Marvel Legends – Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) vs Hasbro Jack O’Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)

The Figures

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) vs Hasbro Jack O'Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)
Left
: Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) Right: Hasbro Jack O’Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)

Here we have the two different Jack O’Lantern from different era of the comics (and toys). This character has a confusing origin and history. He’s one of the Spidey characters that I don’t know much about as he didn’t appear much in the comics, and not a main Spider-man villains. He’s kinda a 2nd or 3rd tier Spidey villain in my opinion. Heh.

He’s been called Mad Jack during the earlier days in the comics, therefore having the name ‘Mad Jack’ printed on the Toybiz packaging.

Differences

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) vs Hasbro Jack O'Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)
Left: Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) Right: Hasbro Jack O’Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)

So yeah as you can see, they have totally different body mold and different costume. Toybiz being Toybiz, has great sculpting and details on the figure; the sculpted green scales, weathered vest and black-washed brown belt. The head sculpt is also menacing. The only drawback to me is the gimmick right hand, which I’ll explain later on.

The Hasbro Jack O’Lantern has a slimmer body. It reuses Ghost’s body mold (from SDCC Thunderbolts Boxset). The costume looks cleaner and more sleek, with more belts, buckles and straps. The fire effect on the pumpkin head is awesome.

I realized that it’s difficult to make the Hasbro Jack O’Lantern hold his sickle or broom due to the way the fingers are position. It doesn’t have wrist articulation, but has forearm swivel joint, so it still can have a variety of poses.

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) vs Hasbro Jack O'Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)
Left: Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) Right: Hasbro Jack O’Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)

As you can see from the back, the fire effect from the Hasbro Jack O’Lantern is translucent orange and looks really great.

The back of the Toybiz Jack O’Lantern has a battery compartment and a button which activates a red light in the head when pressed. I like the sculpt of the boots of the Toybiz Jack O’Lantern.


Above: Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics)

Another drawback about the Toybiz Jack O’Lantern is that both hands does not have a swivel wrist joint. The right hand has a peg to attach the big pumpkin bomb to it, and the left hands look elongated with the useless finger joint (why would I need a four-finger-flapping action?).

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) vs Hasbro Jack O'Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)
Top 2: Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) Bottom 2: Hasbro Jack O’Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)

Both heads look great. The Toybiz Jack O’Lantern head looks great and detailed. The fire effect around the pumpkin head is bit haphazard in shape, but it still makes the head look good.

The Hasbro Jack O’Lantern has neater fire effect around the pumpkin head, and the pumpkin head looks cleaner, but still menacing.

Hey, the light up function still works for my Toybiz Mad Jack!

TL;DR

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics)

Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics):

+ Great head scult

+ Detailed costume and sculpting of scales

+ Comes with glider and 2 big pumpkin bombs

+ Head light up when pressed (mine still works, don’t if other’s still work)

– Gimmick right arm that swings downwards when pulled up, it restricts posing the figure for toy photography or display

– Left hand has a peg for a pumpkin bomb to be attached to, right hand doesn’t look nice as it is elongated due the unnecessary finger joint.

Marvel Legends - Hasbro Jack O'Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)

Hasbro Jack O’Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave):

+ Sleek and modern costume based on recent costume in the comics

+ Comes with broom, sickle and pumpkin bomb

+ Head sculpt and fire effect on head looks great

+ Good articulation

– The shape of the hands and fingers (which are open quite wide apart) makes it difficult for the figure to hold the broom and the sickle (it took great effort for me to pose the figure riding the broom in the above pic, phew)

My Verdict

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) vs Hasbro Jack O'Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)

Left: Hasbro Jack O’Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave) Right: Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics)

I like both figures; they are different renditions of the costume from different era of comic, and both of them are good figures. It might be difficult for you to find the Toybiz Mad Jack though as it’s been out of production for a long time.

So if you were to get either one, Hasbro Jack O’Lantern would be the figure to for. But like I mentioned earlier, it takes patience to pose it. Heh.

You can still get the Hasbro Jack O’Lantern here.

Marvel Legends - Toybiz Mad Jack (Spider-man Classics) vs Hasbro Jack O'Lantern (Absorbing Man BAF Wave)

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