Pros: Amazing articulation; quality sculpting; neat accessory
Cons: Slightly loose joints
When I picked up the regular Spider-Man figure from the Classics line last year, I was pretty impressed. That was one heck of an articulated action figure. It was also well-sculpted as well. In fact, only one thing bugged me - no mid-bicep swivel joints! I was so spoiled by all the other articulation, it seemed a crime that this joint had been left out.
I've heard rumors that the black-and-red Spidey from Classics 2 had mid-bicep articulation, but I've never seen one that did. However, the new Super-Poseable Spider-Man from the new line, based on the Spider-Man movie (by Evil Dead 2 director Sam Raimi) sports those beloved cut biceps.
This is, quite simply, the most poseable 6" figure I have ever owned. I won't bother listing all the articulation specifically - trust me, this guy can do pretty much anything you can imagine in the 6" scale. I was initially hesitant to get him, since I already own the Spidey Classic, but that mid-bicep sold me. I immediately set about trying to see what positions I could get him in.
How's the figure overall? Well, the sculpting is top-notch. After holding this figure, the old Spidey Classic seems pretty cartoony. The movie Spidey seems surprisingly realistic. I'll just say it: I really like the sculpt. It looks great. The wash, the silver lines of the web, the pebbled blue portions...all amazing.
Not everything is perfect, however. Like all the Spidey Classic figures, the articulation comes at a cost: the joints get loose. My own Movie Spidey has trouble with his left ankle (which inexplicably has a side-to-side joint, as well as the back and forth one). But the joints are tighter than the Classic Spidey. The ball-joint midsection of Movie Spidey is actually too stiff; it's difficult to get him to hunch over. However, Movie Spidey doesn't have the problem with paint cracking around his joints since the blue parts are cast in blue plastic this time.
Movie Spidey is a bit beefier than Classic Spidey, which is to be expected with a realistic film version. But how about the accessories? He basically has one, a gargoyle that can be mounted to a wall or a table (via a special clamp). This is a vast improvement over the cheap circular disc we got with Spider-Man Classic. The gargoyle looks great hanging from the wall, and it's fun to have Spidey hang from it. By pressing a button on the gargoyle's head, the rope yanks Spidey up to the mouth. Keen. The hook that holds Spidey is a bit tight, though; I recommend slipping the hook over Spidey's fingers and then working it down to his wrist. If you try to push it over the wrist, you risk snapping the wrist or, at least, damaging the wrist's plastic. The hook is very hard plastic, probably so Spidey wouldn't go falling out of it every time you put it on. It's easy to pose Spidey on top of the gargoyle as well, so overall it's a great accessory and helps make Spidey more collector-friendly as a display piece.
All in all, this is a fantastic figure. Great articulation, great sculpt, and great play value. Between these and the Ring and Horse, Toy Biz is rapidly becoming my favorite toy company. And at $6.50 a pop (at Wal-Mart anyway) Super-Poseable Spider-Man is a great deal.