“Getting tattoos of Norman Osborne doesn’t make you tough, just stupid!”
~ Phil Urich, aka. Hobgoblin
Wow, I started looking at this Wave way back in August and thanks to some detours, I’m only now wrapping it up with a look at the Build-A-Figure. Obviously, there’s no packaging to show you, as this guy is pieced together from parts collected through this wave of figures, so let me take a moment to say that I was really excited that we were getting this guy. I don’t tend to mingle in a lot of comic-book reading circles, so I was rather surprised to find that the Phil Urich version of Hobgoblin is so polarizing, because I enjoyed him and the associated run of Spider-Man. Some may accuse me of believing that Dan Slott can do no wrong at the Amazing Spider-Man helm, and I’ll concede that there might just be something of truth in that. Either way, Slott’s run got me reading Spider-Man again on a regular basis so it’s obvious where my feelings lie.
And there he is in all his glory. I seriously love this design as I get a strong Renaissance vibe off of it, between the period style of the outfit and the fact that the wings look like something cobbled together by Da vinci. As far as BAFs go, he’s not exactly a big character, but with those big wings, it’s easy to see where all the extra plastic went. I’ll toss this out there to anyone building him. I put the arms on before the backpack and realized my mistake too late. I was still able to get the wings on, but it would have been a lot easier if I had placed the backpack first before pegging in those arms.
The coloring is pretty accurate to the character art and the mix of orange and blue with a little silver thrown in makes for a pretty attractive figure and one that certainly feels suitable for the Fall months we’re in. If I hadn’t had NECA’s Leatherface to look at, I probably would have used this guy as a Halloween Feature. I also really dig the way you get an extra sword hilt that plugs into the top of his wing assembly. That’s a really cool touch that you don’t often see in the Legends line.
The headsculpt is quite good and I like that it’s independent of the hood as it adds a lot of depth and credibility to the sculpt. The paint on the teeth, on the other hand, is a little rough. I’m not entirely sure that it isn’t on purpose though as Hobgoblin looks pretty haphazard and manic in the art and the paint kind of reflects that. Of course, I may be giving Hasbro a little too much credit on that one.
The articulation here is great. 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 and his skirt is split in two places front and back so as to not inhibit the range of movement there. The legs are double hinged in the knees, with swivels in the thighs. The ankles are hinged and have generous lateral rockers. He can swivel at the waist and the torso has an ab crunch hinge. The neck is both ball jointed and hinged, but because of the hood, there’s some restriction there. The only downside? The wings aren’t articulated, but that’s understandable to me.
In addition to the sword hilt, Hobgoblin comes with an ignited sword and a flaming bomb. The flame sword is quite a work of art and is cast in a beautiful blend of translucent red and orange plastic. I can’t say as I’ve seen anything like it since Mattel’s Draego-Man from the Masters Classics line. He can hold it comfortably in his left hand and he looks great wielding it. Alas, I can’t show you the flaming bomb, because it fell on the floor and the cat dragged it under the sofa into his Lair with all his other plastic pretties.
Hobgoblin is a fantastic BAF and a great way to cap off what was a very solid wave of Legends figures. I can’t say as there was a bad figure in the bunch, My only real gripe at all was my Spider-Woman losing her arm and to be honest, I’ve since decided to go ahead and replace her. I’ve also decided that I really need to go back and finish off that last wave of Spider-Man Legends. The Ultimate Green Goblin isn’t really a “must have” BAF for me to complete, but at the same time I can’t stand seeing him lying in the corner missing some limbs.