ZOMBIE HUNTER SPIDEY
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Zombie Hunter Spidey is in a ragtag group of survivors, fighting his way through a zombie-infested world.”
In the original Marvel Zombies, just about all of the major heroes had been zombified, which included everyone’s favorite web-slinger, who in the main story actually served as sort of the token good guy of the zombie group. For the purposes of the MCU version of the story, the zombies no longer retain their personalities, and Peter Parker is also spared his zombified fate, instead becoming the story’s central remaining human character. It makes him a solid choice for toy treatment, I suppose, and so I’m looking at that figure today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Zombie Hunter Spidey is figure 3 in the Watcher Series of Marvel Legends, and the second figure in the assortment based on the “Zombies” episode. The figure stands just under 6 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. The articulation scheme on the figure is a little bit outmoded in its implementation, so he’s not quite as agile as you might hope. Notably, as a first for an MCU Spidey, he lacks butterfly joints on the shoulders. Not exactly sure why, but that’s how it is. Peter’s design in the episode is a mix of a few of his designs from the movies, most heavily leaning on his Homecoming appearance, which is really the most classically “Spider-Man” look of the bunch. To that end, his sculpt makes use of parts from the Homecoming figure (which does again raise the question of why the shoulder joints were adjusted.) The figure’s upper torso and arms are new pieces, following the slightly tweaked design of the suit from the episode. It’s really not terribly removed from the other MCU Spider-Men, which I suppose is the point, really. During the course of the episode, Peter inherits Doctor Strange’s cloak of levitation, and as such the figure gets its own version of the piece. It’s totally unique from the ones we’ve gotten with the various Strange figures, which was honestly surprising. It also has no peg or anything to hold it in place, which does make it a bit hard to keep it seated properly. Zombie Hunter Spidey’s paint work is notably brighter in color than other versions of the MCU suit, bit it works well. There’s a bit of shading to indicate the suit’s gotten a little dirty during the apocalypse, which makes sense, and also keeps him from being too bland. Spidey is packed with an alternate unmasked head, two sets of hands (fists and thwipping), and the right leg to the Watcher Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had not particular attachment to this figure before the episode aired, and I still really didn’t have any after. Mostly, I got him because I was getting the whole set. He’s an MCU Spidey wearing a Doctor Stange cape. That’s really it. It’s not like he does that badly, I suppose, though the decision to remove the butterfly joints and not to include a peg on the cape both do seem rather strange, and also serve to kind of hold him back a bit. Ultimately, he’s a rather middle of the road figure.
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