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Gwen Stacy

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
by yo go re

Miles Morales may be both black and Hispanic, but this set is the real two-fer.

Intelligent and quick-witted, Gwen has a sharp sense of humor and is a natural leader.

So you're saying that Spider-Gwen - any Spider-Gwen - is entirely unlike her 616 counterpart? The original Spider-Gwen comes from Earth-65, and in a quick Easter egg, Into the Spider-Verse designated its Gwen's home reality as "E-65": that's not meant to suggest she's "the" Spider-Gwen having a little side adventure, the way "the" Marvel characters went to Fortnite, it's just a reference for the fans. It also means that in addition to the Marvel multiverse having an infinite number of realities, those numbers can also include letters. Normal Gwen is from Earth-65, Spider-Verse Gwen is from Earth E-65, and the movie takes place on Earth E-1610. Yeesh! Don't they know this is the kind of thing nerds will obsess over?

Because Hasbro's only previous Into the Spider-Verse Marvel Legends set didn't bother with new, accurate heads, it opened the door for third-party companies to provide replacements. I'm glad I never got any of those, because now we've got an official release. This sculpt perfectly re-creates her forced side-shave, which sounds like it would be a weird search category on one of the internet's shadier sites, doesn't it? The shaved portion of her hair is a darker shade than the long hair, as it should be, and the set includes an alternate hood-up head that can swap on with no trouble.

While Miles gets a new sculpt, Gwen uses the same body as before, with slightly different paint - it's the same basic costume design, black and white with pink panels and teal webs, but the specific shapes have been given some slight tweaks. The "folded back" hood piece isn't the same mold we got before, having smoother wrinkles (and the raised hood is so tight it might as well be permanently attached to the masked head). The major new part of the sculpt, though, are from the shin-joints down: ItSV Gwen wore her ballet slippers with her costume, and this one gets them sculpted on instead of just painted.

Giving her new feet means the foot joints aren't as stiff as they usually are on uses of this mold: you can actually rock the feet side-to-side with no trouble. Other than that, she has hinged ankles, swivel shins, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, a balljointed chest, swivel/​hinge wrists, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge shoulders, a hinged neck, and a balljointed head. In fact, since the body is reused and the head is on a ball-and socket joint, you could swap Gwen's head onto the Stepford Cuckoo body and pretend it's "secret identity" Gwen. The figure's got fists in the package, but you can trade them for thwips.

Gw...anda isn't the only Spidey in this set: we also get Earth E-8311's Spider-Ham.

Spider-Ham, Spider-Ham!
Friendly neighborhood Spider-Ham!
Spins a web, that's the gig/
Kinda weird 'cause he's a pig.
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Ham!

Life is a plate of bacon.
When trouble's in the makin'/
You'll find the Spider-Haaaaam!

It is absolutely weird that we live in a world where this is our second Marvel Legends Spider-Ham. Unlike the last one, this is a glorified accessory, so its only joint is a ball-and-socket head. The shape of the body and head are straight from the movie, a big more "Porky Pig" than Spider-Ham usually is, but it works. It can be hard to keep him standing, since the head is so big and heavy, especially if you want him to be looking up at the other characters. There are holes in his feet, but they're too shallow for normal figure stands, and too wide for old GI Joe ones.

This series includes Stilt-Man as a Build-A-Figure, and Gwen's got the entire torso.

Hasbro's second attempt at making an Into the Spider-Verse Gwen Stacy is much, much better than their first.

-- 05/11/21

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