single release figure in the latest set of Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures. I noted that she was a “legacy” character of sorts. Well, so is today’s figure, in a roundabout sort of a way. In fact, he’s an exponential legacy. See, this Hobgoblin is Phil Urich, nephew of longtime Spider-Man and Daredevil supporting cast member Ben Urich. Phil began his career as the fourth person to take on the mantle of the Green Goblin (and was actually a heroic character).  In the last few years, he took over the mantle of Hobgoblin, which is itself a sort of a legacy of the Green Goblin title. This dude’s got a serious legacy thing going on, is what I’m getting at here.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

HobML2Hobgoblin is the Build-A-figure for the second series of the Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. Like the last BaF I looked at, Thanos, this is Phil’s first entrance into the world of Marvel Legends. In fact, this is actually the first time Phil’s gotten an action figure at all, so that’s actually pretty neat. Hobgoblin is roughly 6 inches tall and has 30 points of articulation. The figure is based on Phil’s second Hobgoblin design, after he tweaked the one he stole to his own needs.  The design is rather unique, so the figure, somewhat unsurprisingly, features a sculpt that is original to said figure. The figure starts out with a base body, which features some add-on work for the wings/harness, hood, and belt/skirt. Overall, it’s a very good sculpt, though it isn’t without a few faults. Let’s start with doesn’t work. The biggest issue at hand here is the figure’s torso. Simply put, it’s just weirdly shaped. Exactly what is supposed to be folds of cloth and what is underlying musculature is really hard to tell in some spots. Also, the figure’s shoulders seem to be just a touch too broad. Fortunately, both of these issues are more or less masked by the harness for the wings, so they can be pretty easily overlooked. On the plus side, the rest of the sculpt does a pretty fantastic job of translating Humberto Ramos’s drawings of the character. The head is definitely the best part. It’s rather stylized, but that really works for this particular character, and it’s full of tons of great detail, from the pointy ears to the crooked teeth. However, what’s really cool about this sculpt are the seemingly overlookable details, such as the boots, which are just as well handled as the head, and really help to make the figure work. The figure’s paintwork is generally pretty decently handled. The colors are all pretty good matches for the ones seen in the comics, and everything is pretty cleanly applied, with no slop or bleed over. The metallic blue of the boots does an effective job of making them stand out, and there is a decent amount of work done to bring out the details of the sculpt. It’s a rare thing for Build-A-Figures to get accessories, being accessories themselves, but Hobgoblin actually has two! He has a pumpkin bomb and a flaming sword. The figure has a little difficulty holding them, but they are both nicely sculpted and accurate to the source material.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

So, do you by any chance remember where I said I got the rest of this series of figures? You may have missed it, since I only said it like 13 times, but I picked up this whole series (and the Thanos series too) from Big Bad Toy Store. Phil Urich took over the Hobgoblin identity right as I started reading Spider-Man on a regular basis, so I definitely have an attachment to the character and I was very much looking forward to building the figure. He isn’t without his flaws, but they are rather minor, and he’s really a fun figure that translates the source material very well. I’m very happy to have gotten him. (and it’s also nice that I liked most of the figures I had to buy to get him!)

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#0541: Spider-Girl – Warriors of the Web

SPIDER-GIRL – WARRIORS OF THE WEB

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Comics, as a medium, operate on a strange sort of compressed/decompressed timeline. Since we only see the characters once a month, their lives move much slower than our own. Sometimes, this works to the story’s advantage. It allows the characters to remain in their prime for much longer. Sometimes, however, creators like to show their characters aging, especially when you start building more than 20 or so years of stories. When your characters begin to age, sometimes the best course of action is to let someone else step into the mantle, creating legacy heroes. Typically, legacy heroes have been DC’s thing, what with their four Flashes and six Green Lanterns, but Marvel has gotten in on it a few times. In the 90s, they actually created an entire universe of legacies, dubbed MC2. It was set a little further in the timeline than the regular MU, and it focused on the children and successors of the Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes. The breakout character was May “Mayday” Parker, aka Spider-Girl, the daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane. She’s seen her fair share of action figure love over the years, and she just found her way into Marvel Legends, courtesy of the latest series of Hasbro’s Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. Incidentally, she’s a completely different character from the last Spider-Girl I reviewed from this line.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

