Marvel Super Hero Squad Review: The Sentry & Spider-Man

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The Sentry is a fascinating example of how some public relations stunts don’t exactly work. The Sentry was originally shown off in Wizard in 2000 as a super hero created by Stan Lee before the Fantastic Four but had been lost. Marvel even drew up some fake sketches and credited them to Artie Rosen – a reference to Artie Simek, the letterer of the Fantastic Four #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15, and Sam Rosen was responsible for designing almost every Marvel logo in the 60s! Rosen also was the letterer on Will Eisner’s The Spirit and was responsible for drawing word balloons and sound effects in almost all of Marvel’s comics in the 60s too! So if you know your history, those names pull some major weight.

But the Sentry didn’t really catch on. He was basically a Superman rip off with a new weakness – himself! Whenever the Sentry activated his powers, he would summon his evil counterpart, the Void. It was an interesting take on the weakness mythos in comics, but when you have a hero who can do anything, nothing is that exciting.

High flying hero with the power of a million suns!

The Sentry grew in popularity under the pen of Brian Michael Bendis as he wrote New Avengers. Of course, some fans strongly dislike the character, including Tom Katers and Ron Richards actively putting a bounty on the Sentry’s head for any writer who will kill him off.

The Sentry is in many ways the iconic super hero. He’s wearing tights with a giant cape and a belt that looks like it belongs in the WWE. It’s classic and instantly recognizable. But what really sets Sentry apart is the fact that he’s got long hair. It’s a little change that really helps him from just looking like a Superman knockoff.

Sentry is posed like he’s about to take off in flight. His left foot is just off the ground with his left hand raised up into the air. It’s a unique pose, but the articulation makes it his only pose. Sentry only moves at the waist, but his cape prevents him from really moving at all.

The paint is well done and Sentry’s skin tone has a nice tan color that makes sure it doesn’t look like he has jaundice. His suit is a nice goldenrod while his navy accessories are all well painted. One odd thing about him though is his smile. Sentry is so concerned about using his powers that he always seems burdened. It’s like getting a smiling Batman figure!

Web swinging into your neighborhood!

There isn’t a whole lot to say about this Spider-Man figure other than it’s one of the best Spider-Man figures out there. Originally released with Black Cat, Spidey’s been repainted to look like his comic costume and it works well.

The best part of this figure is the scale, Spider-Man isn’t a big guy so his figure should feel smaller than Captain America or Iron Man and this figure does. His pose is basic, almost too plain, but it all works well. Spider-Man moves at the shoulders, waist and neck.

The paint isn’t bad. Spider-Man is now cast in red plastic so there is less of a risk with his webs getting all messed up. The lines are well painted but his right palm looks a little weird. It’s just solid red and has nothing painted on it! But his left palm does have the webbing on it!

These two New Avengers are decent figures. Spider-Man is excellent but somewhat unexciting. As for the Sentry, while I dislike his character he’s an interesting figure that looks unlike any other Super Hero Squad toy. Now if only we can make sure that the Sentry’s death is permanent.

Super Hero Squad Wave 9
Punisher & Blade
Spider-Man & Electro
Captain America & Red Skull
Spider-Man & Sentry

Written by jestergoblin

September 26th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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