Each week we take a close look at a comic book collectible. That means taking it out of the package. There's been a lot of talk about the original Spider-Woman this past week but we're going to look at the most recent Spider-Girl action figure.
When you think Spider-Girl, this might not be the first that you'd think about. Despite the fact that no where on the package does it tell you her name, this is the current Spider-Girl, Anya Sofía Corazón.
Anya actually started out as Araña. When she stumbled upon a fight between members of the Spider Society and the Sisterhood of the Wasps, Anya was gravely injured. Her life was saved, and enhanced, when a Spider Society member, Miguel, gave some of his power to Anya. She later takes on the name Spider-Girl and has spent time with the Avengers on a recent mission. You can read more about her on her wiki page.
This figure is a small subset of the Spider-Man Legends Infinite series--Skyline Sirens. It includes Spider-Girl and Black Cat. Again, you can see there is no mention of her name (or Black Cat's).
The figures in this set have a build-a-figure piece. You can make a big Green Goblin figure. This is more like the Ultimate version. Spider-Girl and Black Cat each come with the torso. This is in case you don't want both of the figures or can't find both of the figures. As with most female figures, you usually don't see them in the stores as collectors tend to snatch them up.
The figures in this line have a good amount of detail and articulation. Some argue this is what makes them stand out from the Marvel Select figures.
Shall we immediately address the elephant in the room?
Anya is supposed to be a sixteen-year-old. Her proportions, specifically her upper body area, do not match how she looks in the comics.
I'm not sure what the reason for these proportions are. Maybe it would require creating a whole new mold for a "young girl" figure. She almost looks as endowed as Black Cat.
What makes her cool is her look and costume. In the comics, after The Grim Hunt, Julia Carpenter passed on her costume to Anya and she then became Spider-Girl.
The pony tail look makes her stand out from other figures also. You don't often see pony tails on figures. Hair on action figures can sometimes be tricky. The hair color also stands out compared to the all-black and white costume.
I mentioned the articulation. You can put the legs in different positions. If you like putting them on display, this is a good thing.
It's always annoying when you have an action figure that can't stand on its own. There's no problem with this figure. It's especially impressive considering she has the pony tail to make her a little top heavy.
I've always liked the Anya character. I'd like to see more done with her. I suggest checking out her early Araña series, if you can find them. I'd love for there to be a figure based on her original look. But this one is pretty cool as well.
I was surprised when I found this figure at the store. I already have a couple different Black Cat figures from way back. Now I have another female figure I can pass along to my daughter.
What do you think of this figure? Do you have this figure or others in this line? We'll have another item in the spotlight next time.