#0658: Rhino

RHINO

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Ha ha! We’ve reached the end of the set! Yes, after a week of Marvel Legends reviews, it’s time for the review of the Build-A-Figure. No putting it off this time, I swear. This time, it’s one of Spider-Man’s better known foes, the Rhino. He’s a dude in a rhino suit. That’s it. Some things are just simple. Unless you’re in Amazing Spider-Man 2. But we’re not, so yay! Let’s look at the figure already!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Rhino2Rhino is the Build-A-Figure for the third set of Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures. This is the second time Rhino’s been featured in the Legends line, and the third time he’s been featured in this scale, but it’s the first time Hasbro’s taken a stab at him in this scale and the first figure in quite some time. The figure stands roughly 7 ½ inches tall and sports 28 points of articulation, which is actually pretty impressive given the bulk of the figure. Rhino features a brand new sculpt, and a pretty great one at that. The proportions of the figure are pretty great; they’re exaggerated, but in a balanced way, which gives him a nice, solid look. The “hide” of the suit is incredibly well-detailed, on just about every visible surface, and feels pretty unique to the character. I’ll be curious to see if Hasbro is able to find another use for this sculpt. The shoulder pads are removable, if you so choose, which is a nice option, I guess. The figure features two head sculpts, allowing Rhino to be displayed as either his modern or classic look. The fully cowl-ed modern head is more on the calm side, but still looks intense enough for some decent action poses. It’s also got a second, smaller horn, which differentiates it from the second head. The open-faced classic head is more extreme in expression, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, it’s well sculpted, and it makes for some really fun potential poses. On the other, it’s a little on the goofy side, and looks absolutely ridiculous in any sort of normal standing pose. It’s not helped by the fact that the paint’s a little wonky on the classic head, particularly around the eyes (a common theme for this particular series, sadly.) The other head fairs a bit better, mostly due to the lack of pupils. The body is mostly just molded in grey, but there’s a nice wash to help bring out the texture, which looks pretty good. Aside from the extra head, Rhino has no accessories, being an accessory himself. Honestly, the head is more than expected, so kudos to Hasbro there.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I hadn’t initially planned on finishing this figure, mostly due to not really wanting all of the figures in the series. But, I did like the look of him, and getting a full set proved easier and more cost effective than tracking down singles. So, here he is. I actually really like him. I wish the paint on the classic head was a bit better, but the modern head is pretty great, and I love the body sculpt. This feels like a pretty worthy version of the character.

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#0657: Chameleon

CHAMELEON – SAVAGE FORCE

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Spider-Man has a pretty decent rogue’s gallery. Given just how popular their main foe is, they are no strangers to toys. That said, some of them aren’t as sure a sale as others, resulting in less toys for them. Chameleon has often been in that boat, but he’s not completely absent from the toy world, despite the fact that he’s actually Spider-Man’s first costumed foe. Hasbro just granted him his first 6 inch scale figure, courtesy of the latest set of Marvel Legends.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Chameleon2Chameleon is the last figure in the third round of Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures. His packaged name is “Savage Force,” the same as Kraven, though the two have no overlap in terms of parts or accessories. The figure is roughly 6 inches tall and has 30 points of articulation. His body is the same as that of Agent Coulson from the SHIELD set released earlier this year. It’s nice to see it back in circulation so soon, and it’s definitely nice to see it on a single release figure. With the exception of his elbows being set just a tab bit too low, it’s a really nice sculpt, and it’s easily one of the best suit bucks on the market. Chameleon gets a new head, showcasing his blank canvas-style face. It’s simple, but at the same time incredibly detailed. It looks perfect for the character, which is what matters. In addition to his main Chameleon head, the figure also includes two more heads, to showcase Chameleon’s master of disguise schtick. The heads are J Jonah Jameson and Hammerhead, two mainstays of the Spider-verse. Both pieces are well sculpted, but the Jonah sculpt is definitely my favorite of the two. The only real issue is that Chameleon’s body isn’t quite right for either of them; the colors don’t seem right for Jonah and the size is definitely too small for Hammerhead. But, it’s good to have them, and they work well for the whole disguise gimmick, so I can’t really complain. Chameleon’s paintwork is pretty decent, if somewhat basic. The suit is pretty much all solid molded colors, but things like the shiny shoes and really dark tie do a lot to add some dimension. The basic Chameleon head has some nice, subtle blue airbrushing to help accentuate the details, and the two extra heads both have nice base color work. Aside from the extra heads I already covered, Chameleon also includes three guns (a traditional tommy gun, and funky sci-fi guns in both large and small sizes) and the final piece to Rhino.

