Not quite sure why Spidey is getting a new wave of ML figures after the last wave centered around the movie just sat on shelves. Though the figures included in this wave are by far cooler than those. The breakdown:
- Classic Spider-Man w/pulled-up mask head, extra hands and a slice of pizza
- Spider-Man 2099
- SpiderGirl (Warriors of the Web)
- Spider Woman (Warriors of the Web)
Each figure came with a part of the Build-A-Figure Hobgoblin villain and unlike recent previous waves of Marvel Legends figures, there's no figures released without a piece of the BAF figure and there's no variants (at least that I know of) of figures that come with a piece that would have you end up with an extra double piece if you wanted to get everyone.
It's not always the case with BAF figures that it's what people want most out of the wave, more times than not, it's just a nice added bonus figure once you've collected all the others. But with Hobgoblin, he seems to be very sought after at this point, demanding quite a high price in the secondary market (as there's no actual direct market for him) as this wave has just started hitting retail.
It's nice to see when companies as big as Hasbro and Marvel get to throw cool/funny things in with toys or their packaging, and that slice of pizza fits in very well with Spidey. Obviously having to eat on the go as a superhero means you have to get what's available to you, and in New York it's either that or figure out how to use chopsticks while upside down.
The extra head with the mask pulled up obviously is to be paired as often as possible with the slice of pizza, as are the open-palmed hands. The other hands are fists and Spidey's trademark "rockstar" web-launcher position. While the hands were easy to swap out for photos, the head was a bit tricky to get back on when switching.
The only thing I had a problem with besides the head was how confusing this much articulation was for me. People that collect Marvel Legends figures (and most other 6" figures that are similar) are looking for tons of articulation. Having the figures is one thing, but being able to put them in exactly the position you want as well has become crucial for most collectors. Getting Spidey in the perfect mid-swing pose while avoiding a charging Rhino figure is something that people feel gypped if they don't get to do.
So while countless points of articulation may be the standard now on these ML figures (and especially Spider-Man), I feel like I need a simpler figure that I can just pose easily and throw up on a shelf. But honestly I'm in the minority there and I'm okay with that.
Anti-Venom as large as he is doesn't come with any accessories, but is packaged with Hobgoblin's left leg. Not that Anti-Venom needs an accessory with those crazy claws he has on either hand.
I make it no secret that I love repaints, and though I don't remember the Venom version of this sculpt, just the fact that I know venom is the opposite color scheme (mostly black with white paint apps and a red mouth) I already like this guy. Sorta like how I would probably never buy a Darth Vader figure, yet I have the white one from the comic pack they released a few years ago.
As far as articulation, he may have the exact same amount of articulation as Spider-Man, but the size makes him a little more manageable as he's not as flimsy.
While fans of ML figures may have been looking for some other character and might consider Anti-Venom a stretch, or possibly see this as Hasbro/Marvel looking to squeeze some extra cash out of this mold, I think he's my favorite out of the wave.
His frame for the most part is the same as the Classic Spider-Man figure, with different hands and possibly a different head, but I'm not certain on the head. He comes with a little cape made of web, which is kinda cheating cause if you think of it, no one else gets to just make a cape when/if they feel like it. But I guess they needed some other ways to distinguish his design enough from the original when they came up with him that adding a cute little cape was an easy way to do so.
He comes with a couple Hobgoblin parts, the right arm and the flame sword. Which kinda sucks because of how his hands are, if you were just buying him you wouldn't be able to put that sword in his hand and have him hold it as well as the Hobgoblin's arm can.
It looks like he's a much-awaited character as well and one that people that aren't collecting the entire line seem to be looking for. That's understandable as he's pretty cool even in package.
But I'm assuming the added names is so that if a SpiderGirl is released say in a previous Marvel Legends wave, an easy way to refer to her or find her both internally at Hasbro or for stores selling her (or even in the secondary market) would be these titles. Searching for "SpiderGirl Marvel Legends" may turn up a couple different figures, but "SpiderGirl Marvel Legends Warriors of the Web" will give you exactly what you're looking for.
So yeah, the first of the two Warriors of the Web is SpiderGirl, a smaller figure that's evening out the plastic that was spent on Anti-Venom. She's a really good sculpt, but again the amount of articulation with her makes her hard to get the pose I wanted and have her stand at the same time. I kept coming up against bowlegs that I couldn't figure out how to get rid of.
SpiderGirl comes with no accessories but really doesn't need them, she's pretty sleek and adding anything to her would just seem unnecessary. She's got little bracelets that fit on pretty well and don't detract from the overall design. While they're instantly noticeable, they're not distracting. Which I've heard is exactly what a girl wants in a bracelet.
SpiderGirl comes with Hobgoblin's head and wings.
Other than the head and hands I don't think there's much difference between her and SpiderGirl. I really like the open flowing hair and the deep red/maroonish color of the costume she has. Other than that same, gripes and praise for her as I had for the preceding figure. I think she photographs better and took a couple extra shots of her because of it.
She also has no additional accessories, but again, none are really needed.
Daredevil comes with his trademark batons that can be stored on the holster on his leg. They also combine together to form one larger whackin' stick.
My friend was right though, the figure's sculpt is impressive and hopefully fills the void in many peoples' collections. His pose in the package is questionable, but kinda how I see him when I think of him, contorted all weird and whatnot.
Daredevil comes with Hobgoblin's left arm and a bomb for the BAF.
Once built this figure is very impressive and was definitely a good idea to make this figure the BAF in this wave. He's got a evil and somewhat cocky smile that pretty scary. The mechanical wings/backpack are a real nice touch and come with a smaller hilt version of the flame sword stuck into the center of the top of the backpack.
I had a lot of fun posing this figure and taking pictures, so I'm sure that folks looking to pick him up will feel the same way when they complete him.
All-in-all, a pretty great wave of figures and a worthwhile payoff with it's Build-A-Figure character. Grab a set when/if you can. Don't be discouraged if you can't find them at retail for a couple months, most Marvel Legends waves are like that where the first few months everyone is looking for them so they're almost impossible to find at retail other than any figures that may be doubled up in a case (in this particular wave it's Classic Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099) but then once everyone has finished buying them for themselves and trying to make money off of them on eBay, they become common place. As the secondary market dies down in prices, they will become easier to find at retail.