Packaging - ***
The packaging is very similar to the 12" LOTR line by Toybiz. The
graphics are attractive, and the box is sturdy and well designed. It's
even collector friendly, with just a few twisty ties to re-attach.
There's not a lot of text
though, and not much in terms of pictures from the movie.
Sculpting - **
I'm not sure who this is, but it's definitely not Tobey Maguire. Sure,
if you squint at him just right you can convince yourself, but you could
find a way to convince yourself it was just about any late teen to early
twenties brown haired guy.
Paint - ***
The only paint ops here are on the face and hands. The hair line is a
bit sloppy, but his eyes and eyebrows were decent.
The hands are also well done,
and I can't knock them too much for the paint ops that ARE here, but for the
ones that aren't.
They should have made the
forearms red, since the costume is loose, and allows you to see his flesh
Articulation - **1/2
This is NOT the same body as the 12" LOTR (there's a nekkid shot of
Gandalf at that review for comparison), but is very similar in many regards.
What this body really is, is a
12" version of a Famous Covers figure, with some added
articulation. The knees and elbows have double joints, and there are
cut joints at the bicep and thigh. With a waist and chest joint, ball
joints at the shoulders, and the two center fingers on both hands, he would
appear to be very well articulated. But there are two glaring
First, the neck joint is very
simple, and does not allow for him to look up and down. That's crucial
on Spidey - how can you pose him in any of the cool crouching poses if he
can't look up?
The second negative on the
number of joints is that there are simple cut joints at the wrists.
They only twist, which really makes the hand positions limited.
There's one more negative,
although it isn't related to how many joints, but their tightness.
Both the knees and the ankles on my figure were extremely loose, and I had a
hard time just getting him to stand. These type of loose joint
problems are usually not limited to only one or two figures, but are often a
problem with the manufacture.
Outfit - ***
The costume is very much like the film, and reflects the source material
really well. The webbing is applied to the suit, so that it stands out, as
is the spider symbol on the chest. But there are a couple more glaring
errors here as well.
The suit fits extremely well
from the waist down, but the upper half is simply terrible. The arms
and chest are baggy, and the velcro in the back doesn't hold the costume
tightly enough around the chest.
The biggest flaw though is the
shoulders. Like an Famous Cover figure, the ball joints stick out from
the body. But that was never a problem on FC's because of the way the
outfit was cut and stitched. This time, they placed the stitches right
on top of the ball joints, rather than up higher on the shoulders.
This makes them stand out in a very obvious way, and makes the shoulders
look broader and pointer than they already are.
The final piece of the outfit
is his mask. It's made of a rubber material, that's very strong, and a
great material. I goes on an off easily, and is thick enough not to
rip easily. It fits tightly, and looks great. It could have been
a little longer in back, since it only goes below the ears and jaw line,
allowing you to see some of the neck, but it still is much nicer than I
Accessories - Bupkis
No accessories here. Nada, zippo, nothing. at this price
point something is really necessary - some sort of webbing, or wall stand
like the smaller figures have.
Value - **
I paid $24.95, so that brings this score down. Even at $20, they
aren't worth the price. With no accessories, and some pretty serious
flaws, these are much more in the $15 ball park.
Overall - **1/2
It's too bad that Toybiz can't get the 12" figures right. This is
definitely not a scale they do great with, but they are improving. I
was one of the defenders of the LOTR's figures, but these are a step back in
several ways. Too bad too, since the movie is so terrific.
I also saw the GG and MJ
figures - do yourself a favor and stay way clear of MJ. She's simply
awful, with a Barbie style body and little resemblance to Kirsten Dunst.
The GG figure though looked pretty good, if you don't mind that the head
sculpt looks nothing like Willem Dafoe.