Marvel Legends Venom review

Venom is the best DC villain in the Marvel Universe. While numerous DC heroes regularly battle evil mirror images of themselves, Spider-Man’s sinister reflection is so good Marvel didn’t feel the need to milk the color swapped gimmick with other heroes.

On the lengthy list of Marvel Legends figures that would benefit from a 2015-2016 era Hasbro update, Venom wasn’t in the top percentile thanks to a very strong version that still holds up today from the Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six boxset. While few were clamoring for it, there’s no denying Venom isn’t popular enough to warrant cutting the line. Now let’s see if it’s worth drooling over.

Marvel Legends Venom figure review - bio closeupPackaging: Nothing exciting to see here. As part of the ongoing Spider-Man, the accent color are red. That stands out much sharper than the blue used in the Captain America wave. Everything else from the side portrait to the too minimal to matter bio and tiny Absorbing Man Build-A-Figure parts breakdown are the same.

Hasbro does a great job making all the various accessories and Build-A-Figure parts crucial. As a store in my area is frequented by a parts swapper, it’s nice to see Hasbro giving the customer visible access to the extra selling points.

Likeness: I love the head sculpt. It makes Venom look creepy, dangerous and psychotic all at once. The sculpted eyes further help sell the look and that deranged Joker smile makes Venom look ready to do some horribly terrible things to anyone who crosses him. The gripping hands are perfect for palming Spider-Man’s head.

Marvel Legends Venom figure review - profile picScale: I’m not the best gauge of the various bodies Hasbro uses for the respective figures, but I’m pretty sure Venom uses the same body we’ve previously seen on Grim Reaper and Tiger Shark. This body is more befitting the beefed up Eddie Brock as he was original portrayed in the comics not the hulking mass Venom became later under various artists. That means while Venom still towers over Spider-Man, he won’t be eye to eye with Hulk or The Thing.

Marvel Legends Venom figure review - scale with Spider-Man and CarnagePaint: There’s a slight smudge/scrape along the forehead as if the figure got fiddled with at some part during the construction/paint process. Black and white is always a tricky combination due to the difficulties in applying the white thick enough that the black doesn’t bleed through.

Although it isn’t completely free of the fade-through, I was impressed with how sharp the white applications were on the figure.  Compared to the SS version, Venom’s logo is a stark white as opposed to the white with blue airbrushing.

Articulation: Venom’s body has a good amount of heft to it without ever being restrictive. This is another fluid base body from Hasbro, which specializes in making fun, sensibly articulated figures with this brand.

Marvel Legends Venom figure review - Hasbro Venom and Toy Biz VenomVenom has:

  • neck
  • ball jointed shoulders
  • bicep
  • elbows (hinge and swivel)
  • wrist (hinge and swivel)
  • torso
  • waist
  • thighs
  • hips
  • knees (double-jointed)
  • shin
  • ankle

Marvel Legends Venom figure review - grabbing Spider-ManThe articulation is so smooth with Venom that he quickly became one of those figures I couldn’t stop fiddling with and seeing what poses I couldn’t achieve with him. I couldn’t find a viable Venom pose where the articulation failed so that’s a big win in my book.

Marvel Legends Venom figure review - tongue left sideAccessories: Venom is stocked with a great array of useful accessories. Hasbro is getting a lot better about including alternate heads with the figures. In addition to the McFarlane-esque head sculpt, Venom gets a variant Erik Larsen style head with slimy, extended tongue and a set of fists.

The alternate head definitely didn’t get second tier status as the teeth are sculpted and Venom’s brow is furrowed to really give that trademark intense Venom visual. The paint around the mouth is missing some black, but of all the colors that need a touch up black is the easiest to handle even for non-customizers like myself.

The fists exchange easily enough, which I appreciate as nothing would be more annoying than getting a peg stuck or having it snap off while still attached to the figure. It’s bad enough Venom is popular enough on his own, but he also comes with the two heads for the Absorbing Man. Those are two critical pieces for anyone looking to build Absorbing Man. The problem of course is that Venom is one of the few characters that less dedicated collectors are familiar with and may grab with no intention of getting the entire wave to build Absorbing Man.Marvel Legends Venom figure review - profile pic

Worth it? At $20, Venom is another excellent value. The additional accessories help it feel like you’re getting your money’s worth.Marvel Legends Venom figure review - Maximum Carnage

Rating: 10 out of 10

The minor paint issues were hardly enough to warrant dinging Venom down a few points. This is an exceptionally fun figure. He’s going to be a pain to hunt down, but he’s worth it.

