Marvel Legends – Spider-man (Vintage Wave) vs Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)

The Figures

Marvel Legends - Spider-man (Vintage Wave) vs Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)Left: Spider-man (Vintage Wave) Right: Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)

Here we have the first Pizza Spidey from Hobgoblin BAF Wave (2015) and the re-released Pizza Spidey from the Vintage Wave 1 (2017). Both of them have the same body mold, but different in paintwork and accessories.

Vintage Pizza Spidey only come with a half-masked head and a pizza, whereas Hobgoblin Pizza Spidey has 3 pairs of hands, a half-masked head and a pizza.

Although the Hobgoblin Pizza Spidey is double packed per case of 8, it was quite quickly sold out as it was the only classic costumed Spider-man Marvel Legends that was released after a long while at that time. The release of the Vintage Spider-man about two years later was definitely welcomed.

Marvel Legends - Spider-man (Vintage Wave) vs Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)Left: Spider-man (Vintage Wave) Right: Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)

As you can see, the first and obvious difference is the shade of red and blue, more prominently the blue. Vintage Wave Spidey has a lighter shade of blue compared to Hobgoblin Wave Spidey.

Differences

Marvel Legends - Spider-man (Vintage Wave) vs Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)Left: Spider-man (Vintage Wave) Right: Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)

Besides the difference in shade in the red and blue paintwork, the front and back spider logo is also different. Different comic artists have had slightly different renditions of the classic costume. I’m not particularly choosy, I’m ok with both for the front spider logo.
Marvel Legends - Spider-man (Vintage Wave) vs Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)Left: Spider-man (Vintage Wave) Right: Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)

For the back logo, I prefer the Hobgoblin Wave Spidey. I think that design is more commonly found in the comics.

Marvel Legends - Spider-man (Vintage Wave) vs Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)Back: Spider-man (Vintage Wave) Front: Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)

Although the articulation points of the figure is the same, they have updated the leg joint such that the Vintage Spidey is able to do a wider split. The Hobgoblin Wave Spider-man not being able to do a wide split was talked about when the figure was first released. I guess Hasbro heard it and made a slight (though not much) improvement.

Marvel Legends - Spider-man (Vintage Wave) vs Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)Left: Spider-man (Vintage Wave) Right: Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)

Not so important, but the pizza has a slight difference in paintwork too. The Vintage Spidey seems to have more chili flakes on the pizza. Heh. The Hobgoblin Wave Spidey’s pizza is very yellow and cheesy on top.

Marvel Legends - Spider-man (Vintage Wave)
Both above: Vintage Wave Spider-man

Above is the Vintage Wave Spidey with the alternate hands from Hobgoblin Wave Spidey. The peg joints fit nicely. The red paintwork is slightly different. You’d have to scrutinize the figure to see the difference in red. So that’s good news, if you can find spare hands from the Hobgoblin Wave Spidey, you can use it for the Vintage Wave Spidey.

TL;DR

Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave):

+ Darker blue, glossier red paintwork

+ Half-masked head

+ Pizza

+ 3 pairs of hands

+ Different spider logo on front and back (as compared to Vintage Spider-man)

– Leg split is less wide

Spider-man (Vintage Wave 1):

+ Lighter blue, matt red paintwork

+ Half-masked head

+ Pizza

+ Different spider logo on front and back (as compared to Hobgoblin Spider-man)

+ Legs can do a slightly wider split

– 1 pair of hands

My Verdict

Marvel Legends - Spider-man (Vintage Wave) vs Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)

Left: Spider-man (Vintage Wave) Right: Spider-man (Hobgoblin BAF Wave)

I personally prefer the Hobgoblin Wave Pizza Spider-man as I prefer that paintwork and spider logos. It also has more accessories. However, newer collectors or those who missed out would have difficulty in finding it. The Vintage Wave Spider-man is newer so it is slightly easier to find.

An alternative is also the Knock-off (KO, non-authentic) Hobgoblin Wave Spider-man that you can get off China sellers at EBay or Aliexpress. You can see my review of the differences between the authentic and non-authentic Hobgoblin Wave Pizza Spider-man here.

I’m keeping both of these!

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