Here we have a pack containing the symbiote Venom and Spider-Man, who is the chase figure for the 2nd wave and appears here in his black outfit. As I have already reviewed the first Venom (with Damaged Spider-Man) this review will concentrate only on Black Spider-Man.
The packaging, like other Minimate sets, is very cool, with 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.
Overall, the look is OK, but offering both Venom, who is black, and the similarly-hued Spider-Man in one set doesn’t allow for much colour or variation in the figures. They look pretty much identical, with the huge white Spider-logo on the front. The set with Damaged Spidey in looks better because of the red and blue giving more colour.
The chase figure in the second wave of Marvel Minimates is Spider-Man, wearing his black costume which was actually an alien symbiote that covered Peter Parker. The figure is different to the original Spider-Man figure as it dispenses with the usual red and blue colours and the webbing details. However, the bulk of the figure is reused from the Venom Minimate.
Spider-Man has his usual mask, this one being pure black with huge white eyes. The rest of the body is identical to Venom, with the white Spider-logo going right round his body from one side to the other. The other difference between him and Venom is that Spider-man’s hands are not clawed, they are normal Minimate hands.
For accessories, just like the other Spider-Men, this figure comes with a grey webline.
Overall, the Black Spider-Man figure is cool. I remember the black-costumed Spider-Man appearing as the second strip in the UK Zoids comic back in ’85 or ’86 and I always liked the story surrounding the costume and what it ultimately lead to. The regular Spider-Man Minimate in his red and blue costume is a marvel of detail and is the superior figure because of this, but both are worth having.
MMC Score – 7.5 out of 10
Review and pictures by Danny Mills