I’m criminally behind in my Spider-Man reading. Dan Slott’s run has been hailed as one of the best things going in Marvel for the last few years. That said, I had little clue about Superior Venom, but he had an intriguing design. And he looked interesting enough that I wanted him beyond just the Build-A-Figure piece. And I don’t regret the purchase at all.
Packaging: Superior Venom arrived just when Hasbro was starting to include the side portraits of the characters on the packaging. He misses out though and just has a generic Spider-Man drawing on the side.
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Likeness: From the various panels I’ve seen Humberto Ramos was handling the art for Superior Venom. His style doesn’t always translate perfectly to figure form.
While Superior Venom appears bigger in the comics, Hasbro went with the Superior Spider-Man body for consistency. That’s the smart play anyway since I’d rather Venom be my Spider-Man display’s biggest symbiote carrier.
It’s the look that sold me on grabbing the figure. While most of this comes from the paint job, the head sculpt and tendrils really make him look dynamic. The head has great detailing with the eye portion and teeth sculpted on. The tendrils have a nice oozing, flowing look to them. The clawed hands and feet also add to that monstrous appearance.
Scale: Superior Venom is slighter and shorter than the standard Marvel Legends figure. I like having some size differences and the smaller stature actually makes him look creepier. A hulking Superior Venom would just be a Thor or Hulk punching bag.
Paint: Given the usual nightmare that is white and black paintwork I didn’t have high hopes. But even with a more complex paint scheme with the misaligned web lines and massive symbiote symbol, the paint work is better than normal. Naturally, there’s some coverage issues, but they’re minor.
Articulation: Just like the Superior Spider-Man body, this allows for some great posing. The tendrils don’t hinder the articulation and are easily ‘worked around’ to achieve whatever Superior Venom pose you can conceive.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Superior Venom just comes with the four tendrils. While they’re great for his appearance, they’re not as functional as I’d like. It would have been great if Hasbro could have added a bit more length so he could ensnare opponents without them having to be right up on him. Some tendril articulation would have also been welcome to be able to incorporate them more into the action.
They slightly twist in the sockets, but not to the degree that it’s especially helpful. And at least two tendrils never wanted to stay in the socket when I moved the figure.
Additionally, he comes with the right arm for the Build-A-Figure Rhino.
Worth it? It’s been a while since I got him, but I’m thinking I did not pay full price. Twenty dollars for him is a fair price considering the articulation, sculpt and accessories.
Rating: 8 out of 10
The restricted tendril use diminishes what could have made for some dynamic action poses, but otherwise this is a really unique Spider-Man variant.
Where to get it? He’s a bit more expensive than when the line was commonly in stores. You can still find Misty Knights all over. The best bet now is Amazon.com or buying the full case from online retailers.