By the time I’d been put hip that the Pizza Spider-Man was the definitive Marvel Legends figure (for now), he was already reaching insane prices on the secondary market. I liked the version that came in the Raft set despite the darker colors. The Spider-Man and Mary Jane set made me really regret missing out on the classic color scheme. Fortunately, Hasbro found a clever way to re-release this figure with its Retro Marvel Legends line. Of all the characters in this first wave, Retro Spider-Man has the fewest changes, but that was a hard to top figure anyway.
Package: I love the throwback look of this packaging with the bright blues, yellows and classic presentation. I got a ton of the old Toy Biz figures so this package scheme takes me back to middle/high school collecting these guys.
Likeness: Hasbro didn’t have to fix what wasn’t broken here as this is the classic Spider-Man from the 70s and 80s in figure form. There’s no sculpted details save the eye slots, which is all that’s needed here.
Beyond that, the figure is just as terrific as the original with a great build and the right amount of proportions on the gloves and boots. Other characters might work well off this buck, but it is perfect for Captain America.
Scale: Retro Spider-Man is appropriately slimmer and shorter than other characters. That’s especially important for Peter as he needs to look less formidable than say The Punisher.
Paint: Thanks to his intricate web design, Spider-Man is always the tricky figure to find a perfect paint job. That was the main reason I skipped out on the two times I saw Pizza Spider-Man in the wild. Fortunately, those issues aren’t repeated with this figure.
The paintjob is nice and clean with no noticeable problems besides the red pegs showing on the blue inner arm portions. They’re so big that it’s hard to miss and they break up the illusion somewhat.
Retro Spider-Man’s colors are brighter than previous figures, which really makes him pop against the green and purple members of his Rogue Gallery.
I still find it annoying that Hasbro can’t create a special Spider-Man pin with a red and blue half so the red pin doesn’t show on the blue inner arm. Looking for more complaints? Sorry. That’s all I’ve got.
Articulation: The Miles Morales figure might have better hips, but this Spider-Man comes close to doing everything a Spider(-Man) can. You can get really creative putting him in web-slinging action.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double jointed)
Accessories: Spider-Man doesn’t come with a ton of accessories, but he comes with the most important pieces from the Pizza Spider-Man figure: a half-masked smiling headsculpt and a slice of pizza. Extra hands from other figures would have been nice, but for a streamlined release, two accessories seem to be the max.
Worth it? I took advantage of a great Toys R Us sale to get Spider-Man for $15. That’s the best price considering the scaled back accessories and lack of a Build-A-Figure piece.
Rating: 9 out of 10
This figure is ideal for anyone who missed out on the original Pizza Spider-Man. The lack of hand variants hurts the display options though this is the iconic version of Marvel’s flagship character.
Where to Get It? I’ve only seen the figures at Toys R Us, but I’ve read reports of folks finding them in Walgreens, Wal-Mart and possibly Target. If you want to avoid the hassle of hoping to find them, just roll with Amazon.