MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Miles Morales faces a new villain with abilities that will take more than one Spider-Man to defeat.”
When Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was released in 2018, it hit with only minimal tie-in offerings, with the major push for tie-in stuff hitting about 2 1/2 years later. Since it’s very clear what kind of a marketing success the first film was, the sequel is coming out of the gate strong for its theatrical release this week. The basic figures have actually been out for the while, and there’s an entire dedicated assortment of Legends hitting right out of the gate, which snuck in real quietly right before the movie’s release. I’ve got my whole set, because why the heck not. I’m kicking off with a look at Miles today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Miles Morales is the first figure in the 7 figure Across the Spider-Verse tie-in assortment of Marvel Legends. After getting the half-step “What’s Up Danger” look for the first film, this time around we get a fully-costumed Miles, sporting his brand new costume from the movie. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. The articulation scheme this time around isn’t quite as impressive as what the Into Miles got; sure, he gets double elbows now, but he also loses the ball-jointed waist and neck, which really added to the prior figure’s posability. This one can still pull off a good deal of poses, but the joints can get a little sticky, and it’s a little awkward to move him. On the plus side, he’s still got the pinless construction, which works pretty well for the aesthetics. Miles is sporting an all-new sculpt (courtesy of sculptor Dennis Chan), and it’s a good looking one. It matches up nicely with what we’ve seen so far of the animation models, showcasing a Miles that’s a bit more grown up than the last time we saw him. The texturing on the outfit is truly impressive, and there’s a nice flow to the overall sculpt. Mile’s paint is more complex than it looks at first glance; obviously he gets the red accents on the black base, which looks nice and slick, but there’s also some subtle dark blue work. It’s easy to miss, but it adds a little extra pop to the figure’s visual. Miles is packed with an extra unmasked head and two sets of hands (thwipping and fists). The last unmasked head didn’t *quite* land the film design, especially the hair, but this one really gets it down. Also, they don’t have the weird ball joint for each head, so that’s a plus. Of course, it’s still a smaller socket size than the standard, so swapping isn’t going to really be a thing, but it’s progress. As with the last Miles, I do wish we’d gotten another set of hands with open gesture, but I’ll just have to continue to be disappointed with every Spider-Man that cuts those, I guess.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really enjoyed the Into tie-in Legends, and I’d been hoping for more since that one small release. One of the things that excited me the most about the sequel was getting more figures. Miles was a figure that I wasn’t quite as jazzed for on the outset, I think just because he seemed rather basic, at least from the in-hand leaks we saw. Having him in hand, there are some smaller issues that I’m a little let-down by, but he’s overall a figure that I wound up liking a lot more than I’d expected to.
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