You’ve seen dozens of the Marvel Legends Civil War Spider-Man movie figure prototype photos and in-hand photos right here on Marvel Toy News, and read my impressions all along the way. But now, at the risk of burning you all out on this movie Spider-Man toy, it’s time for my own photos and full review of the Civil War Marvel Legends Spider-Man figure! The Marvel Legends Spider-Man 3 Pack is available exclusively from EE until August–should you get one?
It wasn’t a terribly long wait, but it was still excruciating waiting to get a movie version Spider-Man action figure in-hand after seeing how amazing (no pun intended) the character was in Captain America: Civil War!
I was torn a little bit on whether to review this three-pack as a set or as individuals, but ultimately decided to give each figures its due by splitting the set into three reviews. Spider-Man (obviously) is getting the spotlight first.
Due to complicated licensing agreements between Sony and Disney, no Civil War Spider-Man merch can be released outside of multipacks at this time, which is why the only CW Spider-Man movie toys we’ve seen have been in 3-4 figure multipacks from Hasbro and Funko, and why Spidey is always posed holding Cap’s shield in the packaging.
It would have been easy for Hasbro to shove in repacks of Captain America and Iron Man and force us to buy them again to get MCU Spider-Man, but they took the high road and gave us battle-damaged repaints with new accessories instead. Thanks, Hasbro!
Rather than trying to kitbash us this movie Spider-Man from existing tooling and the new teenage Spider-Man mold used for the comics-based figures, Hasbro went out and created a 100% newly-tooled body for this much-anticipated character.
As a result, this Civil War Spider-Man Marvel Legends figure is properly scaled to be slightly shorter (as a young high school student should be) than other 6″ Marvel Legends figures, and also has an extensive, near-perfect articulation scheme.
What kind of articulation a I talking about here? Well, how about a ball-hinge neck, upper torso ab-crunch, swivel waist, swivel shoulder-blades (!), ball-hinge shoulders, double-jointed knees and elbows, swivel-hinge wrists, ball-jointed hips, swivel thighs and ball-hinge feet with ankle rockers.
One of those articulation points doesn’t work as well as I’d like (and I’ll get to that in a bit), but this is an outstandingly poseable figure overall that you can get into tons of fun and dynamic poses. I don’t use flight stands with my figures, but those who do are especially going to have a blast with this Spidey.
The webbing on Spidey’s costume is fully sculpted rather than just being paint-on. I know some folks would have preferred the webs only be painted, but I really appreciate the sculpting detail personally. Your web-slinging mileage may vary.
Quality-control on this Marvel Legends Spider-Man Civil War figure is also excellent, with all of the joints feeling right and solid, and the paint deco being cleanly applied and looking great (though I’m not a fan of the red joints on the inner arms).
The effort put into this ML Spider-Man six-inch figure definitely shines through, and it is absolutely a notch above the repaints with new heads that we usually end up getting as store exclusives.
The most glaring issue with this figure is that the costume isn’t quite accurate to the Civil War Spider-Man costume, with the most obvious error being that Spidey’s chest spider symbol is incorrectly sized.
I’m certain that this is due to the costume being changed from the reference materials Hasbro was sent months before the movie was released, so I can’t blame Hasbro for developing this figure to the best of their abilities with the resources they had at hand. However, it’s definitely still disappointing that what is likely to be the only Marvel Legends Civil War Spider-Man figure ever isn’t completely screen-accurate, though.
As for the flaws in the toy itself–while the articulation is fantastic overall on this figure, CW Spider-Man has simple ball-jointed hips and not the ball-hinge hips we’ve come to expect. As a result, his leg articulation is more limited than I’m used to with a smaller range of motion. His legs can only spread to a V-Shape, so no splits for this Spidey.
Finally, I would have liked a couple of alternate interchangeable hands for this figure. One web-shooting hand and one fist are a decent pairing, but I always prefer extra hands when possible.
Overall: Hasbro does a lot right with this movie Spider-Man figure–a lot–from giving him a 100% newly-tooled body to giving him the best possible shoulder articulation (and near-perfect articulation overall) to making him properly scaled as slightly shorter than your standard 6″ Marvel Legends figures.
Even so, the inaccuracies on the costume (particularly the chest symbol) and the limited hip articulation bring this figure down a notch. It’s a fine figure that’s likely to be the only 6″ Civil War Spider-Man we ever get, but be aware that while it’s pretty good, it isn’t perfect.