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Friday, November 24, 2017

MAFEX Spider-Man Homecoming Toy Review


I don't often find myself choosing favorites in my toy collection. All of them are awesome in their own right (as they should be...I have good taste!), but sometimes I'm blessed to come across a toy that ticks every box in your feel-good checklist, and that time is now. Join me as I go over Medicom's MAFEX Spider-Man: Homecoming ver. action figure today!

The box is your standard MAFEX big box, the size needed to hold all the stuff the figure comes with...and it comes with a lot. Loads of alternate hands, webs out the wazoo, and alternate heads!


The first thing I liked after taking Spidey out of the box is his size. MAFEX action figures are known to be considerably larger than most 1:12 scale toys, and I was afraid that I would have an off-sized Spider-Man for my Infinity War collection. But thankfully MAFEX Spider-Man: Homecoming is appropriately teenager-sized, and looks great even beside a figure like the Marvel Legends Civil War wave Captain America, one of the smaller figures from that line!


The sculpt and detail are just spectacular. The lines and textures in the suit are sharp, the colors are vibrant and screen-accurate, and his proportions are more human-like than any other Spider-Man: Homecoming toy out there *cough Marvel Legends cough*. MAFEX's strengths as an action figure manufacturer are in full display here.


MAFEX Spider-Man: Homecoming boasts of an impressive array of articulation with extreme ranges of motion. An ab crunch you have to see to believe, double knees and elbows, shoulder hinges that can bring his arms straight forward or back in a realistic way...this figure has all the articulation that befits a name like Spider-Man! I've been warned about MAFEX and their floppy, loose-limbed figures, and my recent MAFEX purchase (Iron Man Mk. 45) proved them right. But it looks like Medicom got their shit together with this figure, because every joint is surprisingly tight so posing him is really fun!


Spidey ain't Spidey if he ain't spinning webs, and MAFEX Spider-Man Homecoming is packaged with a generous amount of them! Two short and two long "web shots" can be attached to Spider-Man's wrists, while "web strings" can be held in his hands to make him look like he's swinging through the city. There's also a web string with a large "web connector" on one end as if it's attached to something, for when you want to pose him hanging by a (web) thread.



You can pick and choose from those options for your display, but be careful as they're flimsy,  translucent plastic, and you don't want those disappearing!


The thing that blew geeks' minds when Spider-Man first appeared in the Civil War trailer was his expressive eyes, and the people at Medicom heard that fangasm loud and clear. So what do they do? They include an alternate "squinting" head! As much as I like how Figuarts did it, I'm fine with swapping heads instead of swapping microscopic eye pieces, thank you very much.


And now we come to the reason why I chose MAFEX over any other toyline: the unmasked head of Peter Parker as portrayed by Tom Holland on the big screen! It's a pretty passable likeness for something so small, but it could use some highlighting or a wash to make the features pop. I don't know how Medicom could include so much in their figures while still being priced competitively against similar lines (like Bandai's S.H. Figuarts), but however it is, I hope they don't stop!


And how cool is this: there are alternate hands and feet included with the figure that has magnets embedded in them! What does that mean? That means you can display MAFEX Spider-Man: Homecoming climbing walls! Provided they're metal, of course. But WALLS! I haven't gotten around to testing if they do work, since I'm having a hard time removing the non-magnet feet from its peg to swap with the magnet-ed one.


And therein lies my single peeve with this figure: swapping hands and feet are goddamn scary. The wrist pegs look very fragile, with only micrometers of plastic connecting the peg to the hinge. It feels like it only takes a few ham-handed attempts at hand-swapping to stress that tiny bit of plastic to the point of breaking, and a 70USD++ figure like this is not the kind you want breaking. Not to mention to this day I still haven't pulled its feet off the peg (and yes, I've read the instructions). Maybe it's just this particular figure, but definitely something to watch out for.


But they're minor gripes in the overall scheme of things, because the MAFEX Spider-Man Homecoming ver. action figure is simply amazing and represents the high point of MAFEX action figure engineering. I just found my favorite action figure this year, and I couldn't be happier!


It retails for around 70USD here in the Philippines, but it should be cheaper everywhere else. Shout out to the good folks at XPlay Collectibles for hooking me up with this toy!


I hope this review was useful to you! What's your favorite Spider-Man figure? What did you think of Homecoming? Leave a comment below and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

5 comments:

  1. I just got my second copy of the mafex spider-man homecoming figure. The first one I had broke when I tried to switch the hands. I barely tugged on the left hand and the peg just snapped. I'm legit scared to open my second one. Should I even bother switching the hands?

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    1. Man I just saw this now. I hope you see this anon. Anyway, I'm sorry to hear your luck with shitty Quality Control. If you're the kind who likes to just display their toys, you'll be fine not switching hands. But Mafex Homecoming Spidey has so much potential in it through switching hands that it's sort of not worth it to NOT swap hands whenever you like. Just try your most gentle tugging to pull and swap the hands off, or pick and choose one or two of the assorted hands and leave it on him. Good luck!

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  2. My leg joints are really tight but I love the figure nevertheless. It's so poseable and an all around great attempt by MAFEX. I will say that I am a teen, so I am always worried about the hand and foot pegs. Do you know if the legs are supposed to be that tight? I have no issue getting him to hit the poses I want, the squeaky sound is just scary. Good review btw.

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  3. My leg joints are really tight but I love the figure nevertheless. It's so poseable and an all around great attempt by MAFEX. I will say that I am a teen, so I am always worried about the hand and foot pegs. Do you know if the legs are supposed to be that tight? I have no issue getting him to hit the poses I want, the squeaky sound is just scary. Good review btw.

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