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Marvel Studios smash hit Avengers: Age Of Ultron was the next big adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, by not only introducing us to Ultron but also bringing us a number of new Avengers too. Scarlet Witch being one of them. Even if she initially wanted to destroy the Avengers she and her brother Quicksilver soon realized the error of their ways after Ultron revealed his master plan to them and they joined with the Avengers to help in defeating him.   

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Name: Scarlett Witch
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 301
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2016
Price: $199 – $266 USD MISB
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Various hands and items 
as well as a display stand

 

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I’ve been pretty sparse with my Hot Toys reviews, but with good reason, firstly, I don’t buy every figure anymore or as many figures as I used to and secondly, I was waiting for my pre-orders to come in and ship them all together to save on shipping costs and that day finally came recently, with a bundle of Hot Toys making their way to me in good time from the always excellent folks at Animarket.

Tonight I’m reviewing Scarlet Witch (with Quicksilver to follow very, very soon) but truth be told this isn’t my figure it’s actually my brothers, he’s more of a Scarlet Witch fan than me and when you live in the same house it makes it a lot easier to fill out collections when you aren’t buying every single figure yourself.

With that said, the more I worked with her during the photo shoot the more I liked the figure, so I might pick up the Civil War version for myself, seeing I know my brother isn’t getting that one. But we’ll see what happens as I keep my pre-orders a lot looser and a lot more commitment free then in the past, as the options online are quite plentiful if I happen to change my mind.

Now onto the review of Hot Toys Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch!

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LIST OF PARTS

Inside the box you get the following items:

One Scarlet Witch figure

Eight interchangeable hands

Two necklaces

Two Scarlet Witch power flame effects

One Ultron Heart

One display stand

 

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SCULPTING

One of the main focus points on any Hot Toys figure is going to be the head sculpt, with every new figure announcement there is always heated discussion among fans in forums and Facebook groups about how good or how bad the likeness is to the actor or actress.

Scarlet Witch was no different. However, most sane collectors agreed that the prototype was close and just needed some slight tweaks to make it a home run.

Thankfully Hot Toys have done just that, in my opinion. It was already a strong likeness to Elizabeth Olsen, (as Scarlet Witch) but now I feel it’s been refined just enough to make it close to perfect, the only thing they can do to make it better, is to refine the paint applications with each continued release.

(Like for the next two upcoming Scarlet Witch releases which use the same head, much like they are now doing for Hawkeye and Captain America’s Steve Roger’s Head.)

Which I’ve got to say, doesn’t bother me one bit, make an excellent head sculpt to begin with, there is no reason (or point) to constantly remake it when you don’t have to, that’s just smart business and a welcome change as far as I am concerned.

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PAINT

I don’t think there’s anything new I can really say here as far as paint applications go. Hot Toys continually put out the best mass produced painted figures in the market, no one can come close to surpassing them yet, they are all still struggling to keep up and it’s not just the heads, it’s the whole package! A lot of companies don’t bother to paint things like hands or bodies properly, not Hot Toys, it’s things like this that make them the best.

The care and attention to detail are second to none. Scarlet Witch is another shining example of this. The paint application on the face is extremely realistic and brings an unparalleled level of realism to the figure and excellent job by JC Hong and his team. If I had one nit pick, it would be that on the translucent hands, the flesh tones look a little flat when compared to the standard hands, otherwise, it’s what you would normally expect from Hot Toys.

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ARTICULATION

Scarlet Witch uses what I guess we can call by now the standard Hot Toys female TrueType body, which appeared around the release of Jill Valentine, Baby Doll and Resident Evil Alice figures. Which we haven’t seen a release of it by itself yet, either, but we can only hope and pray for that!

It’s a great base body and has a few different leg, arm and bust variants to make it quite versatile. This particular version has the following articulation:

Ball jointed neck, ball jointed chest, ball jointed shoulders, double jointed elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, ball jointed waist, ball jointed hips, double jointed knees and ball jointed ankles.

