Monday, June 23, 2014

Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man 2 Action Figure Review

So The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was far from a perfect movie. Everyone has there own opinions as to what they did and didn't like about the movie. Personally, I liked just about everything about Spider-Man/Peter Parker himself, I just wasn't to thrilled with the villains or the direction of the story. I think one thing people can agree on is that the movie delivered the most faithful adaption of the comic book costume to date.

Product Description
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Amazing Spider-Man is back in an all-new big-screen adventure and he's also back in the hit Marvel Select line! This 7-inch-scale figure depicts Spidey in his brand-new costume and features 16 points of articulation. Comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging with spine reference artwork. Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant!
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Today's review is of Marvel Select: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 action figure by Diamond Select Toys. This figure is available in comic book and specialty stores for a suggested retail price of $24.99USD.

Package:  This figure comes in the same type of packaging that Marvel Select has been using since the line's begin.  I can't really think of any other line that has maintained that same style package for so long.  I'm sure for those that keep the figures mint on card and like consistency, this is a great thing.

The box is very big, and it does a good job of displaying what you're getting. There is a nice image of movie Spider-Man on the side that looks good when the box is displayed spine out on a shelf like a book. The back of the box has another shot of Spidey, this time full body and there is also a description of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie and of this figure:

For Peter Parker, life is busy - between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the girl he loves, Gwen Stacy, high school graduation can't come quickly enough. Peter hasn't forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen's father to protect her by staying away - but that's a promise he just can't keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain named Electro emerges, his ld friend Harry Osborn returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past. This 7-inch-scale action figure of Spider-Man is based on his appearance in the film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, features 16 points of articulation and is compatible with other Marvel Select action figures. Collect them all!

As I said, the box is big so if you do take the figure out of the package, you end up with a lot of waste. At least twice the amount of packaging that the average figure this size comes with and there is no real hope of saving and reusing the package to reseal the figure. So the package is neither environmentally nor collector friendly.

Verdict: 5/10

Sculpt:  I really like the sculpt on this Spider-Man quite a bit. The raised webbing and spiders along with the textures throughout the blue areas of the costume are really well done. The proportions throughout are almost perfect. I say almost, because I find the neck to be a little too short.  At first I thought the head might be too large,  but I think it's only because it sits too low.  Typically I think they make Spider-Man's head too small on action figures, so I think the fact that I'm use to seeing it smaller was also throwing me off.

I think I might like this figure better than the Marvel Legends version of the ASM2 Spidey, only because the sculpt and the articulation are integrated a better. The figure does a really good job of looking like it stepped right out of the movie.

Verdict: 9/10

Scale:  The scale for this figure comes out to be 7"(1:10) scale. The figure is just around 6.75" which means he fits in well with most Marvel Select figures.  He is shorter than some of the other movie characters, but I never considered him to be as tall as Captain America or Thor, so he seems to be just right along side the Avengers. He's also shorter than Wolverine, but movie Wolverine is played by a 6'2" Hugh Jackman and Spider-Man is played by a 5'10" Andrew Garfield so, again, the scale seems to be good.

The scale of this figure is definitely not going to work along side Marvel Legends figures, but fits great with many of the NECA or Mezco 7 inch figures. If you're looking to have Kick-Ass or Hellboy face-off against Spidey, this is the figure to use.

Verdict: 10/10

Paint:  Unfortunately I had a glaring paint issue with this figure that I wish I had noticed before I opened the box. Right on his chest just to the bottom right of his chest spider emblem, there is an area that should be blue, but went unpainted.  The store I bought him from had two of this figure and I past on the other one because there was some black splatter on the white part of one of his eyes.  Right there you have two strikes against the paint work for these figures, which is just too bad, because the rest of the paint is fairly well done.

The black lines on the web aren't perfect, but they are much better than I've seen on just about any other Spider-Man figure.  The black in general is very crisp and so is the white of the eyes.  The blue on the suit has a light paint wash that may have been unnecessary, but it doesn't look bad.

Verdict: 7/10

Articulation:  While not quite as articulated as the Marvel Legends Spider-Man, this figure has a wonderful amount of useful joints. As I said before, the articulation in incorporated in a way that maintains the realistic look of the sculpt, yet still allows you to get some really dynamic poses. I do however wish the head had a little more range of movement.  I think if the neck had been made a little longer, it may have alleviated that issue.

The follow are the points of articulation this figure has:
  • Ball-jointed neck
  • Hinge and swivel shoulders
  • Hinge and swivel elbows
  • Hinge and swivel wrists
  • Ball-jointed torso
  • Double swivel and hinge hips
  • Double hinged knees
  • Hinge and swivel ankles
Verdict: 9/10

Accessories:  There is no shortage of accessories that come with this figure. It is really a pleasure to get a figure like this that has so many options for display.  Here's what you get:
  • a set set of hands with fingers out wide
  • a set of griping hands
  • a set of hands in fists
  • a set of hands in fists with thumbs out
  • a set of hands shooting webs
  • 2 webs
  • a fire hose nozzle
  • a firefight helmet/hat

It's nice to not be stuck with yet another Spider-Man that has one hand in a fist and the other in a web-shooting position. You can still have that set-up if you want, but there are also so many other combinations.  The only set of hands I question are the ones that are in a fist with the thumbs out but not up.  I guess it's for holding the brim the the hat. Speaking of which, the firefighter items are unnecessary but very cool scene-specific props to have.  It's a shame the hose nozzle doesn't come with  a little bit of hose or at least have a coupling so you can add your own.

This toy should easily have a 10 out of 10 for this category if it wasn't for that fact that this is the "regular" version. It turns out there are three versions of this toy, this one, a Disney Store exclusive that comes with a Peter Parker head, and another version that will also include a display base.  Because I got the version that comes with the least amount of accessories, I had to at least take off half a point. I could have easily gotten the Disney Store version, the store near me always has tons of the exclusives, but I wasn't too keen on the head sculpt from the photos I saw.  The version with the base didn't interest me because display bases tend to end up in a box unless they are really interesting.  For those reasons, plus the fact that my local comic store was having a 25% off sale, I was fine with the version that I got.

Verdict: 9.5/10

Quality Control:  Other than the paint issue, I didn't have any problems with this figure what so ever.
Verdict: 8/10

Overall:  At this scale, this is by far may favorite Spider-Man toy.  I love that he works as both a movie and comic book accurate figure.  The paint issue annoys me, and I wish that specialty toy lines like Marvel Select and DC Collectibles didn't have so many paint problems lately, but it doesn't take away too much form my enjoyment of this figure.  I definitely recommend checking this figure out.  If you find one with better paint, it's easily a 9.  If not...

Verdict: 8.5/10
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