Monday, September 2, 2013

Tarantula from Spider-Man line by Hasbro

Although this figure is not officially a Marvel Legend by name, it was supposed to be at least in the same scale as Marvel Legends. And scale-wise is where the huge disappointment is with this figure. Although it is not a bad figure, but his height was a major letdown for me. In the comics he is listed at 6"1 whereas Spider-Man is listed at 5"10. But you can't tell the difference by looking at the following pics. Here I'm comparing the height and size of a Toybiz Spider-Man figure with the Hasbro Tarantula figure.

As you can see Spider-Man is stands right exactly at 6 inches , whereas Tarantula is barely slightly over 5 inches tall. He is supposed to be 3 inches taller than Spider-Man. For those of you that purchased this figure and are also disappointed in the height like I am, we could always pay a customizer to make him taller. 
Although the figure's height is a letdown the figure itself is ok. Although some of you may find some weird things about this figure, such as the hunched over neck and his left wrist being articulated whereas his right wrist is not. 
You can also pull off some excellent fight poses with him. His wrists are made for karate chop poses and as you can see in the following pic he can use his poisonous boot tips to puncture the opposition. Here Captain America defends himself with his shield from Tarantula's attack 

Tarantula came with two cool accessories of the same product. Two crates with removable lids. You can really put something small inside these crates. This is very Marvel-like because a lot of villains had abandoned warehouse hideouts that contained crates and boxes. Just browse through some of the old Amazing Spider-Man issues with Norman Osborn as the Green Goblin and you'll see what I mean.
The packaging itself has some nice artwork on both the front and back. Also on the back you get to see what other figures are available in this series.

                                                             FINAL  THOUGHTS
(1) ARTICULATION - I'm okay with his right wrist not being articulated it does not bother me, however others may feel differently. I am a little bothered about his limited head movement though, as it is almost impossible to get him to look up and down.
(2) STANDABILITY - You may have to bend his knees just a little to keep him standing without falling. Balance issues may occur if you stand him up with his knees in a 100% straight line.
(3) WHAT DO I LIKE BEST ABOUT TARANTULA ? I love the fact that his fight poses are easy to demonstrate. The figures face sculpt is done very well with the pencil thin mustache and the gritted teeth.
(4) WHAT DO I LIKE LEAST ABOUT TARANTULA ? Lack of his proper height. He is definitely out of scale . He is supposed to be in the 6" scale but is more closer to 5 inches.
(5) WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE TO MAKE TARANTULA BETTER ? Longer legs I think would've solved the height problem. I think his legs are too short and this error contributed to his height being out of scale.
(6) GRADING SCALE - On a scale of 1 to 10 I give Tarantula either a 7.9 or 8.0 . The minuses being for being out of scale height wise and and the limited articulation with his head.
(7) FINAL  ANALYSIS - Overall this is NOT a bad action figure by a long shot, but it could have been so much better. Although the height is out of scale, if posed a certain way he can look as if he's in scale with 6 inch figures, as proof shows in the above pic I have of him attacking Captain America. Even though Cap is taller than the Spider-Man figure shown, the height difference between Cap and Tarantula is barely noticeable, this being because Tarantula is slightly closer to the camera than Captain America. If customized correctly, Tarantula makes a great addition to your collection of Spider-Man villains.

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