Each week we take a close look at a comic book collectible. That means taking it out of the package. This week we're talking a look at a Spider-Man figure. But it's not just any Spider-Man figure, it's the SUPERIOR Spider-Man.
This is a Disney Store exclusive. Who would've thought we'd ever get a figure of Doc Ock in Spider-Man's body. In fact, there's actually two. A Marvel Legends version has just gone on sale. (I haven't looked closely at it and it just seems okay compared to this one). It's cool that the back of the box gives a brief explanation over this whole thing.
The Marvel Select figures have big packaging. That's because they come with a base for the figure. Check out the cool art on the side.
One of the reasons I like the Marvel Select figures is because of the base they come with. Sometimes they're just okay but this one is pretty cool. It allows you to set up your figures and they almost look like a statue for a fraction of the cost. And if you prefer, you can take it and play with it or whatever you're supposed to do with action figures.
This version of Spider-Man is supposed to be a "superior" one. He's shown that he doesn't exactly show mercy on his enemies. They lay, defeated, at his feet.
The clear sign that this isn't a regular Spider-Man figure is the eyes and the black instead of blue.
The eyes might look a little weird but that's because Doc Ock improved the lenses. And it is part of what makes this version different and cool looking.
The spider emblem on his back always looked a little different to me as well. His mask/head also looks a little different.
Another thing that was different about SUPERIOR Spider-Man was his claws. They did serve a purpose in the comics and you can see his figures are slightly more pointy that usual. You can also see a slight different in his toes.
Then there's the base. As mentioned, SUPERIOR Spider-Man took no prisoners. Well...actually he did. He took the Sinister Six into custody so he could control them out in battle. Read Chris Yost's SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP issues with "The Superior Six."
Sam Greenwell did the sculpt for the figure and it's really nice. Again, with the Marvel Select figures, they just look really good on display.
The only downside of the figure is you can't really put him in crazy Spider-Man poses. As Daniel Falconer pointed out on Twitter, the Marvel Legends version has different ankle joints that accommodates his stances a little better. (Check HERE for an image).
It's a good looking figure. It has a cool base. It doesn't have hideously visible joints. I'm definitely putting this out on my desk at work.
That's it for this week. You can still get this figure at a Disney Store or directly from them online (click HERE). The figure costs $24.95 and is definitely worth it.
Let us know what you think of this figure.