Collector's Corner - Ultimate Spider-Man

Monday, 8 April 2013 18:05:00 Europe/London

Hey guys, and welcome to another Collector's Corner! This time we're going to have a look at one of my favourite heroes, the Ultimate Spider-man Miles Morales from the Amazing Spider-man set.

For those of you who don't know Miles is from a world where Peter Parker was the original Spider-man, however he tragically died defending Aunt May from a group of his well know villains. It was about this time that Miles was bitten by a radioactive spider, much the same as Peter, and he started to acquire abilities like his predecessor (with a few additions like active camouflage.) What was really ground breaking about the character is he was of African American and Latino descent, a first for someone taking the Spider-man mantle in such a big way.

Miles has only been around for a few years but I've been eagerly awaiting a Heroclix version of the character ever since he first appeared, so I'm very glad he's here at last!

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Sculpt: The influence of Ultimate Spider-man cover artist Kaare Andrews' work is really evident here as the figure could have jumped right off the cover for Ultimate Comics Spider-man #2!

This is one of the most dynamic Spider-man figures we've had in a while, Miles looks like he's mid-swing among the skyscrapers of New York. The web in front of Miles looks like it was deliberately left straight so with a little imagination it could be attached to the side of a building. Wizkids could have left it there but they've added more web behind Spidey to really make the pose pop.

I love how brave Wizkids have been with leaving the peg holding Miles quite visible, they used to try and hide these as much as possible in the older sets and this usually ended up making them bigger or restricting the possible poses but here it's perfect.

Miles is also a lot younger than the Peter Parker Spider-man we all know and love being just 13, so naturally he is smaller than most other heroes and his figure reflects this, especially physique wise, showing a hero who is very new to the business.

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Paint: Miles' costume is a lot different from his counter-parts, mainly out of respect for Peter, being mostly black and with red webbing. The figure captures this extremely well even down to the bottom line of webbing being the thickest of the bunch, however as a whole the webs do seem too thick compared to the comic art.

This is one of those rare paint jobs that actually looks worse from a distance as once you get close up you begin to see details like the spider emblem on Miles' back and the webs are even on his neck somewhere which is incredibly difficult to paint without it bleeding onto the black.

The strikingly bright red does make Miles stand out on the battlefield however, especially if you're fighting amongst other Spider-man figures.
The lack of paint on the webs is a good choice as it lets the frosted plastic do most of the work and creates some impressively accurate webbing, especially when tied with their texture.

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Variants: If you're a fan of the original Ultimate Spider-man you're in luck as back in 2004 Wizkids gave us just that in the Ultimates set. This version of the character wears an identical costume to the normal Spidey, though the paint job is a lot more muted, and he comes with his signature backpack that he used to keep his costume in.

After looking at the original costume again I'm really glad Marvel decided to change it for Miles, it really helps give the character a voice of his own and you really know this is the Ultimate Spider-man rather than the regular one.



Overall: A brilliant sculpt of a fan favourite character making his first appearance as a Heroclix. A nice paint job and some good use of clear plastic for webs makes Miles look like he swung straight off a comic cover.



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Tell us what you think of Ultimate Spider-man in the comments below, and check back in a few weeks when we take a look at the New 52 version of Red Hood and his Outlaws from the Streets of Gotham set!

 Paul started collecting Heroclix over a decade ago when he picked up a Hypertime booster at his local comic book store, he was instantly hooked by the idea of detailed collectible figures that you could also play a game with. Check out his blog where he posts comic book news and reviews here: Impulsive Reactions

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posted on Thursday, 2 May 2013 19:40:44 Europe/London
Hey Ed, ah I've been really lucky with the poles so far, the only one that broke was beast boys and that was my fault for being too rough whilst taking him out of the packaging!
Miles is one of my favourite characters so it was hard NOT to write too much about him! I highly recommend checking out the Ultimate Spider-man comics if you haven't already!

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posted on Tuesday, 9 April 2013 00:34:33 Europe/London
Another great little analysis Paul... its not a character I really know so really good to get a bit of info on him. I would disagree on one thing though as I really dislike the thin transparent poles used on the spider men in this set as they have pretty much all broken since purchased and in fact a couple were broken in the pack. Otherwise I agree with your comment's.

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