Behold, the least exciting figure from "Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends." Over the years Mego, Mattel, Toy Biz, and now Hasbro have given us countless variations on Spider-Man taken from a variety of sources-- generally speaking, the comic books. This one has a little more blue on the upper arms than some, with the color replacing some of the red you might have noticed on other figures.
Standing about 4-inches tall, this this Spider-Man looks a lot like Hasbro's many, many other Marvel Universe Spider-Man toys. Depending on how you decide to count, he has at least 19 points of articulation and is capable of assuming numerous web-slinging poses for your amusement. While he has more articulation than the kiddie line version, the joints are way more apparent, and they feel a little bit looser. The mask is closer in appearance to the almost squinty eyes of the NBC version, but it retains the recessed webbing and the black wipe as seen on some of the other figures. The blue is also slightly more faded than on other Spidey toys, although this is hard to tell from the photos.
There's nothing bad about the figure's design or sculpt, but there is one significant flaw that came after the deco stage. For some reason, some jerk decided it would be a good idea to put a white date stamp on Spider-Man's inner thigh, and this 5-digit number is clearly visible from the front. It's not like it's off to the side or in the back, but it's right up front in a very visible place. (Due to the angle of the photos, you fortunately can't see it too easily-- but in the package shot it's right up in your face.) I'm not sure why Hasbro did this, but they also started etching in numbers on some of their other lines. It's just bad form, and it'll likely raise another generation of crazed fans who have to go research what these stupid things mean. It's better just to hide them.
I'm not crazy about this figure, but I'm crazy about the concept of this three-pack. If you watched the old cartoon I'd suggest looking up this set, particularly since it seems to keep showing up, and at lower prices each time. (With a coupon, this set ended up costing me about $5 out of pocket.) It's worth $20 or so, I'd say, but not too much more than that unless you want every last Spider-Man variant out there.
Some unsolicited advice-- if you want to look up images from Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends on Google, make sure safe search is turned on. You'll thank me later, as I need to go bleach my eyeballs.
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