Marvel Legends (Hobgoblin Wave): Anti-Venom by Hasbro

Well, it took me a couple of weeks of diversions, but I’m finally back to looking at the Hobgoblin Wave of Marvel Legends. I’m just now approaching the halfway mark and as I reach over and pull one off the stack, it just so happens to be Anti-Venom! Ah, but if you read the title, you already knew that…

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Not a lot new to say about the packaging, other than it has Spider-Man at the top, signifying the theme of this wave and the character’s name at the bottom. Anti-Venom is a big boy, so he fills out the bubble quite well and there’s just barely enough room to squeeze in that puny little Hobgoblin BAF part off to the side. I’ll admit, since I still haven’t found Toxin or Carnage from the last Spider-Man wave, Anti-Venom feels a bit like a consolation prize. But, hey, a prize is still a prize.

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is a reuse of the Toxin body, which is certainly appropriate. Anti-Venom consists of a simple white buck with the black spider emblem painted on. The body has a bit of a chalky look in some areas, but overall it’s solid and the paint is sharp and clean with just one chip on the stripe running down the right side of his abs. Some might consider the deco bland, but I have a thing for monochromatic figures and Legends has brought us more than a couple.

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There’s a hunk of symbiot thorns coming out of his back, which pegs into the hole there. It’s a tad loose, and I may just go ahead and glue it into place.

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The head sculpt is also a solid effort with a high gloss black paint used for the face and yellow for the eyes and inside the mouth. The seams on the jawline had me hoping for an articulated jaw, but no such luck. Yeah, I know, I was reaching.

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The articulation here is everything I could ask for from a modern Legends. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, double hinges in the elbows, and swivels in the biceps. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double hinged at the knees, and have swivels at both the thighs and lower legs. The ankles are hinged and have some satisfyingly deep lateral rockers.

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Anti-Venom was no doubt an easy release for Hasbro, consisting of just a new paint job and a tweaked head. There are no surprises to be had here. That doesn’t make him any less welcome, though. He’s a great looking figure and another significant name to cross off my Legends list. He also seems to be the dud of this wave as he’s readily available at deep discounts from various online retailers. Ah, but if this figure is considered a dud, Legends is doing all right by me!

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