Marvel Legends – Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spider-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

The Figures

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

From Left: Toybiz Spider-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man (Red Hulk BAF Wave), Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

Black costume party! Lol. Here are some of the Black Costume Spider-man that has been released of the years. I’m missing a few, but I dare say these 4 are about the main ones from different eras of Marvel Legends.

First up is the Toybiz Spider-man Classics Black Costume Spider-man. The figure comes from pre-Marvel Legends era. The body mold therefore is really different. Once Toybiz started on Marvel Legends, they used a new body mold. I’m glad they didn’t use this body when they started Marvel Legends, because this body is terrible to me. Yeah, it was supposedly a great figure at the time it was release, but I feel Toybiz surpassed themselves when they did the figures for Toybiz Marvel Legends Series 1. Of course Hasbro has definitely improved the figures over the years too when they took over the Marvel Legends line.

Second is from Hasbro Spider-man Origins series. At that time, Hasbro has just only took over from Toybiz, so Hasbro reused plenty of Toybiz’s body mold. This silver painted spider logo Black Costume Spidey is a re-release of the same exact figure (that comes with the same exact accessory) which originally has white paint for the spider logo. This body mold is a reuse of Ice-man from Series 8.

Third is from the Red Hulk BAF Wave (or in short, Rulk Spidey). It was the definitive Black Costume Spider-man for a loooong time before Hasbro released a newer version. Which brings us to the fourth in the picture above.

Fourth Black Costume Spider-man is from the Sandman BAF Wave. Later on, Hasbro released the same figure, albeit some minor changes, in a 2-pack with Kraven.

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

From Left: Toybiz Spider-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man (Red Hulk BAF Wave), Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

All these four Black Costume Spider-man are totally different from each other. They have different body mold and spider logo. Let’s take a look at their differences.

Differences

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

From Left: Toybiz Spider-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man (Red Hulk BAF Wave), Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

First off, the height. The Toybiz Spider-man Classics Spidey is the shortest. The other three are about the same height. The issue with the Rulk Spidey however, is the ab crunch. You can see he looks hunched forward in the picture above. However, if I were to pull the ab crunch back by on click, he’ll be leaning back and stomach area will bend outwards a bit. That’s why I pose him as such, and it causes him to look hunched even more due to his neck which is already protruding forward. I find this to be a common issue for this body mold.

You can also see that the Sandman BAF Spidey has the biggest head, which is more proportionate to the body. Rulk Spidey head is kinda small in my opinion.

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

From Left: Toybiz Spider-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man (Red Hulk BAF Wave), Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

Here is a closer look at the face and spider logo. The eyes on Rulk and Sandman Wave Spidey are great. The two Toybiz Spideys’ eyes are not really nice as they are too ‘leaf’ shaped to me, without the sharp bent corners.

For the logo, the two Toybiz Spideys has the spider logo similar to his first appearance, which has bigger gaps between each spider leg. The two Hasbro Spideys has his more modern look (90s era onward). I prefer the modern look, and the Sandman Wave Spidey has a better spider logo than the Rulk Spidey.

My only gripe with the Sandman Wave Spidey’s logo is the white part at the butterfly shoulder joint, which is a patch of white and doesn’t join up nicely with the logo, both at the front and back of the figure.

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

From Left: Toybiz Spider-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man (Red Hulk BAF Wave), Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

Here’s the back of the figures. I feel the Spider-man Origins and Rulk Spideys did the logo over the butterfly shoulder joint better than the Sandman Wave Spidey.

I also find the mid-torso joint above the ab crunch of the Spider-man Origins Spidey to be too much and makes his body looks a bit elongated and too many joints on the torso.

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

Top Left: Toybiz Spider-man Classics Top Right:Hasbro Spider-man Origins Bottom Left: Hasbro Spider-man (Red Hulk BAF Wave) Bottom Right: Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

All the Spideys above, except the Spider-man Origins Spidey, has a dot at the white patch at the top of the hands. This is because when Spidey has the symbiote, that is where he shoots the organic webbing from.