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THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I don’t know why, but I’ve always really liked Chameleon. I even had his wonky-costumed 5 inch figure back in the day. So, I was pretty happy to see him as a part of this series. The final figure turned out even better than I’d hoped. The Coulson body is still really cool, and the base Chameleon head is just perfection. Throw in some really fun extras and you’ve got quite a winner of a figure.

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#0656: Ghost Rider

GHOST RIDER – HEROES FOR HIRE

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GRML1It may be surprising, given how many 90s tropes he fulfills, but Ghost Rider is actually one of Marvel’s more prominent 70s characters. The character now seems to be eternally linked to the 90s grunge style, however, he started off as a supernatural take on Evil Kinneval, definite a 70s icon. He was even a member of one the most 70s teams in their roster, The Champions. He’s so 70s, which, if you’ll recall from my Misty Knight review, I quite like. The original version of Ghost Rider isn’t as privy to toys as later versions, but Hasbro did see fit to add him to their most recent round of Marvel Legends

THE FIGURE ITSELF

GRML2Ghost Rider is the sixth figure in the third round of Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinte Series figures.  Officially, he’s named “Heroes For Hire,” a name he shares with series-mate Misty Knight.  Of course, that’s the only thing they share, as both figures use completely different part sets and Rider’s B-A-F piece is completely different.  It’s a little confusing.  But, as with Misty, I don’t really care what he’s called, as long as he’s a good figure.  Ghost Rider is just over 6 inches tall, with 30 points of articulation (including a moving jaw!)  as noted in the intro, this guy’s based on the classic 70s, Johnny Blaze version of the character.  The figure is built on the body of the AIM Soldier from the Cap Legends, which is a pretty good match for the design (and it’s a reuse Hasbro’s done before with their Marvel Universe line, so there’s precedent.)  In addition, he’s got a new head, neck, collar, belt, and chain piece.  The collar fits in pretty seamlessly, and the head and neck fit in very well and are nicely sculpted to boot.  The chain technically isnt accurate for classic Rider, but it’s easily removable, so that’s hardly an issue.  The paintwork on Ghost Rider is prett decent overall.  I wouldn’t mind him being a little more blue, but this coloring works well enough, and the light blue/grey accents are pretty clean.  The head is cast in clear plastic, with the bone color of the skull being gradually worked in, which makes the flame less obviously fake looking than previous versions.  The work on the eyes is also quite notable, as they appear to glow, even when not lit.  Ghost Rider’s only included extra is a piece of Rhino.  No motorcycle for a guy named Ghost Rider is a little odd, but I guess it’s hard to make these sorts of things cost out.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I’ve never followed any of his series super closely, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Ghost Rider, particularly the classic version.  None of ToyBiz’s versions ever really hit the spot for me, so I was pretty excited to see Hasbro give their own take.  All in all, this is a pretty fantastic version of the character.  I just wish he’d included a motorcycle!

