Sunday, October 26, 2014

MARVEL LEGENDS - Agent Venom Review !!!

I purchased this figure of Agent Venom , like many, from a local Walgreens at the cost of $ 19.99 . For those of you whom may not know, the secret identity of Agent Venom is not Eddie Brock . It is Eugene " Flash " Thompson , better known as just Flash Thompson . That's correct, the same Flash that use to bully Peter Parker in high school and would later in life become friends with him . When I first saw this figure I was not excited about it . Even though at the time I thought the figure looked cool, I just was not excited because I did not originally knew who the character was . I had not read recent issues of Amazing Spider-Man in a while and was clueless about this character. However my excitement changed when I discovered that it was Flash Thompson . I was hoping and wishing that Hasbro had made an extra head, with Flash's actual human face as a bonus accessory, however there is no such thing. Despite this, the figure does not disappoint .

When you remove Agent Venom from the packaging you will see that he comes with quite a few accessories . Four guns and a symbiote piece of his costume . His armor could be considered an accessory also because it is removable . I was nervous about removing the armor off of this figure, worried that I might break something . However if you want to see him without the armor , then head on over to . Agent Venom is also reviewed over on this great toy review website, and you can see him in a pic without the armor . Plus the shoulder flaps on the armor are bendable.

This symbiote piece fits perfectly into a hole in his back . Plus you can rotate it while it is in there.

I like how the black gun has a red dot at the end of the firing point, allowing us to visually imagine a red laser beam being shot from it. Speaking of guns, this is one of the benefits of owning an Agent Venom figure . If you feel like he has too many guns for himself, then feel free to give some of his guns to your other action figures that did not come with weapons, however you feel like they deserved weapons. I felt this way myself about the old Marvel Legends Toybiz Mystique figure. I was disappointed that she did not come with any guns, so loaning her one of Agent Venom's fire arms is a nice luxury to have. Speaking of accessories, if you pay attention to A. Venom's belt you'll notice that he has a ton of non removable items that a soldier should have . His belt is covered with items , from all angles, the back and sides.

As you can see Flash is carrying as many extra items a soldier needs. He is loaded with what looks like extra knives, pouches , holsters, water canisters, maybe bullets are in those pouches and possible grenades. Also in the above pic is the aforementioned hole in his upper back for holding in the symbiote piece that he comes with .
The figure itself overall is one of the best Marvel Legends Hasbro figures in a while . As you can see he looks to be just a tiny shade over around six inches tall .

When you remove the armor, you'll notice that he'll seem a little smaller in girth . The armor bulks him up a bit visually . It is also a luxury to see non- Peter Parker Spider-Man type characters growing in our collections, as the pic below is a good indication of this statement . As Agent Venom , Flash Thompson now joins Spider-Girl , Superior Spider-Man ( who is really Doctor Octopus ) , among others as NON - Peter Parker Spider-Man type characters and action figures .
                                                        FINAL   THOUGHTS
( 1 ) ARTICULATION - Excellent all around articulation . No complaints in this department .

( 2 ) STANDING  ABILITY - You will have to pose him a certain way to keep him standing without falling. Play around with his knees and ankles a little for that proper stance.Once you get him in that proper stance he stands nicely .

( 3 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? Finally an action figure of Flash Thompson after all of these years, even though we can not see his face. The all around articulation is a plus also. The extra guns are also a nice bonus.

( 4 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? Has nothing to do with the figure at all, but what the figure does not come with. An unmasked Flash Thompson head would have been nice to have .

( 5 ) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THE  FIGURE ? Repeating what I mentioned above. The figure needs an unmasked Flash Thompson head to make it a very good buy / purchase for any Spider-Man fan. Or action figure fan for that matter .

( 6 ) GRADING  SCALE - On a scale of one through ten I give this figure a 9.5 . What kept me from giving it a Perfect Ten is the difficulty in getting him to stand properly without falling and the lack of an extra unmasked head .

( 7 ) FINAL  ANALYSIS - Overall I am pleased with this figure. We get to add another good guy to our collection to help Spidey out instead of another baddie . And despite not having an unmasked head, it feels good to add one of Peter Parker's longtime friends to our collection no matter what form they are in . But besides this being Flash Thompson , this is a very cool action figure to add to your collection even if it was not Flash . The extra accessories and overall sculpt and posing ability makes this a great figure.


  1. Good review, man. I'm not much of a Marvel collector and also had no idea who this character was before the toy came out, but I have to admit this is a really sharp figure. I love those silver Glocks this guy comes with. I'm really excited about the rumors of a 6 inch G.I. Joe line next year, particularly seeing how well Hasbro handled some of the more military based figures in lines like this.

  2. THANKS Barbecue17 for the accolades!!! Since you mentioned the rumors of a 6 inch G.I. Joe line, this guy kind of reminds me of Snake-Eyes . He could easily be transformed into Snake-Eyes by a customizer. All he needs is a sword and a dog. I agree those silver glocks are cool.