You can get Scarlet Witch into a good number of poses and she’s not hampered too much by her clothes, the only part where she struggles are her boots, the ankles are restricted a bit by the plastic, if the boots were a little softer, I think there would be no issues. So wider stances are a bit of a no-go for her. Otherwise, it’s all good, nice and tight joints, she is a pleasure to pose.

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OUTFIT

Yet another category Hot Toys by default excels in.  They have mass produced 1/6 clothes down to a fine art. Now there are other companies that are catching up. (in my opinion, Blitzway are the closest) But Hot Toys still consistently nail it with each new release and keep pushing that envelope more and more.

I’m very impressed with Scarlet Witch’s Jacket and multilayered dress the tailoring is great and they don’t look oversized at all, plus the darkened effects on the end of the jacket look fantastic.

The stockings or leg warmers are a bit annoying as they don’t really have a way to stay up, so from time to time as I changed poses I did have to pull them up and adjust them, but it was never a big deal, once you pose her up, they aren’t going anywhere.

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ACCESSORIES

You aren’t getting a lot of accessories with Scarlet Witch. A few extra hands, some “power effects” attachments and “Ultron’s heart”. Compared to other releases it’s not much, but then there’s only so many things they could have given us, maybe a few more magic effects in different sizes?

(BTW the magic effects were a little tricky at first to figure out which way they went on, seeing the instructions are pretty useless, but once figured out, you’ll never get confused by them again!)

Ultron’s heart is a nice inclusion, but not really needed and will be left in the box by me.

I feel the choice of hands is great, there is enough variety to get a lot of great poses from Scarlet Witch and I did have a lot of fun trying different combinations out and playing around trying to get the best poses out of her.

You also get what I’m calling the “standard Marvel display stand” which at first I didn’t think I’d like, but now I have a group of Avengers assembled I have actually come to like the stand a lot more now.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

There aren’t really too many things to look out for with this figure, handle her carefully and read the instructions are two good pointers. Also, take care changing the hands out, I haven’t had a problem with the female figures wrist joints yet, unlike some of the males ones, but it never hurts to heat up the hands a little to make them a touch softer, if you want to be extra careful!

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PRICE

I paid $199 USD from Animarket, which worked out to be not too bad seeing after the deposit upon placement of the order when you finally have to pay the remaining amount it sure makes it a lot less painful on the bank account. Especially when you can have your orders shipped in one big box together (with plenty of bubble wrap and padding too btw) works out to be a pretty good deal, I have to say.

Also, because I refuse to support the local sellers as they do not know how to pack an order properly, let alone a simple thing called “business ethics”. Unfortunately, most Australian sellers of Hot Toys figures don’t know or have these two simple things, a shame really, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

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OVERALL

I was indifferent about Scarlet Witch at first, after having a play around and posing her up for this review she really started to grow on me a lot. Even though this isn’t my figure, it has really brought me around to potentially buying a Scarlet Witch for myself. But if you only want one in your collection I would strongly suggest this one as she looks great with Quicksilver, but it really comes down to what costume you prefer the most as to which Scarlet Witch figure you should buy. She definitely looks great on a shelf with her fellow Age of Ultron Avengers!

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The ‘Marvel Action Hour’ featured two cartoons during its original broadcast in the mid 1990s, Fantastic Four and Iron Man.Hawkeye was featured in the latter; he worked for Tony Stark under his real name Clint Barton, and with Iron Man he became Hawkeye.

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Name: Hawkeye
Line: Iron man
Manufacturer: Toybiz
Released: 1995
Price: Then: $10-$12.  Now: $15 in mint condition, or less if loose
Scale: 5 -5.5 Inches in height
Accessories: Bow, quiver, three arrows, knife and ID card

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I always enjoyed watching the Marvel Action Hour as a kid. The animation was of 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 in purchasing some classic figures from the Iron Man series toy line by Toybiz.