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#0644: Kraven

KRAVEN – SAVAGE FORCE

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Long-running toy lines have a habit of becoming cyclical with character selection, almost by necessity. With anything you do for a lot of time, there will inevitably be changes stylistically, as processes become more streamlined, good and bad methods are weeded through, and mistakes are (hopefully) learned from. This means that figures at the beginning of a toy line probably won’t fit in so well with those from much further down the line. If you want your most popular characters to still fit in, you have to update them every so often. Take today’s figure Kraven: his last figure in the Marvel Legends (and Spider-Man Classics) line was released ten years ago. That’s a good long while. Seems Hasbro felt that was too long, as he’s part of their latest series of Marvel Legends, just hitting now!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Kraven2Kraven (aka “Savage Force”) was released in the most recent set of Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. He shares his name (but not his Build-A-Figure piece) with fellow Spider-Man foe the Chameleon, who is also his half-brother, which I did not know. You learn something new every day. The figure is roughly 6 ¼ inches tall and features 32 points of articulation. Kraven uses Hasbro’s new, slightly larger male body, first introduced with Grim Reaper. Kraven is, of course, the first two-handed character to use the body, so he’s got that going for him. In addition to the base body, the figure has an all-new head, as well as unique pieces for the forearms, hands, shins, and feet and add-on parts for his vest and belt. The pieces do a great job of making Kraven quite different from his body-mate Reaper. The head sculpt is probably the weakest piece of the figure; it’s not terrible, or anything, just a little bit on the bland side. It lacks some of the character of previous Kraven sculpts, and has a bit of the sameness that’s plagued so many of the male Legends sculpts. From the neck down, the detail work is fantastic. The clothes are full of texture and layering that really sell this guy as Kraven THE HUNTER. The lion’s mane and loincloth also have a great flow to them, which gives the figure a nice action styling to him. The paintwork follows the trend set by the sculpt. The head’s paint is just passable; the edges of the hair and mustache are rather sloppy, and he’s got the same eye issue as Misty Knight. The rest of the paint is pretty solid work, and the clothing has some really nice wear and tear to it. Kraven is packed with a spear, which befits a hunter, as well as a piece of Rhino, which also befits a hunter, I guess.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I hadn’t initially planned to pick up Kraven, given that I’m only a moderate fan of the character. But, the more I looked at the figure, the more I liked it. And, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to see another use of the new body sculpt. The fact that I ended up going for the complete set kind of sealed the deal. Slight issues with the head asides, the figure is a great update to the old Kraven figures.

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#0654: White Tiger

MARVEL’S WHITE TIGER

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What’s this? Two female figures in a row? That’s crazy! Well, okay, not really. But it is somewhat out of the ordinary. I had a bunch to say about Misty Knight, but not so much to say about today’s focus, the White Tiger. I’m marginally familiar with the original, male White Tiger, but only marginally. The more recent bearer of the name? Not so much. I do know that this particular version of the character is the one in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, so there’s that. Anyway, she has an action figure, and I own it, so here’s the review.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

WhiteTiger2White Tiger (or “Marvel’s White Tiger” as she’s listed on the box) is the fourth figure in the third series of Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures. She gets to have her own name, unlike a lot of Hasbro’s recent female (and even lesser known male) figures, but she doesn’t completely escape having to share stuff, as I’ll get to further down. As noted above, she’s base on the character’s design in Ultimate Spider-Man. The design on the show was different from the comics look of the time, but the comics character has since taken the cartoon look. That works for me, since I think the cartoon design is cooler anyway. The figure is just under 6 inches tall with 27 points of articulation. She’s built on the Spider-Girl body, with an all-new head and the hands from Hellcat. She also has an add-on piece for her totem necklace. The new pieces are nicely done; the head’s definitely the better of the two, with some nice clean work. The necklace is a little on the bulky side, but it’s not terrible for the scale. The base body is still a personal favorite, so I’m happy to see it show up again, and the hands are a pretty smart reuse. One real issue I did notice is that White Tiger seems to be plagued with a lot more flashing/mold lines than other Legends, which is a bit of a bummer. Paint wise, Tiger is pretty simple. She’s mostly just molded in the signature white, with paint for her stripes and eyes. It’s all pretty cleanly handled, so that’s good. The necklace is the best, though; it’s painted a bright green, with yellow accents, which gives a cool, almost glowing effect. White Tiger doesn’t have any character specific pieces, but she does come with the requisite part for Rhino. Remember when I said she still had to share something? This is it. Tiger didn’t get her own B-A-F piece, she just includes the same torso as Misty. Which is a little weird, since she’s not the figure Misty shares a name with. Oh well.

