Every so often I can manage to be patient when it comes to figure collecting. I wasn’t interested in the black pants Electro despite the great classic head sculpt. The figure was great from the waist up, but not the Electro that I wanted. It took a bit, but I finally got the version I wanted with the Spider-Man Vintage Retro line. Is it worth the wait or am I in for a shock? Let’s find out.
Packaging: Not that I’m bored talking about the Spider-Man retro wave packaging, but I can only stress my love for it but so many times.
I’m glad this vintage set didn’t switch the colors up with each figure as the purple is striking enough for everyone. The bio is short and simple, but it includes the important information.
Likeness: I raved about this earlier, but I LOVE this newer head sculpt. It features an obnoxiously huge mask with electrical points in case you confuse him with The Shocker. The expression is perfect too with that cocky smile like ‘ol Max finally has the jump on Spider-Man.
Hasbro went with a larger body than I expected giving him the Spider-Man UK bod. I associate this body more with the more athletic heroic characters
Paint: The biggest challenge here was getting the lightning to come out clean as yellow notoriously needs extra coats of paint to avoid bleeding.
While it’s not an exact match for the molded plastic yellow parts, it’s so close it’s not an issue.
Scale: This mold makes Electro much taller than previous versions and towers over Spider-Man and Daredevil.
I’m not the biggest fan of this mold for the sake of how he sizes up with other figures including his Sinister Six pals. Some artists make him thicker and taller, but I kinda like the scrawnier version.
Articulation: Electro is an projectile character so it’s important for him to be able to hit poses like he’s firing off some bolts at Spidey.
The UK mold sports great articulation and while I have some qualms about its use for an average size villain, it definitely allows for some easy and fun posing.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Electro has the only accessories he needs — alternate hands with electrical currents flowing. Maybe they could be a bit longer, but this helps prevent him from being a shelf hog on your display. They swap out easily enough.
Worth it? Most of this wave would be a better value with a Build-A-Figure piece of course, but Electro is a very well done figure that delivers a quality take on one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
My preference for a smaller buck aside this Electro is a really magnificent figure and a great addition to the Spider-Man display.