The ‘Marvel Action Hour’ featured two cartoons during its original broadcast in the mid 1990s, Fantastic Four and Iron Man. Spider-woman was featured in the latter; she worked for Tony Stark under her real name Julia Carpenter, and with Iron Man she became Spider-woman.
Line: Iron man
Price: Then: $10-$15. Now: $15 in mint condition, or less if loose
Scale: 5 -5.5 Inches in height
Accessories: Psionic web and ID card
I always enjoyed watching the Marvel Action Hour as a kid. The Animation was good quality, and it was always great watching the Fantastic Four and Iron Man do battle with whoever was the villain each week. In Iron Man’s case, the Mandarin seemed to always be the enemy and hatching some over the top plan to defeat Tony Stark or Iron Man. When my brother bought the Iron Man series on DVD it re-ignited my interest to purchase some classic figures from the Iron Man series toy line by Toybiz.
One thing Toybiz always did a good job of, whether Marvel, wrestling toys or whatever, was sculpting! In Spider-woman we have a quite detailed and accurate figure to the source material. Comparing screen shots to the toy, Toybiz have really done a great job. We have a lot of nice muscle detail on the figure, but she isn’t overly muscular, more of a natural muscular build. It’s worth noting that the same mold was used for the invisible woman figure too, but with no sculpting for the eyes, and it made the non-invisible version look a little weird. There is some great work on the hair as well; it looks very natural. Virtually, this is an identical sculpt, and overall they’ve done an excellent job.
Typical of most toys from this line, paint is kept to a minimum and where possible the figure is cast in the color it’s meant to be. Here, we have the arms and legs are cast in white and the body/head is a dark blue, almost purple colour. We have blue paint on the arms and legs to create the illusion of skintight gloves and boots. The paint matches the blue plastic quite well. We also have orange paint for the hair and some flesh coloured paint on the face as well as pink lips. There is also white paint applied for the spider symbol on her chest/back and eye covers. All paint apps on the figure are good, save for a little slop here and there. It’s good, but it’s nothing to rave about either.
Here’s where Spider-woman really takes a hit – articulation. There’s one missing feature that really drags her down, and that’s the lack of movement in her arms! Now, to use her action move, she obviously didn’t need to bend her arms, otherwise it wouldn’t work at all. However, in doing so, it really reduces the poses available and play options to be had with her. You are limited to the ‘having her arms down by her side’ pose, or ‘about to throw the web at someone’ pose. Unless you like the karate chop or zombie arms look for her, they can be swiveled, but it’s a ratchet motion due to the action feature. Otherwise she has the fairly standard Toybiz 90’s female articulation of hinge joint knees and swivel legs and not much else. Most of the time the female figures got neglected pretty badly in terms of how much you can pose them, and this is no exception.
She is pretty light when it comes to accessories, but I guess Iron Man made up for that. Spider-Woman comes with the pi-sonic web and an ID card/badge that tells you a little about her character. It’s not much and after a few web attacks, you are left wanting her to at least have that articulation in her arms. We really need something else here to help make her more fun.
Not really much to worry about here. Try and get a clean paint app, and make sure those white legs and arms haven’t yellowed (you always have to be vigilant about that white plastic). The figure and accessories are rock solid and can stand the abuse of children, so any collectors need not worry.
I was happy with $15 + shipping costs, however, I wouldn’t pay too much for this figure, as she is not worth any large amount of money.
I will say the action feature is fairly neat and works well. I do like the sculpting of this figure the most. She does look great next to the other figures in this line and I guess that’s where this series of toys work best, as a collection, hero and villain alike. She has drawbacks, but only those affecting female action figures in the mid 90’s across the board. I would recommend picking her up if you are a fan of the original Marvel Action Hour cartoon, like me. Otherwise give this figure a miss.
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