A review of Mezco's One:12 Collective Spider-Man!
Spider-Man is one of the faces of Marvel Comics that is recognizable by even people who have never picked up one of the funny books. The web-slinger has been released by Mezco as a part of their One:12 Collective and has some big shoes to fill compared to Miles Morales. So let’s take a look at this figure and see what Mezco has been up to.
The packaging on this on this is the type with the slipcover designs rather than the gatefold or tin type. It has the Spider-Man logo on the front in red and black. The back cover has the action/accessories photos that are the same as what the company uses on their site to show of what you get inside the box. It is a nice touch so that you get an idea of what this figure can do rather than just reading a list of what’s included. Slide the cover off and you see Spidey in the holder with his accessories along side of him without opening the box up completely.
The likeness to the comic book version is amazing or even spectacular but no matter the word you prefer, he’s awesome. Typically Mezco goes the comic book/real world route when it comes to figure design but this one is about 90% comic version. The 10% is mostly in his feet where they look like shoes with some aggressive treads. Depending on the artist, you know the theory of his feet can change from story to story.
The headsculpts included are both masked with one having wide-open eyes and the other with them slightly squinted. This adds to the likeness of him in the comics when he is expressing emotion with the eyes on his mask. The web design flows right down his neck and into the rest of his costume.
The layout of his costume is also right out of the comics with the web design going down into a sort of arrow point. The coloring is the solid red and deep, slightly darkened blue. The hues are perfectly matched and look great. There aren’t any visible web shooters but that’s not weird considering they aren’t always in the comics depending to the artist’s creativity.
The included accessories are the 2 headsculpts, 8 interchangeable hands, 4 web lines, 1 posable web line, the base with his emblem, a magnetic clip, and an arm for posing.
Like the Miles Morales figure, the “thwipping” hands have a notch for the webbing to sit in and make it look like he is shooting them. The loop on the end of the webbing is what sits on the wrist peg after the hand is on. The webs are plastic with a shimmery coating to have what I imagine webbing would look like in the real world. They have an pearlescent look to them. Getting the hands on with the webs was so much easier this time around because of my experiences with the Morales Spidey.
The posable webline looks similar to the other ones but there is a wire that runs the length of it. This is so you can form it and there is a balled web at the end. This web line was also easier to manipulate on this figure and I don’t know if it is because I know what I’m doing or they made some tweaks to it. I was able to get some different shots but, again, there’s no clear way to pose him with it and look natural.
The base stand is like the other Mezco figures in this line with the heel peg. The base has the Spider-Man logo on it in the matching blue and red. There is a clear, posing arm that can be swapped out with the heel peg. Potentially, it can be shortened and do some aerial posing.
There is also a magnetic clip included that lets you do some posing with Spidey actually wall crawling.
This figure is incredibly flexible in a similar way to the Miles Morales Spider-Man. He has joints in the knees and elbows that bend like the real web head. It also helps that the material that he is wearing can be manipulated into practically any pose you like and completely reshapes itself. However, the thicker plastic-like material on his shoulders make it so you can’t do complete 360° arm rotations without over-stretching or possibly damaging the material. On the other hand, the legs match the flexibility of the material coverings hips. His head sits on a round peg joint at the top of the neck and on another joint at his shoulders. This makes the movements a lot less rigid.
The wrist pegs allow the multiple hands to freely swivel. The various hands serve a purpose with the web lines so that you can get the best poses. The feet at the ankles are also on a similar joint as the wrists. This time the feet have been separated differently from the body because of the plastic that runs from his calves down to his feet. On the Morales figure, the feet are inside the material from his costume.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
If you were to look back at my review of the Miles Spidey by Mezco, you can tell that I like the design that company has come up with. Honestly, I didn’t think that they could do better with Spider-Man. I’ll admit, I am totally wrong. This takes that design and improves upon it in almost every way from the way the arms/legs at the ends to the webbing feeling different. One cosmetic grip is the stitching on the back is still very large. It doesn’t affect anything with the movements so it might be a personal preference but I figure that I would mention it. The figure looks great alone or with other characters from the comics. I highly recommend getting your hands on one.