Marvel Spider-Man Legends Infinite Series Electro Toy Review (Mania.com)
By:Robert T. Trate
Review Date: Friday, May 09, 2014
I’ve never been much of an Electro fan. I saw him as a second, if not third, tier villain for Spider-Man to fight. Surprisingly enough, when they announced that Jamie Foxx was going to play Electro (aka Max Dillion) in the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, I was all for his big screen debut. As much as I loved Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man movies, the tragic villain portrayal of Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) was a little sappy. I like well rounded characters, but let’s face it, he is the bad guy for a reason. Let him be the bad guy.
Hasbro has re-launched their Marvel Legends Line, now re-titled the “Infinite Series”. As it was for Captain America: The Winter Solider, this particular line is Spider-Man themed. It encompasses both characters from the new film and the current comic book. We picked Electro to highlight because, well, you can never have enough bad guy figures.
Brilliant! Much like Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series line (see review), the Marvel Legends Infinite Series comes in packages (boxes). Gone are the bubbles glued to a piece of cardboard. This small change allows collector’s to remove their figures and return them to the boxes from which they came. A themed line, such as Spider-Man, makes this one easy to recognize in the toy aisle, an aisle which is heavily populated with Captain America, Avengers, and other Spider-Man toys.
I love the 3.75 Marvel Universe line. In fact, I reviewed their original Electro figure back in 2009 (read the review here). Call me sentimental, but it brings me back to the glory days of Star Wars figures and G.I. Joes. Sure, the figures are smaller, but it makes the world which we create for them so much bigger. With that, and being much older now, this Marvel Legends Line is top notch. I don’t need every figure now. I love the articulation, the paint job, and just the flat artistry of what was created. Max Dillion (aka Electro) might not be a star spangled hero, but he is everything you need him to be, the bad guy for your Spider-Man.
If the character is named Electro, he had better have some sort of electricity going on about him. Hasbro has included two sets of hands, ones with lighting and others without. This enables various poses and levels of power you can put him at. Also included is a second head that has electricity charging out of Max Dillion’s eyes. Completely not necessary, but worth the change. Electro also comes with the left arm of the Goblin Build-a-Figure. Of course, you are going to have to get other figures to complete him. However, not all of them! See back for details!
Electro has over 18 points of articulation. Thus, he is ready to be posed in multiple positions. Much like the Star Wars Black Series, Hasbro has set a new bar to pass for other toy companies. This is a great figure that will supply hours of delight; whether that is being played with by a child or just sitting on your desk!
THE FINAL WORD:
It’s not all roses for poor Electro. I understand why Hasbro and Marvel released this particular figure. This Electro suited up for battle. When you think of action figures, you think action! As much as I like this figure I would have preferred one of Electro in the jeans and a hoodie. There was just something so creepy and surreal about that in the film. Perhaps Sideshow Collectibles or Hot Toys will make that Electro.
I would also like to thank Hasbro for continuing their mask line. Sure, for the first Amazing Spider-Man, the Lizard mask looked like Sleestak form Land of the Lost, but their Spider Vision Mask is tons of fun!
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Mania Grade: A-
Figure: Electro (Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Toy Produced By: Hasbro
Toy Line: Marvel Spider-Man Legends Infinite Series
Suggested Retail: $19.99
Includes: Multiple hands, alternative head, Goblin Left Arm, Goblin Flames