Hot on the heels of Marvel Legends Series 1, Hasbro has unleashed the second series of their revived Marvel Legends upon us! I just finished reviewing all of Series 1 two weeks ago, and you can find all those reviews in the Toy Reviews Index. But now it’s time to switch gears and start in on Series 2, with my most-anticipated figure in the new Marvel Legends line so far: Future Foundation Spider-Man! Marvel Legends Series 2 was originally announced at San Diego Comic-Con as containing only “Big Time” Spider-Man in the black and neon green costume, but Hasbro unveiled the awesomeness of the monochrome FF Spider-Man variant at New York Comic Con in the fall. The first time I saw this costume, I utterly hated it. Then I started seeing the costume on merch, and I fell in love. My Spidey-sense went off when I heard this figure had been sighted in stores, and nothing was going to stop me from getting this figure ASAP, not even the near $20 price-tag at Toys R Us…
I have a serious weakness for having to buy variants of Spider-Man in his crazy multitude of different costumes. Spider-Man has one of the deepest wardrobes in comics (not to the levels of The Wasp or anything, but large nonetheless), and in this second series of revived Marvel Legends, Hasbro is capitalizing upon Spidey’s ephemeral taste in clothes by releasing two new Spider-Man costumes as 6″ figures, including this Future Foundation version. For those not keeping up with comics these days, the Human Torch died (for about 8 months) and Spider-Man was asked to take his place on the Fantastic Four, which was temporarily redubbed as “The Future Foundation”. The change didn’t last long, but at least we’ll have this slick Spider-Man costume to remember it by forever.
Future Foundation Spider-Man may be the first Marvel action figure ever released fully in monochrome (the grayscale Newsreel Captain America doesn’t count), and Hasbro has pulled off a miracle with the paintwork on this figure. Despite being molded in white and heavily painted with black as a secondary color, there are absolutely no stray black lines or black paint leaking into the white anywhere on the figure–it’s really exceptional. The costume design of this figure is incredibly striking, and the superb quality of the paint makes this figure even more impressive.
Among the most acrobatic characters in all of superhero-dom, Spider-Man demands a heavily-articulated sculpt, and the Marvel Legends Series 2 Spider-Man is one of the most flexible Spider-Men toys ever. With a whopping 30 points of articulation, you can make Spidey do almost anything you want. Future Foundation Spider-Man’s articulation includes a ball-jointed head, hinge neck, ball-jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, double-jointed elbows, double-jointed wrists, upper torso ab crunch, swivel waist, ball-jointed hips, swivel thighs, double-jointed knees, and double-jointed ankles with my beloved ankle rockers.The range of motion on Spider-Man is phenomenal, and he looks amazing poised to strike or posed flying through the air at a supervillain.
Finally, the generic packaging blurb. I’ll be brief: I love the 2012 Marvel Legends packaging. It’s bright, vibrant, and character-specific. The huge artwork on the front and back of the card depicting the character you’re buying is engaging and a real treat to look at, and it’s a shame you have to utterly destroy the packaging to get at the figure inside. Usually the only thing I’d like to see improved is slightly more text about the characters on the cardbacks, but in this case specifically I would have like the card artwork to be altered to show Future Foundation Spider-Man instead of “Big-Time” Spider-Man. There’s a drastic difference between the two designs, and I’d like the packaging to reflect that. But in general, this is some of the prettiest packaging on the market today and it absolutely blows the Marvel Universe 4″ line’s packaging away.
Future Foundation Spider-Man comes with zero accessories. No, seriously–zero. No Arnim Zola Build-A-Figure pare, no paper insert with a story excerpt about Arnim Zola–nothing. Considering Spider-Man is one of the figures that uses the least plastic and paint deco of any of the new Marvel Legends series so far, it seems rather cheap on Hasbro’s part to give him absolutely nothing on the side. For a figure that cost me $19+ at Toys R Us after tax, Spider-Man’s package seems awful empty.
The only really strange thing about the Spider-Man figure itself is that his left hand is permanently sculpted in web-shooting position. I don’t know how other people feel about this, but I personally don’t need my Spider-Man posed shooting webs 24/7.
Also, I think it’s pretty lame that Future Foundation Spider-Man is the limited variant, whereas the wacky black/neon green stealth suit “Big Time” Spider-Man is going to be the common version. Spider-Man wore the stealth suit for what, all of three issues? Whereas the Future Foundation costume has been featured prominently across the Marvel Universe for close to a year now and is catching on as one of Spider-Man’s most popular costumes in years. I think Hasbro really dropped the ball with the decision to make FF Spider-Man a hard-to-find figure.
“Where Can I Buy It!?”
Spider-Man is part of Hasbro’s 2012 Marvel Legends Series 2. He’s packed at one-per-case and each case either has the regular “Big Time” version of the character or the limited “Future Foundation” variant. If I had to guess, I’d say getting the FF variant is going to end up being a real bitch. As of writing, these figures have only been sighted at retail at Toys R Us, where they retail for $17.99 + tax.
Ebay is always a great option for looking for deals on new-release action figures, as ebay tends to have listings for figures literally the day they turn up in any store. Click here to check out the current ebay listings for Marvel Legends Future Foundation Spider-Man!
Amazon has Future Foundation Spider-Man in-stock right now from various sellers, but prices and availability change rapidly on Amazon so you’ll need to click through for the current specifics.
BigBadToyStore stocks virtually every Marvel product Hasbro releases each year, and have cases of 8 containing all of Marvel Legends Series 2 for $124.99 as well as Spider-Man (randomly Future Foundation or Big-Time) available for $19.99 individually.
Overall: Not to have a fangasm or anything, but I really freaking love this Spider-Man figure. The Future Foundation costume grew on me, and this figure is the absolute best representation of the costume on any merchandise yet. The paint deco on this Spider-Man is spectacularly well-done, and the articulation is some of the best ever on a Spider-Man figure. I can’t in good conscience give this figure a full ‘A’, as the pre-posed web-shooting hand bothers me, as does the high price for a figure with zero accessories, and the fact that he’s unjustly a limited variant. Even so, this is easily my favorite Marvel figure in any size that I’ve purchased so far this year, and he definitely receives a high recommendation.