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“The 1,000th symbiote in a lineage that includes Carnage and Venom, Toxin is feared by many to be the strongest and most dangerous.”
After the craziest of the symbiote-overload in the ’90s died down, Marvel decided they wanted to try again. So, Carnage once again had some spawn, but just the one this time. The end result was Toxin, who, in contrast to Venom and Carnage, was not an inherently malicious creature. Initially bonded with police officer Patrick Mulligan, Toxin served as an ally to Spider-Man, rather than either of his progenitors. After Mulligan’s death, Toxin was then shifted over to usual Venom host Eddie Brock for a bit, as Eddie moved his way through a handful of symbiotes. Toxin’s been privy to a few figures over the years, twice now getting a Legends release. The first one wasn’t much to write home about, but maybe this new one will change things up a bit?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Toxin is the latest Deluxe-sized offering for Marvel Legends. He follows the trend set by Apocalypse, being a new larger scale figure, as opposed to a reissue of a prior Build-A-Figure. Toxin’s had a few somewhat divergent looks over the years, and this one grabs a few elements from each of them and merges them all together into one thing. He’s definitely more monstrous than Mulligan usually was, and the face is definitely lifted from Brock’s time with the symbiote, but the general appearance is still definitely an earlier Toxin look. The figure stands 7 3/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Toxin is built on Monster Venom body, which seems a little bit on the large side for Toxin’s usual depictions, but it’s honestly a little on the large side, even for the two Venom figures it was used for. The symbiotes just tend to get sized up a bit, I guess, when it comes to toys. The Monster Venom body remains a very impressive piece of work, and I can understand Hasbro wanting to get more mileage out of it. To change things up, Toxin gets a new head, and a slightly tweaked back plate, as well as tendrils. So many tendrils. More tendrils than we have room for. Elevendrils. It’s really intense, and it really works. Certainly continues the dynamic nature of the Monster Venom body. The tendrils are popped on in stages, so you can kind of tweak just how tendril-y he is if you like. It does mean they pop off on their own occasionally, but it’s overall not too bad. Toxin’s paint work is generally decent. The red’s very bright, which I rather like; it contrasts well with the black on the other portions of the figure, and makes him more eye catching than Hasbro’s last attempt. The transition from red to black is also pretty nicely handled, managing to be pretty subtle, and to maintain a consistent look across multiple pieces. The red sections could, I suppose, stand to have a little more accenting on them, but that’s about the only thing I can really knock.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My actual experience with Toxin is pretty limited. I’m familiar with him as a character, and I know the toys, but I don’t believe I’ve actually read any of his comics appearances. He’s got a halfway decent visual, though, and this figure using the Monster Venom body, which I really quite like, gave him some points in his favor. The end product’s pretty nifty. If you like Symbiotes, you’ll like this one, and he’s certainly a step-up from the last version. Now, if we could get the slightly less monstered out Mulligan version at some point, that’d be pretty sweet too.
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