Updated: Aug 29, 2018
Who the hell is Sp//dr? To be honest, for me, the Marvel Legends BAF Sp//dr is pretty unique in al to of ways and to understand this character, you have to get the rhythm of #Soiderverse. And while I don't want to spend a portion of my toy review on a character's history, I do want to point out this:
This is Peni Parker of Earth14512. This girl is basically a freaking Eva pilot in the world of Marvel. Now she didn't resonate with the fans like Spider-Gwen did, but godamn! She is a freaking school girl inside a Spider-Man based armor/suit! Sure, she didn't play a HUGE role in the Spiderverse storyline, but hey, she's a favorite of mine. To have an action figure of her armor as a #BAF, that's fantastic! Okay, on to the review!
Right off the get go, I love every detail placed on Sp//dr. This goes back to the idea that #Hasbro has stepped it up when it comes to their BAFs, and in their efforts with their Marvel Legends in general. Nowadays, plenty of the Cinematic Action Figures of Marvel characters are getting all the unique sculpt and extra fine tuning with their details but BAFs like Sp//dr makes me believe that the comic book versions are still getting some love. There are plenty of new molds to admire since the whole thing is brand spanking new! And the amazing thing is that it's pretty darn accurate to the character as she/it appears in the comic book. Again, I love the character design and and to see it in action figure form is definitely something I can adore, especially when it's well done. All the attention to the little details, the grooves in the armor, the anatomy, the stature, and just its overall design!
I love the way the face came out too. Again, just the over all presentation and execution. I definitely love it when Hasbro gets bold and make BAFs like this.
The coloring aspect of Sp//dr doesn't disappoint either. From the choice of plastic to the contrasting paint, and of course the other details (color wise) with Sp//dr's designs are pretty good. I happen to really like Sp//dr's color scheme as well and it really does help that Hasbro did an amazing job just translating her/it's Iron Man-ish color palette into plastic form.
As far as the articulation, I will note that it would have been helpful if this BAF received some kind of alternate hands, some effects, or something. Call me bold, but a smaller figure of Penni Parker would have been nice? But that would have probably been another Marvel Legends figure. But yeah, some accessories would have helped. But articulation wise, there is very little to gripe about with this BAF. Though beyond that, the range of movement for Sp//dr is actually pretty impressive. The skeletal anatomy does play off pretty well for itself, it can do some spider-y poses without much trouble, and not to mention, despite the design, the flaws are quite minor. The biggest hinderance are the shoulders; can't raise the arms higher than an acute angle from its body. Though being able to crouch like a Spider-Man definitely has its merit.
Admittedly the feet can be troublesome because of its not so flat footed design and the ankle pivot isn't as Hasbro-like, but all in all, I still got some good vanilla poses and standing her/it up wasn't the worse thing in the world. Ab swivels, bicep swivels, and a good head movement does allow for some pretty dynamic poses.
In terms of Sp//dr's scale, you can see she's got some height compared to your average 6 inch Marvel Legends action figure. Scale wise, she should be a little taller in order to fit a teenager inside, but I'm not complaining that we got the size that we get.
So if I didn't make it obvious, I love this action figure. Definitely one of the best BAFs for this year so far. There are a lot of hard work and attention to detail placed on Sp//dr. She may be an obscure character, but honestly, that is not a bad thing at all. We have to have some variety with these Marvel Legends Waves and truthfully, this one did it! With very little for me to complain about--the height and lack of accessories--I think this figure hit it off just right. Thank you Hasbro for putting out another quality BAF even if it's not popular with the masses.
The BAF Wave itself had its ups and downs, but honestly, it's a little better than the previous Spider-Man BAF Wave. So let me rank these figures from worst to best!
Consisting of: House of M Spidey, Daredevil, Elektra, Scarlet Spider, Doctor Octopus, Cloak, and Dagger
Lowest(ONE) being my least, Highest(SEVEN) being my favorite.
House of M Spidey -Not my favorite Spider-Man, repainted body mold, and lack of accessories definitely puts this action figure on the lowest end.
Cloak & Dagger -I really wanted to put this figures higher on the list but I just can't because I felt that they should have been 'one' action figure. Though with Cloak being an entirely new 'figure', it really made this call a hard one. But again, as my review stated, they shouldn't have been separated.
All New All Different Daredevil -Not that all new but definitely some things different. The biggest highlight for me is how the newly sculpted parts worked with the color scheme, but still, nothing too grand about this figure.
Classic Elektra -We've needed a comic book classic Elektra for a while now and here she is. Still has some issues, but hey, Hasbro did a good enough job.
Doctor Octopus -I definitely think this action figure was high on the list for a lot of collectors. Though the consensus is that these not-as-poseable tentacles drops this could have been stellar action figure down. For me, it did that since it took away from what this figure could have done. Still, always down for a new character in the Hasbro Marvel Legends line up! Classic character too!
Scarlet Spider (Kaine Parker) -HIGH on the list for me. I love how he looks, the newly added parts, and the usage of a different body and not the "Pizza Spidey". One of my favorite character in the modern Hasbro Marvel Legends form? Yes, please!
Sp//dr -This was obvious! Another BAF takes the wave for the favorite spot on the list!
Well, that's about it for the wave! Hope you all enjoyed my review!
Until Next Time!