This month I’m reviewing the Marvel Legends Infinite Series The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Superior Spider-Man. I love the Superior Spider-Man story arc so I was super stoked when Walmart threw this guy on clearance online. Getting him out of the packaging, he’s a decent figure, but not perfect by any means. Let’s get to it.
Articulation – ★★★★☆
Superior Spider-Man has all the same articulation points as The Amazing Spider-Man in this series, but the articulation isn’t nearly as flexible in some areas as is the other figure. Not so bad that it makes a huge difference, but when you’re posing them together, I find this figure just a little less fun to pose.
Total POA’s = 32
- Arms – There are 8 joints per arm.
- Shoulders: Butterfly Joint in the shoulder as well as a Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge joint. The Butterfly joint on this figure is much better as it hides the ugliness from the Amazing Spider-Man figure in this series. I will say, the joints are quite tight on mine, so getting that hinge joint to move can be a bit challenging.
- Bicep: Peg Joint allows for full 360 rotation. The mold on this joint could have been done a little better as the bicep area of the arm seems to be larger than the shoulder, which anatomically isn’t likely to be very accurate.
- Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joint allows for a pretty good amount of bend in the elbow, though because of the bulk of the arms, these joints are probably the most hindered which is why he lost a star. I really didn’t feel bulking up his arms was needed since the Superior Spider-Man isn’t really a different body in the comics, just a different mind (read the comics to see who I’m talking about if you don’t already know).
- Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint in the wrist. Nothing too bad to say about these joints. They allow for the classic Spidey web slinging poses which is critical to any Spider-Man figure.
- Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
- Hips: Ball Joint allows for a pretty decent amount of forward motion but backward is hindered considerably by the butt mold (ha ha, butt mold). The outward motion is a little limited as well, but I believe if you do some creative positioning you can make it work with some of the other joints.
- Thigh: Peg Joint allows for a large amount of rotation. This is a standard cut joint, but due to the mold of the thigh, there are some poses in which you’ll see a bit of an awkward seam in the joint. Nothing too horrible since the all black paint will minimize this look.
- Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows Spider-Man to get into some of his iconic crouch poses though because of his added bulk, these poses will be a little harder for you to get, but you should be able to get most of them with a little work.
- Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for a wide range of backward rotation of the ankle, but the forward action is pretty minimal which would have been great to have had a little more (a lot more really). There is also an ankle rocker joint which is perfect for all the crazy acrobatic poses you’re going to want to try to put Spider-Man in.
- Body – There are 2 joints in the body area
- Hinge Joint allows for a little more ab crunch than The Amazing Spider-Man which is so awesome. I think some of those poses I wished I could have done with my other figure will be possible with this one. Backward motion is limited to one click back, but it goes pretty far on that one click. Almost too far, as it starts looking a little weird (not anatomically correct weird).
- Peg Joint in the waist allows for full rotation of the upper body.
- Head: There are 2 joints in the head/neck area
- Ping/Hinge joint allows for a really good amount of backward motion, but the forward motion does not go nearly as far as I’d like. Not horrible though.
- Ball Joint allows for a wide range of side to side motion, but the tilt action is pretty limited due to the head sculpt.
Mold – ★★★★☆
Parts of the mold of this figure are really cool. I really like the head sculpt of this figure and I think his shoulders and upper body look great. There’s pretty decent detail work in some areas and in others, it’s just so-so.
My biggest gripe with this figure is the bulk of his arms. I really don’t understand why his biceps and forearms needed to be bulkier than the Amazing Spider-Man in this series. The other mold gripe I have is in the butt mold (there it is again). It doesn’t look bad, but it just hinders the backward motion too much for my liking.
I already mentioned the cut joint in the hips. This isn’t a real big deal, but it does look a little odd.
Overall, the mold was pretty good, with the exception of a few issue noted. I didn’t feel those issues warranted more than a star and I’m still happy I have this figure.
Paint – ★★★☆☆
I almost took 3 stars away from this figure, but I just couldn’t do that to the Superior Spider-Man. I still really love this figure, but the paint for me is the weakest part of this figure.
Starting with the head, I don’t understand the brown eyes. He doesn’t have brown eyes on his mask in the comic, so I don’t know why they did that. That’s just a little weird. The web work on the chest and back is pretty well done, though there are some spots where the red is bleeding through the black which looks a little sloppy.
Where I have my biggest complaints are in the arms, legs, and feet. I understand the use of black, and I like it. Afterall, in the comic, he doesn’t really have the blue, it just, there’s not a lot of character to the black. It’s just, black. Perhaps if there was a little bit of the molded texture like we get in the Amazing Spider-Man figure then it could break up the black color. Perhaps some mattt black with a little smoother black. That, technically is a mold issue, and I should have brought it up there, but since they didn’t do it, I had to put the gripe in the paint area of my review.
I mentioned the feet and for good reason. First, there is no texture or molding whatsoever (again, this part belongs in Mold). Then the paint application they chose makes it look like Spidey is wearing womens slippers. What is that all about?
Accessories – ★★★☆☆
For some reason I really feel we should have gotten an alternate head with this figure. Something like an unmasked version would have been great. What we did get was 2 sets of hands. A set of web slinging hands and a set of gripping hands. I like the web slinging hands. they’re molded and painted really well as I think they’re re-used from the Amazing Spider-Man figure. The gripping hands are a little funky. First, we didn’t get anything for him to grip, so what’s the point? Second, it looks like he’s giving the thumbs up all the time, which doesn’t really fit with the characters personality too much.
Packaging – ★★★★☆
The figure comes in the standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which I really like. One thing I did notice that I haven’t noticed on my others is there is a nice web graphic on the inside of the packaging that I’m not sure they have graphics like this on other figure packaging. Maybe they do, but I’m not interested enough to go look through my empty boxes.
Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆
Overall this is a solid figure. He’s got good articulation and decent mold and paint. There are enough things I didn’t think were that awesome that I think it warranted losing at least one star. If I could find a half star character I’d have given him 3.5 stars in the graphic because I think that’s what he deserves. If you’re a Superior Spider-Man fan like I am, then this is a must have. If you’re a Spider-Man fan, I’d say get the Amazing Spider-Man first, but you should probably get this one too. They’re both pretty cheap right now, if you can find them in stock.
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