2012
09.11

 

Swinging its way onto DVD today is the Amazing Spider-Man movie. So in honor of this we’re going to review another movie 2-pack release with Spidey and the film’s antagonist.  Spoiler Alert …. it’s the Lizard! I think, I haven’t seen the film yet but going to go out on a limb here and guess it’s him.

 

Packaging

The box is the new expanded window box so you can see both characters along with the accessories in the middle. The character names and control art bust shots are below the windows with the Amazing Spider-Man name/logo. The top has a photo of Spidey webslinging. The sides have individual control art of each character. On the back are the mini-bios of each character along with group picture of all figures in this wave.
 
 

 

 


 

The Figures

Battle-Damaged Spider-Man

I’m sure I’m one of the few people that haven’t seen this movie. The stars just haven’t aligned for us to see it yet; between sick babysitters, rained out drive-ins and unexpected family visiting it just wasn’t meant to be. I swear if I get a scratched DVD today I’m giving up. But as we all know Peter Parker is the star of the show and he’s the man behind Spider-Man. And as all superheroes do, when they fight the bad guys they can get some battle damage.

 

His costume is the same as the one seen in the previous ASM set just with battle damage details here and there on his costume. As far as battle damage detail these are top notch. You already have a base costume where the details are sharp and stand out very well, but add to that well placed scuffs and scratches here and there and you get an impressive battle damaged character. I especially like the claw marks over his spider logo on his chest.

 

Spidey does have a mask cover which personally I’m not a big fan of (to me it makes his head fatter than it should be) but it doesn’t mean that it’s still not well done. Not totally digging the gold eyes yet but they’re growing on me. Underneath you have Peter’s face, sans glasses, with a few scuffs on his cheek and forehead. They’ve also included Peter’s hairpiece too (that mask has got to be the reason for his Conan O’Brien bed-head hairdo; somebody loan the man a comb!!).

 

For accessories he comes with his blue backpack which solves the mystery of the Peter Parker set that yes the backpack can be removed from his torso cover; I’m still not brave enough to risk ripping it though. It could just be my set but the backpack has a few spots where paint has scraped off; we’ll just call it battle damaged. This set also includes a clear base plate but you’ll need it for Lizard more than Spidey.

Overall this is a well done battle damaged character. So if you’re a fan of the movie or even a fan of Spidey, he’s definitely worth picking up.

MMC Score – 9 out of 10


 

The Lizard

Dr. Connors, after appearing in the previous Spider-Man trilogy, finally gets to transform into the Lizard in this reboot. In the comics he was always portrayed as an unfortunate enemy and since he was a close friend and mentor to Peter, Spider-Man always tried his best to save him. From the looks of the movie Dr. Connor/Lizard is much more ominous and also tied to Peter’s initial transformation into Spider-Man.

 

One point to be on the lookout for this figure is his head. His head hole has been filed in but for the figures released it does not appear to be very consistent; some are fully filled in, some have noticeably depressions where the hole would be. It’s not a bad thing, but for you perfectionists out there just make sure you’re taking a look at them in the package to get one how you like it. That being said Lizard’s face has tons of details and looks pretty good. I really like his reptilian eyes and wide jaw. He’s one of those characters where you wouldn’t be surprised if they went the fully sculpted head route. Another point of interest is the back of his headpiece has been shaved down a bit; I’m guessing to allow better movement since his torso cover has a slight ridge in the back.

 

Speaking of his torso cover it is a new sculpted piece with pointer shoulders which really sells the reptile look. Again good paint apps and details for his scaly skin on the front and back. And on his arms and hands these details continue. Underneath is just a blank green torso.

 

Now the lower half of his body is where all the action is happening (I know, sounds dirty doesn’t it). We’ve seen characters with tails before and even gator tails pulled off but this figure goes a step further and has a jointed tail. It’s done by having a waist cover with a ball-joint hole in the back. Then the two other sections of his tail are setup similar with joints and fit into each other. You’re not getting a huge range of movement but it’s really nice to swivel his tail around to different positions. You can even help balance him upright by doing tripod with his legs and tail. His legs have the reverse joint leg on the lower part (all thanks to the Boogieman) with clawed lizard feet. As I’ve said you can balance him but thankfully they’ve included a clear base to help out, plus it helps to pose him in action stances.

 

No accessories other than the stand are included but he’s not really a character that needs any extras. For customizing this figure is awesome. You’ve got a jointed tail, reptile legs and good base green torso/arms. Now who’s going to be the first to combine this figure with some of the Battle Beasts to create a perfect Lizard?

 

In conclusion they’ve created quite a good Lizard. I see this figure as a good start to us getting a perfect comic version down the line.

MMC Score – 8 out of 10

 

Review and pictures by Lurch77

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