Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Scarlet Spider


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Spider-Man Rhino wave Scarlet Spider. This was the final figure I needed to complete the Rhino BAF. I found him at Toys R Us and they price matched him for me.

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Figures in the Series

Figure Details

Articulation – ★★★★☆

Articulation on this figure is really quite good. I don’t feel it’s the best ever, but it is one of the better figures from Hasbro.

Total POA’s = 30

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint. The shoulders raise just barely above the shoulder.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint which works well and is well hidden.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints provide great bend. You can bend almost entirely in half.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. No hindrance anywhere.
  • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joints with awesome forward kick and just ok backward kick. The forward kick is just awesome. Outward motion is decent, though a little more would have been appreciated.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint with a standard cut joint. This cut joint functions very well, though the shape of the leg will cause a bit of an odd flat surface as you turn it.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for awesome bend. His knees will bend entirely in half which is perfect for the poses Scarlet Spider needs.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints. I wish the front motion of the ankle was better. Backward motion is perfect, but forward is just ok. The ankle rocker is good.
  • Body – There are 2 joints in the body area.
    • Torso: Pin/Hinge joint provides decent forward ab crunch and backward motion is really good.
    • Waist: Peg Joint that provides good rotation and is hidden really well by his belt. It can be a bit difficult to move this joint due to the sculpt of the belt, but it doesn’t stop the articulation
  • Head: A single Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge disc that provides great up and down, side to side. Tilt capabilities are a little light, but not so bad.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

I believe there’s a lot of reused pieces of the sculpt of this figure and that’s a good thing. This is a really solid sculpt. Let’s go over the super positives that I really like first. The torso sculpt of the hoodie is a great, unique sculpt that really puts this character apart from so many of the other figures. Add this to the belt, which is amazingly sculpted to both hide the waist joint, and give the figure texture. Now add in the ankle pouches with the buckles and the wrist cuffs as well.

The only part of the sculpt I don’t really care for is the feet. They just look weird, they’re a little flat which just looks funny.

 

Paint – ★★★★★

The paint apps on the Scarlet Spider are really clean. As I sifted through a small pile of these figures at the store, I found myself analyzing the paint apps of the Rhino heads more so than the actual figure. Overall, it seemed they were all well done. Now, there could be a little bit of shading on the red parts, but that’s ok. The other parts of the figure are so well painted for a Hasbro figure. The spider on the chest is really clean as are the lines on the cuff links. The highlight, however, is the belt and ankle pouches. They actually painted the metal parts to look metal. So often we get a well sculpted set of pouches and belts etc. but they refuse to paint anything so you don’t see those details. Here, they did it right.

I may be very generous here, but for such a simple figure, they really got the paint apps right.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

A backpack, had we gotten a backpack, even without the extra hands we did get and this figure would have been five stars. Without it, the extra hands puts it right where I expect a figure to be from Hasbro. I like the hands and they’ll come in handy (see what I did there?). The hands just wasn’t enough to put him over the top.

 

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Scarlet Spider is a strong figure from Hasbro. Certainly not a grand slam, but perhaps a single run homer. It’s a great figure and you should add it to your collection. Articulation was expected and we got the essentials. Where it excelled was in the paint, and I’m sure lots would disagree with me on this, but it was the little details that won me over. Go get this figure, but don’t pay full price, you should be able to find him pretty easily at your store, and at a discount.

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Jack O’Lantern


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Absorbing Man wave Jack O’Lantern. This is the primary figure I wanted from this wave. I love Mad Jack in the comics and was so excited to find him discounted on Amazon.

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Figures in the Series

Figure Details

Articulation – ★★★☆

Overall, the figure can be posed in some really cool looking ways. It’s obvious the articulation was designed for a particular pose (in flight on the broomstick) which is ok. There are some pretty big issues with the hip joints which we’ll see. The figure is still well articulated, but this is the weakest part of the figure.

