Marvel Legends series 13
Green Goblin

I wasn't going to review any of the Marvel Legends series 13.  Onslaught is a fine BAF I'm sure, but he doesn't do much for me, and while the other figures looked nice, without the allure of the giant BAF to pull me in, I wasn't too excited.

In fact, I recently ran an excellent guest review of the entire series, so covering it for the readers was out as well.  But then I saw Green Goblin on the local pegs, and I just had to pick him up.  I haven't seen Abomination yet, but he might be another of this wave that's just too good to ignore.

I found the wave at the local Toys R Us, although we should see them at Wal-mart, Meijers and Target soon enough as well.  Expect to pay $8 - $9, depending on the retailer.

Packaging -  ***
For the regular buyer of Marvel Legends, there's nothing surprising in the package design.  They put the series name - Onslaught Series - in a nice, easy to see on the peg spot, they allow the figure to be clearly examined, and they use the comic book as a back drop.

Interestingly enough, there's also a more useful print of a city skyline on the backdrop behind the book as well.  It's also quite clear which part to Onslaught you're getting, but which parts come with which figures could be a little clearer for someone who hasn't found the whole set yet.

Sculpting - ****
As much as I liked the sculpt on Hobgoblin, I like the sculpt on Green Goblin.  And that's saying quite a bit.

All the cool scaly goodness is included in the costume, and this head sculpt is the classic appearance.  Evil, insane, and yet somehow damn cool, they've captured his look from when I was a kid quite nicely.

I'm not thrilled that the pumpkin bomb is glued into his hand, but at least his fingers on that hand still work well, unlike Hobgoblin.  You can always cut it free if you feel strongly enough about it.

Scale might be an issue for some folks that are mixing and matching their Marvel Legends with their Spider-man figures.  Hobgoblin towers over poor Greenie, but in my personal mind's eye, I always say Hobbie as a bigger, if less intelligent, Spider-Man foe.

Paint - ***1/2
The standard red and green are the colors for Christmas and Green Goblin.  While most of the pieces are simply molded in the proper color, the paint ops on the eyes and teeth are extremely neat and clean.

I'm still torn on the funky 70's neon color they gave the pumpkin bomb, but I can live with it.

Articulation - ***1/2
Like most Marvel Legends figures, GG is loaded with articulation.  There's the pin/disk neck, which allows twisting and movement forward and back, but no tilting.  It's not quite as good as a full range ball joint, but it's not a bad compromise.

He also has ball jointed shoulders and hips, along with double jointed pin elbows and knees, cut waist, cuts at the top of the boots and top of the gloves, pin ankles and wrists, and pin joints for the four fingers (they move as one) and at the half foot.

He also has the mid-torso joint, that allows him to have bad posture, a God given right for all villains.  And while it might look it at first, the back of his hat is not bendy.

Accessories - ****
This series includes a comic book, as you might expect.  This one is from Amazing Spider-man, number 122.  This finishes up the story line involving the death of Gwen Stacey, a defining moment in the life of Spider-Man and Peter Parker.  It's a good choice, since this single act made Green Goblin the lifetime influence on Parker.

He also comes with his man-purse, designed to hold more pumpkin bombs.  It doesn't open of course, but it would be too small to hold any even if it did.  It looks good on his shoulder though, perfect for day or evening.

He also comes with another paper product, a trading card.  I didn't take a photo of's a trading card.

You can also use the interior card back as a backdrop, and there's a small plastic holder to keep it standing.  This only works in just the right spot though, and I was never able to keep it standing for very long or very straight.

Finally, there's the important accessory - his glider.  It comes in five pieces: two wings, center rod, and a two piece base to hold it in the air.  It looks good assembled, and is sturdy enough to keep him aloft without any trouble.

Oops - I almost forgot.  Since I wasn't building Onslaught, it slipped my mind, but he does come with one leg of the larger Build-A-Figure (BAF).  If you're looking to complete your Onslaught, he'll be a critical component.

Fun Factor - ***1/2
Sometimes the articulation on these figures is actually more than you really need, and some kids may find it a bit frustrating getting him to stand.  Once they get the hang of it though, he'll quickly become one of their favorite bad guys for Spidey to beat down.

The inclusion of the glider also adds a lot to the fun factor, especially since it can easily be removed from the two piece base, allowing him to fly around the room with only a kid to power him.

Value - ***1/2
At $8 or $9, you're getting a terrific value.  A great looking, super poseable figure, with excellent accessories, that kids and collectors can enjoy...what more could you ask for, all for less than a ten spot?

Things to watch out for - 
Obviously, you'll want to watch those mass market paint ops to get the best possible.  However, you'll also want to watch for the variant Goblin.  He's the unmasked version, showing the Osborne head sculpt.

Overall -  ***1/2
If the scale issues don't bother you - this Green Goblin is actually a little smaller than most of the Spider-Man figures - then you're going to be very happy with this version.  The sculpt is great, the paint application is solid, the articulation is the usual excellent ML quality, and the accessories are well above average.

And if you're looking to complete your Onslaught, then all the better that you get a figure this good in the process.

Packaging - ***
Sculpt - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - ****
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - ***1/2
Overall -  ***1/2

Where to Buy -
I picked this guy up at Toys R Us. Online options include:

- Amazing Toyz has the full set still available to preorder at $60.

- Killer Toys has some of the regular figures still up for pre-order at $10 each.

- CornerStoreComics has a handful left to preorder also at $10 each.

Related Links:
I've had plenty of Marvel Legends reviews:

- there's the guest review of the Fearsome Foes of Spider-man boxed set, Urban Legends box set, X-men Legends boxed set, and the Fantastic Four boxed set, along with my review of the Monsters boxed set

- The previous Sentinel BAF was guest reviewed.

- then there's the various series reviews, including the Wal-mart series, series 13, series 12, series 9 (including Galactus), series 8 Captain Marvel and Doc Ock, series 7 Vision, series 6 Juggernaut, Wolverine and Deadpool, series 5 Blade, Nick Fury, Sabertooth and Colossus, along with series 5 Red Skull, Silver Surfer and Mr. Fantastic, series 4 Goliath, Punisher, Beast, Gambit, and Elektra, series 3 Daredevil and then the rest of the series, series 2 Thing and Namor, and finally, from three and a half years ago, the series 1 review.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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