Doctor Octopus has long been one of those Toy Biz Marvel Legends figures I thought needed a Hasbro update. But it seemed I was in the minority as most collectors on forums seemed content with the shrimpy, too short version we already received. After running through most of the Toy Biz Spider-Man villains, Hasbro finally came through for me with the version of Doc Ock that I’d wanted all along.
Packaging: Nothing special for this guy at all right down to the generic Spider-Man logo at the front. That makes sense seeing as how Doc Ock is one of Spider-Man’s arch-enemies. The side package art captures Otto in all of his demented nerd terror look with bowl cut and oversized glasses coming right at you. Oddly, all of the references including the bio have him listed as Doc Ock. Doctor Octopus can’t be trademarked by someone else, can it?
Likeness: As worrisome as the package art is with the tiny head, the actual figure immediately alleviates any concerns. This is the classic Doc Ock or Doctor Octopus from his 70s-80s glory days.
Hasbro went all out with this one giving him a dedicated sculpt to capture his less than athletic shape. There’s some nice details and stitching throughout the outfit. Even more impressive, Hasbro sculpted the collar, belt, gloves and boots instead of leaving that up to the paintjob.
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The head sculpt is outstanding with an angry, frustrated expression like Otto has pulled off some webbing from his face and ready to throttle Spider-Man. Hasbro even went the extra mile and sculpted the glasses so you can see the eyes underneath.
Scale: Doc Ock isn’t a giant, but the Toy Biz version was too short. This figure is scaled ideally at just a bit shorter than the average figure while his girth doesn’t make him look too undersized.
Paint: The defined sculpted really helps with the paintjob. There’s some very faint slop around the teeth, but it seems appropriate for Otto since he doesn’t strike me as the type that is overly concerned with dental hygiene.
I really like the color choices Hasbro went with as the green and orange are right from the comic books. It really pops even among a sea of green attired villains.
Articulation: Doc Ock has all the regular articulation, which I suspect was for other characters as he doesn’t need much more than to be able to gesture menacingly with his tentacles.
Doc Ock has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbows (double-jointed)
- knees (double-jointed)
Accessories: Doc Ock doesn’t have the traditional accessories as he just comes with his tentacles. These aren’t necessarily everyone’s favorite, likely due to collectors hoping for the same bendy wire versions from the Toy Biz figure. The tentacles are pre-posed and aren’t arranged in a way to make for logical action poses.
But, the really cool part of this figure is the back holes are sized pretty much perfectly to fit the pegs from the Toy Biz tentacles. That’s too precise to be a coincidence, so big credit to Hasbro for making that possible.
Doctor Octopus is the one figure in this wave that doesn’t come with a piece of the SP//dr Build A Figure. Even though I’m in for pretty much every Spider Verse figure, I really didn’t need the House of M one and would have been happy to get that piece here.
Worth it? I paid $20 for Octopus. Even though he lacks a BAF piece, I don’t feel like he’s a rip off and I think he’s going to be one of the figures in this wave that’s going to remain hard to find at retail prices.
Rating: 10 out of 10
This is a great update to the undersized Toy Biz figure and with the ability to insert the old tentacles into this version, this is the superior Doc Ock. It’s well worth tracking down the old figure if you don’t still have it in your collection.
Where to get it? Hasbro Toy Shop got these guys before anyone else in my area. Couple that with some very quick shipping and it was a great deal. I’ve seen Doc Ock at Gamestop, which is becoming another strong source for figures in the post-Toys R Us retail landscape. Amazon.com probably will have him up soon.