I like the fact that HASBRO is still focusing its attention on the youngsters by putting affordable, simple product out on the shelves of Family Dollar toy aisles everywhere. As a kid, I didn’t have Family Dollar. I had Fays, which coincidentally used to be where our local Family Dollar is now. Fays was a drug store with a toy section similar to a hot midget-tiny but sexy (did I just write that?). While not the biggest of toy aisles, heavyweights like G.I. Joe, Secret Wars and Transformers always populated the pegs. I bought my first Secret Wars figure from Fays, Dr.Doom. Mattel’s Secret Wars line of action figures were based on the famous “Secret Wars” comic mini series , and consisted of some of Marvel’s most prominent characters. While limited in articulation to just 5 points, each figure had a ton of personality! The brightly colored figures would almost certainly attract attention, much like this new line of Family Dollar Marvel Universe figures would catch mine!
Seeing this Spider-Man figure on the pegs conjured up old Secret Wars memories that the new, more articulated Marvel figures of today have so blatantly suppressed. And even though we all loved our Secret Wars Spider-Man figures back in the day, this was what we really wanted him to look like! I already knew the paint was perfect just by inspecting the easy-to-view figure inside the packaging. My only concern was that when I finally got my Spidey home and unboxed, would he have that same plasticky feeling that my childhood favorite Secret Wars figures had?
Yes!This was a childhood experience relived ,people! Hasbro managed to make an affordable, kick ass Spider-Man figure comparable, and arguably better than most of the lesser articulated movie figures being sold now for almost twice as much!
There are other figures in this line like Wolverine, Captain America and Hulk, but this is the gem. Even If you can’t bare to even look at a figure with less than 25 points of articulation, Spidey here is the exception. I’ve seen a lot of Spider-Man figures that have managed to capture his classic look,but few have come as close to it as this “Dollar” store Spidey 😉