SPIDER-MAN — SPIDER-SENSE
SPIDER-MAN (TOY BIZ)
“Perched on a ledge high above the city, Spider-Man’s ‘6th sense’ begins to tingle – providing a split second warning that imminent danger looms behind him. Back-flipping with a speed and precision well beyond an Olympic athlete, Spider-Man turns to see the ledge blasted into airborne shrapnel thanks to the Scorpion’s thrashing tail! For on the day Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, his life was changed forever. And although he gained super-human strength, amazing agility, and enhanced reflexes – it’s his uncanny spider-sense which alerts Spider-Man to the dangers of his adversaries – and benefits him the most!”
Early in its run, Toy Biz’s 5-inch Spider-Man line actually tried to have some valid variants of its main character. They weren’t always perfect, and sometimes there were some definite reaches to justify a whole new figure, but they gave it their best shot. In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, there was this animation gimmick they had every time his spider-sense went off, where he’d get this drastically different, rave-esque color scheme for a few moments. It was different enough in Toy Biz’s eyes to milk a few figures out of it, the first of which is today’s offering.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Spider-Sense Spider-Man was released in Series 5 of Toy Biz’s Spider-Man line, which hit shelves very late in 1995. He was one of three Spidey variants in the line-up, with the other two being battle-ravaged and six-armed. The figure stands just under 5 1/4 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. His articulation scheme is kind of wonky, in that it doesn’t really match with any other figure Toy Biz produced, in this line or any other. The arms move only at the shoulders, but the legs get all sorts of range at the hips and knees. He seems to be built with a wall-crawling pose in mind, which makes sense with his built-in action feature, which sort of mimics this with his arms…or at least it did when mine still worked. It was pretty easily worn out. It’s a little odd that they didn’t put in a little motion on his neck, since its inability to move the head upwards kinda wrecks the credibility of most crawling poses, but there it is. The sculpt follows the model of the earlier Spideys from this line, being quite sparse on the sculpted details, opting instead to paint most of them on. In that respect, the paint’s pretty good. It’s taken a bit of a beating on my figure, but it’s held up alright, and the color work matches the scheme seen on the cartoon pretty well. It’s a somewhat unique look, and I can certainly get behind it. This guy was packed with a web-line, web hook, and a collector’s pin, though none of them really did much for the figure. But hey, extras are extras, right?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
For Easter when my cousin Rusty and I were four, our grand parents bought both of us one figure from this series. If you’re thinking this is the one I got, you’re wrong. My cousin got this guy, and I got Six-Armed Spidey. I wasn’t happy with that decision as I recall (which seems a but silly to me now, because Six Arm is clearly the better option. Silly child Ethan), and my parents ended up working out some sort of deal (I’m sure related to cleaning my room or something) in order to take me to the mall and get me this guy for myself. He’s not bad, but I don’t know how exciting he is, honestly. I really wanted him, though.