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Web-Slinging Heroines

Spider-Man Legends
by yo go re

At last, a little arachno-parity!

These fierce females fight for justice with quick reflexes, super strength, and classic web-slinging action.

Ah, Silk, the character who finally answers the question "why did the devil need to erase Spider-Man's marriage?" Unfortunately, the answer turned out to be "so the writers could imagine themselves with a cute Asian f&*@buddy." Peter Parker wasn't the only person bitten by the radioactive spider that fateful day - it also bit his classmate Cindy Moon, who was then hidden away in a bunker for a decade to protect her from Morlun, until Peter accidentally let her out, leading to the Spider-Verse crossover. She's stronger and faster than he is, shoots webs from her fingertips, and because people are perverts, Silk and Spider-Man's pheremones make each other super horny. Yep, totally needed to axe Mary Jane in order for this important story to be told.

Silk isn't wearing her first costume. Well, technically her "first" costume was just webbing she covered herself in after taking off all her clothes, but that's not what we're talking about. No, her first "costume" had a light central body, black arms, bare hands, and black boots with spiky patterns running up her thighs. Her second costume is mostly the same, except she now has gloves with two red fingers, the light panel is smaller (stopping at the waist), but it also has stylized spider-legs that go onto her shoulders and hips. It's a minor difference, but a difference nonetheless. One thing, though? It's always been consistently depicted as black and white, not black and grey, like this toy does it. What the heck, Hasbro? You can have the chest webs fade from red to black, just like the comic does it, but you get the background color wrong?

Silk doesn't wear a mask like most Spider-characters, she wears a mask like an Old West bank robber - that is, a bandana pulled up over her lower face. You know, like Elektra in Season 2 of Daredevil. And Elektra soon in the comics, because if you can't cash in on a majorly successful cross-media appearance, what are you supposed to do?

Anyway, the figure comes with two heads: one masked, one unmasked. There's also a separate "mask pulled down to my throat" piece she can wear with the bare face, kind of like Spider-Gwen's dropped hood. Cindy is Korean, but neither of the heads looks particularly Asian. They were sculpted by Hasbro's go-to for female faces, the mystery person who always makes the eyes a little too far apart.

Silk is built on the medium female body, because she was an adult and not a teenager when we met her. That means she has all the attendant articulation, including a balljointed head, hinged neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, and wrists, a torso with the range of a balljoint, balljointed hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, and swivel/hinge ankles that act like rocker joints, especially since her feet are flat and not heels. This isn't quite Spider-Man levels of flexibility, but it's good. Surprisingly, the left wrist on mine is loose: that hand is one of the "splayed fingers" variety, and it just flops back and forth freely.

In addition to the bonus head and jaunty scarf, Silk comes with the left leg of Venom, the Build-A-Figure for Series 4. At least that got painted with the proper white, not grey!

The "Web-Slinging Heroines" are both unlikely to receive action figures - Spider-Girl because she's so old, Silk because she's so new - but getting more cool female figures is always welcome (even if it makes us miss Artemis).

-- 12/12/16


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