Marvel Legends Hobgoblin Review & Photos! Hasbro 2016

Hasbro has been cranking out whole waves of Marvel Legends Spider-Man figures for years now, so you would think that we’d have plenty of Hobgoblin figures by now, right…? Well… no. In fact, Hasbro has never released a classic 6″ Marvel Legends Hobgoblin figure until this summer’s Space Venom series! I’ve yet to see even a single figure from this entire wave in a store, but Hobby is sporadically available for MSRP online. Is this the definitive 6″ Hobgoblin Marvel Legends figure we’ve been waiting for?

Marvel Legends Hobgoblin Review and PhotosThe Right:

Loads of collectors cried foul last year when the modern Phil Urich Hobgoblin Build-A-Figure became the first Hasbro Hobgoblin 6″ Marvel Legends ever produced.

But fear not, classic fans! Hasbro already had you in mind, and had this classic Hobgoblin Marvel Legends figure lined up for this year’s second wave of Spider-Man Legends. Was this Hobgoblin figure worth the years of waiting for an upgrade to Toybiz’s?

In short: yes. While I really, truly loved Toybiz’s Hobby back in the day when I bought him from KB Toys (remember when that was a thing?), his sculpt and articulation are a bit outdated a decade later.

Close-Up of Marvel Legends Spider-Man Hobgoblin HeadThe default head sculpt on the Spider-Man Legends Hobgoblin figure is pretty good. It’s not the single best Hobgoblin portrait I’ve ever seen or anything, but it’s also recognizably the Hobgoblin.

I might have preferred an open mouth like the vintage Secret Wars Hobgoblin or the Bowen Designs statue, but there’s no questioning that this is the maniacal face of a crazy supervillain.

Spider-Man Legends 2016 Hobgoblin 6" FigureIf the textured mail limbs on Hobgoblin look familiar, it’s because they were first released on the SDCC Exclusive Dreadknight figure I fell in love with over the summer. The mail texture looks just as outstanding and accurate on Hobgoblin as it looked on Dreadknight. Beautiful stuff.

Marvel Legends Spider-Man 2016 Wave 2 Hobgoblin AccessoriesHasbro definitely did right by this Hobgoblin Marvel Legends 2016 figure in the accessories department. Along with his removable cape and satchel, he also includes a pumpkin bomb, a goblin glider, an interchangeable licking head and the Space Venom Build-A-Figure head. Not a bad haul at all!

Marvel Legends Hobgoblin Pumpkin BombThe pumpkin bomb is inherited from last year’s Phil Urich Hobgoblin Build-A-Figure. It doesn’t make sense to me for the whole pumpkin to be translucent yellow and it seems a tad small, but it is a fun–and essential–accessory for the character.

Effects Piece on 2016 Marvel Legends Hobgoblin FigureIf the pumpkin bomb seems small to you as well, the effects pieces from the Doctor Strange Marvel Legends Iron Fist figure I reviewed a few weeks back fit perfectly on the bomb and make it look much more formidable!

Spider-Man Marvel Legends Hobgoblin Goblin GliderThe Goblin Glider is very plain and basic looking, but looking through old comic art, it’s actually wonderfully authentic to how it should look. I still prefer the fun purple glider with thrust effects from the Spider-Man Classics Toybiz figure, but I can’t complain about Hasbro being true to the source material.

Hobgoblin Marvel Legends Hasbro Figure SatchelAlthough Hobby’s belt is an add-on piece, it’s nice and tight and doesn’t flip around at all. The satchel has nice paint details on its buckles and button, and fits nicely on the figure’s shoulder. The tattered cape also is a standout on this figure and looks awesome.

Back of Marvel Legends Hobgoblin Spider-Man 6" FigureAnd of course, the new Marvel Legends Spider-Man Hobgoblin figure has superb articulation: ball-hinge neck, shoulders and wrists; upper torso ab crunch; swivel waist, biceps, thighs and boots; double-hinge elbows and knees; ball-jointed hips and and hinged ankles with ankle rockers.

Despite the cape and cowl, Hobgoblin’s head and upper body have a great range of motion and he can look up a lot more than you’d expect. His boots can make him a bit hard to balance, but his tons of articulation make getting him stable a piece of cake.

Alternate Hobgoblin Tongue Out Head HasbroThe Wrong:

Regular readers know that I love me some alternate heads included with my toys. But whereas I said the default head with this figure might not be the best Hobgoblin head ever, I think the alternate head may legit be the worst ever.

