It’s another lovely Marvel Monday and I’m continuing my push through the Hobgoblin Wave. Today I’m digging into the dwindling stack of figures with a look at Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099. I took a good part of the 90’s away from comic book reading and worrying about real life. When I came back to get caught up, I was at first intrigued by the different 2099 series, but in the end I never became a huge fan. With that having been said, it’s safe to say that Spider-Man 2099 and Doom 2099 were my favorites.
The packaging is the same as we’ve been seeing in this wave. You get the Spider-Man logo at the top and the figure’s name at the bottom. The window shows off the figure nicely along with the two BAF parts he comes with, Hobgoblin’s leg and sword. Given 2099 Spidey’s appearance in the Superior Spider-Man comic, I was a little disappointed we didn’t get him in the last Spider-Man wave, but now all that’s forgiven.
And speaking of Superior Spider-Man, this guy is built on the same buck as that figure with new hands and head and some added barbs to his forearms. There’s also a peg hole added to the back for his cape. Of all the things to come out of the 2099 books, I gotta say this costume is probably my favorite. It’s dark and a little sinister and it reflects the shitty world that O’Hara comes from quite nicely. And boy did Hasbro do a fine job recreating it here for the figure. The dark blue metallic paint is gorgeous and it pairs beautifully with the crimson. The paint on this figure is pretty clean too.
The web cape pegs right into his back and is appropriately cast in a milky, semi-clear plastic. It looks like it’s molded to be blowing off to the side, which is alright, but I think I would have preferred a more symmetrical look to it. Angled to the side a bit it looks fine, but straight up and down it looks a little weird. I’m nitpicking, I know.
I was both surprised and pleased to see that the patterns on Spidey’s mask are actually part of the sculpt. It would have been really easy to just paint a blank head and I’m glad that Hasbro decided to go the extra mile.
Because Spidey is built on the Superior Spider-Man body, he sports some exceptionally good articulation, and let’s face it, that’s something any Spider-Man figure should boast. The arms feature that extra lateral hinge in the shoulders that I love so much, along with rotating hinges. The elbows are double jointed, there are swivels in the biceps, and the wrists have rotating hinges. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double jointed at the knees, and ahve swivels in the thighs. The ankles are hinged and have lateral rockers. The torso can swivel at the waist, has an ab-crunch hinge, and the neck is both hinged and ball jointed. The double hinges are a tad gummy, more so than on my Superior Spider-Man, but they’re not too bad.
Having O’Hara make an appearance in Superior Spider-Man was a treat in itself, but doubly so when I consider that there’s a good possibility that we owe this figure to that appearance. Either way, I was thrilled to see this figure make it into this second Spider-Man assortment. This costume has been a favorite of mine for a while and it feels great to have it represented on my Legends shelf, especially since I was never able to find the Marvel Universe 3 3/4″ version at a price I was willing to pay. If it had to be one or the other, this is the scale I’d prefer to have him in.