There’s always that Marvel Legends wave slated for the next year that ultimately ends up sliding in right before January. Last year it was the Black Panther themed Okoye build-a-figure wave. This year, there appears to be three 2019 waves hitting stores at this very moment: Black Panther M’Baku BAF wave, Captain Marvel Kree Sentry BAF wave, and the Spider-Man Kingpin BAF wave. Way to give us a little breather after the holidays, Hasbro!
As a New Year’s resolution for myself, I’m not going out of my way to obtain action figures early. However, I put in a preorder with Entertainment Earth at the beginning of December, and right before
For those unfamiliar with the Red
For a figure of a character that I have somewhat limited knowledge of, he’s fairly satisfying. Hasbro did a good job with the head sculpt and profile. Red Goblin is definitely a more unique look, and while the sculpt is great the paint lets it down a bit. I’m not sure what reference art they used, but his lower jaw should be all black as far as I can tell. In addition to that, I think he would have benefitted from having his eyes in a side-glance. Hasbro went for the straight-forward look and unfortunately, I think they spaced the pupils ever so slightly too far apart which makes him look more like a muppet than a horrific killer-demon-symbiote.
Hasbro is super sparing with when they choose to use wireframe bendy material. Norman’s tail would have been a great place to use one, sadly. Instead, it’s stuck in a static position. The chosen position of the tail isn’t all that bad as it doesn’t really get in the way of posing and adds some extra balance. However, I still like options and I think that’s a big miss here. Also, no glider? Tisk
As far as accessories go, he does come with a single symbiote pumpkin bomb, a back tendril, and Kingpin’s right leg. The back part is nothing new, but I do appreciate that they added various tendrils to the sculpt instead of relying solely on paint. They probably could have gone a little heavier on the blacks, especially around his back.
Would I suggest Marvel Legends Red Goblin?
Goblin is a fun and unique look that I’m way into. This whole wave is interesting as it can get quite obscure with no real big headliner besides Kingpin. And yes, I count new as obscure because a good majority (myself included) of comic fans don’t always keep up with modern Marvel books. I think that had they included his kick-ass glider, I wouldn’t have even hesitated to suggest him. As it stands I still recomen him, but with a little less enthusiasm.
As I mentioned earlier, I got my case of this wave over at our sponsor, Entertainment Earth.