The Lizard has been rumored to make his movie debut since Curt Connors’ very first appearance in the original Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movie, and though it’s a whole new Spider-Man movie universe, actor, and director, the Lizard will finally get his day in the sun this summer in the new The Amazing Spider-Man film! Arriving comfortably after the Avengers movie line, the Amazing Spider-Man toys by Hasbro were officially released this week, including their first 4″ take on the movie Lizard: Reptile Blast Lizard. This is the only movie Lizard figure we’re getting for a little bit, and he certainly looks good in the package. Out of the package, well… he’s a little less great…
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The best part part of this Amazing Spider-Man Lizard figure is definitely its expressive sculpting. Movie Lizard is no passive villain–he’s ready to kill. The Lizard figure’s spindly hands look ready to strike and rip Spider-Man apart brutally, and the Lizard’s head sculpt has a vicious look etched upon the face. His open mouth could either be preparing for a speech or to bite Spidey’s head off, and the eyes are those of a stone-cold killer.
Reptile Blast Lizard’s body itself is clearly inhuman and, while undersized, looks suitably covered in muscles. There’s a great reptilian texture covering the majority of the figure, which is brought out by the dark green color that is predominant on the movie Lizard.
The paint applications of the green fading into the tan belly of the figure look stellar. From a paint deco perspective, this movie Lizard figure is a total knock-out. Also, I was pleased to have my pick of a half-dozen Lizard action figures on the pegs so I could pick one with the most pleasing paint-job. Considering how difficult it’s been to find certain Marvel movie toys (I’ve never seen a Destroyer, Whiplash, Lady Sif, or any of the Warriors Three), I’m thrilled that Hasbro is making enough Amazing Spider-Man Lizard figures to go around at launch.
I’ve seen screenshots of the Amazing Spider-Man movie and flashes of the Lizard in the trailers, and those have given me the impression that the Lizard is supposed to look large and powerful. Not to Hulk levels or anything, but at least a decent amount bigger and beefier than Spidey. Instead, the movie Lizard figure is barely larger than Spider-Man at all, and I really don’t get the feeling from the figure that he’s a real powerhouse and threat to Spidey. We’ve seen huge figures like Hulk and Thanos in the Marvel Universe line, so I don’t see any reason (other than cost-cutting) for movie Lizard to have to be so small.
We’ve seen the extraordinary level of flexibility Hasbro can fit into a 4″ figure in their awesome Marvel Universe line, and that’s left me all the more disappointed in their Amazing Spider-Man Lizard figure. Movie Lizard has 16 points of articulation including a ball-jointed head, double-jointed ball-joint shoulders, double-jointed ball-joint elbows, T-crotch hips, double-jointed ball-joint knees, swivel tail and… that’s it. While he can do some nice upper-body poses, it’s near-impossible to get him into varied dynamic poses because of the lack of lower-body articulation. The hard plastic tail gets in the way a lot more than it helps movie Lizard to balance, and the Lizard desperately needs ankle articulation and at least swivel wrists.
Finally, the Lizard comes with one weapon: his “reptile blast” missile launcher. The missile launcher is actually too heavy for the figure to support, so the Lizard topples over while holding up the missile launcher no matter what I do. If Hasbro had implemented more lower-body articulation I could maybe get Lizard to stand stably with the reptile blast missile launcher, but as it is I just can’t get it to work. And even if I could, I think the missile launcher is pretty stupid and I wouldn’t want to display reptile blast Lizard with it anyway. I would have much preferred improved articulation or a more accurate scale on this movie Lizard action figure than a goofy giant missile launcher.
Overall: The Amazing Spider-Man Reptile Blast Lizard movie action figure is gorgeous from a visual perspective, with a highly-expressive sculpt and top-of-the-line paint applications on it. Unfortunately, the figure is held back by sub-par articulation, a dumb weapon, and being a bit undersized. Knowing the kind of work that Hasbro can put out in this scale from their Marvel Universe 4″ line, the Amazing Spider-Man movie Lizard figure really is a bit of a let-down. Reptile Blast Lizard is a good-looking figure that I’m happy to have on my shelf for the moment, but I will absolutely be looking to upgrade to a superior version that will inevitably come out down the line in a larger scale and with better articulation.
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