I'm fond of the phrase "just different enough to make you mad," but the Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man has new heads for the repeats plus a third new figure. This is "good enough for me" territory, especially since all three are new to me. For the trivia-minded, this set got an exclusive window and first delivery at online toy seller (and place I work) Entertainment Earth.
The set brings you an all-new Spider-Man based on the new movie look, Captain America with battle-damage and an alternate unmasked head, plus also Iron Man with an unmasked alternate head. If you're burned out on these three characters (and really, by now you probably are) you're already not reading this article. But if you're curious, read on. For part-time Marvel fans like me, this kind of set is perfect.
Since I've been buying Spider-Man figures for a long time and typically buy one with each new movie (even if I don't see the movie), this one is kind of exciting in that it represent a supposedly new era of webslinger movies. The figure is shorter and skinnier than the other figures in this set. He's just a hair shorter than the Amazing Spider-Man 2 version, and he's also significantly cleaner. There's a lot less in the way of sculpted texture here, and the figure is overall darker.
Articulation is good, but different. Joints are more nicely concealed in the new outfit, but Hasbro also removed the boot cut joints. There are still a generous helping of 32 points of articulation, putting this up there as a good figure. It doesn't have jointed fingers or toes like some older Toy Biz figures, and it's also worth noting the hip joints integrate better with the figure. He doesn't look like he's injured or something is dislocated. The figure has no accessories, and the one thing I'd say it really would benefit from would be the reintroduction of magnets in the hands or feet. Extras like swappable hands might be nice, but you've got one hand in the web-slinging pose complete with a visible web shooter, while the other is balled up in a fist. He's got a good amount of personality for what may be one of several hundred Spider-Man toys over the last couple of decades.
Spider-Man comes packaged with the heavily beat-up shield of Captain America. It's not only dirty, but scraped up - so you can see what would be fake exposed metal on there. The roughed-up dirt is also on Cap's head and body, which is what sets it apart from the Civil War figure that's sold separately. His other cool accessory is a Chris Evans head without the mask, which looks like him at certain angles and at others... less so. The hair color is tough to replicate, just like many other blonde-ish movie heroes. (Luke Skywalker.) The new sculpt has a steely expression, clear eyes, good eyebrows, and a hairline that could use a little work. Overall, it's nifty - I really like this head and will probably use it on my displays.
His helmet has a scuffed A and lots of blacked-over parts on his head, chest, and shoulder. It looks a good amount like him, and the shoulders have Avengers "A" symbols on them. His fists bend-and-swivel, looking great for fight poses. Seriously, this is a figure made for punching. His costume looks just like the movies, or at least, it's close enough to me that I say "hey, neat." 29 points of articulation really make him sing, especially since his costume design does a good job of helping Hasbro hide all of the joints. As 6-inch figures from Hasbro go, this is one of the more fun ones I've popped open lately.
Probably one of the more overdone Marvel Legends dudes, Iron Man returns here with the basic Civil War figure with some deco changes and accessory switcheroos. He only has one set of hands this time - the ones that can shoot out beams, or deflect them, or however you want to see it. A hole in each palm lets you mount a clear-to-blue blast or a yellow-to-red blast. It's very nice - the hands make me wish the figure had some sort of "hover stand" so he could look like he's floating. But he's got a Tony Stark head instead - it looks a lot like Robert Downey Jr., and it's pretty flattering. While the head does look smaller in the context of his bulked-up armor, the all-black hair and smooth, clear skin seem like they shaved off a sold 15-20 years. The facial hair and nose do a lot of the heavy lifting, but there's no mistaking this head sculpt for anybody else. It's pretty great.
The figure itself feels like a lot of the Iron Men I've bought previously, only more so. The big differences between this Iron Man and his single-pack release from this movie would be a battle-damaged helmet with matching thigh and shoulder damage, although it's a perfectly nice figure otherwise. 29 points of articulation bring him to life, but the armor is sculpted in such a way where mobility isn't exactly his strong suit. You can have him flash his palms at you easily, plus the hips aren't exactly swimming with movement. But... the head. The paint job. I'm a sucker, I like this one - but I could see skipping it if you had the single-boxed version. Maybe. I'd probably say get it just because of the cool unhelmeted RDJ noggin.
It's tough to bring something new to these three heroes after they've appeared in at least five movies a piece, but there's always something - a redesigned reactor, new eyes, alternate heads, unique damage, distinctive belts, Hasbro finds a reason to try something new each time around. For Hasbro figures, these are pretty nice - given the unique Tom Holland Spider-Man, I assume this set is going to be a popular one for many fans, but I also have to wonder what a complete collection of Iron Man figures looks like now. As a gift set, this is slick. As something for someone like me who isn't all-in on Marvel Legends, it's perfect - I got three good figures and I don't have to worry about what to do with comic guys I don't recognize or spare build-a-figure parts, or the like.
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