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“Michael Morbius, the living vampire, prowls the night tortured by his life-sustaining thirst.”
Originally slated for last year, and now (hopefully) on the slate for this year, alongside a lot of other displaced films, is Sony’s Morbius. It follows the lead of Venom in spinning a Spider-Foe off into his own exclusively Sony-produced solo flick, but this time around, the ties to the actual Spider-Man films are more tangible, if Michael Keaton’s appearance as Adrian Toomes in the trailers is anything to go by. As of yet, there’s not direct merchandise tie-ins for the film, but Morbius’ comics counterpart is getting another appearance in Hasbro’s Marvel Legends, so I guess that *sorta* counts? Hey, it means less Jared Leto to deal with, right? Silver lining?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Morbius is the first figure in the “Venompool Series” of Marvel Legends, the Venom-themed assortment for this year. Well, it’s technically for this year, although it actually started showing up in October/November of last year, because to hell with the schedules, it was 2020. Things were just gonna happen when they happened and we weren’t gonna stop them. Morbius being in a Venom assortment is iffy at best, and he’s certainly the figure with the least reason to be here, but he’s not horribly far removed, at least thematically. While the last Legends Morbius was very definitely based on his classic ’70s appearance, this one is instead based on his design from his solo series in 1992. It’s…certainly different. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s based on the Spider-UK body, albeit with a lot of new parts, including a new head, torso, pelvis, and hands, as well as add-ons for the cape and wrist bands. The ’92 design is a very stylized one, and this figure is himself very stylized in turn. There’s a lot of detailing going into his outfit, and all of its various straps and such. It’s certainly visually interesting if nothing else. The head’s a pretty extreme piece, with the hair flowing back dynamically, and the face shows off his fangs in a screaming expression. The cape piece matches this dynamic set up, with a notable flair to it, though it honestly never really looks natural to my eye. In terms of paint work, he’s accurate to the ’90s color scheme, which means he kind of ends up looking a bit washed out, especially when compared to his prior incarnation. I also find that the face really could use some sort of accenting or something. As is, he seems really devoid of any detail there. At the very least, some extra shadowing around the eyes would help. Morbius lacks any accessories of his own, but does include the right arm and alternate hand for this assortment’s Build-A-Figure, Venompool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was initially skeptical about the first Hasbro Morbius, but that figure wound up being one of my favorites out of his particular series, so there’s precedent for me being wrong about Morbius figures. I kept that in mind when I was likewise skeptical about this one. Unfortunately, unlike the last figure, this one winds up leaving me feeling rather cold, not unlike one of those not-living Vampires that Morbius isn’t one of. This particular design just doesn’t fell as clean or bold as the last one, and generally doesn’t do anything for me.
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