Joining Square Enix’s expanding assortment of reimagined superheroes is the Marvel Universe Variant Play Arts Kai Spider-Man Action Figure. The company’s creative team has served up a craveable collectible that manages to unambiguously radiate Spidey’s familiar likeness while offering a distinctive portrayal of the wall-crawler that’s apt to appeal to fans that are open to a more stylized depiction.
Off the bat, collectors intent on picking up the Marvel Universe Variant Play Arts Kai Spider-Man have the option of choosing either (or both) the standard or black, Limited Color version. While the paint schemes vary, everything else is the same. Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai Spider-Man boasts the design of the venerable and well-known artist Hitoshi Kondo. Similar to his other remasterings of other Marvel icons, which includes the likes of Black Widow, Iron Man and others, Spider-Man is remarkably well crafted. The authentically slender 10.5-inch resin-cast figure is intricately formed with a myriad of sculpted contours. The metallic silver webs and arachnid symbols on the figure’s chest and back appear especially luminous against the dusky backdrop Spidey’s Venom-inspired ensemble.
The Marvel Universe Variant Spider-Man is built with over twenty points of articulation and, according to Square Enix, features a range of motion that exceeds most figures in the Play Arts Kai lineup. Spidey is solidly constructed and sturdy enough to remain upright without support even when contorted into a range of action stances. Accentuating its poseability, the figure comes with ten interchangeable hands (five left and five right) enabling the essential range of Spidey-like poses. One pair comes with webs bursting from the left and right palms with tiny holes in the center into which additional sculpted translucent web accessories can be inserted. Spidey can be dynamically posed with web bolts, long (11.5-inch) and short (2 x 5.75-inch) web strands, and a web net. The figure also comes with a matching spider web backdrop and a 17-piece display stand (comprised of translucent supports and metal fasteners), which comes standard with Square Enix’s ultra poseable Play Arts Kai action figures.
A welcome addition to the collection of any superhero collector, Square Enix’s Marvel Universe Variant Play Arts Kai Spider-Man Action Figure (Limited and standard color versions) released in December of 2016 at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $120 USD.