With the Spider-Man Vintage Retro line, Hasbro is cranking out some updates to some classic figures and debuting a long overdue member to Spidey’s supporting cast with today’s feature — Gwen Stacy.
Packaging: The Spider-Man retro wave packaging is a callback to the old school Toy Biz figures. I love the old school show logo against a purple backdrop. An image of Gwen is to the side.
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the show so I don’t remember if she ever actually showed up on the series. The bio is nice and vague with her fate, which is nice for the kids who don’t want to get traumatized.
Likeness: This is a very fitting headsculpt for Gwen. It captures her sweet and kind nature. The headband of course is essential and she’s in her iconic/infamous green jacket and purple skirt with high boots. Gwen is one of those characters who has one definitive look and there’s no way Hasbro could have made a Gwen Stacy figure and not done it exactly like this figure.
I really like the texture work on her sweater. That’s a nice touch and makes it more than just a black painted torso. The boots have a thicker heel to hopefully allow her to stand easier. And the hand choices are smart with one open hand and one gripping hand.
Paint: Given the somewhat simple nature of Gwen’s look it’d be disappointing if she had paint issues. Maybe if you wanted to quibble, you could argue the green of Gwen’s jacket is too dark and should be a lighter hue. That’s not a big deal for me and there’s just as many pictures of her with this darker shade of green.
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The paint work on the face, which is most important in this instance, came out really nice especially around the eyes. Hasbro got a nice strong shade of purple for the skirt as well.
Scale: Gwen doesn’t need to be but so tall since she’ll only need to be around Spider-Man supporting characters.
Articulation: Gwen’s articulation also doesn’t have to be the best as she’s your standard civilian character. No need for her to do Black Widow style backflips or throw punches like Rogue.
You can get a pretty decent sprawled on the ground cradled in Spider-Man’s arm pose, but the neck snap shot might be tricky.
Gwen Stacy has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Gwen has more accessories than I would have assumed.
The best is the Mary Jane alternate headsculpt. It’s a classic headsculpt with the bangs and hair flowing forward instead of toward the back like Gwen. Like Gwen, the paintwork on the face is exceptional. I hope this is the norm for the figure and not a case where either/or have good paint.
She’s got a blue purse, a Midtown High School book and a rolled up Daily Bugle newspaper. That’s a nice amount of accessories.
Worth it? I got Gwen for $20, the average price for Marvel Legends although I think her accessories make her a better deal than some of the other figures in this wave.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I didn’t have any massive expectations for Gwen, but I think Hasbro really knocked her out besides the color of her jacket. The alternate Mary Jane head was a nice touch and the accessories are fun as well.
Where to get it? You should be able to find this wave at retail at this point. Failing that, you can always grab her from Amazon.com.