 

SCULPTING

I feel Toy Biz did a great job with having these figures match the source material. Hawkeye looks just like he did from the cartoon show. Sculpted with pretty heroic proportions, it’s almost as if every separate muscle has been defined. Hawkeye sure is ripped. There’s also a lot of great detail on parts of his costume too. I really like his cowl as well; it looks very Batman-esque to me.

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PAINT

Like the previous toy reviews from this series, Toybiz does a pretty decent to good job with their paint applications. Hawkeye hardly has much paint slop and the applications are fairly crisp and neat. It’s not perfect, but for a kid’s toy it’s quite acceptable. Always best to make sure you can get a one with a decent application; if possible, as sometimes you can get a dodgy one.

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ARTICULATION

Hawkeye sports pretty basic articulation in his lower body, his legs can be moved at the waist and knees in a natural motion. It’s his upper body where he suffers a bit. Mainly due to Hawkeye being an archer, his arms are pretty much pre-posed for this; however, his right arm can be rotated at the elbow and both shoulders too, so he’s not totally helpless. His head can also be moved as well.

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ACCESSORIES

Hawkeye hit the jackpot with his accessories count! Three arrows, a bow, a quiver and a small knife. He’s packing a good number of equipment that’s all pretty much required for the character; with his bow and arrows being the most important parts (obviously) and to a lesser extent, his quiver. I like the clear plastic line used for the bowstring, it’s a nice touch. The knife looks great too and goes in a small sculpted sheath on Hawkeye’s leg. All Hawkeye’s accessories look great even if they are cast in the colour they are meant to be, with little to no paint besides the knife.

 

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Like the other figures in this line, pretty solid and hardly anything to worry about. Expect perhaps, you could lose the arrows and knife if you aren’t careful.

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PRICE

Hawkeye was pretty cheap, $15 USD plus shipping. I felt that price was fair for this type of toy and am pretty happy with it. I picked up Hawkeye off eBay and that’s the best place to find one if you are after him.

 

OVERALL

I always liked the look of the original Hawkeye costume; I always thought it looked pretty cool. This one is pretty good mix of that, with modern flares; all the elements are there for a classic Hawkeye look IMO. I also like having that older style Marvel figure in my collection to go along with my Iron Man figures from this series and other Toybiz toys from around the same time period. Tony needs all the help he can get when battling the Mandarin and his allies, so he’s going to need Hawkeye to help out! Worth picking up if you are a Hawkeye or old school Toybiz fan!


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Mark XXI AKA ‘Midas’ was one of a large number of Tony Stark armour suits featured in Iron Man 3 when Stark activates his “House Party Protocol” in order to combat Aldrich Killian and his Extermis soldier forces. During the final battle Stark uses a number of his armour suits to help himself in one way or another to defeat Killian.

Midas was released in 2013 as a “Summer Exclusive” figure, meaning it was pretty much an additional Toy Fair exclusive for 2013 and limited by a certain number for each country. When I saw the pictures of Midas put up on Hot Toys’ Facebook page, when they announced it. I knew I needed to have one. Something about the gold finish elevated it above simple Mark 7 repaint to me. Plus it’s also a great homage to one of Iron Man’s first costumes.

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Name: Midas (Mark XXI)
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 208
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2013
Price: Then: $260.  Now: $550 MISB Minimum.
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Two open hands, two articulated hands, two forearm rocket attachments, two shoulder missile launchers and one display base

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LIST OF PARTS

Inside the box you get the following items:

One Midas figure
One removable chest armor
One pair of interchangeable forearm rockets
One pair of articulated hands and light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated)
One pair of forceful fists
One pair of repulsor palms
Two sets of interchangeable shoulder armors
One circular figure stage with transparent pillar

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SCULPTING

One thing Hot Toys always does a great job on is sculpting, sure they have their share of hits and misses, but most of the time they hit it right out of the park! Midas is no exception! The figure is beautifully sculpted with perfect smooth surfaces, plenty of small details and looks very screen accurate – with the exception that apparently we never saw Midas on the screen during the battle scene. Either way, it’s instantly recognizable as an Iron Man armour suit that’s incredibly detailed and that ticks all the boxes for me as I’m more of a casual Iron Man fan.