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Being upfront: I only have White Tiger because she came in the full set I ordered from Big Bad Toy Store. Given my lack of familiarity with the character and the fact that she has the same piece as Misty, I probably would have skipped her if I’d found these guys in a store. She’s not a bad figure, and I’m sure fans of the character will be pleased, but for me she seems a little bit bland. Perfectly fine figure, just not a whole lot going on. Still, I don’t regret the purchase or anything, so I don’t think she’s a loss.

#0653: Misty Knight

MISTY KNIGHT – HEROES FOR HIRE

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Not everyone will agree, but I think the 70s may be one of the best eras of comics. It’s a decade that gets a lot of crap for being dated, and perhaps rightfully so, but it it’s also the decade that gave us All New All Different X-Men, Denny O’Niel and Neal Adams on Batman, and even some of the hokier series, such as Luke Cage and Iron Fist, Heroes For Hire. The 70s (at Marvel at least) also gave us some tremendous supporting casts, including a few who were passed back and forth between different series. One such character is today’s focus, Misty Knight, who began her comics career as Jean Grey’s roommate, before hooking up with Iron Fist, got a robot arm, and became a spy. She’s also very 70s, but in a cool way.

THE FIGURE ITSELF

MistyKnight2Misty Knight was released as part of the latest series of Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. Officially, she’s named Heroes For Hire, a name she shares with Ghost Rider, though the two don’t share anything but the name. Given her association with Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the name fits. The figure is 6 inches tall and has 27 points of articulation. She looks to be based on one of Misty’s more recent designs. I myself am still partial to the black turtleneck look she sported in the 70s, but a) this look is more sensible in a reuse heavy line and b) I’m just thrilled to have gotten a Misty Knight action figure at all. The figure uses the most recent female base (seen on Scarlet Witch, Hellcat, and Wasp) as a starting point. I still don’t like the pelvis piece, but other than that, it’s a good starting point. Misty gets an all-new head, hands, and upper torso, as well as an add-on piece for her belt and holster. All of the new parts a nicely handled. The hair is a tad on the ridiculous side, size wise, but not terribly so. On the plus side, it’s very well textured, which is always nice. The face seems a bit on the gaunt side for Misty, but it’s passable. The new torso gives Misty an unzipped zipper, as well as a shoulder strap with pouches. I can definitely see Hasbro repurposing this for another figure down the road. For her hands, her left has a trigger finger, so she can hold her gun, and the right is robotic, so as to showcase her bionic arm. Both are well sculpted, but the robotic piece definitely steals the show. Paint wise, Misty is, at the very least, vibrant. The reds and golds are nice and bright and give her a nice warm look. The face is definitely the weak point, though; the eyes are just a touch out of sync, so she looks like she has a lazy eye, and the lips seem way too bright a red. Other than that, her paintwork is nice and clean. Misty is packed with a pretty cool golden revolver, as well as the torso of Rhino.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

Misty is definitely the figure from this series that excited me the most. I honestly never thought I’d ever see a figure of her, given her relative obscurity and somewhat out of date design. She ended up being one of my main reasons for ordering a set right off the bat, as I was anxious to get her. The figure isn’t perfect. The paint on the face could stand to be better. And, if I’m petty, it’s not my preferred design for the character. That said, she’s still really well put together, and this is likely to be the only time we see her in action figure form. That fact alone warrants the purchase.

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#0651: Superior Venom

SUPERIOR VENOM

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Have you guys seen the movie Inception? Because of today’s review might be slightly like that. A little. The focus of this review is a villain, inside a hero, inside a villain. That’s right, it’s Superior Venom, who’s Doctor Octopus’s mind in Peter Parker’s body, while bonded with the Venom symbiote. Confused? You won’t be after the next episode–er, review on The Figure in Question.*

