After the agonizingly long wait for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to hit theaters, time has really blown by, and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie release is now upon us! I’ve got my reservations about this movie, but I’m willing to turn my super-critical brain off and do my best to enjoy it this weekend. But while I prepare for that, it’s finally time for me to review some Amazing Spider-Man 2 toys I’ve been holding onto for a while. First up, it’s the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Funko POP! Vinyls figures of Spider-Man and Electro!
You might think Funko would give up on the Amazing Spider-Man movie franchise after that, but instead they decided to give it another go for The Amazing Spider-Man 2–and this time, we’re even getting a villain for Spider-Man to fight against!
Believe it or not, Electro is the very first Spider-Man villain to be captured in super-deformed Funko POP! Vinyl form. Not Venom, not Lizard, not Doc Ock or the Green Goblin–Electro! That’s a real leap of faith on Funko’s behalf, and I appreciate the confidence they seem to have in this movie and Jamie Foxx Electro’s part in it.
Although Amazing Spider-Man (#45) and Electro (#46) continue the numbering of the standard Funko Marvel series, Funko did a classy job making the boxes look snazzy in the cool blue and red Amazing Spider-Man 2 color scheme. It’s a little detail, but it goes a long way toward the presentation of these bobblehead figures.
Additionally, the paint deco goes all the way around the figure and accurately includes the black spider logo on Spider-Man’s back–a feature that some recent Hasbro Spider-Man figures have left out entirely.
Often the downfall of Funko, the quality-control on both of these figures is outstanding. The paint applications are neat and clean, and these are easily some of the best-painted Funko Marvel figures in my collection.
I really like the detailing on Electro’s costume, and I think Funko may have honestly done a better job making the costume look visually appealing than Hasbro did with their 4″ and Marvel Legends Electro action figures.
While each of these Amazing Spider-Man 2 Funko POP Vinyl figures exceeded my expectations, I still have a qualm about each of them. In Spider-Man’s case, I dislike the thick black outlines around his eyes. I understand Funko’s desire to exaggerate Spidey’s features, but the way they handle the eyes just doesn’t work for me.
Electro’s short-coming is his “Glow-in-the-Dark” feature. In theory this is a great idea, but in execution it’s a real flop. Only Electro’s head glows at all, and while I can forgive it glowing green instead of blue, it’s tough to get past how weakly it glows and how odd it looks having only Electro’s head light up. Even as a free bonus feature, Glow in the Dark Electro is a bit lame.
As with all Funko figures, distribution is spotty in my area and I haven’t seen these figures consistently at any of my local stores. I got my Amazing Spider-Man 2 Funko figures from Entertainment Earth when they were first released.
If you’re a Prime member or spend enough to earn free shipping, you can probably get Spidey and Electro for a hair cheaper from Amazon.
Overall: Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with with the two Funko Amazing Spider-Man 2 POP! Vinyl movie figures. I’m still not the biggest fan of the way that Funko depicts the outline of Spidey’s eyes on his mask, but there’s no question this is a better-looking movie Spider-Man than the first Amazing Spider-Man movie Funko POP! Vinyl figure was.
Electro came out surprisingly cute, and also surprisingly without any major quality-control issues. The Glow-in-the-Dark feature of the toy is ultimately disappointing, but Electro looks great in regular light. To be frank, I like the Funko Electro better than either of Hasbro’s efforts.
At about $10 each, these are both nice (albeit not quite perfect) figures that earn a recommendation.