HOMEMADE SUIT SPIDER-MAN & VULTURE
Through all of the iterations of cinematic Spider-Man, we’ve gotten a respectable coverage of his rogue’s gallery. To the credit of, pretty much all of them, really, they do a good job of avoiding doubling down on anyone of them too much. For the MCU’s first outing with the character, they chose to highlight one of the character’s oldest foes, and in fact his oldest foe to be adapted into live action, the Vulture. I’m taking a look at the Vulture, as well as a variant of Spidey from the movie today!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Homemade Suit Spider-Man and Vulture were one of the shared sets between specialty Series 73 and the TRU-exclusive Homecoming tie-in series of Marvel Minimates.
HOMEMADE SUIT SPIDER-MAN
Despite not being all snazzy, and not being the main focus of all of the marketing, Peter Parker’s homemade Spidey suit (seen very briefly in Civil War before getting its full focus in Homecoming) becomes his primary suit during the film’s final act, making it the natural pairing to go with the film’s main villain. The figure is based on the standard post-C3 base body, so he’s about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. He makes use of three add-on pieces, for the hood and the two gloves. The hood is re-used from TRU Series 21’s Spider-Gwen, and is a decent enough match for what he’s got in the movie. It’s also easily removed if you don’t want the hood pulled up look. The gloves appear to have been new pieces. They’re pretty cool looking fingerless gloves. It’s hard to go wrong with fingerless gloves. The pant work on this Spidey is pretty decent. The base work is nice and clean, and the line work hits all of the important notes. The figure is packed with a webline and a clear display stand. Same as it ever was.
Michael Keaton’s Vulture is the best part of Homecoming, which is an awesome thing to say, considering that it’s generally just a really solid movie. But Keaton really stands out. His figure makes use of 7 add-on pieces, for his helmet, jacket, wings, gauntlets, and leg gear. All of the add-ons were all-new to this release. They’re generally pretty decent. Perhaps a little bit on the rudimentary side in terms of detailing, and the wings might be more fun if they were separately articulated. But, the look is definitely covered, and he at least looks unique. His paint work is reasonable enough. Like the sculpt, he’s a little soft in terms of the detailing, but the face under the helmet’s at least got a pretty solid likeness of Keaton. In order to facilitate seeing the face, he’s got an alternate hair piece, as well as both a flight stand and a standard display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was in a trickier financial spot in 2017, so I didn’t get much in the way of new stuff, especially in terms of Minimates. So, instead of buying these new, I wound up getting them a year later, during TRU’s going out of business clear out. Homemade Spidey is a respectable variant, and he’s decently rendered for the style. Vulture’s not the line at its greatest, and perhaps suffers a bit from over sculpting, but he’s also not bad. Just sort of average.