THE FIGURE ITSELF

SuperiorVenom2Superior Venom is the second figure in the latest round of Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. He’s the requisite symbiote for the series. Just go with it. He’s based on the brief appearance of the Superior Venom from Superior Spider-Man #22-25. It’s short-lived, but it’s a Venom variant, so…yeah. The figure is just over 6 inches tall and sports 32 points of articulation. He’s built on Hasbro’s new Spider-Man base body, which is sensible, given that it’s supposed to be the same guy (more or less). In addition to the body, Venom gets a brand-new head sculpt, as well as the hands of Spider-Man 2099, and what appear to be a resized set of Ultimate Green Goblin feet. The head is a pretty good match to Humberto Ramos’s artwork from the issues where the design appeared; it’s sufficiently monstrous while still maintaining the Spider-Man look. The figure also has a backpack style piece, which has four slots for his leg attachments. Each slot is designed to fit a specific leg, which I guess makes placing them a bit easier, but it also means the legs are totally static. Given the odd posing of said legs, the lack of movement is rather frustrating. Superior Venom’s paintwork is pretty decently handled. It’s mostly just white detailing, which stands out nicely against the figure’s black plastic. The deliberately crooked webbing makes for a much better detailing than Superior Spider-Man, which is a nice change. He also has the red web shooters on his wrists, which were missing from Superior Spider-Man. The figure is packed with the right arm of Rhino, this series’ Build-A-Figure.

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Yeah, so here’s another Venom, and it’s not the classic Eddie Brock version that pretty much everyone wanted. But, it’s okay, because Hasbro showed that one at ComiCon. No worries. I’m not gonna lie, I pretty much only got this guy because I was buying a whole set. Superior Venom isn’t a look I really needed. That said, he’s a surprisingly enjoyable figure. Sure, the tendril/legs don’t move, which is a definite bummer, but the figure is actually a lot of fun, and he fixes a few of the issues present with the Superior Spider-Man figure.  Damn you Hasbro, making me like figures I had no interest in! You’re killing me!

*that’s right, I made a Soap reference. Everyone knows that action figures and Soap go together like…two things that go together.

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#0650: Scarlet Spider

MARVEL’S SCARLET SPIDER

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It’s a mark of a truly popular character when they get a clone (or are revealed to be a clone, in the case of one Boba Fett). Okay, maybe not. I actually just made that up. Off the top of my head. Sorry if you feel lied to, but I needed an intro for Scarlet Spider, the (first) clone of Spider-Man. So, there you have it. So, yeah, I’m reviewing a figure of Ben Reily, aka the Scarlet Spider. 90s nostalgia activated!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

ScarletSpiderML2Scarlet Spider is the first figure in the third series of Spider-Man Marvel Legends Infinite Series. He’s filling the slot of the requisite Spidey variant for this series, so good for him. He’s presented here in his main Scarlet Spider costume, which, in story, was pieced together from some novelty store items in order to fight Venom. The figure is just over 6 inches tall and features 30 points of articulation. Structurally, he’s built on Hasbro’s new Spider-Man body, which is a pretty good start. He has a new head and torso, as well as add-one for his web shooters, belt, and the pouches on his ankles. The head isn’t wildly different from the one we saw on Pizza Spidey, but the outlines on the eyes are slightly more angular and much larger, which is true to the character design. The torso has been re-sculpted to replicate Scarlet Spider’s sleeveless hoodie. It removes some of the shoulder articulation, but it works aesthetically, and the sculpt is appropriately layered. The bottom has even been sculpted to fit around the contours of the belt, which is a ScarletSpiderML3nice touch. The web shooters don’t feature any real sculpted detail; the lines are painted. This is a little disappointing, though I assume it’s to maximize reuse potential. Scarlet Spider actually doesn’t have much paintwork. What’s there is decent enough; there’s a bit of bleed over, but nothing terrible. The logos on the sweatshirt are nice and sharp, which is really cool.  The figure is packed with three sets of hands in web shooting, fist, and open palm poses. They’re the same as the ones packed with Pizza Spidey, but no less cool because of it. He also includes not one but two heads for the series Build-A-Figure Rhino, which I’ll touch on in Rhino’s review.

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He’s a little confusing, and part of one of the more controversial Spider-Man stories, but I kinda love Scarlet Spider. So, I was super excited when Hasbro showed him at this year’s Toy Fair. I’ve been patiently waiting since then, and I ordered him (along with the rest of the series) from Big Bad Toy Store as soon as he was in stock. This figure turned out really well, and he’s a great counterpart to last series’ Pizza Spidey, as well as a tremendous improvement on the old Spider-Man Classics version of the character.

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