by: Andy Brazier [ ]
Venom is a symbiotic life-form who Spiderman first encountered on the Battleworld planet created by the Beyonder. Venoms first host was Spiderman, but Spidey rejected the symbiote, and now having a hatred of Spiderman merged with other hosts and so began its reign as the villain known as Venom.
Packed in the familiar tin box, the figure is sandwiched between two foam inserts, with the smaller pieces sealed in a clear bag. The character bio card, printed in Spanish is also included.
The main torso, the right arm and the two separate fingers are cast in resin, much like the earlier Hulk release, as the size of the piece is quite large.The left arm, the tongue and the four parts of the scenery are cast in metal.
The detail on the resin pieces is fairly good with muscle definition and a few veins. The face looks a little strange and maybe a tad small. the mouth is in an open position, exposing a set of teeth, which with careful painting should look quite sinister. The inclusion of the long metal tongue should really add to the evil look of the figure. The head doesn't have any markings for the the position of the eyes so these will have to be done carefully and with the help of the character bio card picture. The torso also doesn't have any markings for the spider logo found on the back and chest. The two separate fingers are nicely cast and have a nice set of talons. All the resin parts will need a wash as they seem to be covered in what looks like talcum powder, which is probably part of the mould release.
The metal part left arm is well cast and probably has a little more detail moulded on to it then the resin arm. The arm has part of the fire escape ladder moulded onto it. The rest of the metal parts make up the scenery of the vignette, which comprises of a ladder, a pipe,a set of railings, and the base. This builds up to represent a fire escape.
Building this kit isn't that easy, as you seem to need three hands. The problem arises trying to actually fit Venom to the stand. The left arm has part of the ladder embedded in it and the main ladder part fits into a pin mark onto the arm. The problem arises as you fit the ladder/arm combo together the feet don't touch the ladder that he is standing on. Luckily the ladder can be bent about a bit until you can get all the parts aligned. The rest of the parts the tongue and the two fingers fit well. the arms do need a little filling at the joins, but nothing too serious. The stand goes together well, with the railings having guide holes in the base, with the ladder fitting vertically into two more guide holes and also connected by the railings. You will need very strong superglue to hold everything together, and once everything is together it is very unstable, and falls over as one side is a lot heavier then the other. Once built it looks pretty good, although the scene looks a little strange as Venom is off center on one side and is actually off the plastic Marvel base.
Picture of painted model by J.M Palomares.
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