MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
What’s a Spider-Man movie without at least one variant on the main character’s costume? Well, Spider-Man 2, I guess. That doesn’t really sell my point very well, though does it? Let me come in again. What’s an MCU film without at least one variant on the main character’s costume? Poor marketing synergy, that’s what. For Homecoming, we got both Peter’s Stark-designed suit and his personal prototype suit, both of which got their appropriate due in the film proper. For the follow-up, we get another two (at least, though there may be more), with an update on his main design, and a more stealthy option, presumably given to him by his new friends at SHIELD.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This version of Spider-Man (which gets no notation of his varation in his name proper; he’s just “Spider-Man”) is figure 2 in the Molten Man Series of Marvel Legends. He’s the third, and final, movie-based single release in this assortment. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Peter’s had a number of stealth suits in the comics, but this one seems to actually take a lot of influence from the Spider-Man Noir design (the comics one, that is, which is a little different from the one seen last year in Into the Spider-Verse), which kind of works if this is in fact a SHIELD design, and is therefore from an entirely different source than his usual costume. It’s not a bad look all things considered. That being said, it doesn’t seem to have made the transition to figure all that well. It’s not terrible, but I don’t think it’s nearly as strong as the basic Spidey. The biggest issue, no doubt, is the neck, which is way too long. Clearly, this is a production error of some sort, but it’s a pretty bad one, and throws the whole figure sort of into disarray. Beyond that, the rest of the sculpt is a little better, but really feels devoid of detail when compared to the other figure. There’s a lot of smooth surface, and a lot of very flat areas, making him look particularly toy-etic. It’s possible this costume is just less texture heavy than the standard costume, but it seems kind of lackluster here. There’s not a ton going on with the paint work on this figure; mostly, he’s just molded in black plastic. There’s some slight variance in finish, which breaks up the monotony a bit, plus the silver for the eyes and peach-tone for the hands. It’s accurate, so I can’t fault them there. He’s packed with two sets of hands (fists and thwipping) and an extra head with the goggles flipped up. The second head seems to sit a little better on the neck, but it’s still a bit high for my taste. Spidey is also packed with the left arm of the BaF Molten Man.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This guy is kind of the reverse of the previous Spidey. I was kind looking forward to him, and hoping he’d be new and different. In hand, I was rather let down. The neck issue is the biggest thing for me, because it’s hard to overlook it, even with posing. Were that not present, I think I’d like him a lot more. Ultimately, he’s probably not going to be a huge part of the film, so it’s not the end of the world, but that doesn’t make the figure magically better.