Authentic vs KO/Bootleg Marvel Legends Black Costume Symbiote Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) How to tell them apart

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The Figures

Marvel Legends Black Costume Symbiote Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) How to tell them apartLeft: Authentic Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) Right: KO/Bootleg Black Costume Spider-man

Here’s a KO / bootleg Marvel Legends Black Costume Spider-man from the Sandman BAF Wave. This figure is the first black costume figure since ‘Return of Marvel Legends’ Series.

Hasbro did a version of him during the ‘early Hasbro era’ around 2008-ish. Check out their comparison here!

Marvel Legends Black Costume Symbiote Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) How to tell them apart
Left: Authentic Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) Right: KO/Bootleg Black Costume Spider-man

The KO comes with the same alternate hands.

The quality of the figure is also quite decent; there isn’t any loose or soft joints or anything.

Check out the 4 differences I managed to spot!

>>Buy the Hasbro Marvel Legends Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman Wave) here!<<

Differences

Marvel Legends Black Costume Symbiote Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) How to tell them apart
Left: Authentic Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) Right: KO/Bootleg Black Costume Spider-man

1. The eyes of the authentic has this sharp corners at the nose bridge area. For the KO, its not painted as sharply at that area. (Refer to arrow in the picture above)

Marvel Legends Black Costume Symbiote Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) How to tell them apart
Left: Authentic Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) Right: KO/Bootleg Black Costume Spider-man

2. For the KO, the gap at the right elbow between the bicep and forearm is especially wide, and there’s a letter R engraved inwards on the joint. The gap at the authentic is small, and the R is sculpted upwards instead of engraved inwards (difficult to see in the picture above though).

On the left elbow joint, the authentic has an arrow sculpted. The KO has the letter L engraved instead.

Marvel Legends Black Costume Symbiote Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) How to tell them apart
Left: Authentic Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) Right: KO/Bootleg Black Costume Spider-man

3. The original has no grooves on the pegs of the hands, but the KO hands has pegs similar to the original pizza spidey, whereby there are 2 grooves on it.

Marvel Legends Black Costume Symbiote Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) How to tell them apart
Left: Authentic Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) Right: KO/Bootleg Black Costume Spider-man

4. The ‘antennae’ of the spider logo at the back is painted sharper for the authentic. For the KO, the ‘antennae’ are kinda blunt (see arrows in the picture above).

TL;DR

Authentic Black Costume Spider-man:

+ Eyes has sharp corners at nose bridge area

+ Right elbow has small gap between bicep and forearm (with the letter R sculpted upwards, but hard to see due to small gap)

+ Peg of hands does not have grooves

+ ‘Antennae’ of spider logo at the back is sharper

KO (knock-off, not authentic) Black Costume Spider-man:

– The part of the eye at the nose bridge area is blunt

– Right elbow has big gap with the letter R engraved inwards clearly visible

– Peg of hands has grooves

– ‘Antennae’ of spider logo at the back is blunt

My Verdict

Marvel Legends Black Costume Symbiote Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) How to tell them apart
Left: Authentic Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman BAF Wave) Right: KO/Bootleg Black Costume Spider-man

To me, the easiest way to spot the KO would be the wrist pegs of this figure, and also the big gap at the right elbow, with the R sculpted upwards. The big gaps at the elbow joint are quite a consistent thing among the KO spidey figures.

However, having said that, the KO Black Costume Spidey is actually quite decent in quality, unlike the KO All-new All-different Spider-man 2099. This figure is a decent stand in if you can’t find the original, or good for customs too.

>>Buy the Hasbro Marvel Legends Black Costume Spider-man (Sandman Wave) here!<<

Check out the differences between the authentic and KO versions of these Marvel Legends Spideys here:

Retro Wave Pizza Spider-man

All-new All-different Spider-man 2099

Black Costume Spider-man

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