SH Figuarts Spider-Man Homecoming REVIEW!
Spider-Man aka Peter Parker is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.
The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the Silver Age of Comic Books.
Peter was an orphan who was raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City after his parents Richard and Mary Parker were killed in a plane crash.
As a teenager, Peter has had to deal with the normal struggles of adolescence in addition to those of a costumed crime-fighter.
His realisation of his role as a costumed superhero came at a price- his Uncle Ben was murdered as he was trying to stop a robber. With that came one of the most iconic comic book quotes of all time- "With great power there must also come great responsibility."
Spider-Man's creators gave him super strength and agility, the ability to cling to most surfaces, shoot spider-webs using wrist-mounted devices of his own invention, which he calls "web-shooters", and the ability to react to danger quickly with his "spider-sense", enabling him to combat his foes.
Spider-Man is one of the most relatable comic book characters simply because despite all the cool costumes and gadgets, what drives the character and makes him so endearing is how he struggles with his daily life- school, personal relationships, priorities and goals.
Tom Holland does a really fab job in portraying the character in Spider-Man homecoming, and I personally feel that his version of the superhero is the most comic book accurate so far.
SH Figuarts' Spidey comes in a basic, red webbed-themed window packaging, where the figure itself is nicely displayed. I think for this character, simple is more and I definitely dig the simple but effective design. Those with space constraints at home will definitely appreciate the size of the packaging (no pun intended, heh!).
I know that comparisons have been made between this SHF version of Spidey and Mafex's one, but despite many other reviewers choosing the Mafex version I still prefer the look and size of SHF. Its slimmer, looks more like a teenage Spidey and sizes up well with other lines like Mezco and Marvel Legends.
BUT having said that, I would have really appreciated it if SHF had included an unmasked Tom Holland headsculpt. It frustrates me that they left it out, and is the sole reason why I keep watching Mafex Spidey video reviews over and over again to convince myself to get their version too! Decisions.
Maybe we'll get the Tom Holland headsculpt when Avengers: Infinity War comes out...
Spider-Man comes with:
- 14 interchangeable hands
- 3 eye parts
- 3 spider-web effects
- 1 smartphone
- 1 backpack
This figure is a must have if you're looking for a Spidey figure that can execute all those crazy poses, and STILL look good doing a vanilla pose.
Paint job is great for the most part; with the exception of the wrist-pads for the web shooters. I felt that they could have put in some extra effort and pay more attention to the details there instead of what they gave us.
The standard complaint I've read from other reviewers is the "waist-belt" the figure comes with which many feel compromises the overall look of the figure.
I am somewhat conflicted when it comes to this- On one hand I agree with regards to the nature of the complaints, it does throw off what could otherwise have been an almost perfect looking Homecoming Spidey figure.
But on the the issue of technicality, I think the designs were made that way so that Spidey would be able to execute a lot of waist, thigh, knee and leg swivels with ease. If the waist part had just been one solid piece it might have affected the figures articulation.
Spidey is probably one of the few figures that I've had out of the box and on my work desk for A MONTH. Literally. He'd just be there in whatever pose I put him the day before and I'd just play with him whenever I need a break from my job.
He is so much fun to mess around with and I was almost tempted to give him a perfect ten BUT I didn't because SHF decided not to give him a bicep swivel. WHY. WHY. WHY.
But its a small hindrance which does not affect the figure's ability to execute most poses, so fret not!
Spidey is quite sturdy, despite his smallish nature. There's a lot of fun to be had in getting him to pose for random shots around the house if you're bored, haha. I decided on something different this time around :)
I'd highly recommend this figure if you're looking for a nice 6-inch Spidey figure, or is a fan of the Tom Holland take on the character. Either way, the figure's strengths far outweigh its flaws (and there are a few!).
You can get him on Ebay for around US$88 (RM360), or with the Tamashii Wall set at Big Bad Toy Store for US$99 (RM404).
OVERALL SCORE- 8.2/10
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