MayDay2Spider-Girl is part of the second series of the Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. She’s officially titled “Warriors of the Web,” a title that she shares with Ultimate Spider-Woman. However, as I noted when I reviewed Spider-Woman, the figures include completely different pieces to the Hobgoblin Build-A-Figure, and they are equally essential to completing said figure, unlike previous shared-name figures. I would guess that the shared name is purely to cut down on packaging printing costs. Spider-Girl stands just shy of 6 inches tall and she features 29 points of articulation. The figure uses the smaller female base body we first saw on the Arana Spider-Girl. I can’t say enough how much I love this base. It’s a well-sculpted, well-proportioned body, and it offers a lot of mobility. It’s a great choice for Spider-Girl. In addition to the base, Spider-Girl features a brand-new head and hands and a set of add-ons for her web cartridges. The head is fairly similar to the one we saw on the Spider-Man from this series. It’s simple, but very nicely handled. One minor nit: the socket for the neck joint isn’t set quite far enough up in the head, so she can look a little off in some poses. The hands are done in a web-shooting pose, and they’re pretty well sculpted as well. It would, however, be nice if she included another set of hands, as the double web-shooting hands do limit what can be done with the figure a bit. If Spidey can get three sets of hands, she should have at least two. The cartridges are nicely done, and I wonder if we might see them turn up again on a classic Black Widow in the near future. As far as paint goes, Spider-Girl is pretty good. The webbing isn’t quite as good as the normal Spider-Man, but it’s a definite step up from Superior. The reds on the legs/feet could also stand to be a little cleaner, but that’s minor. Spider-Girl includes no accessories of her own, which is a shame.  However, she does include the head and wings of the Hobgoblin Build-A-Figure, so there’s that.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Hey, do you know where I got Spider-Girl? Well, you should, because I’ve said it 13 times now. Yes, she’s from the full set of these that I ordered from Big Bad Toy Store. I didn’t really put a whole lot of thought into Spider-Girl before getting the set in hand. I’ve only got a marginal knowledge of the character. Still, I knew she had a decent fanbase, so seeing her eventually crop up in Legends was certainly not a surprise. Ultimately, this is a surprisingly well-done figure. Aside from the issue with the hands, there’s not really anything I can knock it down for. And that’s pretty darn good.

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#0540: Spider-Man 2099

SPIDER-MAN 2099

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In the 90s, when Marvel Comics was pretty much just throwing everything at the wall to see what stuck, they came up with the idea of doing a line of comics set in the future of the Marvel universe, in the year 2099. They launched books based around the future counterparts of their best sellers of the time. There was Spider-Man 2099, Hulk 2099, Ghost Rider 2099, Doom 2099 (as in the doctor, not the video game), Punisher 2099, X-Men 2099 and… uhhh… Ravager 2099. Okay, so they weren’t all hits. In fact most of them really weren’t. The only one that really hung on was Spider-Man 2099, which gathered a rather hefty fanbase. Being a Spider-Man variant and all, Spider-Man 2099 has been no stranger to the toy world. He’s pretty much guaranteed to show up in most Spidey-based lines. The character also just got a new comic series, so it’s only fitting that he found his way into the latest round of Spider-Man Marvel Legends.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

2099bSpider-Man 2099 is another figure from Series 2 of Hasbro’s Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. The figure stands about 6 inches in height and features 32 points of articulation. Like the normal Spider-Man from this series, 2099 makes use of the body created for Superior Spider-Man. It’s not without issue. The torso is a little long and flat, and the hips could use a bit of tweaking to improve the movement. However, other than that, it’s a pretty great body, especially for the spiders. It offers a nice, svelte body type with a fantastic range of motion, and you really can’t ask for much else. In addition to the Superior body, 2099 gets an all-new head, forearms, and hands, as well as an add-on piece for his web-cape. The head is actually pretty amazing; the detailing around the eyes is raised up, and you can even make out faint traces of the face beneath the mask. For such a simple piece, it’s really impressive. The forearms aren’t much different from Superior’s, they just have spikes added to the side, which is accurate for the character. The hands are big and clawed, which is what 2099 should have. They have quite a bit of detail, which certainly keeps them interesting. They seem like the sort of piece that Hasbro could really get some mileage out of. The cape is fine for what it is, though I myself have never really liked that aspect of the costume. Fortunately, it’s easily removed if web-capes aren’t your thing. Before getting into the paint, I feel the need to comment on the plastic which the figure is cast in. It’s this really great semi-metallic, ever-so-slightly transparent blue, which is really striking and has a really nice, slick feel to it. It’s absolutely perfect for the design, and it really makes the figure stand out. As far as paintwork, there’s really only the red parts of the costume. Overall, it’s cleanly applied and of an even consistency, but there are a few spots, such as the logo, where the paint is just missing. Spider-Man 2099 doesn’t include any accessories of his own, which is a little bit disappointing, but he does include both the right arm and flame sword of the Hobgoblin Build-A-Figure, so that’s cool.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Say it with me: Big. Bad. Toy. Store. That’s where I got this guy and the rest of his series-mates. I have to admit, I’ve never really had much attachment to Spider-Man 2099 as a character. His costume, however, is a different story. It’s a solid design that just translates amazingly to action figures (I still kick myself for parting with the Spider-Man Origins figure!) This figure is no exception. He has a few issues with paint, but everything else about him more than makes up for it. I’d say he’s the best figure the series has to offer, and I really like the rest of the series a lot, so that’s saying something. He’s just a really good figure. And look at that blue plastic!