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PAINT

The other thing Hot Toys does really well is paint application; they aren’t called “high end” figures for nothing! The paint apps on the Iron Man suit are pretty much flawless. There are a number of gold tone variations and they all work great together to make Midas look awesome! There’s also a little bit of silver here and there. But like the name implies it’s mostly gold. I really can’t see any faults with the paint and with Hot Toys it’s pretty much a given the paint apps will be close to perfect every time.

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ARTICULATION

Midas has a lot of articulation, so hopefully I don’t miss anything; you have a ball jointed head, neck, shoulders, hands and hips. Hinge arms and double hinged knees what appear to be rocker ankles and an ab crunch as well as hinged toes. All in all, you have an outstanding amount of articulation and it makes putting Midas in most Iron Man type poses a joy to do. Midas also balances quite well as there are and heavy pieces on the figure. One thing I wasn’t sure on was if the elbows were double jointed or not. They don’t seem to be and I wasn’t going to crack open any other Iron Man figure to find out if they are all like that. So besides that one little nit-pick I am very happy with how easy it is to pose Midas.

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ACCESSORIES

Midas is a bit light on accessories you get a few different hands and some weapon attachments, no second head or battle damaged parts though. Personally this lack of accessories doesn’t bother me too much as I can get all the poses I want out of what’s here, but If I wanted anything extra included, I would have liked to have seen a second head with Tony Stark’s face squished inside of it. The display stand included is pretty damn impressive too! Quite large and attention demanding, it really stands out due to its size and part of this stand has already been seen before with the Tony Stark workshop set. I would have also liked the standard Hot Toys black display stand included too, but the stand in the box does its job well.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Some parts on Midas felt a little weak and I didn’t want to force anything too much. So I would say just watch out for the normal things with Hot Toys figures, like not being too forceful when posing it, not trying to put it in any extreme poses, taking out all the batteries from the figure and reading the instructions, you can’t go too wrong! Expensive figures need to be handled with care after all.

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PRICE

I paid $550, shipped, for mine from a great seller who is in a Facebook group for Australian 1/6 scale Enthusiasts, One Sixth Oz. I was very happy with that price seeing all other outlets, like eBay for example, had it for much more. Midas is pricey, but funnily enough Midas still isn’t the most expensive toy in my collection (Vintage Japanese exclusive Transformers take that cake and eat too!) so Midas is my most expensive Hot Toys figure at least, the cheaper you can get Midas the better, as I think it’s not worth anymore than $550 considering it is a repaint of Mark 7.

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OVERALL

Midas was one of those figures I needed to have in my collection; I didn’t rush to get him and waited until I could pick one up for a decent price. For some collectors I can understand it’s not a priority to have this figure in their collection and that’s perfectly fine. Midas’ appeal is really only to die-hard Iron Man collectors or I think, people like me who are the casual Hot Toys Marvel fan – as far as buying the figures go and want something a little different Iron Man wise in the display cabinet. So with that said, Midas won’t appeal to everyone, but on its own merits it’s an excellent figure and is another great effort from Hot Toys.

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The ‘Marvel Action Hour’ featured two cartoons during its original broadcast in the mid 1990s, Fantastic Four and Iron Man. The Grey Gargoyle was featured in the latter; he used to be a chemist until an accident gave him the power to turn anything he touched into stone. Now one of the Mandarin’s henchmen, he was featured fairly regularly on the show.

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Name: Grey Gargoyle
Line: Iron man
Manufacturer: Toybiz
Released: 1994
Price: Then: $10-$16. Now: $16 in mint condition, or less if loose
Scale: 5 -5.5 Inches in height
Accessories: Two pieces of stone and ID card

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I always enjoyed watching the Marvel Action Hour as a kid. The animation was of 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 in purchasing some classic figures from the Iron Man series toy line by Toybiz.

