I like Marvel Legends, but I don't collect - there's too dang many. I realized I didn't have a Venom so I snagged this 2018 release, which tweaks one from a couple of years ago with new heads and accessories. As a picky-choosy Marvel person, things like repetition bother me a lot less because I just skip retreads. This big alien bully suit was perfect for me - I love the open mouth, the "opening" suit neck spaghetti, and the optional head. He's tall at 7-inches high, giving Spider-Man a run for his money.
The 6-inch scale action figure is good, big, and a little dated. The big buck doesn't integrate some of the niceties of recent releases - the fists aren't swappable hands, for example. They do bend and swivel, but for fists that may not be as necessary of a feature. It's not like you have big, menacing claws with which to threaten other heroes. The feet are rather formless, smooth extremities with rocker movement so you can set Eddie Brock up for a brawl.
The joints are good, featuring a total of 32 moving parts - that ain't bad. The feet feature the copyright dates of the Venom body's previous release, 2014 - so it's new but not "NEW." His heads are easily swapped, with fairly simple movement that any goof can pose in a worthwhile manner.
The heads are the reason to re-buy this figure. Eddie's blonde head has a tight blonde cut with a face featuring enough wrinkles and thuggish elements that it could stop a clock - or a few fists. The nose has clearly seen better days, with a severe mouth and some of the biggest eyebrows on any toy in sight. I like the masked head a lot too - it reminds me a lot of the Isz creatures from The Maxx, with a big, toothy mouth with some red inside that just plain looks evil. We've had so many Venom figures with freaky tongues that something like this is almost refreshing. I do wish it could talk, though.
It's nice! That's good and bad - on one hand, there's nothing wrong with Venom. The chest spider is pretty clean, the goop plugs into the back, and the articulation is up to the standard requirements of the day. Problem is, the basic template for these figures has been the same since Toy Biz introduced them in Spider-Man Classicsback in 2001, with pretty great sculpting. Venom got a lot better, but smaller figures like Spider-Man are similar to current Marvel Legends. At the time, these represented a cheap quantum leap ahead of every competing action figure of the day - nobody has managed to deliver something so significantly superior for the price since then. This Venom is a great addition to your web-slinger armada, but
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