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#0539: Daredevil

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve made it most of the way through Netflix’s new Daredevil series, which premiered last Friday.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting this particular series, with a sense of cautious optimism.  Sure the MCU’s been pretty great so far, but Daredevil’s last foray into live action didn’t exactly go well.  I’m happy to say I really enjoyed the series, and I look forward to seeing more from this particular cast of characters.  Daredevil also happens to be a part of the latest round of Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures, no doubt to capitalize a bit on the show.  So, let’s have a look at the figure, shall we?

THE FIGURE ITSELF

DDML2Daredevil is part of Series 2 of Hasbro’s Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures.  Unlike the others in the series, Daredevil isn’t actually a Spider-Man character.  That said, the two do interact quite a bit and they share a few villains (like the Kingpin) and other supporting players.  Also, there’s a fairly consistent tradition of ol’ Horn-Head being released in Spider-Man-related toylines.  Tradition!  The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and sports 32 points of articulation.  Daredevil uses the Bucky Cap body that Hasbro loves oh so much, along with a new head and add-ons for his belt and holster.  The Bucky Cap body is a pretty strong sculpt, and it offers the appropriate build and range of motion for the character, so it’s an excellent choice of body.  The head seems to amalgamate the styles of some of the many Daredevil artists from over the years, but the heaviest influence definitely seems to be Chris Samnee, aka the guy who’s been drawing the character for the last several years.  It’s a strong sculpt with a really intense, determined look, which works very well for the character.  It also continues the trend of moving away from the identical face-ness of the male head sculpts, which is always a good thing.  As far as paintwork goes, well, Daredevil certainly is very… red.  Exactly how to convey said red varies from figure to figure.  Hasbro’s opted for a simple two-toned look, which is really quite effective.  Mostly, he’s just molded in the appropriate red, but there is some additional paint for some of the lighter reds and the flesh tone.  Overall, the work is decent, if not fantastic.  His gloves are a little sloppy, and his logo could stand to be a little sharper.  Also, the flesh tone doesn’t quite line up with the sculpted lines of the mask, and there’s a spot of wear on the tip of his nose.  Daredevil comes armed with his standard billy-club (the same as the one included with Hellcat, but in white this time) and also includes the left arm and pumpkin bomb of Hobgoblin.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Hey, remember how I got all of those Marvel Legends from Big Bad Toy Store?  So, yeah, Daredevil was one of those.  I know, shocker, right?  Well, Daredevil was easily the figure I was looking forward to the most from this particular series.  The character’s last figure was quite a while ago, and he was in dire need of an update.  Plus Daredevil’s just plain cool.  In hand, the figure isn’t the most masterful figure Hasbro’s released of late, but he certainly lives up to expectations, and that’s never a bad thing!

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#0538: Spider-Woman – Warriors of the Web

SPIDER-WOMAN – WARRIORS OF THE WEB

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Wait a second, didn’t I just review the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Spider-Woman a week ago? Ah, yes, eagle-eyed reader, I did indeed. However, that one was the Avengers Marvel Legends Infinite Series Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew. This is the Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew. They are very different. No, really, in all seriousness, they are. See, the last one was the main Marvel universe’s version of Jessica Drew, who has no connection to Spider-Man. This one is based on the Ultimate universe’s version of Jessica Drew, who’s actually a female clone of Spider-Man. It’s kind of complicated. Anyway, she’s got a figure, and I bought it, so I’m reviewing it. Let’s get to it!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