There was another period in the comics later on when he wore a normal costume which is black (non-symbiotic, but same design). That version does not have the black dot on that white patch above the hands, as he uses his web-shooters for webbing as per normal when he wore that black costume.

The first version of the Spider-man Origins Black Costume Spidey (which came out in the Toybiz Spider-man Classics series, check it out here) has the dot at the white patch on top of his hand.

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

From Left: Toybiz Spider-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man (Red Hulk BAF Wave), Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

All of them came with different hands. The Spider-man Classics Spidey has web shooting hands, and the 3rd and 4th finger are joint together and has articulation.

Spider-man Origins Spidey has 2nd to 5th joint together, and is articulated,

Rulk Spidey has a pair of open hands.

Sandman Wave Spidey has a pair of fists and a pair of wall-crawling hands.

Sandman Wave Spidey wins it for me as articulated fingers are outdated and pointless to me. Alternate hands are the way to go!

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

From Left: Toybiz Spider-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Pizza Spider-man, Hasbro Spider-man (Red Hulk BAF Wave), Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

Here’s a size comparison with Pizza Spidey. You can see that the Rulk Spidey looks kinda smaller, mostly due to the head. In fact, all of them kinda look smaller except for Sandman Wave Black Costume Spidey, which uses the same body as Pizza Spidey.

TL;DR

Toybiz Spider-man Classics Black Costume Spider-man:

+ Comes with a base (I don’t have it though)

+ Accurate costume of the first appearance of the Black Costume

– Obsolete body mold

– Shorter than current Marvel Legends figures

Hasbro Secret Wars Spider-man with Missile Attack Glider (Spider-man Origins series):

+ Highly articulated

+ Costume based on first appearance of the Black Costume

– Glider accessory is kind of nonsensical (Spidey on a glider? Come on lol. Maybe some of you might enjoy that accessory as a toy gimmick but I don’t lol)

– Spider logo and eyes are silver instead of white (the figure is a reissue of Spider-man classics ‘Spider-man with Missile Launching Glider)

– No dot on the white (or in this case silver) patch at the top of the hand (the symbiote Spidey is supposed to have it as that’s where he shoots his webbing from)

Hasbro Black Costume Spider-man (Red Hulk BAF Wave):

+ Has a more buffed appearance than his predecessors

– Spider logo not as nice or accurate

– Head looks small compared to the body

– Still uses the ball hip joints and no ankle rocker

– Neck is hunched forward

Hasbro Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave):

+ Uses Pizza Spidey body

+ Spidey logo follows hi modern appearance

+ Comes with 2 pairs of hands (wall-crawling and fists)

– Their attempt at making the spider logo look complete on the butterfly joint (by having the white patch) is not a good one.

– He’s still not muscular/beefed up enough

My Verdict

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

The Rulk Black Costume Spider-man has been the definitive Black Costume Spider-man figure for quite a while. It was also pricey because of that.

While some still prefer it, to me the Sandman Wave Black Costume Spidey is better. It still isn’t the best though, as I feel the Black Costume Spidey needs to have a more bulky body.

But having said that, the articulation, design and the alternate hands are winning points for the Hasbro Sandman Wave Black Costume Spidey. Like I mentioned earlier, my only gripe with the figure is the white patch of paint on the butterfly shoulder joint which doesn’t look nice. Aside from that, it is a great figure.

Marvel Legends - Black Costume Spider-man (Toybiz Spier-man Classics, Hasbro Spider-man Origins, Hasbro Spider-man Red Hulk BAF Wave, Hasbro Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave)

Which Black Costume Spidey do you prefer? Comment on you favourite Black Costume Spidey in the comment section below!

>>You can buy the Toybiz Spider-man Classics Black Costume Spider-man here.<<

>>You can buy the Toybiz Spider-ma Classics Black Costume Spider-man with Missile Launching Glider here.<<

>>You can buy the Hasbro Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) here.<<

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