Overall score - ***1/2 out of ****
published at the Comic Book Galaxy)
|At last summer's San Diego
Comic Con, we were treated to the information that Toybiz would be
producing this line of 'super-articulated' figures. The pictures
looked great, and when I did my poll on what lines folks were most looking
forward to in 2001, this one ranked at the top.
started showing up at Wal-marts and Meijers so far, soon to be
everywhere. If you can find them at Wal-marts, you're better off -
I've heard the price there is around six bucks. I bought these at
Meijers, where they were the more common eight dollars.
There are four in this first series - Red
and blue Spidey, Black costume Spidey, Venom and Man-Spider. Each
figure comes with a stand and a reprint of a comic book that highlights
the character in question.
Packaging - ***1/2
First the negative - yes, you have to destroy the bubble pack to get it
out. However, there are lots of positives to this style of
bubble. This is a clamshell style, similar to the early McFarlane
Toys stuff, and is extremely sturdy. Not only that, but by using
this you can open it up and NOT destroy the card back, which is encased in
the shell along with the comic book. It's not perfect, but it's
getting damn close.
Sculpt - ***
Of the four, the sculpt on the red and blue spidey is the best. I
don't like Venom - they tried to go with a half Eddie, half Venom thing
here that I just don't appreciate. I'd have much preferred a
complete Venom. The Man-Spider isn't bad, but isn't a particularly
exciting character, and the black suited Spidey is second on my list.
Quality - **1/2
The red suited version has a serious problem - it is certainly super
articulated, but on mine it only took a couple minutes before all teh blue
paint was wearing off the elbows, knees and hip joints. I didn't
have this problem with Venom, so perhaps it's only the smaller figure that
suffers from it.
Articulation - ***1/2
If all four figures were as articulated as the black and standard
Spider-man versions, this line would get a **** plus. Spider-man has
supposedly 30 points, and here's what I count - 1 at the neck, 2 for each
ball jointed shoulder, 2 for each double jointed elbow, one at each
forearm cut joint, one at each wrist, one on each hand for the fingers, 1
at the chest, 1 at the waist, 2 at each hip, 1 at each thigh cut joint, 2
at each double jointed knee, 1 at each cut joint on the calf, 1 at each
ankle and 1 on each foot at the toes - that's a total of 33.
The only complaint I have on the
articulation, other than the paint rubs I already mentioned, is that the
hip joints are less than perfect. While the legs move well forward
and to the sides, they do not move backward due to the design of the
pelvis. But overall the Spider-man figures kick butt!
Too bad the other two aren't up to this
same level. Venom and Man-Spider have very standard Toybiz
articulation. Venom has neck, ball jointed shoulders, cut joint
elbows, cut joint wrists, waist, hips, standard knees and standard ankles
for a total of 18 points. While he has fewer points, his ball
jointed hips have full range of motion, something that would have been an
improvement on both Spideys.
Accessories - ***1/2
Each figure comes with two major 'accessories'. One is the stand,
and the other their comic. Venom also comes with a small squirt of
webbing that attaches to the back of his hand. Unfortunately, this
piece of webbing fit poorly into his hand, and was a pretty useless
But the comic reprint is a great idea, and
another way that perhaps they can generate at least some interest in the
stories with kids. The stands are also awesome - they can be
attached to the wall, and the figure affixed with a small plastic waist
loop, or they can sit on the top of your desk. Venom's sits up
particularly well, and can actually be hung from three different slots on
the back, allowing you to hang it in different positions.
Value - ***1/2
At eight bucks, these are good deal. considering the stands and
comics, plus the additional articulation, they are well worth that
price. If you can find them at a Wal-mart or Super Walmart for down
around $6, it's an absolute steal.
Overall - ***1/2
Very close to perfect in a Toybiz figure. As I said, neither the
Man-Spider or the Venom are particularly exciting to me, but I can still
recognize how nicely done they are. The stands are a great touch, as
is the comic reprints, and I hope we see Toybiz continue with this line.
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