Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man - Reptile Blast Lizard (Movie Series)


Last week, we looked at Ultra Poseable Spidey.  Today, we look at the only other "movie accurate" figure in the line (so far), Reptile Blast Lizard.  Because the Lizard totally uses a giant shooty missile launcher.



I'm going to be up front.  I'm disappointed in this figure.  I can't figure out if it's entirely the figure's fault, or if it also has to do with the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the character's design for the movie.  Let's examine...


The packaging is the same old story.  Tear it open.  Or don't, actually.  Not yet.  Because you might decide to return this guy.


The sculpt is decent.  There's a pretty good amount of detail and texture, especially in the limbs.  I can appreciate that.  But this guy feels tiny.  I was honestly expecting something a little bigger and bulkier.  We can tell from the trailers for The Amazing Spider-Man that the Lizard is a pretty monstrous guy.  This figure is the same size as the movie Spidey.  That is to say, he's relatively the same size as a gangly teenage boy.  Not very intimidating, if you ask me (no offense to our gangly teenage boy audience).


The paint job is nothing spectacular.  It's pretty simple, but it's done well.  I don't have any complaints about the quality of paint application.  So there's that.  At least the paint doesn't suck.


The articulation, while being the same as the Green Goblin I reviewed the other day, is more disappointing on this figure.  He's got the T-crotch hips, ball hinged shoulders, elbows, knees, a ball jointed head, and a swivel tail... but without the ankles and wrists being articulated, you can't get him into any really Lizard-y poses.  He should be able to be posed on all fours and still look intimidating, but that's not possible here.  Another case of the reduced articulation preventing signature poses.



The accessory is flat out stupid.  A giant shooty missile launcher.  For the Lizard.  Really?  And it doesn't even work well.  At least mine doesn't.  It fires all of about 2 inches.



I wanted to like this figure.  I did.  But with the diminished size, the lack of necessary articulation, the lame-o accessory, and the overall lackluster design of the character, I'm just not digging it.  Maybe if he were a little bulkier and taller, and had a lab coat or something... but as is, my vote on this one is save your money.  Who knows, maybe we'll get a better version in an upcoming wave.

22 comments:

  1. I may be the only member of your gangly teenage boy audience...
    I'm overall pretty disappointed by the Spidey line so far. I got Venom, cos it's Venom, and he's not too bad, but these figures certainly aren't worth the extra pound (here in the UK) over the Avengers figures, which I'm pleasantly surprised with.

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  2. These really cost more than The Avengers figures in the UK? Ouch.

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  3. Yep, Avengers figures are £7.99, Spidey figures are £8.99 or even in one place £9.99!

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  4. You forgot to mention the disturbing Ken-esque lack of genitals. Not that I want to see Lizard's junk, but I still find it disturbing. No wonder Lizard looks so angry.

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  5. True, I did neglect to mention that. My bad. The Lizard has no junk.

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  6. No, Wasp-shot23.
    You are not alone, for I myself am a gangly teenage boy, and I live in Ireland.
    Also: Am I the only one who thinks it looks like a McDonald's toy? Honestly, this
    is just frickin' sad! Even for a Hasbro figure!!! So thanks, Zak, for taking that very painful, 3 3/4", lowly articulated, poorly sculpted, gimmicky-infected, bullet for us all. You're review is worth more than that figure.

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  7. I do what I can. After all, I too was a gangly tennage boy once upon a time (pretty sure all of us that write for this site were, at one point. Now we're a bunch of gangly, teenage-at-heart thirty-somethings), so I gotta watch out for my peeps.

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  8. Psh, speak for yourself Zak, I'm only in my mid-twenties.

    Seriously though, I still can't understand why companies like Hasbro and Mattel, who make more money than God, prefer to put out figures that look like Barbie rejects.

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  9. Don't worry Adam, you'll be old like the rest of us soon enough.

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  10. Are you actually even gonna keep that figure? I mean honestly, I would chuck that thing in the bin!

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  11. I'll keep it until a better version comes out. Then I'll give it to my daughter or something. She's been collecting Marvel figures lately.

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  12. Perhaps you could get the 6" exclusive, although the neck is very wierd on that one.

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  13. Somehow I missed this review until now. I picked up one tonight at Walmart, along with the Super Poeseble Spiderman. They were only $7.47 each!

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  14. NO FRICKIN' WAY!

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  15. After the lack of wrist articulation my biggest complaint is figure's head. To be fair my complaint has more to do with the design of the character for the movie. To me, the head doesn't look like end of the transformation. It looks more like the character is in mid-transformation at least as far as his noggin is concerned. It would be great if Hasbro made a comic book style Lizard.

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  16. Yeah, that would be sweet. And I find it funny that DC changed killer croc's look to look more like the lizard, and now the lizard looks more like killer croc!

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  17. this lizard looks more retarded then the one in spiderman 3 the video game

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  18. I agree completely, though less "realistic", that design at least looked something like the lizard. As I previously mentioned, this one looks more like killer croc.

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  19. hellow! xD
    believed to reach another figure better than this?
    another line will come out after this?

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  20. Zak,

    I'd like to ask permission to use some of your pics on my site (giving you full credit of course) ? Is there a way to contact you privately ? Here's a link to my page - my contact info is available there.

    http://www.jaykushwara.com/

    Thanks - and love the pics ! First I've seen that do the Lizard figure justice :-)

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    1. Permission granted, Jay. Thanks for your message. I took a look at your site and sent you an email.

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  21. do a review of the amazing spider man symbiote snap venom

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