MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Cyborg Spider-Man has enhanced cybernetic capabilities in addition to all the powers of Earth-616 Spider-Man: web slinging, wall crawling, and heightened spider senses. Villains are no match for this Spidey’s advanced cyborg technology!”
The bio above seems to imply that this guy is some sort of an alternate universe Peter Parker, when in reality, he’s actually just good old regular 616 Peter, with a few temporary cybernetic components added onto him, as seen in 1992’s Spider-Man #21. There was a Cyborg Spider-Man included in “Spider-Verse” as well, but he had a slightly different look. This one’s definitely been a go-to for alternate looks over the years, with coverage in both the old ’90s toy line and Marvel Minimates, as well as being featured as an alternate skin in Spider-Man on the PS4. And now, it’s got a Marvel Legend.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cyborg Spider-Man is another Target-exclusive Retro Collection offering from Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. He hit shelves at the same time as Gambit and Rogue, and was joined by another Spider-Man variant that I haven’t yet picked up. This guy marks the third toy of this particular design, after the two I listed in the intro above. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Spider-Man is built on the 2099 body, but there’s actually more new parts than you might expect. Obviously, the arm is all-new, as is the head, and the add-ons for the bandage on the leg and his utility belt. The most surprising of the new parts is the new upper torso. I’m not really sure *why* it’s new, since it seems like the standard 2099 piece would work just fine, but it’s a little different, seemingly for the sake of being different. Whatever the case, it’s a good selection of parts. The arm is definitely the star piece, with a lot of nice, crisp detail work going on there. The shoulder pad is a separate, glued in place piece, and time will tell if it’s as prone to breaking off as the old ’90s one was. Spider-Man’s paint work is all pretty straight forward stuff. He’s got the basic Spidey paint scheme, which goes pretty well for him. Application is clean, and the cybernetic parts look pretty nice as well. This guy is packed with two right hands (in fist and thwipping…open gesture’s just gone, I guess), as well as a web strand. The strand is the same one that’s been floating around for a few years, and it’s not really the best fit for this particular release. Still, I won’t complain about getting more parts.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I recall the old Toy Biz version of this design rather fondly, so when this new version was found in the wild, it was a rather pleasant surprise. That said, with Gambit and Rogue also hitting at the same time, and this figure being another Target exclusive, I was okay with waiting for a bit. Then I was fortunate enough to snag the other two on Target’s website, and they were running a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” sale, which meant I literally got this guy at no extra charge. At that price, it’s certainly hard not to like this guy. He’s not the star attraction or anything, but he’s a fun little variant.