Marvel Legends: Scarlet Spider by Hasbro

Last time I had to deal with Scarlet Spider, it was his Marvel Universe release. I seem to recall describing the Clone Saga as being akin to having a dead rat in the middle of the living room… love it, hate it… you just can’t ignore it. Far be it from me to argue with myself, but I’ve managed to bury it away most of the time quite nicely until something like this comes up. This was not a figure I wanted in my collection, but I picked up a complete set of this wave online to build Rocket Raccoon. Little did I know at the time that he doesn’t even contain a BAF part. D’oh!!!

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There’s the Marvel Legends packaging and I’m still loving it. Best of all, if you’re buying these in a store you can clearly see the lack of raccoon parts and decide for yourself whether you need this guy in your collection. I’ll give kudos to Hasbro, this is the one figure in the wave that I thought for sure would have a BAF part in order to force people to buy him. Nice to know they didn’t go that route. Too bad I didn’t research it before ordering.

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Ok, so it should be obvious that this is a straight repaint of the Big Time Spider-Man and Future Foundation Spider-Man figures. Hasbro is determined to get their money’s worth out of this mold! And therein lies my issue with this figure. It’s too big. Take the figure on its own and it looks great. It’s got great articulation, it’s a good sculpt, the deco is fine, but as soon as I put it on my Legends shelf, he seems ridiculously out of scale with everyone else.

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The deco is even simpler than the one used for FF Spidey. The figure is cast in red plastic, there’s a black spider emblem on the chest and there’s black on the shoulders and head. The eyes are painted red. I’m not a fan of this costume at all. At least the hoodie and ankle-pouch wearing outfit was made interesting by its very outlandishness. This one just looks blah! I guess Hasbro did an OK job with what they had to work with.

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On the upswing, the articulation on this figure is excellent. The arms feature ball joints in the shoulders, double hinges in the elbows, swivels in the biceps and ball jointed wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have swivels in the thighs, double hinged at the knees and hinged at the ankles. The torso features a swivel at the waist, an ab-crunch hinge and those awesome shoulder crunches. The neck is hinged and ball jointed. This is the kind of articulation that a good Spidey figure needs, if only the buck weren’t so big!

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And that’s all I’ve got to say about this guy. I can’t deny that he’s a lot of fun to play with and pose. But, even if I were a huge fan of Scarlet Spider, this figure wouldn’t have worked for me, at least not as part of a cohesive series of figures like Marvel Legends. At this point, I should probably just pick up Big Time Spidey and move the whole trio to their own little display nook. They really aren’t bad figures on their own, but they look awkwardly large on my display shelf amongst their peers.

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