What If - Hasbro Did Actual Spider-Man: The Animated Series Marvel Legends Figures?

What If - Hasbro Did Actual Spider-Man: The Animated Series Marvel Legends Figures?


Jay Cochran - April 21, 2020
As you are probably aware of by now, Hasbro will release a Marvel Legends sub-line this year featuring Spider-Man-based figures on retro cardbacks that pay tribute to the old Toy Biz 5” Spider-Man: The Animated Series figures.



For those not familiar with the Spider-Man: The Animated series, it was a show that aired on the Fox network from November 19, 1994, to January 31, 1998 and took place in the same continuity as the X-Men: Animated series that also aired on the Fox Network around the same time. While Spider-Man only had a brief cameo on the X-Men series, the X-Men appeared prominently a few different times on Spider-Man.

If you have access to Disney+, the entire series is available to watch, and I do highly recommend you check it out if you have never seen it.

Besides the X-Men, the show featured a ton of familiar Marvel Universe characters and pretty much every single character from Spidey’s Rogue Gallery to that point. While some of these characters seemed to transition almost exactly from the comic book pages, others received modern overhauls, giving them uniquely different looks from the comics.

While the packaging for Hasbro’s new sub-line pays tribute to the old Animated Series, the figures themselves do not seem to be based on the show itself. But WHAT IF Hasbro started doing actual figures from the Animated Series itself as Marvel Legends?



Probably the character with the biggest overhaul in the Animated series was villain fan-favorite Doctor Octopus. Up to that point, Doc Ock was portrayed as an overweight, somewhat nerdy-looking scientist type guy wearing green and yellow spandex with some mechanical arms. In the cartoon, Octavius went from looking like an out of shape dork to a fit and trim badass wearing more of an armor-type outfit and sporting more of a military haircut and sunglasses. Of course, he still had the signature mechanical arms. Toy Biz did a figure for this version of Ock for their 5" line.



If I was to make a Top-10 list of Animated Series unique characters to get the Marvel Legends treatment, I think ol’ Doc here would be at the top of the list. How about you? What animated series character would you like to see Hasbro make for the Marvel Legends line?
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A_Spidey_Fan - 2020-04-26 @ 7:06 pm

Why not. If anything, it gives people more chances to get some other characters/villians. Of course,some characters had some designs different from the comics(Like Doc Ock, Chameleon, and Mysterio to a degree I think is different from the comics), so they would require new or modified sculpts. For the record, the upcoming Mysterio in this line is still morecomic based, because of the suit is dark green and has those lines on it. If it was truly based on the 1990's cartoon look, it would of been a light shade of green with no lines(Or maybe just 1 linearound the abs area), and he would have a belt.

But others use the same designs from the comics(Classic or1990's at the time)as well(Examples includetheGoblins, Venom, Carnage, Electro, Rhino, Shocker, Scorpion, Vulture when he had the youth talons sucking capabilities, Kingpin, to name a few).The only difference(If any)might be the shade of colours used on them.

For example, that Scorpion figure from last year's Homecoming Wave was in Dark Metallic Green including his mouth. A 1990's cartoon repaint in a lime green suit with dark green gloves, boots, part of mask, and undies, along with a flesh tone mouth area and the tip of the tail silver, would make it different from the pervious release in terms of paint and close to the 1990's cartoon look, which would still work for a comics look as well(Regardless if he did appear in the comics like this or not).

Either way, it wouldbe a good way for people who missed out in past releases(Regardless if they weren't collecting at the time, or didn't have any luck to due topoor release or scalpers) another shot at a character. Thisalso would help comic fansfor thedesigns that are more or less the same as the comics. While for Hasbro, it would help them make use of some past molds(Especially when they are character specific parts), and if required, gives them some new tooling if needed, which would give them more options in their belts for new releases down the road.

In the Grand Scheme, Hasbro shouldn't just be limited to comics, and current other media, as past other media is fine with me.

SpiderS - 2020-04-23 @ 8:28 am

I would kill for Doc Octopus and Chameleon in their animated series costumes. Theres definitely potential there that must explored, akin to MOTU figures.

leokearon - 2020-04-23 @ 6:56 am
9 hours ago, Robpozeart said:

I feel that there's a space for people who liked some of the look of those classic toybiz figure and want less-MCU-like figures. Definitely alot of ACBA potential there. eitherway you can get creative and use figures across lines and/or kitbash. All that said, very much looking forward to that spider-man figure, I'd definitely be up for seeing that version of Doc OCk you posted, and like above, a Rhino.. the Daredevil would be great too (decided to make my own since I didn't really like what's out) or that two tone Venom! What about a Madam Web w, the fancy chair!!!

I could see madame Web being don as an ultimate rider like Prof X

Robpozeart - 2020-04-22 @ 9:22 pm

I feel that there's a space for people who liked some of the look of those classic toybiz figure and want less-MCU-like figures. Definitely alot of ACBA potential there. eitherway you can get creative and use figures across lines and/or kitbash. All that said, very much looking forward to that spider-man figure, I'd definitely be up for seeing that version of Doc OCk you posted, and like above, a Rhino.. the Daredevil would be great too (decided to make my own since I didn't really like what's out) or that two tone Venom! What about a Madam Web w, the fancy chair!!!

Hulkwummy - 2020-04-22 @ 8:12 pm

Deluxe Sized Rhino and Standard sized Sandman with alternate arms and Classic Shocker and Classic Hobgoblin are a must.

abnuggler - 2020-04-22 @ 6:47 pm
17 hours ago, americamgl said:

1. Doc Ock for sure.

2. Lizard

3. Shocker

4. Green Goblin

5. Elektro

What I really want is for them to re-release Elektro, Hobgoblin, Sandman, and Rhino!!!

Well electro and green goblin are rumored to be part of the wave, along with an armored daredevil, I do agree with you I would like to see a more classic shocker as well. Hopefully we'll see another wave later down the line with Shocker and Hobgoblin. Lizard, Sandman and Rhino I doubt theyll be part of a wave since they are BAF's but they could be a re release as a deluxe fan channel figure like the upcoming AOA Apocalypse, Monster Venomand the rumored Kingpin Rerelease.Id personaly like to get a cartoon design Chameleon figure, maybe Alystar Smythe.

Bluecomet - 2020-04-22 @ 11:49 am

From NYC toy fair, they mentioned the spider-man in this line will have the best articulation, that is why I am looking forward too...Good looking doc octopus here rather than the fat one.

americamgl - 2020-04-22 @ 1:55 am

1. Doc Ock for sure.

2. Lizard

3. Shocker

4. Green Goblin

5. Elektro

What I really want is for them to re-release Elektro, Hobgoblin, Sandman, and Rhino!!!

Jmo - 2020-04-21 @ 11:08 pm

The Same goes for The Avengers cartoon line. Make a cartoon thats more of a serious based feeling

Jmo - 2020-04-21 @ 11:07 pm

I for one, would not buy this animated line of ML. I prefer the comic book or thenMCU based figs. It was a goodncartoon for its time. Marvel keeps coming out w/these kinda wacky cartoons based on SM but I think they need to make a cartoon series more committed to the comic book SM world,n just like the The SM &Xmen Animated series was back in the day. It had a more serious tone to it and I thought it was a little more realistic to the comic book world....juss sayin'

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