Green Goblin 12" Rotocast

We have another new guest reviewer tonight - welcome Travis!  He's looking at the new, funky rotocast Green Goblin - take it away, Travis!

I have been a reader of Michael's for some years now and have been entertained countless times. Not only is this site great, but the man himself behind it, is as equally great. He has come through for me when I couldn't get the "Jedi Temple Assault" K-mart exclusive set (see, they don't have K-marts where I live anymore.) and he has been friendly and helpful ever since I first contacted him, years ago. Anyway, I thought I'd try my hand at a review, but I apologize in advance for the cruddy photos. 

Toy Biz has released a new line of 12" Poseable Action Figures under "The Amazing Spider-Man" line and aside from the initial rather average looking Spider-Man figure himself, the line has my full attention. 

Last week, I happened across a nice surprise in the line, a 12" Venom figure, and to be honest, I didn't think it was possible to top that figure, until now...

Without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: "Green Goblin"! ^_^

Packaging - ***
The package is the open boxed version that accompanies many Rotocast figures. The only drawback to this type of package is that the figure itself can be subject to damage easily. (I recently bought a Dr. Doom 12" movie figure with a scraped up nose, which happened because of this fact.) Although, if it keeps the price point as low as it is, I'm all for it. There's also a nice drawing of Green Goblin on the back (although, it doesn't match up to the look they've sculpted him with) and a small character description for those new to the character.

Sculpting - ****
All I could say when I saw it was "Holy Cow!" This is, by far, the BEST Green Goblin sculpt I've ever seen. The amount of detail in his face alone will wow you, but the great sculpt doesn't stop there. The detail in every inch of this figure is breathtaking. Now, I'm not entirely sure about his outfit, having never seen him wear anything like it, but I really don't mind. It's a great look and he wears it well. 

The proportions of the figure are great and I love the slight hunch he seems to have. 

Paint - ****
Try as I may, I can't find any slop at all on the paint. There is the smallest detail in the paint ops, as in stitching on his hat, gloves and boots and his armour has a nice bit of rusting or tarnish that's a nice touch. The real stand out are his eyes and teeth. The colour for both are nice and bright and have been expertly applied.

Articulation - ****
The package boasts 26 points of articulation, and if that's not enough at this price point, I don't know what is. 

Goblin has a ball jointed neck, with limited range of movement. He also has ball jointed shoulders, but due to the armour on his shoulders, don't expect a lot of movement out of them either. Lower on his arms, he has swiveling biceps, double jointed elbows and his gloves alone have two swivel spots, one at the forearm, one at the wrist. He has a swiveling waist, V-joint hips, swivel cut thighs, double jointed knees, swivel cut calves at the boot tops, and pin ankles. The armour restricts a bit of movement here and there, but he's still articulated enough for me. His knees were a bit loose on mine, but not so much that it hurt the figure.

Accessories - *
He didn't really come with any accessories at all, unless you want to count the two "Indiana Jones" bags that he has crisscrossed around his chest. They are both removable, so I guess you count count them. They both sport great sculpts and paint. It would've been nice to get at least a Pumpkin Bomb accessory, but wouldn't it have been awesome to get a scale Goblin Glider? Too much to ask for, especially at this price point, but it was just a thought. ;)

Fun Factor - ****
Hey, I know I would've taken this figure as a kid. Scary Goblin face and all. I had Green Goblin figures as a kid, but there's no way they'd stand up to the likes of this guy. Chances are, the kids already have a 12" Spider-Man figure, and this guy is just itching for an imaginary rematch battle. Just be sure to keep any Gwen Stacy figures out of his clawed gloved hands. ;)

Value -  ****
This one is a no brainer. An awesome sculpted 12" figure for only $8.99? WOW! To be quite honest, until I just checked the receipt, I thought he cost $9.99 when I bought him. This just keeps getting better.

Things to Watch Out For - 
The package it's packed with can allow for all types of damage or theft. Be careful picking out a good paint job. (there was only one when I got mine, and I feel like I got lucky.) His nose and chin will probably pick up the most noticeable scrapes.

Overall - ****
This really is a top notch Green Goblin figure and I'm very happy with it. He look's great with the 12" Venom I just picked up recently and I look forward to more figures in this line.

Packaging - ***
Sculpt - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - ****
Accessories - *
Fun Factor - ****
Value - ****
Overall - ****

Where to buy
I picked mine up at Target for $8.99 and so far, this is the first and only one I've seen. The Green Goblin and Venom figures will certainly grab your attention when you see them and are well worth the second look.

Figure from the collection of Travis.

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