I love that we’re at the point now with Marvel Legends where we can get a character like Frog-Man and it’s perfectly acceptable. There’s no concern about getting important B-list character X or Z because everything is on the table. Need further proof? Two words: Frog-Man.
Let’s leap into this Frog-Man review.
Packaging: This is the basic Marvel Legends packaging. As part of the Spider-Man wave, he gets the red accent with the standard black.
I really love the side artwork, which does an excellent job of showing Frog-Man in action.
His bio is also solid and explains Eugene’s efforts to redeem his father’s name. As a plus, this figure can double as the Daredevil/Iron Man villain Leap-Frog so there’s some versatility here.
Likeness: Hasbro reused the Doctor Octopus body for most of the figure while not shortchanging the unique elements of Frog-Man’s costume.
It all comes down to this — spring flippers. Frog-Man has a look that stands out even among other various animal theme characters in the Spider-Man orbit. You knew Hasbro would knock out the head sculpt, which they did.
Check out the creepy silhouette of the head inside the frog mask. The sculpt impressively conveys the goofiness of the costume and the potential threat of someone who would wear this and expect to be taken seriously.
Frog-Man also has his backpack, showing his sensibility in terms of carrying his civilian clothes or perhaps something to read and eat for later. Eugene thinks outside of the box as a would-be hero. This is connected via the big strap that goes around his chest. I bet that won’t fly with the Sony movie costume version for his inevitable spin-off…
He’s got the big oversized flippers, another new sculpted piece, but what really sold me on the figure is the inclusion of the springs under the flippers. That’s the kind of thing I would have just written off as not costing out if Hasbro skipped them.
If there were another character they could reuse the flippers for, the leaping coils add another element that makes them one and done.
The cool thing here is Hasbro favored accuracy of potential reuse so we get as accurate as possible take on Frog-Man right down to the well-executed and sculpted spring flippers.
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Paint: This is a pretty basic paint job since the only additions to the sculpted parts are the yellow green eyes, the inner section of the mask and the teardrop looking marks along the suit. The eyes create this interesting visual as if frogs had teeth that adds a bit of an ominous edge to him.
My figure had some issue with the lining of his belt area with the yellow green paint coming over the trunk top sculpt area.
If this were Cyclops, Mister Fantastic or Falcon, I’d be more particular about line work paint jobs, but I’m not going to lose too much sleep over Frog-Man.
Scale: Frog-Man is portrayed about the same height as an average guy. If you count his height based on his eyes and not to the top of his mask head he seems perfectly scaled with Daredevil and Spider-Man.
Frog-Man has made The White Rabbit figure more useful since she’s his arch-enemy.
Articulation: Given the Doctor Octopus buck, I knew Frog-Man wasn’t going to be able to hit these super athletic leaping poses since he wasn’t going to be able to crouch deep enough.
While he lacks the ability to hit some of the poses Spider-Man makes look easy, Frog-Man can still handle some interesting poses and was surprisingly fun to pose.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Frog-Man comes with a good amount of accessories — for the Build-a-Figure — and a few for himself.
Frog-Man has the alternate hands (open left hand/right fist) to match the out of package set up.
He also comes with the left arm, swappable fist and gun for the Build-A-Figure Stilt Man, who I am dreading assembling now. Serves me right for procrastinating on a BAF.
Worth it? Frog-Man was $20, but now you can grab him for a decent amount less. The value is there with the figure thanks to the original sculpted elements yet he’s certainly one of those characters paying less than $20 feels like the right move.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Frog-Man is perfectly ridiculous and an amazing figure. I was impressed by his sculpt and the little special details that show how great the Marvel Legends line can be when Hasbro is inspired.
Where to get it? While most of the Stilt Man wave is long gone from pegs, you should still find Frog-Man (and Peter Parker) at your local Target, Wal-Mart or GameStop. You can always keep it simple and grab him from Amazon or Entertainment Earth.