Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Kraven

Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Spider-Man Rhino wave Kraven. This wave seems to have several key figures that have been a little harder to find at a decent price. Kraven has gone back and forth and seems to be one of the relatively easy figures to find, but not the easiest.


Figures in the Series

Figure Details

Articulation – ★★★

Kraven has good articulation. It’s not the best I’ve seen, but good. There are no major issues with articulation being hindered by major sculpt choices so I’m quite happy about this. Let’s take a closer look.

Total POA’s = 32

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint the seem hindered a bit, but it’s more so just the joints are too tight and difficult to move. I’ve yet to heat the figure to see if this will loosen these joints, but just beware you don’t want to force it or you may break the arms.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint which I’m not super satisfied with the mold of. There’s a bit of a large space where the bicep meets the shoulder. It just seems too large a space. The joint itself functions as expected.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints that provide a really good amount of bend. You’ll get Kraven’s elbow to bend nearly in half.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Both operate very well and were nice and tight.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joints that we’ve seen on quite of few of the Marvel Legends figures. I like this joint as you get good forward kick, though backward is not nearly as good.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint with a standard cut joint. The upper legs are also a very commonly used piece so this joint is pretty common and works very well.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for a really good bend in the knee.
    • Shin: Peg Joint just above the boot. I’m still on the fence is this was really needed or if it actually adds any value. I find it just creates more opportunity for the figure to look weird when posed.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints. The forward motion of the ankle is really quite bad due to the sculpt of the shins, but I’ve seen worse. Backwards motion is quite good though. The ankle rocker works very well.
  • Body – There are 2 joints in the body area.
    • Torso: Pin/Hinge joint provides pretty good forward ab crunch as well as backward back arch, even with the bulky vest and belt. I’ve heard folks take this off and can get this joint to go even a little further. I’ve not tried that yet.
    • Waist: Peg Joint that provides good rotation and is covered nicely by the belt.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge disc that provides great up and down, side to side, and tilt.

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Mold – ★★★★★

Yeah, that’s 5 stars. I know, I’m probably being a little generous considering how much of this figure is actually just reused from other molds. Here’s the deal, if the parts are good why recast a new mold? It keeps the price down so they can do other things. Anyway, this figure has some really nice, unique sculpt pieces that really makes Kraven stand out. Most notable are the vest, belt, knee pads and spear. All of these items are chalk full of great details that set this figure apart from a lot of the other Marvel Legends figures.

Where they went wrong is really in minor areas. I feel the torso may either be a new mold, or a resued mold that just isn’t as good as the standard Bucky Cap. It’s still good, just has a couple odd parts to it. Namely, when you bend Kraven back, the look of the joint is very ugly. There’s a large gap and it’s not shaped normally. The other major issue I have, which is entirely minor is the shin and shoe sculpt. The way it was molded prevents the ankle from moving forward much. This isn’t the worst thing in the world and I’m not even knocking it a star for it, but it needed to be mentioned.

Let’s go back to those knee pads I briefly mentioned. These things are totally sick. In some ways, they totally make the figure. Yes, the vest is a huge part of the uniqueness of Kraven, but those knee pads, never thought I’d be so excited about something like that. The detail is just so cool.

Paint – ★★★

The paint is mostly just, meh for me. It’s not horrible and there are some really good parts to it, but overall, Hasbro just did enough to make the figure acceptable for production. There was a little bit of an attempt at some shading on the vest, but mostly, it’s quite plain. Again, the highlight is the knee pads. They did a great job here and the feathers on the spear also are done really well.

Overall the paint app was cleanly done (at least on mine). The eyes aren’t derpy looking and for the most part they had clean lines when they needed them. There’s good detail, but there was so much more detail in the sculpt they could have taken advantage of that this figure just gets a 3 for effort.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

Kraven comes with a single accessory (if you don’t count the removable vest) which is a really cool looking spear. So, this spear is a really awesome piece, but also has some down sides. The sculpt is amazing on this spear. You can see the wood grain on the staff and there are sculpted cords that hold the metal spear head to the wooden staff. It’s just great. The feathers are really nicely sculpted. The problem is the paint, or lack of it. As I already noted, they did a great job on the feathers, but everything else was just not so great. First, a black wash on the staff would have brought that wood grain sculpt out. Next, the cords were not painted differently. Lastly, the spear head itself is painted ok, but they painted just above the cords wood color and I see they sculpted it to be wood, but I really think that should have been painted to be part of the metal spear head that gets inserted into the wooden staff. Yes, that’s being very picky, but I noticed it and it annoyed me.

Overall, though, this  accessory is really cool. A good customizer could fix the things I noted in no time. Me, I’ll have to settle for what Hasbro provided.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Kraven gets a solid 4 stars. Hasbro did a really nice job on this figure and I’d say it’s a must have for your collection, even if you’re not a big Kraven fan. I’m typically not a big Kraven fan, but I think this figure is really cool so I had to have him.

Do you have any of these figures? If so, do you have a review to share? Please share in the comments or link to your review.


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