UltSpiderWoman2Spider-Woman is from the second series of Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures. Officially, she’s titled “Warriors of the Web,” which is a name she shares with series-mate Spider-Girl. However, she’s neither a swap figure, nor does she share the same or even similar Build-A-Figure pieces with the other half of the name-sake. Both figures are essential to completing Hobgoblin, and both are packed equally with most other figures in the series. So the shared name thing is a little odd here. Oh well. Spider-Woman stands just shy of 6 inches tall, with 29 points of articulation. As stated in the intro, this figure represents the Ultimate universe Spider-Woman. She’s only had the one look, and that’s the one that’s presented here. It’s a take-off of Spider-Man’s symbiote costume, which is always a good starting point. As far as the sculpt goes, Spider-Woman uses the Spider-Girl body as a base, along will an all-new head. I’m not gonna lie, I think the Spider-Girl body is my favorite base body in Hasbro’s inventory right now. It’s fairly well proportioned, has sturdy construction, and it works in the articulation very nicely. Fantastic basis for a figure. With this body, all you need is a head that doesn’t suck. So, how’s that head work out? Well, it’s not bad, that’s for sure. But I can’t say that it’s exceptional work either. The actual “head” part is actually pretty great work. The eyes are well defined, and there’s a slight hint of a nose and mouth UltSpiderWoman3under the mask, which looks pretty sweet. The biggest issue with the head is the hair. It’s fine from a purely aesthetic standpoint, but the windswept look ends up holding the figure back quite a bit. It makes her harder to pose and it really limits the display possibilities. Spider-Woman’s paintwork is passable, and on par with the vast majority of Hasbro’s recent offerings. The pearlescent white is a nice touch, but the edges are rather fuzzy, and areas like the hands have a few spots of slop. Like Anti-Venom, this figure is light on the accessories, only including the torso of Build-A-Figure Hobgoblin.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

So, dear reader, do you care to guess where I got this figure? If you guessed Big Bad Toy Store, you’re correct. I actually was fairly interested in this figure. The story from which she originated isn’t one of my favorites, but I do kinda like the character, and she does have a pretty great design. Plus, the idea of getting another figure on the Spider-Girl body was pretty cool. Ultimately, I find the final product a little bit disappointing. It’s not a bad figure at all, but the head, specifically the hair, ends up being rather limiting to the figure, which is a shame.

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#0537: Anti-Venom

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In the 70s and 80s, the mark of a successful comics character was getting a female counterpart. When comics moved into the 90s, the money was all in spinning off a grittier version of your character. Case in point: Venom. Of course, Venom’s kind of an insane example of this, because he ended up getting a spin-off, Carnage, who ended up getting several spin-off characters of his own. And pretty much none of them made it out of the 90s. Eventually, Marvel ended up going back to Venom for spin-offs, and came up with the brilliant idea of Anti-Venom. Can you guess what character I’m looking at today?

THE FIGURE ITSELF

AntiVenom2Anti-Venom is a part of Series 2 of the Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. Fun fact: in the 5 years the character has been around, Anti-Venom has managed to get a Minimate, a Marvel Select figure, and this here Marvel Legend. Lucky guy. Anti-Venom is about 6 ½ inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. The figure is built on the large male buck, first put to use on Hyperion. It’s a pretty decent body, however the neck sits just a tad too far back. It’s a minor nit, and it isn’t too apparent on this particular figure, but it’s still there, waiting. In addition to the base body pieces, Anti-Venom uses the forearms and hands from last series’ Toxin figure, which themselves are just resized versions of Carnage’s hands. He also has a brand-new head and… uhh… back spikes? I really don’t know what those are. But, they’re well sculpted, I guess, and easily removable, if back spikes aren’t your thing. The head is a rather nice piece, and there’s some rather nice detail work, especially on the face. Anti-Venom is, for the most part, just white plastic with black paint for detail. The black is generally pretty evenly applied, and the edges are all nice and sharp. It’s also pretty shiny, which works well for the whole symbiote look. There’s a little bit of misplacement on the black parts of the head; there are some etched lines that it seems like the black is supposed to go inside of, but in ends up just being in the same general area. Given the various sculpted texture in the surrounding areas, it’s not immediately noticeable, but it’s there. The head also has some orange for the eyes and mouth, and that’s all pretty decently applied as well, although the eyes do have a little bit of bleed through from the black underneath.  Anti-Venom is a little on the light side as far as accessories go, only coming with the left leg of the series’ Build-A-Figure, Hobgoblin. The lack of extras is forgivable, though, since he’s a larger figure.

