I’m more than a little behind on my Spider-Man reading so I don’t quite know Spider-Gwen’s origin. I know the important details — she’s a Gwen Stacy from another reality and she’s got a great costume.
Hasbro has done a great job balancing modern with classic characters in its various Marvel Legends line and Spider-Gwen is one of those characters who immediately had a strong following. While some new characters are flash in the pan with rapid costume changes, I’m confident Spider-Gwen will be an enduring character for many years to come. Let’s see her figure turned out.
Packaging: It’s amazing how much more dynamic the Spider-Man line is compared to the Captain America set. It’s all thanks to the eye-catching red accents that help make the package stand out. As swappers continue to be a problem with the BAF lines, Hasbro provides a big showcase window.
Spider-Gwen has to share packaging with Ben Reilly and doesn’t get a great explanation of her character, which was needed for anyone save devoted comic book fans.
Likeness: Spider-Gwen has a terrific visual with the hood, inner web lining and the black and white color scheme. It might be my favorite new character costume and certainly one of the most eye catching. It captures all the flair of the traditional Spider-Man trademarks while making it distinct enough to stand out on its own.
Although she doesn’t have alternate hands, Hasbro went the smart route and gave her a web-shooting hand and a fist.
Scale: Gwen is 19 years old and although her buck seems a bit more like a young teen girl, she looks appropriately shorter compared to Spider-Man. I appreciate a little scale diversity in my collection.
Paint: Of all the categories this was most important for Spider-Gwen. Botching the intricate costume details could ruin a figure so reliant on a strong paint job. For the most part, my Spider-Gwen is clean except for some grey overlap that smeared into the white chest section and some line work issues along the soles.
Throughout the figure the white is nice and clean, something that has been inconsistent with Hasbro figures. The paint work was really well done for the hazy red out portion, which looks straight from the comic book.
Articulation: It’s hard to find better mass market figures than Marvel Legends. That said, for the web-slingers, I could always use a little more. Spider-Gwen would benefit from the standard male torso articulation to allow for deeper chest movement.
The hips are also a tad restrictive so I couldn’t get the best split either. And while I’m at it, I’d still prefer more females to have the bicep articulation joint like Spider-Woman. Those complaints aside, Gwen is a very fun figure to fiddle with and pose.
- ball jointed shoulders
- elbows (hinge and swivel)
- wrist (hinge and swivel)
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Gwen doesn’t come loaded with accessories like some other figures, but she does come with the useful unmasked head and a hood to allow for some different display options. The raised hood pops off easily enough and the flat hood is a very cool accessory.
The alternate head offers an unmasked Gwen Stacy head. Although it’s not the classic old school Gwen style, this would work well for anyone looking to make a younger Spider-Man Universe Gwen custom.
Additionally, she comes with the ball and chain for the BAF Absorbing Man.
Worth it? For the going 6″ rate of $20, Spider-Gwen feels like a very strong value. I consider the BAF pieces about $6 to $7 of the cost and Gwen is an excellent $14 figure.
Rating: 9 out of 10
This was a fun figure. I really dug Hasbro’s execution here and dig having her to add some much needed flair to the Spider-Man display.
Where to get it? Spider-Gwen is probably going to be easier to track down online at this point. Start with Amazon.com.