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This set is just awkward. Remember four years ago after Brand New Day when Eddie Brock ended up becoming Anti-Venom? Or how about in the last four years how Venom went from being Mac Gargon to Flash Thompson and now Eddie Brock has no powers and hunts the remaining symbiotes? This set would have been awesome if it was released during the height of the Super Hero Squad, but now it feels even more awkward than the Flashpoint Action League series. Read the rest of this entry »
In comics, a hero is often defined by his villains. Batman would be nothing without his gallery of rogues and the Flash’s rogues are almost as important as he is. But when it comes to classic villains, I don’t think anyone tops Spider-Man. Read the rest of this entry »
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!
Free of the binds of his movie line, Spider-Man and friends (and foes!) have begun wrecking havoc on the Super Hero Squad line. But like Doc Ock, this time around everyone is modeled after their comic looks instead of the movies!
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.
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.