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Yeah, I picked up Anti-Venom as part of the full set of Spider-Man Legends I ordered through Big Bad Toy Store. I really wanted Hobgoblin, so I bit the bullet and just bought the whole series. I’m not a huge fan of the Anti-Venom concept, so I didn’t really have high expectations for the figure, but he’s actually not bad. Sure, he’s not as amazing as some of the other Legends we’ve gotten recently, but he’s pretty solid, and he does have a clean, bold look to him. I do find it interesting that in the last year of Legends, we’ve gotten the Flash Thompson version of Venom and both of Eddie Brock’s post-Venom identities, and we’re even getting the “Superior Venom” later this year, but we’ve yet to get an update on the classic Brock Venom. This figure shows that they can certainly do him justice, so maybe he’ll show up soon.

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#0536: Spider-Man

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Alright, now that we’ve finished looking at a whole series of Marvel Legends, why don’t we move onto—Wait, what’s that? There are more Marvel Legends? A whole ‘nother series? Oh, wow. Well, buckle up guys, looks like I’ve got some Legends to review! It’s okay, though, because this time they’re Spider-Man Marvel Legends! That’s very different! Let’s kick things off with the main man himself, the Amazing, Spectacular, Sensational, Peter Parker (that’s sort of an adjective) Spider-Man!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

SpideyML2Spider-Man here is part of the second series of the Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. Or the third, depending on whether you count Boomerang, Spider-Girl, and Toxin as their own series or just an off-shoot of the first. I’m going with the latter cuz it’s easier. The first series of the line had the Superior Spider-Man and a Spidey based on the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie design, but not just a straight forward, classic Spider-Man. This figure fixes that. The figure is roughly 6 inches tall, with 32 points of articulation. Spidey makes use of the body built for the Superior Spider-Man figure. It’s not a perfect body, but it offers a nice, svelte body type, and it’s a lot less clunky than the Bullseye body. Plus, the range of motion on all of the joints is exceptional, allowing for tons of extreme poses, which are definitely key to the character. The shoulder and ankle joints in particular are fantastic. At first glance, I thought the head was a re-use as well, but it’s not. The basic shape is the same, but the eyes are a bit bigger, befitting the more playful nature of this incarnation of the character. Spidey has his choice of 3 different sets of hands: web-shooting, wall-crawling, and fists. I think these are all new to this figure, but I’m not 100% sure. I know none of them were shared with Superior. Regardless, they’re all very nicely sculpted, and add a whole lot of expressiveness to the character. Okay, here’s the part where we all take a deep breath in anticipation, because it’s time to talk about the paint. Are you ready? Okay, good, because the paintwork on this figure is actually really well-done. Did I freak you out there? Sorry! So, it’s not all perfect. There are a few misplaced lines here and there, and there is the rather annoying issue of the red elbow pegs showing through on the blue side SpideyML3of the arms. Aside from that, it’s surprisingly well done. The red and blue are perfectly chosen, and applied nice and clean. The web lines are sharp and mostly stick to right where they should be. There aren’t any issues with bunching up or just randomly stopping like we saw on Superior. And that’s a very, very good thing. I think this figure has effectively convinced me that I much prefer the painted lines to the sculpted ones. They just look so good here. I already covered the assortment of hands, but Spidey also includes an extra head with the mask pulled up, a slice of pizza, and the requisite B-A-F part, Hobgoblin’s right leg. The extra head is cool, though it might have been nice to get a whole Peter Parker head. The pizza is far and away my favorite piece of the figure, just for the off the wall nature of it. It’s just such a cool idea!

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So, remember how I got the whole Thanos series (except for Batroc) from Big Bad Toy Store? Yeah, I got this whole series at the same time. Yay for getting 14 Marvel Legends at the same time! I was vaguely interested in Spider-Man, because he did look cool, but I mostly bought him for the Hobgoblin piece. I mean, he’s just another Spider-Man, right? Wrong. He’s is the Spider-Man. Not since my very first Spider-Man (the super-posable 5 inch one from the 90s line, if you’re curious) have I enjoyed a Spider-Man figure this much. This figure is easily the best interpretation of the character I own. There are a few nits here and there, but this is a truly great figure. Good job Hasbro!

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