I’m not sure what artwork Hasbro’s designers were referencing for this Hobgoblin tongue out head, but it looks absolutely terrible. This looks more like some sort of zombie lizard demon head to me than anything else.

Spider-Man Legends Hobgoblin Figure Alternate HeadI don’t know if Hasbro was hoping for a Demogoblin vibe with this head or what, but I completely hate it and it’s going straight to the bottom of my bin o’ unloved accessories.

Hobgoblin Marvel Legends 2016 Figure Second HeadIn addition to the interchangeable head, I’m also a mite frustrated with the factory for not matching up the Orange color of Hobgoblin’s cape and hood to the rest of his costume at all.

The cape and hood are clearly molded in an orange plastic that’s noticeably darker than the orange on the gloves, body and boots. It’s a very jarring and disappointing visual aesthetic, and I can’t find any real basis for it in any comic books I have with the Hobgoblin in them.

Side View of Tongue Out Hobgoblin Interchangeable HeadFinally, I also would have liked one fist hand for this figure. As it is, all Hobgoblin can do is throw a pumpkin bomb with one hand and stand around with his other open hand flapping in the wind. Having two open hands like this action figure does just isn’t all that fun for posing.

Spider-Man Marvel Legends Hobgoblin Figure PackagedOverall: We desperately needed a new Marvel Legends Hobgoblin figure, and this release is the best version yet and a clear upgrade over the Toybiz iteration. Even so, there’s not too many poses this figure looks cool in with his dual open hands, the hood and cape don’t match the rest of the costume at all, and the alternate head is a total train wreck. This is a solid Hobgoblin figure, but it’s not the definitive version of the character that many were hoping for.



Marvel Legends Hobgoblin Review & Photos! Hasbro 2016 — 9 Comments

  1. The alternate head is from when Jason Macendale was possessed by a demon. The same demon that would eventually split from the host to become Demogoblin. As it stands I personally love the option and am looking forward to buying two figures so I can have both versions. Here is hoping that Hasbro will cast him in blue in a future wave so I can have a decent Demogoblin figure.

  2. Why does the Amazon listing say “Discontinued by Manufacturer”? Because they ran out, and a third party took over the listing? Technically, aren’t all action figures “discontinued by manufacturer” after the run is made, anyway?

    I, too, am looking forward to owning this impressive figure, and I have also yet to actually see one from this wave in the actual store…yet. Pegs are still clogged with leftovers from the last few waves.

    • The same thing has happened for the current Titans Return Transformers waves. Hasbro is out until they produce more, but they have no more production in the pipeline.

  3. I’m glad for fans of so-called “updated articulation” and for those who didn’t get a chance to buy the Toy Biz version and can’t eBay..

    But I’m comparing my TB Hobgoblin with the new one and I gotta ask…. what was the point?

    I think the old one is miles better and I don’t understand “outdated” when it comes to this figure. Some figures are just timeless and don’t need updating, in my opinion.

    Wonder-Man? Scarlet Witch? Desperately needed updating. Comic Falcon? Same. I don’t mean “Falcon Cap”. I mean classic comic Falcon. Venom (Eddie Brock)? Yes. And they knocked it out of the park on that one. But Hobgoblin? The new one looks like it should have been the old Toy Biz version that they needed to replace and the old Toy Biz version looks like the Hobgoblin Hasbro should have given us.

    Easy pass for me. This whole wave has been a “no thanks”. Good news, fans of Space Venom. There’s one less person on the hunt for these figures. Happy Hunting!

    • Because new fans have started collecting in the time since that figure came out, and that figure is no longer available except online. They need to put out updated figures so newer fans can get them easier.

  4. The head is Demon Hobgoblin, from before Hobgoblin and Demogoblin split into two separate entities.
    And I think it’s also technically Demogoblin shortly after he split from Hobgoblin, but before he took on his own independent persona and uniform.

    It actually pretty much perfect.

    • Well, I’ll be damned. I remember reading “The Name of the Rose” as a kid, but I have no memory of Demonic Hobgoblin. Who knew?

  5. One difference between the Toy Biz version and this one is the tattered cape. I think the Toy Biz version is better for early Hobgoblin fans and the tattered cape makes for a better Inferno Hobgoblin, which is why I really like the included demon head.

  6. I agree with most everything BUT the alt head review. I love it.

    As for source material, they nailed it, hood color and all:

    The “normal” head will be relegated to the box of unused heads, while the Demogoblin noggin will be on the shelf. The Toybiz Hobgoblin is just too good to retire, so I’m actually very happy to call this new one the Demogoblin and call it a more complete lineup.