Until Hasbro started cranking out symbiote figures over the last three years, I had forgotten just how many symbiote Spider-Man characters were out there. We’ve had both classic Venom and Agent Venom Marvel Legends figures released in the past two years, but the Build-A-Figure you get by buying all of Spider-Man Legends 2016 Wave 2 is even more recent (and a lot weirder) than the Agent iteration–it’s the Marvel Legends Venom Space Knight figure!
I was a little bit in disbelief when I first heard about this particular BAF, but reflecting on the last few years’ releases, it’s not surprising that we’d get the latest Venom redesign from the Marvel Now Guardians of the Galaxy and Venom Space Knight comic books.
I’m a big believer in the Legends series being comprised of both classic and modern characters, so this pick ultimately get a big ol’ thumbs up from me.
As for the figure itself, well–this is like no symbiote that Hasbro has done before! The Space Knight Venom Build-A-Figure is far and away the most beefy, linebacker-like symbiote that Hasbro has ever done–and I love it.
It’s basically the coolest that this figure is large enough and stable enough that this Venom can hoist up Spidey with one arm and manhandle him!
While most of the symbiotes we’ve seen in the Marvel Legends Spider-Man series have been pretty similar size-wise, Space Venom comic accurately manages to feel totally fresh and different. At around 8″ tall, this figure absolutely towers over the Spider-Man Legends Venom 6″ figure I reviewed earlier this year.
Though this figure is obviously the largest Symbiote from Hasbro to date, they didn’t sacrifice much of the articulation in his bulky body. The Build-A-Figure Venom features a ball-hinge neck, shoulders, and wrists; swivel waist, biceps and thighs; double-jointed knees; hinged elbows; ball-jointed hips and an upper torso ab crunch.
Space Knight Venom’s head had a crazy alien shape that’s totally different from any symbiote that we’ve previously seen, and it gives the figure a really unique aesthetic. Though the head looks a little disproportionate to his massive body, the proportions are authentic to the source material.
As this Space Venom figure is made up of a ton of black plastic, I was really worried about the toy having the same problems that have plagued other recent ML figures that used cheap black plastic, but I haven’t had any issues with rubbery limbs or weak joints (at least, not yet).
With no alternate hands to hold things or fists to punch with, the number of fun poses you can get intergalactic Flash Thompson into is greatly reduced. I always love interchangeable symbiote weapons, but there’s none of that here.
In addition, the paint apps on this figure really are a bit sloppy. Painting white on black is always difficult, but there’s too many uneven lines and black-on-white/white-on-black paint mistakes for my taste. The paint QC certainly isn’t bad, but on such a basic figure, it is a mite disappointing.
Overall: I really like this Spider-Man Legends Space Venom Build-A-Figure, but I don’t love it. The size and proportions of the body definitely set is apart from all other symbiote figures we’ve gotten, and the head sculpt and colors look terrific, but I feel like there’s just a little something missing to make this figure feel really special (like accessories). This is a solid Build-A-Figure, but just not quite up to the level of my favorites.