I was a little slow in picking up all of the pieces for the Build-A-Figure Kingpin so all of his figures quickly skyrocketed in price. That made me incredibly happy when Hasbro announced they were re-releasing Kingpin in the Spider-Man Retro Collection line.
This also allowed me to just focus on using the pieces I had assembled for the Shadow Thief figure Hasbro conveniently set up as an alternate option. I ordered Kingpin awhile ago and he finally arrived. Let’s see if he is truly the boss of all bosses.
Packaging: Kingpin has the same Retro Collection package as the other figures, but his blister card is massive showing off all of the colorful setup and details that might have been harder to make out with the smaller scale figures.
His bio is simple, but it does a better job of explaining his agenda than some others.
Likeness: There’s very little difference between this figure and the original in terms of sculpting with one distinction — Kingpin’s ascot is included. That’s a nice touch and helps make it more than a simple repaint.
The detail work on the sculpt is solid, fully accounting for Kingpin’s frame. His default headsculpt is the angry, intense one like he’s been battling Daredevil for 10 minutes.
Paint: Beyond the ascot the paintjob is the biggest difference from the BAF. It’s much more colorful with an orange vest, sky blue ascot and purple pants. That does a lot to make the figure unique and it makes for a huge upgrade over the first figure.
The intense head also reflects he’s been in a fight with a black eye and cuts.
I kinda like the battle damage, but it’s a little odd without any other rips or tears on his outfit. That said, I’m glad the suit itself is clean.
Scale: Kingpin has always been portrayed as a beefy, thick dude who towers over regular guys like Daredevil, Punisher and Spider-Man so the figure accurately captures his size compared to the other figures.
Articulation: Kingpin isn’t going to be doing a lot of flips or side kicks, but he is able to go toe to toe as needed. It would have been nice if the figure could cross his arms, but otherwise I’m fine with his pose options.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (with swivel)
- wrist hinge
Accessories: Kingpin thankfully gets the same treatment as the Build-A-Figure. He gets both head sculpts. I’m glad we do have the neutral head sculpt along with the bloody and bruised default one.
Finally, he’s got his trademark cane with the crystal top. Since he only has an open right hand you won’t be able to swap it and pose it like the card art.
Worth it? Kingpin was $30. He’s a deluxe sized Build-A-Figure option in one shot. Given Kingpin’s BAF prices, this is a good deal, especially with the more colorful outfit.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I’m a big fan of this version of Kingpin and Hasbro’s upgrade is well worth tracking down even if you have the original figure.
Where to get it? You can grab Kingpin from Amazon and Hasbro Pulse.