We have yet ANOTHER Marvel Legends review! Let me tell you this wave (build a figure Absorbing Man) is pretty damn impressive. Today we get a new Venom figure, and it’s the old school, back to basics variety! I will not lie, this was my second most anticipated figure of the wave…so let’s see if my dreams get shattered!
First glance is not bad at all. He is beefy, using the Hyperion body. The face sculpt is clean, sinister, and you have to love that smile. The paint scheme looks great as well especially with the hands. I really don’t have much to nitpick save he has a big ole noggin and the feet are rather plain, but that IS comic accurate.
Then we come to the alternative head…the one that is craving Spidey’s brains. What is not to like? The tongue that put’s Gene Simmons to shame…the saliva…again another fantastic grin…yeah this will be my default display.
Aside from the fists, you also get some nice menacing open hands. These add a great dynamic and just make him look all kinds of aggressive. Articulation is standard Marvel Legends, but that isn’t a bad thing. Just really glad they kept the double jointed elbows. I’ve been seeing single jointed on a bunch of the larger figures as of late. Also speaking of the joints, these are nice and solid. Nothing gummy like when I first started collecting Legends.
Speaking of scale, Venom towers over Spider-man just right. This really takes me back to the early versions of him, which I still think were the most interesting. Just a nice clean evil spidey bad guy…that then becomes a homicidal maniac! Great reading for a kid!
Now one really cool thing you can do is take advantage of the hole in his back. This was for a cape with Hyperion, but if you have Agent Venom, you can use his tendrils as well! It’s a shame Hasbro just didn’t re-use these for those who missed Agent, because this really complete’s the look.
Speaking of Agent Venom they do pair well together, though for some reason I thought the Agent would be taller. Still they are great contrasting each other.
So when it is all said and done, if you are not collecting for the build a figure, I still will give a solid recommendation. While simple, there is a ton of play value with him. The accessories are perfect for Venom and he looks great pummeling Spider-man. This is turning out to be a really good wave of Legends I have to say. I may actually review them all lol! Jokes aside, I give Venom a solid A, and you should pick him up if you get the chance!