Here we have a pack containing a Peter Parker/Spider-Man hybrid, and one of Spidey’s oldest foes, the Green Goblin.
The packaging features the Spider-Man logo along the side of the card. The figures are packed in a bubble tray, and have twist-ties holding them in, as well as clear elastic bands holding their arms to their sides.
The figures look pretty good in the package, Spider-Man’s usual blue and red colours accompany Peter’s “normal” colours whilst the Green Goblin provides a nice splash of his signature colour.
First up, we have a somewhat bizarre hybrid of Spider-Man and Peter Parker. The idea behind this figure is sound, that this is how Peter Parker looks when his “Spider-sense” is activated by incoming danger, and it is executed in a similar way as that seen in both the cartoon and the comics. I would definitely rename this figure to Spider-Sense Spider-Man or Spider-Sense Peter Parker, as the current name does not evoke the reason for this figure’s existence.
However, a good concept doesn’t always make a good figure, and this is the case here. This figure has very little scope for play, being so tied into its gimmick. What ARE you going to do with a figure that’s half Spidey and half Peter?
Getting on to the look of the figure, the paint apps are OK with the exception of the middle “divide”, as Spider-Man’s red and blue colours very visibly bleed into Peter Parker’s colours. The face does not suffer from this, however it does look a bit silly with half of Parker’s hair popping up like a Mohican.
Overall, I am not really taken with this figure. The concept doesn’t work very well as a figure, and the execution is sloppy.
MMC Score – 3 out of 10
Classic Green Goblin
The second figure in the set is the classic version of the Green Goblin, sadly missing his Goblin Glider (the Marvel license does not cover vehicles or playsets).
Green Goblin has a really non-threatening cutesy smile on his face, and big “anime” style eyes, making him look happy rather than insane. The other Spidey villains like Carnage have a much more menacing visage. The head is rounded off by a removable “cap”, which also has the Goblin’s ears molded onto it.
The Goblin is painted very simply, adding to the cartoony look. His main colours are green and purple, and there is very little painted detail on the figure, except for his belt buckle. He has two huge boots which stop the usual ankle swivel, and strangely, the two boots are slightly different shades of purple.
To break up the featureless upper body, the Green Goblin has a removable, erm, purse. I think that’s where he keeps his pumpkin bombs, but it does look slightly effeminate. He also has a pumpkin bomb molded into his right hand, and while this does give the Goblin a unique look, it would have been nicer if the bomb could have been a removable piece yet still be held in his hand.
Overall, the Green Goblin is an OK figure. For me the lack of his glider really hurts the figure because he is so associated with it. Quite simple and plain, the Green Goblin doesn’t have the pizzazz of some of Spidey’s other Minimate villains.
MMC Score – 5 out of 10
Review and pictures by Danny Mills