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The last hurrah of the Spider-Man Super Hero Squad ended up being more of a whimper than a bang. As a line, it was really all over the place. Some of the two-packs were excellent, while others were lacking. The vehicles and playset were odd but the whole line didn’t meld together as well as it could have. So that leaves the last piece of the Spider-Man Super Hero Squad puzzle: the 5-pack.
The sensational Spider-Man is locked in battle with his most dangerous enemies ever! He leaps from construction crane to bulldozer, slinging webs like never before. Meanwhile, New Goblin zooms through the sky on his sky stick, hurling pumpkin bombs, even as Venom and Sandman fight tooth and claw to be the first to land a punch on the web slinger!
The final Spider-Man Super Hero Squad two-pack is based solely around Spider-Man 3 and has a single goal: rereleasing the movie’s villains. But instead of just repacking Sandman and Venom, both of these guys get brand new sculpts. Plus it’s great having Venom paired up with Sandman because Venom once bit a chunk out of Sandman that caused him to melt.
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This is the second pack of the Spider-Man Super Hero Squad to not include the webhead himself! Instead it’s a pack of two sometimes-allies, sometimes-enemies. Sure, one of them is a repaint but I prefer well done repaints over absurd resculpts of characters that don’t need them.
When I first heard that Sandman was going to be one of the bad guys in Spider-Man 3, I was a little disappointed. After all, he is the guy that Spider-Man first beat by vacuuming him up. Then it was teased that Harry would become some sort of goblin. Finally, the whole black costume got leaked and the reveal that Venom was also in it suddenly made Sandman more interesting. In the comics, Venom ended up fighting with Sandman, took a bite out of him and that caused him to dissolve for a few years. So it could have been an interesting battle where Sandman has a change of heart and defends Spider-Man from Venom and ends up dying. Instead he flew away as a cloud of sand.
It’s amazing how often super heroes end up having their costumes destroyed but one of them takes the cake: Spider-Man. While Reed Richards has given many heroes costumes made of unstable molecules that prevent them from ripping, Spider-Man got the short end of the stick. It seems like no matter where or who he fights, he ends up losing a bootie or having to do some major patching work. But maybe that’s just another power he got from the spider that bit him, the ability to be able to sow really, really well.
It’s interesting how your first exposure of a character can drastically shape how you see them. Of all the characters I have a skewed view of, this one may be the oddest: Spider-Man. I started reading my cousin’s old comics in the late 80s. Random assorted back issues so when I was first introduced to Spider-Man he was in the black costume. It wasn’t for several years that I learned he was originally blue and red. But I also remember when Venom first showed up. Of course, over the years I quickly grew tired of the symbiotes after the events of Maximum Carnage. So when Venom was announced as being one of the bad guys in Spider-Man 3, I was equal parts reluctant and excited. Of course, once I saw the movie I was less than thrilled with the outcome.