Toy Review: Marvel Legends | 12-Inch Spider-Man


Figure Details

  • Character: Spider-Man
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: 12-Inch Marvel Legends
  • Dimensions: 11.5″
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $49.99 Paid: $29.34
  • Part Number/SKU: 630509427864
  • Buy it on Amazon

Total Points of Articulation = 36

  • Articulation – ★★★★★
  • Sculpt – ★★★★★
  • Paint – ★★★★
  • Accessories – ★★★★★

Overall Score – ★★★★

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Pizza Spider-Man


Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hobgoblin Pizza Spider-Man figure. I had this figure several months ago, but returned him to get a different one that I thought was going to be much harder to get. Fast forward a few months and now this guy has been quite hard to find. Well, I found him and this time I hung onto him. Also spent $5 less this time on him.

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Figure Details

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Articulation – ★★★★★

This figure has everything you could want in a Marvel Legend figure. Some claim this figure to be the best Spider Man figure. Others still claim the McFarlane Spidey as the best. I don’t have the McFarlane one, though I think that one looks terrible. The articulation on this one is very good. Let’s take a closer look.

Total POA’s = 32

  • Arms – There are 8 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint as well as a Butterfly joint in the shoulder. All of these joints are very well done. They provide great range of motion throughout the shoulder joints.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint that is quite standard and works very well.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints provide a full bend of the elbow perfectly.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint in the wrists provide a very good amount of rotation as well as curl.
  • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides a really good forward kick motion. Backward motion is not quite as good as I’d like, but still considerably better than most figures. I would have also expected him to be able to do the splits a little more than he can, but this isn’t the worst thing.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint is a standard cut joint which loses some continuity of the sculpt of the thigh, though this isn’t super noticeable due to the uniform paint.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees provides a full bend of the knees which is perfectly suited for this figure.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has a Pin/Hinge Joint as well as an Ankle Rocker Joint. Both backward and forward ankle motion is quite good and the ankle rocker works very well.
  • Body – There are 2 joints in the body
    • Torso: Pin/Hinge Joint in the torso area provides a good ab crunch as well as a very good back arch.
    • Waist: Peg Joint provides full 360 degree rotation of the waist.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint allows for good up and down motion. Side-to-side motion is fully functional and tilt is there, but had they used a slightly smaller ball in the head and they could have had a better range of motion.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

Hasbro really hit this one out of the park, though I’m still giving it only 4 stars. I do want to point out two thing I don’t like. I really feel the torso of this figure is a little long. For some reason, it looks wrong to me. It doesn’t look natural. Then with that issue I have, it appears when you use the ab crunch that the joint just looks worse. The other issue I have is the size of the ball joint in the head/neck. This ball is far too large, which makes the motion of the head a little limited. It’s also very difficult to put the heads on because it’s too tight.

Ok, I went over the negatives, what I like about this figure is quite extensive. My favorite is really just the overall aesthetics of the pieces coming together (minus the overly long torso). It just looks like Spidey. Obviously in terms of the sculpt, this is the most important and why I don’t like the look of the McFarlane Spidey as much.

There are enough details in the muscle tones in the figure that provides a good textured look on the figure. The costume is all smooth, which I would expect. Everything is smooth except the eyes, which are sculpted which is subtle, but still noticeable enough that it really makes a difference in the overall look.

 

Paint – ★★★★☆

 

Paint apps on this figure are good, but not the best by any means. First, there is no shading anywhere on this figure. Mostly, this is ok. The paint is glossy, which I’m still on the fence on. I’m not sure I like just how glossy it is.

The web lines on the figure are a little inconsistent. On the head they have nice lines with the web loops. Throughout the rest of the body where the webbing is, they didn’t really have the web loop style as prominently, or at all in some areas. The lines for the most part are clean, and look nice from a short distance. Up close, if you really like the web look, you’re not too amazed. Not the worst thing, but it would have been nice if they were more consistent.

As far as the rest of the paint apps, they are really solid where there is paint. Mostly, you’re going to find the paint apps on the heads. They did a nice clean job on these two heads, though a little shading in the unmasked head would have helped a lot.

Accessories – ★★★★★

 

The accessories we get with Pizza Spidey aren’t overwhelmingly awesome, but they are pretty cool and very useful, which isn’t always the case with accessories. We get two heads, a fully masked and partially unmasked head. Both are very well done and look really cool. I particularly like the unmasked one. It captures so many of the scenes we’ve seen of Spidey in the comics and movies.

In addition to the heads, we get a collection of 6 hands. The typical fists and web slinging hands are nice, but I really like the hands with the fingers splayed out. Those give a lot of pose options. They’re just very versatile.