Marvel Legends Venom figure review - striking poseWhere to get it? I’ve seen this wave at both Toys R Us and Wal-Mart. Target has yet to enter the fray, but if you don’t want to wait or chance missing Venom you can order him separately from Amazon.

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  • G.L. Ric Kage

    Excellent review,boss!
    Your blog is most magnificent.
    I enjoy it thoroughly,Capt.
    This is the first time I’ve read one of your toy reviews and its just as good as your film critique.
    The only “LEGENDS” size Venom I own is the Mac Scorpion version from the Spiderman line. I’m good with that one,However being a liberal conservative collector I’m eventually going to add THIS Venom and Creel to my collection(whom I’m really digging as Talbot’s guard in Aos) Orlando has a decent amount of retail locations to hunt in. I’m confident I can eke out a win and score this guy sooner or later.
    Just like I’m confident that I’ll get my hands on a M Select figure of Eddie.

  • Scott S.

    Keep eyeing the Amazon price, waiting for it to slip below thirty.

    I’m putting the Larsen head on and not taking it off!

    Another great review, Jeff.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    Thank you Ric. This one was a lot of fun to shoot. Fun to pose and his numerous accessories really aided in his “expressions.” I still have to review the Mac Scorpion one. Look for that one soon.

  • G.L. Ric Kage

    Your welcome! Indeed!
    Made a run on nearby Wal-Mart after dropping off my mom at the senior center the other morning before work and Captain America LEGENDS were $15.
    The Spider-Man were priced at the standard $19.96(but that’s OK because I snagged a Venom figure(sooner than later,JK) I TOLD you Orlando has excellent hunting!☺

  • G.L. Ric Kage

    Location. Location. Location.
    Dude,where do you live?
    If you’ve got Walgreens, Wal-Marts in your area and patience it’s absolutely worth it to have the skills of a saint or a
    Target charges 20.59 for new Legends and I refuse to pay that much,so $30 at Amazon is definitely a no-no. IMO–to ME. That just my opinion.
    I’m no stranger to Amazon,but after I started having to pay tax due to them opening a warehouse here in Florida, I make them my absolute LAST resort for commercial retail items.

  • Scott S.

    NYC. It’s an absolute nightmare here. Midtown Comics sells out of everything within minutes and pharmacies operate in their own little world. For example the local Walgreens two days ago had Hulkbuster Series Dr. Strange and Hobgoblin Series Spiderwoman. Yesterday, they had Titania and 2 Blizzards and Rhino series Superior Venom.

    Amazon is pretty much the only option for me.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    Thank you Scott!
    I really was surprised by how much I liked the figure. That Larsen head is a really terrific bonus accessory.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    That’s good stuff. Surprised the Cap legends were cheaper. I got them at $20. Ah well. Congrats on getting Venom. I’ve been seeing him a bit more than I expected lately. This comes of course from me already getting him. I’ve seen a couple on the latest stroll through the pegs. I’m glad to see it as everyone who wants him should be able to track him down.

  • Jeffrey Lyles

    I’ve seen Walgreens with the Hulkbuster set too. I don’t remember if I ever saw them at Toys R Us so this might be a good option for folks. I’m still surprised when I see Hobgoblin series figures.

  • G.L. Ric Kage

    Wow. Big city like that you’d think one’s options world be endless.
    No Wal-Mart’s or Kmart stores?
    YES. The pharmacies are in a pocket dimension all their own. LOL! Here and there, everywhere.
    Regardless of position in the Space-time continuum. –And I love it. I need that Superior Venom! I never finished Rhino and Walgreens is where I know I can STILL find it at reasonable prices.
    Titania? Oh. You mean Thundra. Don’t scare me like that. I thought I missed out on something(more than I am usually missing)Nyuknyuk!?
    Matter of fact,I could use some spare Blizzard figures for customs,and I’m still not done with HB–I’m just missing Tony and Rhodey. See?,Wg being different is a blessing in disguise.

  • Scott S.

    Yes, Thundra! Sorry about that one.