Hasbro Marvel Legends Series Spider-Man Hasbro, 2016
Day #1,501: August 4, 2016
Spider-Man 12-Inch Peter Parker
Marvel Legends Series Action Figures
Item No.: No. B7450 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:6 hands, 3 heads Action Feature:n/a Retail:$49.99 Availability: July/August 2016 Other: I believe this was a Toys R Us debut window in July, and elsewhere in August
We've had some 12-inch Marvel Legends before, so here's another one! This particular Spider-Man is very similar to an upsized take of the Pizza Spider-Man figure from a little while back, with a semi-masked head sculpt that should be pretty familiar. It comes in a prismatic box - you've seen this kind of foily reflective goodness on Hot Toys and other boxes - with a window in the front. It makes it look like a prestige piece, and it more or less is - but so are normal 6-inch Legends. This one is just bigger and costs more.
The 12-inch action figure an impressive beast. It has 34 points of articulation, making it one of the better figures under the brand but it doesn't have individually-jointed fingers like some older releases. It does, however, have toes - and that's a joint we don't see much. It's also not terrible useful given the amount of weight this figure has, we'd need a much stiffer joint to really keep him upright. You'd probably want to track down a stand of some sort for the best posing. He's got tons of joints, but the added heft of his size means you're going to need to be careful finding the right center of gravity.
The sculpting is nice and clean, with painted-on webbing rather than etched grooves and a wipe. The red is nice and bright, plus Hasbro saw it fit to include web shooters on his wrists - I love this. They're painted silver and look great. This figure may also have the distinction of having some of the tightest pants on any male figure I've picked up in recent memory, a rare distinction for the gender in question. Generally they just give the tight pants to the ladies. He has a smooth sculpt, lacking some of the insane cloth texture we've seen on 6-inch figures in the past.
If you like the normal Marvel Legends, this is just like that - only taller, and more expensive. Iron Man and Captain America are also in circulation with Deadpool coming later, plus we've got other versions of Cap, Spidey, Tony, Colossus, Phoenix, and others from previous lines. I have a small Spider-Man collection so I couldn't pass up this comic take on the character, and I expect I might snag Deadpool next year. And if they branch out into the movies, those too. It's a solid figure and it really does feel cool, but as space runs out I can't assume I can go all-in on something quite this big. It's definitely worth snagging a favorite, though, because it's fun to futz with. The heads and hands swap easily, the webbing is painted cleanly, and it really feels like a wonderfully refined version of some of the figures you've bought before - plus or minus some articulation. I love the sculpt, though.
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