Finally, we get a slice of gooey New York style pizza that Spidey can munch on. It’s a dumb accessory, but also really fun. I’ve seen a lot of folks having a ton of fun with this accessory in their photography, and I hope to as well.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall Pizza Spidey is a solid 4. If anybody actually read my reviews I might get some flack for not saying this thing is perfect, but nobody does, so I can say it without getting into trouble. I’m still not sure this is a must have figure. There seems to be a new Spider Man figure coming out every other wave and I really liked the Amazing Spider Man 2 figure that got me into collecting the Marvel Legends figures. But, if you don’t already have a Spider Man figure, this is a solid choice. There’s just so many other characters I’d rather have I guess. Oh well. It’s still good.

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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Superior Spider-Man


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.

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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.

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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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Toy Review: Marvel Legends | The Amazing Spider-Man 2


I’ve decided to change up the Tuesday Toy Review. Originally I was doing reviews weekly. A couple things have come to light that have made me decide weekly is far too often. First, I doubt I’ll be able to afford the purchasing of action figures on a weekly basis. Second, it takes a long time to actually do my reviews as I like to think they’re quite in depth. Finally, there aren’t really that many people that read the reviews, they’re really just for me, and since I don’t need them that much, I’m going to simply go to a monthly review. Also, I’m finding, I prefer watching toy reviews on youtube, so, I think I’m going to look into doing my own video reviews. I just need to figure out how I can do it.

This month I’m reviewing the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Amazing Spider-Man 2. I’ve been looking for a good Spider-Man figure to add to my collection, but I wasn’t planning on buying one anytime soon unless I could get a good deal. That deal came in the form of a Walmart online sale that I just couldn’t pass up.

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Articulation – ★★★★★

Total POA’s = 32

Inline with the majority of the other Marvel Legends figures I’ve purchased, this Spider-Man figure is top notch articulation wise. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 figure based on the movie has a staggering 32 POA’s which thus far, is the highest number I’ve seen on any of my figures. Now, points of articulation are great, but that doesn’t mean the figure is the best figure there is does it? Maybe not, but it sure does help this figure out considerably. I expect a Spider-Man figure to be flexible enough to create some of the iconic poses we see him in in the movies and comics and this figure does not disappoint. Let’s take a look.

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Butterfly Joint that allows for a decent amount of movement to open the chest. The butterfly joint isn’t the prettiest, but it certainly is effective.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint allows for full 360 rotation. This joint is molded pretty well to look pretty natural. It’s not the old school cut joint that when turned you see a strange flat spot.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joint allows for a really good amount of bend in the elbow. You can almost fold his arm in half which is great.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint in the wrist. The hinge joint is critical if you want the classic Spider-man web shooting look. The two joints here easily meet that requirement.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Ball Joint allows a pretty decent amount of forward and backward motion. The outward motion is a little limited, 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 because of the thigh shape being fairly uniform throughout, you’re not going to notice much for flat spots when you twist it.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows Spider-Man to get into some of his iconic crouch poses you see him do in the comics and movies.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for a wide range of forward/backward rotation of the ankle. There is also a rocker joint of some type in the ankle which is perfect for all the crazy acrobatic poses you’re going to want to put Spider-Man in.
  • Body – There are 2 joints in the body area
    • Hinge Joint allows a decent amount of forward chest/ab crunch, though I wish he would bend one more click so he could touch the ground while still crouching.
    • 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 decent amount of forward/backward tilt of the head, though it would be nice to have a little more backward motion. This is hindered by the mold of Spidey’s head.
    • Ball Joint allows for a wide range of tilt in the head as well as side to side motion.

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Mold – ★★★★☆

The Marvel Legends figures are really starting to grow on me. They don’t always have the awesome mold like the Marvel Selects do, but they are getting much better and this figure is definitely a great figure. I especially like the texture they added to the legs. It really gives the figure a great feel.

I’m pretty much happy with everything about this figure, except the butterfly shoulders do make the figure look a little odd in certain positions. Not a huge issue, especially if you avoid those poses.

Paint – ★★★★☆

The paint is pretty standard Spidey blue and red. They did a really good job on it though. I didn’t notice any major flaws or scratches to the paint. I really like the paint work they did on his head. Overall, the paint is a solid 4 stars.

Accessories – ★★★☆☆

The Amazing Spider-Man figure comes with 2 sets of hands. One set is a standard fist for each hand and the second set is a set of web slinging hands. When I display mine, I’m using one of each. I think this makes the most sense and looks great when I put Spidey in a crouched pose.

This is a Build-a-Figure pack and he is part of the Ultimate Green Goblin series so we get the right arm of the Ultimate Green Goblin BAF. I’d consider buying the whole set, but there are a couple figures in the set that really don’t look that great and I’ve got a whole slew of other figures I’d rather get, so I may have a right arm laying around with a flame piece that I’ve got absolutely nothing to do with.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

I’ve come to like the newer Marvel Legends packaging. It’s a pretty solid package with decent graphics and a fairly small footprint. The only real gripe I do have with this packaging is that the package doesn’t stand up completely straight, but that’s really not that big a deal. The package protects the figure very well and still allows you to see the figure while it’s on the shelf. This allows those of you who don’t unbox, to still see what you just bought.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

This may not be the best Spider-Man figure out there, but for the pittance I spent on it, this was one of the best deals I’ve gotten thus far. Now that I have him, even if I paid full price (would be $19.99) I think it’d be worth it. I have my new Amazing Spider-Man helping my Marvel Select Thor battle my Marvel Select Juggernaut right now and he looks awesome. I’d definitely recommend getting this figure if you need a Spider-Man at a decent price. The deal I got may come back around again somewhere.

