MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Yo Shinji, get in the robot! Your dad loves you, get in the robot!”
What, you weren’t expecting me to start this Marvel Legends review with a quote from Neon Genesis Evangelion? Well…too bad? It’s my site, I do what I want, which in this case means I’m gonna quote Evangelion for the purposes of drawing comparisons between the plugsuits from Evangelion and Peni Parker’s mecha suit, SP//dr, who just so happens to be the latest Spider-themed Build-A-Figure, who just so happens to be the figure I’m reviewing today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
SP//dr is the Build-A-Figure for the second 2018 Spider-Man-themed series of Marvel Legends, another entry in the every-growing Spider-Verse line-up in Legends form. The figure stands 9 inches tall and has 31 points of articulation. The mech is a touch under-scaled to go properly with the standard Legends figure. It’s probably about 3/4ths the size it should be as is. That being said, it still reads as suitably larger than the other figures, and its not as underscored as *some* Build-A-Figures we’ve gotten over the years. I find its size to be reasonable enough. The articulation on this figure is just a touch imbalanced. The movement on the legs and torso is really great, with a lot of range and mobility. The arms are something of a different story, with the shoulders being just a slight step-up from straight cut joints, and the elbows just being single-jointed. It’s not enough to ruin the figure, but it does make posing it a little bit frustrating. The figure is sporting an all-new sculpt, which I’d imagine will be staying largely unique. It’s definitely a strong one. The details are clean and sharp, and its quite faithful to the suit’s design from the comics. The actual suit lends itself rather nicely to toy form, though that’s hardly surprising from a take-off of Evangelion. I’m always happy to see Hasbro do something that relies on technical detailing, as it really plays to their strengths. SP//dr’s paintwork is fairly decent. It’s bright and eye-catching. The application could stand to be a little cleaner, though, as some of the red sections miss their mark by a fair bit. It’s definitely a piece-by-piece thing, though, as some of the parts for mine are a lot better than others. SP//dr includes no accessories, but as a Build-A-Figure, that’s perfectly acceptable.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I like SP//dr well enough as a character, though I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to build this one when it was first shown off. Of course, that’s really just because I was lying to myself, because seriously, in what world was I *not* going to want this figure. It’s a Spider-Man-themed fighting robot. That’s totally up my alley. It’s a figure that’s not without of flaws, but the overall product outweighs the cons, and makes for quite a fun toy. I’d love to get VEN#m and Daredevil to go with it, but that might be ever so slightly reaching, I guess.
There’s a lot of re-treading in the SP//dr Series, but with SP//dr and Ock as my last features in the reviews, that re-treading starts to make a lot of sense. I had a long wait for this set, so there was a lot of anticipation and a lot riding on them. I have to say, the individual figures impressed me a bit less this time around, with my favorite of those being Daredevil, a figure that’s really not that different from the last two Daredevils. Maybe I’m just really a Daredevil fan. Nevertheless, the set does sort of come into its own when fully assembled, and I think SP//dr makes the whole thing worth it.