I came up with the bright idea of doing figure reviews in late 2015. That left figures I was planning to open getting pushed back for newer figures. Scarlet Spider-Man has been one of those long-delayed figures even though I knew I’d really like him when I finally got around to him. And as usual for Hasbro’s Marvel Legends line, this is another figure that strongly delivers.
Package: Scarlet Spider-Man is so old he didn’t even get the character specific package portrait. The sides feature a generic Spider-Man drawing and he’s got a streamlined bio.
The package presentation is solid though with the figure neatly lined up and the accessories fleshing out the other half. It’s fine, but nothing that’s too exciting.
Likeness: Maybe it’s just my preference to hoodies, but I’ve always liked Scarlet Spider-Man’s costume. Like the 90s take on Superboy, it had the perfect marriage of 90s attitude with enough classic sensibilities. In this case, it’s the sweatshirt with the off-center Spider-Man logo combined with the exterior web shooters, utility belt and ankle pouches. This design reeks of 90s costume design, but I love it.
Someone at Hasbro must as well as the figure looks great. The sweatshirt has just the right amount of wrinkles and the hoodie strings hang in a natural way despite being a tad too big. The web shooters look terrific and the belt and pouches have a surprising amount of detail. This wasn’t a slapped together figure and the effort and attention is evident.
Scale: Hasbro has found a good scale for the Spider-Man figures and Scarlet Spider-Man is no different clocking in shorter and slimmer than other characters.
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Paint: There’s not a ton of heavy paint demands here. The things worth paying attention to are the eyes, the logo and the pouch buckles. I like how the silver on the web shooters, belt and buckles pops.
Articulation: Hasbro continues to tinker with and improve the articulation for Spider-Man figures. It makes the constant updates worth picking up. Despite not being as hyper articulated as some of the more recent Spider-Man figures, Scarlet Spider-Man boasts the same terrific articulation that allows for some fun, creative posing.
Scarlet Spider-Man has:
- Elbows (double-jointed)
- Knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Scarlet Spider-Man comes with arguably the most essential part of the Build-A-Figure Rhino — the head or in this case, heads. Rhino gets two portraits, a half-masked version that I don’t remember ever seeing him with (likely a modern update) and a classic yelling head sculpt. Given Rhino’s more aggressive nature, I don’t mind the angry head sculpt as it makes sense for most action shot poses.
Additionally, Scarlet Spider-Man gets all the useful alternate hands from a wall crawling set, fists and web-slinging. Hard to complain when all the essentials are included.
Worth it? A surprising amount of Marvel Legends that are over two years old can be expensive on the secondary market. I got Scarlet Spider as part of a great sale and picked him up for $12. Anytime you’re spending under $15 for Marvel Legends figures you’re coming out ahead and I definitely felt like I got my money’s worth.
Rating: 10 out of 10
For what this figure is, there’s no issues with him. You might gripe about the design, but Hasbro executed him flawlessly.
Where to Get It? Try eBay first. You can find a MOC version for under $25 in a lot of cases, If that’s not your thing you can always find one on Amazon.com.