Time for part two of the Major Spoilers review of Marvel Spider-Man Infinite Legends Series 2 figures. This go round we’ll be playing with Chameleon, Superior Venom, and the Rhino build-a-figure. Enough talk, let’s crack these guys open and check them out!
For each figure I’ll be reviewing quality, articulation, paint application, accessories and overall fun factor of the toy. Granted, some will vary for each person’s individual toy but this should give you an all around idea of the line. Note: I will not be reviewing White Tiger since I don’t have her in hand.
CHAMELEON: The figure by far with the most accessories, Chameleon comes with three guns and two extra heads. There is a J. Jonah Jameson and Hammerhead head that can be switched out with Chameleon’s regular white masked face. It’s a cool feature and personally gives me more of a reason to want to switch them out. Plus combined with the multiple guns, it can lead to lots of varying playtime. His articulation is pretty good, but his feet sculpt limit movement and getting him to pose in a wide stance can lead to weird angled legs. Paint looks good on mine and I particularly like the sculpt of the face but the tie on tends to jut out. The Chameleon isn’t a character I’m that fond of but the suit sculpt has me hoping for a Mr. Knight Moon Knight toy. Until then, I’ll be using this one to make a custom one, which is saying something.
SUPERIOR VENOM: I wasn’t expecting to like Superior Venom as much as I do but he’s a pretty cool toy. While he shares a lot of mold features of the Spider-Man figures that have come before, there are enough differences and additions that set him apart. He’s got all the great Spidey articulation and can get a lot of the same dynamic poses but is a bit more limited if you keep his tentacles connected. Speaking of his tentacles, they sometimes have a difficult time staying pegged in. They appear to be molded for a specific spot and putting one in a different spot or even turning it some in its hole can cause it to come out easily. It’s not a huge deal but can get frustrating when you’re focusing on getting that great pose and then…”POP!” My figure’s paint appears nice, even with its two colors and the line work on the head is done quite well. There are a few missed white areas on the chest and torso that are inexcusable. Still, Superior Venom is a really fun toy and looks great fighting any of your other Spider-Man toys.
BUILD-A-FIGURE – RHINO: I wasn’t even sure I wanted to get the whole wave to make this guy, but I was sure of one thing: that psycho-angry screaming face is frighteningly awesome! So I decided to go all in and, for the most part, he’s worth it. He’s a good size and is bigger than most other Legends figures but doesn’t tower over them like the Hulkbuster. Rhino’s paint is cool and he’s got some great texture that really gives him the rhinoceros hide look. Articulation isn’t bad for a big guy like this, but it isn’t great either. The biggest problem is the extreme limitation to his outward arm movement due to his shoulder pads. The only way for him to stretch his arms wide is to turn them some, but even then putting them too far out will cause the pads to come off. Torso movement up and down isn’t much, though bending it down goes farther than up. Legs fare better with thighs, knees and ankles getting some great movement. The sculpting on this guy really shines and all the tiny details like the cracks in his “skin” and lines on the toenails may seem minor, but really help him pop. Plus, let’s not forget that awesome head, and even the standard masked one looks great, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. A decent piece but one not everyone may find worth buying the whole set for.
BOTTOM LINE: A STEP UP FROM THE AVENGERS WAVE
While I really like the Hulkbuster Avengers Legends wave and gave it 4 stars, this Spider-Man one outdoes it and makes me reconsider the former’s score. There are less characters that appeal to me in this series than the Avengers but the quality is much better (minus Misty Knight, the one I was most excited for) and paint seems better this go ’round. Chameleon, Superior Venom and Rhino earn 3.5 stars together but the wave earns a standing 4 stars. Again note that I did not buy White Tiger as you only need her or Misty to complete Rhino, if I had to suggest one, maybe go with White Tiger?
As always, feel free to leave comments below and let me know if you liked/disliked this article, thoughts on the wave, ideas for other toy reviews or general musings on life. Until then: Transform and roll out!
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