For Hasbro, Spider-Verse might have been the best thing to come along since the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That big Spider-Man event has provided a ton of new characters to provide different Spider-Man variants than Scuba Spidey. It helps that the designs are so cool and really pop on the shelves. Spider-Man UK is another Spider-Verse characters Hasbro fast-tracked to get to collectors. And as usual for this latest string of Spider-Man figures, this is another I wasn’t clamoring for, but glad to have on my display.
Packaging: Really nothing new here. The typical Spider-Man red accent and the wide open window to search for any part thievery or figure swapping. This is a shared package with Spider-Man 2099 so there’s no dedicated information here. On the plus side, we get a portrait on one side.
Likeness: Another reason Hasbro got Spider-Man UK out so quickly is the lack of dedicated parts. This is a plain figure with only the head featuring sculpted parts. It’s a safe bet that head could get re-used on future Spider-Man figures. That’s not entirely guaranteed since this head has more of a broader, Superman-like jawline and thickness. It actually conveys brawler Spider-Man pretty well.
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Scale: Spider-Man UK uses a new buck. This is a slightly brawnier build than the Grim Reaper buck with some nice differences from the Captain America mold. Look close and you’ll see the costume folds along the torso and legs. I’m looking forward to seeing all the various uses of this buck.
Paint: The Spider-Man Union Jack costume scheme is inspired. It’s simple, but it really looks snazzy. The degree of difficulty gets upped thanks to the addition of the white along with the standard webbing.
As expected, there’s some shakiness with the web lines and the white lining along the back. I doubt you’d find a perfectly painted Spider-Man UK, but in the various ones I’ve seen on pegs, none were too terrible.
Articulation: The Marvel Legends are so much fun to play and pose. The new buck really has a nice powerhouse flow with the movement. There’s great distribution of weight so Spider-Man UK can strike really nice, strong poses even on one foot.
Spider-Man UK has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: This is where he takes a tumble. Typically with a Spider-Man figure we can at least expect so web shooter or wall crawling hands. Hasbro included neither here, making this all about the Build A Figure piece with the Sandman arm. While that’s a terrific piece for those building Sandman, if you’re not interested that makes for a tougher sell.
Worth it? I was able to snag Spider-Man UK during a Target sale for $13. Considering the lack of accessories and potential endless buck reuse possibilities, that’s a fair price. You could hold out and wait for lower clearance prices if you’re not interested in building Sandman.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Spider-Man UK is a fun variant Spider-Man figure to add to the shelf. The lack of accessories hurt and would have otherwise offset the inconsistent painting.