SCULPTING
Toy Biz has done a great job with the sculpting on the Grey Gargoyle. I really like the stone effect used on the figure, as, coupled with the grey plastic, almost makes it look like the toy could be made from stone. The proportions are great too and it looks like a pretty close match to how the character looks on the show. Even though I may not be a huge fan of the character, I really like the look of the toy!

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PAINT
Typical of most toys from this line, paint is kept to a minimum and where possible the figure is cast in the colour it’s meant to be. Here, the bulk of Grey Gargoyle is cast in a light to medium grey tone. I feel it works really well for the toy and it makes it pretty clear what his powers are and that he is made of stone. There is a little bit of blue added to the gloves and boots as well as a darker blue to the inside of his cape. The eyes and eye mask are also given a little bit of paint detailing too. Overall the paint application is pretty clean and crisp. Even by children’s toys standards it’s a lot better then what some toys have now days!

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ARTICULATION
Grey Gargoyle has pretty standard articulation: swivel head, swivel arms, with one elbow having a hinge joint, swivel legs, which are restricted by the groin a little bit and hinge knees. Not a complete statue, but not super articulated either. I would say the articulation is decent at best. You can get a few poses out of him. He also has an “action feature” where if you place a stone piece in his straight arm and pull it back Grey Gargoyle will “throw it”

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ACCESSORIES
Like all the other non Iron Man characters in this line, he is pretty light on accessories. You get two pieces of stone and an ID card, which has a little bio of the character on it. It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing and does add a little bit more play value to the toy.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Not really much to worry about here – the figure and accessories are rock solid and can stand the abuse of children, so any collector need not worry.

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PRICE
I was happy with the $10 + shipping costs; however, I wouldn’t pay too much for this figure, as he is not worth any large amount of money.

OVERALL
The Toy Biz Iron Man figure is always going to need a few enemies to beat up on and Grey Gargoyle fits the bill perfectly. He’s a pretty neat figure by himself, but works best when with a few of the other henchmen for the Mandarin. I would only buy him if you are completing your Marvel Toy Biz Iron Man collection, like me. Otherwise there’s no point really owning this figure, unless you really need some sort of Grey Gargoyle figure in your collection.

 

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I was really looking forward to the new Wolverine figure from Hot Toys after seeing the latest movie. I was hoping Hot Toys would really hit it out of the park with their 1/6 scale figure and to an extent they did, but the figure has one problem, a horrible painted mustache were there  should be only stubble. This isn’t the first time they have done this, Aliens Mark Drake comes to mind about now, another figure that needed fixing. I had really hoped by now Hot Toys would have gotten their act together in terms of actors approval, especially for the Wolverine at least!  Not one to sit on their hands and just accept the card dealt to me, I took it upon myself to fix the error.

Although I’m still waiting on my actual order from Animarket, I went and bought the head loose (just in case my painting skills had by the off chance deteriorated, thankfully not!) so looks like I’ll be also repainting the second head I get too and seeing I couldn’t just leave the newly fixed head bodiless, I also purchased the body and hands for the Wolverine too. It’s a make shift kit-bash with HT Origins Wolverine singlet, James Dean Red Jacket Ver boots and jeans to complete the look for now.

Please note, I have painted stubble on wolverines upper lip, not a flesh tone, as this suits the characters look in the movie perfectly. The Sculpting of the head is perfect and now I’ve fixed the head, it’s 100% Hugh Jackman to me.
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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.


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Name: Spider-Woman
Line: Iron man
Manufacturer: Toybiz
Released: 1994
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

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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.

 

SCULPTING

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.

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PAINT

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.

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ARTICULATION

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.

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ACCESSORIES

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.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

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.

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PRICE

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.

OVERALL

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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