I figured with Spider-Man: Far From Home coming to theaters it made sense to finally review this set based off of Kraven’s Last Hunt. Hasbro has gotten back in the two-pack set game strongly over the last two years and it’s been a helpful way to get at least one highly desired character. In this case a classic version of one of the Sinister Six following the release of the modern one in the BAF Rhino wave. Let’s see if this set was worth the hunt.
Packaging: I always dig the two pack presentation since they tend to focus on an exact storyline with the artwork. So we get the iconic Mike Zeck cover art featuring Kraven and Spider-Man on both sides.
The back features the two squaring off, but the bio avoids mentioning the whole Kraven burying Spider-Man alive and running around as Spider-Man before killing himself. OK, that was probably a smart idea.
The insert includes art from the arc, which was a nice touch. Hopefully this reuse allows the creative team to get a couple dollars from the set. I also loved that the actual comics were shown on the packaging to encourage people to check it out.
Likeness: Hasbro didn’t do anything different with the Symbiote Spider-Man figure.
I get this is most helpful for folks who missed out on that earlier, but I would have loved if they’d gone with a bulkier body so we could fudge it as Kraven in the black and white suit.
Kraven is the real selling point here and he looks awesome. I was OK with the modern figure, but never that attached to the more sensible attire. Part of Kraven’s charm was his all-out over the top classic costume with the lion fang belt, leopard pants and slippers.
And of course that awesome lion pelt vest. Hasbro reused the lion pelt, but repainted it to look more like Kraven killed the Cowardly Lion. It’s got better paintwork that shows off the sculpt details better. The toothy belt looks like a new piece.
Folks have complained about the cankles being massive and they’re dead-on. It’s hard not to see them as they look incredibly oversized while giving Kraven a stumpy appearance. As a new piece it’s hard to see how this got overlooked during the production cycle.
This Kraven features an all new intense head sculpt. Here’s where the package art benefits the figure as the sculpt was clearly strongly influenced by Zeck’s take on Kraven right down to a similar expression. I like it and picture this is the point where the calm and serene hunter has gotten annoyed by Spider-Man’s wisecracks and is about to go off.
Kraven reuses the wraps around the forearms like the modern figure and I miss the obnoxious zebra bracelets we got in the Toy Biz Kraven.
Paint: Kraven was my main concern here and he was fine without any issues or paint flaws anywhere.
Spider-Man was fine on the front, but the back has some sloppy applications of the logo. This is one of those tricky things that you wouldn’t notice until after you bought the set and opened it. That’s not good, but I suppose it could be a special “battle damaged” paint job.
Scale: Kraven stands appropriately taller than Spider-Man and his beefier physique makes him look impressively more threatening next to the slender Spider-Man body. Eventually I’ll add a picture here with Kraven and the rest of the Sinister Six.
Articulation: Spider-Man is about what you expect from the Marvel Legends line. He can’t do a complete split, but he comes pretty close.
Kraven is a lot of fun to pose and maneuver, but those blasted cankles became a real nuisance in moving his legs. I’ll probably superglue them in place as that joint doesn’t offer much besides making Kraven awkward in distributing his weight properly to hold poses.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Hasbro tends not to skimp out on these two packs even with the lack of a Build A Figure. Spider-Man comes with a beaten up Peter Parker head complete with black eye and cuts along his nose, lips and cheek. I’m picturing this is when Peter is trying to put on a brave face while being beaten down inside.
He also gets the alternate matches for his fist and web shooting hands.
Kraven comes with the same spear as the standalone figure with a different paint job. The spear has blue beads and brown feathers and a yellow trim now.
The darker brown looked more realistic, but I appreciate Hasbro trying to mix it up with a new paint job. He also comes with a rifle, which references the one Kraven used to dope Spider-Man up with tranquilizer before burying him.
You can actually have Kraven hold the rifle pretty effectively with his right index finger working well with the trigger.
Worth it? I got the set for under the $40 retail price thanks to some Target coupons. That’s the price of two regular Marvel Legends figures, but you’re also not getting a BAF part either. I always think the two packs should be $5 cheaper to show the value.
Rating: 9 out of 10
If you haven’t already picked up the Symbiote Spider-Man figure this is a great set. Kraven is far more in line of what I wanted originally and is a very fun figure and besides the cankles and arm wraps is a terrific update of the classic attire.