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 | 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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