Total POA’s = 30

  • Arms – There are 6 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint. The shoulders have a good amount of motion out and up. The joints are ratcheted and somewhat tight which makes you feel you might break them if you’re not careful.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint which works well, but again, this joint seems a bit weak so be careful when moving the shoulder joints or you may break this joint.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints provides a decent amount of bend. The forearm cuff seems to impede articulation somewhat.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint at about the middle of the forearm. The wrist really needs an additional joint to allow for better posing of the wrists.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Y-Jointed Ball Joints which are absolutely horrible as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Good luck getting this figure to do anything but be in a flying pose on his broom stick. Luckily, that’s a pretty cool pose. These joints prevent a natural standing pose. He always looks weird.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint. If it weren’t for this joint, the figure would be nearly impossible to pose, so this joint is critical. It can be difficult to work with this joint and the Y-Jointed hips though.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for great bend in the knee.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints. There is almost no forward motion, though backward motion is good. The ankle rocker is ok. I think the biggest issue with the ankles is the peg joint is too far forward on the foot.
  • 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.
    • Waist: Peg Joint that provides good rotation and is hidden very well by the belts.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge disc. I’m not sure if the Pin/Hinge joint does much of anything to increase the head articulation, but it’s there. You’ve got good side-to-side motion. A little bit of upward motion and very little downward motion. There is no tilt.

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Mold – ★★★★★

I love the sculpt work of this figure. I’m not sure what, if any of this figure is new molds beyond the head sculpt, but they did a great job with the parts they used. Jack O’Lantern is a pretty scrawny character in the comics and they nailed that look with this figure. Depending on the way you pose the figure, he can either look really awesome, or really weird. Standing straight is the weirdest look, so probably steer clear of that pose.

The detail work throughout the body is amazing. Everything has some sort of sculpted details from the wrinkles in the pants and shirt, to the awesome sculpt work of the belts.

By far, the best part of this figure is the head sculpt. This thing is just phenomenal, especially for a Hasbro toy. I don’t typically get this excited about the Hasbro head sculpts. They do a decent job, but on this figure, they nailed it x 2. The only issue with this head is they could have given a little more space where the head meets the neck to help with the articulation a bit. Had they hollowed it out a bit, that would have given some more motion.

Overall, they did a superb job and I can’t think of anything that truly warrants the loss of any stars for the sculpt.

Paint – ★★★★

The paint app on this figure is just about worthy of a 5 star rating. I wanted to give it to the figure, but there are some minor issues that I wish would have been dealt with, and could have easily been. The good parts are great, however. The head was painted amazingly. The color palate used is just a delight to look at. I might have painted the inside of the mouth and eyes with a slightly darker yellow, but they at least applied the paint really clean.

The other parts of the figure are painted well where there is paint. Most of the body is black with no shading, and that is ok. Where I’d like to have seem some shading of some sort is on the belts and shoulder harness. They painted some of the buckles in silver and they look great, but there are some areas where there is detailed sculpt work, but no black wash, which just makes the figure look a little cheap. Again, I wanted to give this figure all 5 stars, and probably should, but these couple missing points of paint are strong enough detractors that I had to take that star. This is even with the slight color difference in the pumpkin bombs sculpted into the belt. I hadn’t noticed that at first and they look really good.

I could have easily given Jack a 5 here and I doubt many could argue it, but I just couldn’t do it. I wanted to be as objective as possible and I really think the 4 is deserved.

Accessories – ★★★★★

Mad Jack comes with some pretty sweet accessories. I do wish he came with an extra set of hands, but overall, I’m very satisfied with the three accessories he comes with. I’ve listed the accessories below.

  • Flame Broom Stick
  • Sickle
  • Flaming Pumpkin Bomb

The sculpt and paint of each of these accessories is really well done. The flame affects is painted very well and sculpted with translucent plastics to give a really nice flame look. The pumpkin bomb could have used a little extra paint to give it some more detail, but I’m really happy with all of these accessories. The sickle paint was really well done, though perhaps a big over sized.

Considering what we typically get, this is far and above what I would expect.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great. They’ve updated the look a bit, but overall the packaging is completely the same.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

This is one of my favorite Marvel Legends figures now. It actually doesn’t look like the typical Legend fig. It feels like it could be from a different line because it’s so different and so much better looking than most of their sort of reused figures. Whether you like Jack O’Lantern in the comics or not, if you’re a collector of 6″ figures, you really need this figure in your collection. He’s gonna look awesome flying above your spider-man collection ready to drop some pumpkin bombs.

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