Marvel Super Hero Sqaud Review: Shang Chi & Spider-Man

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Wave 11 of the Super Hero Squad has been near impossible to track down. So I finally broke down and just bought an entire case of figures just to get four two-packs. Long story short: none of those packs were worth $20 a piece. Of course, of the eight figures, two of them were repaints. And not even exciting repaints, just boring horribly minor repaints.

Wall-crawling super hero!

The most boring repaint is Spider-Man, though at least he didn’t end up being worse like the Thing did. Spidey is back and this is a figure that’s been released a few times already, both in his movie costume and comic costume. This time around, he’s in his comic costume again.

In a move to cut down on costs, more and more Super Hero Squad figures are cast in the color they primarily are, so Spider-Man is done in red plastic that gives the figure an oddly dark tone. Combined with the thick black webbing and nearly unrecognizable emblem on his chest, Spidey is looking a tad off, more like he’s a Spider-Man knock-off or the Chameleon disguised as him.

At least the figure is one of the best sculpts out there with a rather plain Spider-Man that’s just standing there with one hand in a grip and the other ready to web someone. Spider-Man moves at the neck, waist and shoulders.

Master of Kung Fu!

Shang-Chi got released in the Super Hero Squad. That sheer notion is so many different kinds of absurd. I mean, when has Shang-Chi ever been relevant in the Marvel Universe? Sure, he had a stint with Heroes for Hire, but that comic was best known for its incredibly suggestive tentacle cover more than anything else. Basically, Shang-Chi is like Iron Fist only more Asian and not rich.

Shang-Chi is given a unique skin tone that makes him look almost Native American, but does a great job standing out against his red and yellow robes. What doesn’t stand out though are the white circles on the yellow trim of his robes that are essentially invisible. Shang-Chi’s hands look oddly gnarled, which actually looks rather neat for the toy.

While Shang-Chi isn’t exciting, he makes a lot of sense as a figure. He’s a guy who knows Kung Fu and his post shows. The squat stance works really well, along with his right hand being in a chopping pose. But sadly Shang-Chi’s articulation is a tad limited, since he only moves at the shoulders and neck. This is a figure that is begging to be able to move at the waist!

One final odd thing about Shang-Chi is the fact that his sculpt sacrifices realism for being dynamic. His black belt and headband are being blown in opposite directions! It just looks weird and it would have been better if they were going the same way.

Packing together Spider-Man and Shang-Chi both make sense because they’re street level heroes who aren’t bagged down with the crazy Marvel cosmic universe. If you don’t have this Spider-Man, he’s a great one to get. If you do have him, well, duplicates are part of the price you pay to collect this line. As for Shang-Chi, I don’t know why he was made or why someone at Hasbro thought he deserved a figure, but I’m not complaining about getting someone who is new.

Super Hero Squad Wave 11
Kang the Conqueror & the Thing
Cyclops & Marvel Girl
Shang-Chi & Spider-Man
Shocker & Shock-proof Spider-Man

Written by jestergoblin

October 28th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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