With the Captain America: Civil War releases slowing down and Spider-Man: Homecoming on the horizon, I knew I was going to have to wait a little longer for an MCU Spider-Man from Hot Toys. After having all the advance prep time, I still almost missed out on the Hot Toys Spider-Man: Homecoming figure. He managed to slip onto the Waitlist category on me. Fortunately, I was able to web one up. Since I was looking forward to this guy a lot, he’s cutting the line on a few other Civil War Hot Toys guys waiting their turn.
Packaging: To embody Homecoming’s lighter and brighter tone, Hot Toys went with a nice and dynamic image that resembles Spidey popping out of his logo. Unlike the Civil War figures, this package opens from the side.
I like the layout of the package with a cast and crew spot for the folks who contributed to the figure. There’s no separate layer of packaging to navigate through so you can see the window and most of the accessories pretty cleanly.
Likeness: While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the perfect movie costume, this isn’t bad for a version that had to distinguish itself somehow. Hot Toys faithfully translated the costume and as usual for me, showed more detail than I noticed in watching the film.
The Tom Holland likeness is really great. As usual, it looks like the actor has been shrunk down into action figure form. Considering the character, I probably would have gone with a happier expression, but this probably makes more sense for an unmasked portrait. Peter Parker might not be smiling too much after cleaning up the streets.
Paint: There’s more paintwork here than you might expect beyond the Holland head sculpt, which per the normal standards, is top notch. The hairline paint is nice and precise and the lifelike look in the eyes looks amazing. I’m not a fan of the off to the side positioning as I like the eyes looking straight ahead.
Uniform: This material is pretty form fitting, but looks great. My figure looked to have a misaligned stitch/knot in the masked head area, but looking at other reviews that seems to be a common issue.
Also my figure’s right shoulder had some rough stitching. These aren’t the kinds of issues you want to see with $200+ figures.
A lot of the fun here comes from the swappable eye pieces, which allows for various expressions and display options.
The most fun is the death mode with the red eyes. You’re likely going to just need your fingernail to swap them out. They’re not terribly tough to switch, but you’re going to want to be careful not to scratch the head.
Scale: Hot Toys doesn’t always get overly concerned with scale — Thor doesn’t tower over his fellow Avengers for example — but in this case, they went with a smaller body for Spider-Man. You don’t want him looking Iron Man eye to eye after all.
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Articulation: Hot Toys went with the same flexible material it used for the Black Panther figure. While it doesn’t allow for wide side kicks and splits, it’s better than the usual material. If you’re creative with your stands and posing, there’s still a lot of dynamic positions and poses you can accomplish.
I couldn’t get a perfect wall crawling pose without a stand, but I was able to get a number of fun poses even with that apprehension that comes with potentially breaking a Hot Toys figure.
- wrist hinge
Accessories: Hot Toys has a deluxe version that has a couple more accessories, but you’re not going to feel shortchanged with the regular version.
Spider-Man comes with a mask to be held in his hand for an unmasked look.
Five strings of spider webs that attach to the second set of web shooters. I’m not sure why Hot Toys bothered making a separate set of web shooters as there’s no real need to swap them out. The web threads fit it snugly and won’t fall out when you’re posing him around.
While the deluxe edition includes a school jacket and hoodie, the regular edition comes with a backpack, headphones and science textbook.
The textbook actually has text and Hot Toys smartly made the backpack straps flexible enough so you wouldn’t damage the figure putting it on.
There’s also an open spider web wing effect, a great throwback to the classic Steve Ditko costume. The wings have tiny magnets that connect to metal pieces on the figure. It’s a nice setup if you can align them perfectly. It’s harder than it looks.
Additionally, there’s two spider signal stickers as well as the dynamic figure stand with nameplate.
Spider-Man has 10 pairs of hands with a set of fists, relaxed hands, open hands and two sets of co-web shooting. They all come off much easier than usual and I didn’t even have to use the extra pegs Hot Toys included.
Worth it? Homecoming Spider-Man is slightly above the now standard $220 price a $230. Given all the accessories and display options even with the regular version the price seems fair.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Stitching issues aside, I had a blast posing this figure. I really like how the Hot Toys Spider-Man turned out and it’s great to have Team Iron Man completed for my Civil War display.
Where to get it? The clock is probably right at around 11:55 for the waitlist items to turn to sold out so if you’re on the fence, don’t delay. There is going to be an Iron Spider-Man showing up with the Avengers: Infinity War line, but this is the best chance to get the Civil War/Homecoming attire.