In the pre Marvel Legends early 90’s action figure dark ages, Toy Biz produced a super posable Spider-Man figure for their line based on the then-current Fox animated series that, while crude by today’s standards, was a (pun intended) marvel of engineering at the time, and a clear precursor of where the non-McFarlane side of the action figure industry was headed. The subsequent early aughts Spider-Man Classics line that would eventually become Marvel Legends featured several super posable Spideys among its ranks, and since then Toy Biz, and now Hasbro, has always used Stan Lee’s erstwhile wall crawler as a litmus test for how many useful and functional joints they can possibly cram into a 12th scale mass market action figure, usually to excellent results.
Hasbro’s latest comes from the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming. Spidey’s Stark designed tech suit has received a few upgrades since he wowed audiences in last summer’s Captain America: Civil War, of course necessitating the purchase of more toys. A 6 inch Marvel Legends Civil War Spidey turned up in a Target exclusive 3 pack alongside battle damaged versions of Tony and Cap last fall, but this Spidey figure is all new, and just like his web swinging forebears, represents the pinnacle of what can be achieved in this scale and price point with sculpt, paint, articulation and accessories.
Speaking of accessories, this Parker is pretty well outfitted, including two heads, four hands, his weird armpit web things, and a hunk of the Vulture’s wings. Here we get squinty Ditko styled eyes and super wide McFarlane styled eyes but no neutral Bagley styled eyes like the 3 pack version had, making that figure not entirely obsolete. There are fisted and web thwipping hands, and the web things are cool except the right side on my example keep falling out. I was never a huge fan of the look anyway. Best of all, the Vulture wing build a figure piece can serve as a decent base or random piece of debris for those of us not interested in building Michael Keaton’s entire wingspan. It’s nice when these things work out that way.
The figure itself is detailed incredibly well, with the type of impressively sculpted and painted detail work on the uniform texture and various web patterns and panel lines that you’d expect to see on a NECA figure. Similarly, Spidey’s articulation is next level stuff, more akin to an S.H. Figuarts or Figma piece than anything else you’d pick off the rack at Wal Mart, though the Japanese style hip joints do hinder super wide stances slightly, really my lone complaint about the figure. Other than that though, he’ll literally do whatever a Spider can, and you really can’t ask for much more.
The jury’s still out on whether Sony and Marvel’s co-parenting of young Tom Holland will be a success at the box office, but just like their Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 series earlier this spring, Hasbro has a winner on their hands in the toy aisle with Spider-Man: Homecoming.