New year, new reviews!!! So let’s start with the under appreciated Marvel Legends…because Lord knows I have so many more than I show here lol. Still I digress, we have a new wave, the Absorbing Man Build a Figure/Spider Universe from Hasbro. To kick things off, we have Jack O’Lantern! Now when I first saw the previews I was “Wait, isn’t he dead? And what is that stick?” Since then I have read the first Agent Venom trade paper backs where this version is quite prominent and Jack here became one of the most anticipated figures! So did this hit the sweet spot for this geek? Read on!!!
Where to start…ok…just LOOK a that head! Those flames are fantastic! I thought Ghost Rider was rocking the flames, this is just dead on awesome. With the touches of translucent plastic combined with the solid sculpt, there is implied motion. The pumpkin head itself is dry brushed, not a flat orange. Gives a great weathered look. It’s the eyes that really finish it off for it me though with the trails of fire. They Hasbro team stepped up the game yet again. Then we have the uniform. The belt with the pumpkin bombs came out great. The paint on the buckles are well done and sculpted. Now this is not a new body, but it was previously used on the Thunderbolts SDCC exclusive Ghost, so not too many people will have handled it. Still you would have thought all this was created for Jack here because frankly it works oh soooo well! The only thing I miss would be the cape he had in the comic.
So this body is…well…interesting. It is lanky, which again is great for the character, but not so good for posing. He just doesn’t balance well. When ever I see the toyfair pictures of Marvel Legends they have their displays on these stands that utilize the peg holes. I NEED THOSE HASBRO!! Seriously, make em a HTS exclusive or something. We will buy them! Still while challenging, when you DO get a pose that works, it does work well. With the lanky body comes the great creepy claw like hands. They hold his pumpkin bomb pretty well, well the right hand does. He also has a sickle that has a loop for his hand. This works REALLY well, and it is also painted nicely.
Last we have the broomstick. This is straight out of the comic mind you. I do miss the pogo platform that the previous incarnations used…but that wouldn’t be THIS Jack. This is a single piece of translucent plastic painted. The silver grip and rivets pop wonderfully. The comic did have the foot stands as well. One thing about this is that it works as a support for him standing, almost like a tripod. Yeah it’s cheating, but I don’t want this guy causing a domino effect on my display!
Add a flight stand, and well…let the awesome begin! Seriously, once airborne you don’t worry about the lanky legs. In fact they add to the psychotic flight.
This is a cool figure, but honestly after reading the comic I am just enamored over the fact this figure was made! That and having Agent Venom for him to torment. They do pair well together. The end result translates wonderfully from the comic save that he doesn’t have his cape! Yeah I know, nit picking, but I’d forgive all if I had the cape…well now that I think about it, they would probably have made it solid plastic and he IS wobbly enough as is.
So aside from being in a pretty cool build a figure assortment, Jack here is really an aces figure. Yes there are issues with standing, but when you do pose him it is quite rewarding. The fact they re-used a little used body mold in such a way really gives credit to Hasbro. The accessories are plentiful and leave little to want. Ok, I REALLY want a cape…still while I can’t sew, I’m decent with scissors…keep up on my twitter and/or instagram for that! (@TruStarscreamer of course!) In the end, he exceeded my expectations, so I give Jack here a solid A.