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Toy Review: Marvel Select | Venom


It’s Toy Review Tuesday again and this week I’m reviewing the Marvel Select Venom figure. I’m not the biggest fan of Spider-man, but I sure do like Venom. This figure is totally bonkers. It comes with amazing accessories that just makes Venom a sick addition to my collection and yours too.

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  • Character: Venom
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select Toys
  • Series: Marvel Select 
  • Dimensions: 8
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs (w/packaging)
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.95 | Paid: $24.95
  • Part Number/SKU: AUG121762

Articulation – ★★★★☆

The articulation on the Venom figure is quite good. There are a fair number of POA’s, not including the few that are on the accessory arms and heads.

Total POA’s = 21

  • Arms – There are 4 POA’s on each of Venom’s arms. The best part about the POA’s on his arms is they blend very well with the mold of the figure so you don’t notice they are there, which is a double bonus since the articulation is great.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint with full 360 rotation capability as well as outward motion.
    • Upper Arm: Peg joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
    • Elbows: Pin/Hinge joints allow for about 90 degrees of motion. Joint grooves allows for the joints to remain in place.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint allows for 360 degree twist of the hand as well as removal of both hands to allow for other hands to be installed.
  • Legs – There are 5 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area. The number of joints in the legs is critical to be able to get Venom to stand on his own. He is a very top heavy figure without the multi-head accessory, then when that is added, it makes it very hard to balance him.
    • Hips: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. The combination of these two joints in each hip is huge. the allow for great lifelike poses, as well as balance that this figure needs to badly
    • Thighs: Peg joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
    • Knees: Pin/Hinge Joints with about 100 degree bend ability. This joint has locking grooves.
    • Ankles: Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for about 30 degrees of rotation of the foot forward and back.
  • Body: There are no 2 joints in the torso.
    • Chest: Pin joint allows for limited ab crunches
    • Hips: Peg Joint allows for full 360 degree rotation
  • Head: Ball Joint allows for full 360 degree motion as well as the ability to remove the head to replace with accessory heads.

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Mold – ★★★★★

The mold on this figure is awesome! As I noted in the articulation section, the mold work done on this figure does a wonderful job of masking the joints. I would say the most detailed work was done on the faces, which there are many that come with the Venom figure.

The only molding issue I’ve seen thus far is the hip swivel does cause a bit of a ridge when you twist Venom’s body. This is a pretty common thing and it’s not even that noticeable. The other issue, which is caused by the mold, but simply isn’t that big of a deal is the fact the figure is very top heavy which can cause difficulty in getting Venom to stand on his own. The key here, though, is that you can get him to stand on his own, you just need to do a little extra positioning to ensure he’s steady.

Even with those couple issues, I still cannot really warrant taking away a star. This figure is just so cool.

Paint – ★★★★☆

Venom is black and white, but not this figure. He’s got some blue highlights mixed in with the black that really makes this figure pop. Add in the awesome white spider on his chest and you’ve got the foundation of a great paint job. Now, where this figure jumps out ahead of many of the other figures is in the paint details on the many faces of this figure. The detailed paint job is amazing. They used a high quality paint and the application was stellar with few, if any paint bleed or chipping.

Accessories – ★★★★★

If I haven’t already convinced you that you must get this figure, then the accessories should. Venom comes with a slew of extra goodies that just makes this a great addition to any collection. Here’s what he comes with.

  • Symbiote back attachment with 6 heads (4 articulated) and 2 arms with 3 POA’s per arm. Hands are interchangeable with all other hands included.
  • Symbiote head – Grinning
  • Symbiote head – Tongue sticking out
  • Symbiote head –  Eddie Brock/Symbiote
  • Set of forearms – With open hands
  • Set of Fists

As you can see, there are a lot of accessories. All of which provide a huge number of options for changing the look of your Venom figure. You can give him a different look every day of the week and still have a few more options after that.

The only thing that would have been helpful would have been a stand of some sort since Venom is so heavy, but with all the other accessories, just go buy one and you’ll be fine.

Packaging – ★★★☆☆

Venom comes in the standard Marvel Select blister packaging with the information card backing. I’m not a huge fan of this packaging as you must tear the plastic from the cardboard which can cause a lot of damage to the cardboard.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall, I gave Venom 4 of 5 stars. I had to drop the star for the overall figure because of the difficulty in getting him to stand. Yes, I didn’t take the star away on the mold because of it, but it is a detractor. I don’t know that you could do much about it, so it may be unfair of me to do so, but I felt I needed to. Even with the loss of the star, I would definitely recommend you get this figure. He’ll look sick on anybodies shelf.

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