It’s another Marvel Monday, and I am continuing to work my way through the What If? inspired Watcher Wave! And just in case I don’t manage to squeeze in all three reviews this week, I’m doubling up today with a look at both figures from the Marvel Zombies episode. I decided to actually try to watch these again before reviewing the rest of the figures, and while I thought this episode had a strong opening, I still wound up wandering away from the TV to do dishes, scoop cat litter, or otherwise keep me occupied. For a 30 minute show, that’s not a great endorsement, but I don’t think it was all bad.
Hasbro gave us two figures in the wave based off of this episode, and I can’t help but think they should have just made this episode the entire wave. Or at the very least, I think Zombie Wanda should have been included over Zombie Hunter Spidey. At the very least we could have got an Ant-Man head in a jar with Cap, since he doesn’t come with a BAF part, but I’m guessing Hasbro predicted he would sell just as well without one.
And it was a pretty good call, because this is a fantastic figure! All the zombies in the episode looked really cool, and Hasbro really nailed it when bringing this creepy Cap to action figure form. Despite the animated style, there’s plenty of great detail here, both in the costume, and in his damaged zombie bits. There’s a ton of new sculpting here to depict Cap’s traditional MCU-style outfit tattered and shredded. He’s got one boot on, and the other ashen foot bare with the scraggly bits of the pants leg hanging down. Likewise, his left sleeve is torn off at the shoulder. All the distress to the uniform looks great!
But what really looks exceptional are the gaping holes in his legs, where you can see clear through between the tattered uniform and his exposed bone. That is so cool!!! There’s some blood and meat hanging around these wounds, and you also get a bit of exposed ribcage peeking out of the hole under his left armpit. There’s some blood spray around the wound and some more spray on his bicep and shoulder. I also dig the yellowed tint of the usually white area around his abs. Beyond that I dig the sculpting on his belt and shoulder harness, and the gold paint on his chest star and the rest of the fixtures. This is just an amazing sculpt, with some damn nice paint to back it up.
And the head sculpt is no slouch either! You can see through torn sinews in his jaw, which is a very nice touch. His mouth looks to be sculpted from a separate piece and stuck into his undead maw. The helmet also looks like it’s sculpted separately from the rest of the head, giving it some nice definition, and I love his broken chin strap just hanging down in the breeze. His pupiless eyeballs look appropriately spooky and there’s blood splatter on his chin and neck. Simply fantastic!
And since even undead super soldiers need their trusty shield, Cap comes with his. It’s red, silver, and blue colors still shine, but like its bearer, it’s been splattered with blood for a nice effect. The interior has the usual double strap to slip his rotting arm through. This is an absolutely fantastic figure, and my only minor gripe is that they didn’t make it so you could pull him apart at the waist. Probably asking a bit too much, but it would have been cool nonetheless. Let’s move on to Spidey…
Zombie Cap is a tough act to follow, and while this version of Spider-Man isn’t as impressive, it’s still a surprisingly nice figure. We get what is essentially an animated-style version of the MCU Spidey Suit, and it looks really nice! I want to say this is most like the suit from Homecoming, but to be honest, he’s had so many in just three films, that it’s hard for me to keep track. Either way, I love the coloring here, with the bright red and pale blue, interspersed with some heavy black borders. The sculpted web design doesn’t have a wash to bring it out, but that might have been to give it more of an animated look. He does have some weathering to the suit, I guess to signify his tribulations through the zombie apocalypse. These don’t look bad, but I could have easily done without them entirely.
You get both a masked and unmasked head included. The unmasked portrait is a decent animated approximation of Tom Holland. It’s not bad, it’s not exceptional. Maybe I’m spoiled after the Peggy Carter portrait.
The masked head is also somewhat unremarkable, but certainly not bad. I dig the extra big eyes, but the lack of wash in the webbing sticks out here. This head on my figure was also a really tight fit on the ball joint.
The lack of the extra crunches in the shoulders here is unfortunate, as I’ve come to expect those with my Legends Webheads, but that’s not to say that otherwise the articulation is anything but exceptional here. You do get two sets of hands: One pair of fists and one pair of thwippy hands. I really dig the pronounced webshooter bracelets on this figure, even though it’s hard to line them up with the thwippy hands all the time.
And Zombie Hunter Spidey does indeed come with Doctor Strange’s Cloak of Levitation. It looks like an entirely new sculpt, as it fits the figure very well, despite not actually pegging in anywhere. This was kind of a blink and you miss it moment in the episode where the Cloak landed on Spidey’s shoulders, which makes for an odd reason to make the figure. Then again, I was doing other things while watching, so maybe I missed something.
For a wave based on a show that I really don’t care much about, I confess that these figures have been really good. Zombie Cap features some fantastic sculpting and paintwork, and definitely has me craving some more Marvel Zombies from the episode. As for Spidey, I wasn’t convinced that putting him in Strange’s cloak would make me want this figure, but to be fair, it’s a very nice effort even without the Cloak, and I’m glad to have him!