TOP 10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN UNIVERSE FIGURES (Mania.com)
Date: Friday, May 02, 2014
As AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 swings into theaters this weekend, MANIA digs through our collective toy chest to come up with the very best in figures from the Spidey universe. Not only did we look at the Spidey toys but also the best damn Rogues Gallery in all of the Marvel Universe. The good news is that there are a ton of entries for the die hard Spidey collector to choose from. The Spider-Man mythos has captured the world and although the movies have taken their liberties particularly with the villains, the character continues to grow in popularity. Case in point, collectors are scrambling this week to pick up the newly relaunched AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 and all of the variant covers. The bad news is that we had to whittle it down to just ten entries for the list. Still, it was a blast to go through all of the figures from years past and decide which ones made the cut. Prepare for the Amazing, Spectacular, Ultimate, Superior and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man list of figures!
10. SECRET WARS BLACK SUIT SPIDER-MAN
When Spider-Man’s red and blue duds were torn during battle in the 80’s series Secret Wars, he was able to mend it with a sort of high tech machine. One problem though—the machine was infected with an symbiotic alien that copied Spidey’s thoughts while enhancing his powers and altering the suits appearance on command. Upon learning that the symbiotic would not rest until it bonded with its host, Spidey, with the aid of Mr. Fantastic had it removed. However that was not the end of the symbiotic as we all know. Ahead of its time, the Secret Wars line from MATTEL made the Black Suit Spider-Man for the first time. Although it does not have all of the bells and whistles of todays figures like super articulation, this made the cut for its simple 80’s style and originality of shaking up the classic red and blue look.
9. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN LINE: SHOCKER
I know its a random villain to make the list but Shocker was always one of my favorites as a kid and this figure was virtually impossible to find at retail. Eventually I found it online and it does not disappoint. In my opinion Shocker has always been a very underrated villain that never gets his due. This version is sleek and dark and makes for a great display piece. To score it on the secondary market will set you back around $40-$60 or so. It is most definitely one of the coolest pieces in my collection and a rare find.
8. WALMART EXCLUSIVE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Less than two years old, this solid entry to the list is a real keeper. You can still find this piece on the cheap at your local Wally World or on eBay for not much more than it originally sold for. The streamlined movie costume translates excellently in this MARVEL LEGENDS style figure. Overall I would have to say that this is the best red and blue Spidey figure of the last five to seven years. Its simplicity in the details and accuracy from the screen is unmatched. A welcome addition to the list.
It was 1990 when Spider-Hulk made his first and apparently only appearance in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #70 but thankfully fans never forget. After being shot with some bio-energy from the Hulk, Peter Parker takes on the form of the big green guy and thus stretches out his red and blue Spider-duds. It is a great concept to think of, that is to see your favorite characters Hulking out. While it was really just a one off, the idea planted a seed with figure junkies years later with the release of the monstrous Spider-Hulk figure. I never even saw one on the pegs in all of my years collecting and the secondary market has not been any nicer with prices at the low side ending north of $200! If you have this on mint on card, hold on to it true believers.
6. SPIDER-MAN MOVIE FIGURE (2002)
Its been a dozen years since Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN hit theaters and although I was vehemently against a Spider-Man with organic web-shooters, the movie did a nice job of bringing the comic book to life. Sure the Green Goblin looked like a Power Ranger but you can’t win ‘em all. The figures for the movie were released at a time when the toy game was changing and getting better. Points of articulation and good sculpts were becoming more and more important to collectors. I still am very impressed with how well this figure holds up all these years later. The costume with its raised lines matches exceptionally well with what we saw on screen and it makes for a great display piece that collectors will immediately recognize as the Raimi Spidey.
5. MARVEL SELECT GREEN GOBLIN WITH SPIDER-MAN
MARVEL SELECT’s entry into the list is an epic one emulating the events of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39 from 1966. The Green Goblin has discovered Spider-Man’s true identity and plans to expose him to the world and then defeat him. The Goblin’s hate runs deep and this figure perfectly captures the retro original look of GG and Spidey. Plus it is a major bonus to really get two figures in one! Complete with Goblin Glider, this is one serious piece of art that makes for great display of MARVEL yesteryear. A must have for the Spidey toy faithful.
4. SINISTER SIX BOX SET & FEARSOME FOES BOX SET
Another twofer for you are these awesome box sets that are like an instant collection. Sure Mysterio and Sandman are missing but you get all sorts of plastic goodness in these two amazing sets. The Sinister Six set boasts Venom, Kraven the Hunter, Doc Ock, Spider-Man, Black Cat, Electro and Green Goblin. All Marvel Legends with bases for posing. To get the set MIB (mint in box) you will be looking at a bill anywhere between $300 & $500! The Fearsome Foes boast another Spider-Man, Carnage, Rhino, Vulture and The Lizard. I gotta say that Vulture is one of my favorites and this is the only time he has been made in 6-inch form. Very hard to find but you can nab it for under $200 if you get lucky bidding. All in all, both of these sets are worthy additions to complete your Spider-Man Rogues Gallery in plastic form.
3. MARVEL UNIVERSE THREE-PACK: SPIDER-MAN & HIS AMAZING FRIENDS
What would a list be without a little 3 & 3/4 inch figure love? Here we get some 80’s goodness with the trifecta that made up one of my favorite cartoons of all-time. Yes it is Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. The ultra popular MARVEL Universe line (or MU) released this set a few years back and was a Toys R Us exclusive. It now fetches close to $100 and is one of the most sought after three-packs out there. Anytime a set is exclusive to a certain chain, the price goes north that much quicker. Great to see Spidey with Firestar and Iceman in one set. Its not Saturday morning in the 80’s but it’ll do.
2. SPIDER-MAN ORIGINS: IRON SPIDER-MAN & SPIDER-MAN 2099
Since the inception of the black Spider-Man costume, fans have gotten used to Webs in different suits. Obviously Spider-Man 2099 is not Peter Parker but he still falls in the realm of the Spider-Man universe. The Iron Spider-Man suit was made for Peter during the epic MARVEL Civil War event from some years ago. Created by Tony Stark himself, he made the suit in his own colors. Like he says to Peter in the books, “My suit, my colors.” Classic Starkism. The Spider-Man 2099 suit has been a favorite of mine since it first appeared back in 1992. Miguel O’Hara was a brilliant geneticist that was granted powers after a freak industrial accident. While the comic never really achieved huge sales numbers, the suit resonated with fans all over that really dug the look of the future Spider-Man. You should be able to nab these for around $20 to $40 apiece.
1. SPIDER-MAN CLASSICS McFARLANE SPIDER-MAN & FIRST APPEARANCE SPIDER-MAN
In my book, these two are the tops and both deserving of the top spot. They encapsulate both the original 60’s and 80’s look respectively. The magic of Steve Ditko and Todd McFarlane are perfectly captured in these great looking figures. The Spider-Man Classics line was the “trial run” before MARVEL LEGENDS were released and collectors everywhere scooped them up fast and it looked like the toy game was about to change with these awesome new figures with the awesome articulation. The McFarlane Spider-Man is modeled after the artists successful run on the Amazing Spider-Man comic and his signature style is really captured in this figure. In Wave 10 of the ML figures, the First Appearance Spider-Man was released and modeled after Amazing Fantasy #15 and the debut of Webhead. Just an awesome figure right down to the smallest detail, the figure even has webs under its armpits. The great news is that you can bring these home on the cheap for less than twenty bucks apiece! A must have for the Spider-Man fan and any true believer.