Oh my gosh, I’m so stoked for today’s review! Why? Because I FINALLY found the elusive Marvel Legends Avengers: Infinity War Iron Spider!
I’ve looked everywhere for this Iron Spider figure and had almost given up hope of finding him in stores when, lo and behold, I walk into Walmart and there he is! The last one on the shelf too!
Iron Man is without a doubt my favorite MCU character, but my introduction to the Marvel universe actually came through Spider-Man.
I remember us renting the 2002 movie (the one starring Tobey Maguire) from Blockbuster (a prehistoric way of obtaining movies) and watching it with my dad while he educated me on all things Spider-Man.
Like many other Marvel fans, I appreciate the backstory given that first trilogy of Spider-Man films but still vastly prefer the rebooted version with Tom Holland. In my opinion, seeing a young Spider-Man and the sort of father/son bond he has with Iron Man is interesting and adds a special dynamic to the movies.
But, enough with my Marvel sentiments. It’s time to check out the Iron Spider!
The Marvel Legends Avengers: Infinity War Iron Spider comes in a solid black box with a plastic window at the front. We see Avengers: Infinity War and the name of the figure written at the bottom of the box. At the top is the Legends Series logo and Build-A-Figure Thanos.
The Iron Spider is part of the first wave of Marvel Legends Avengers: Infinity War action figures. Except for Iron Man, each character in this line comes with a piece for the Thanos Build-A-Figure. Once you collect the entire series, you put the different pieces together to get a Marvel Legends Thanos figure. Mine came with Thanos’ left leg.
The back of the box has a large image of the Iron Spider plus a short description.
The description reads: Advanced technology and high-tech gear are signature marks of the web-slinging hero: Iron Spider.
At the bottom are more pictures showing the completed Thanos figure, the pieces needed to build him, and the other characters included in this wave.
Alright, we’ve done the obligatory box inspection. Let’s get Spidey out and see what he can do!
Meet Iron Spider:
Here is Iron Spider fresh out of the box. His only accessory is a leg for Thanos. Unfortunately, I don’t plan to get any other figures from this wave and won’t be building the Build-A-Figure, so I have zero use for this piece. Off to eBay it goes!
Iron Spider is the name of the suit Peter wears throughout Avengers: Infinity War, which is why this figure is named Iron Spider instead of Spider-Man. The Iron Spider was designed by Tony Stark and is basically Iron Man armor for Spider-Man.
Our first glimpse of this high-tech suit came at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming when Tony Stark offered it to Peter Parker as a gift. At the time, Peter rejects the suit saying he would rather “stay on the ground for a little while” as the “friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man”.
However, the Iron Spider is reintroduced in Infinity War when Stark remotely deploys it to save Spider-Man who is clinging to Ebony Maw’s Q-Ship.
Clearly, this new suit is much fancier than Spider-Man’s previous suits. Not only can it keep the wearer alive in space, the suit is stronger than Spider-Man’s normal costume, even withstanding powerful blows from Thanos. In fact, I believe the Iron Spider has the same nanotechnology as Iron Man’s latest Bleeding Edge armor.
The armor’s most noticeable features, though, are the four large spider-legs that materialize from the spider symbol on the back.
I find these spider legs eerily creepy yet strangely fascinating all at the same time!
In the comics, the Iron Spider is bright red and gold, mimicking the colors of Iron Man’s armor. But the MCU’s Iron Spider stays closer to Spider-Man’s classic blue and red color scheme albeit more metallic.
He has a red mask with a web pattern covering the front and back. His eyes (goggles) are white and have a thick, black outline.
Instead of black, the spider logo on the front is dark navy with a gold outline. The web pattern and gold details continue down Iron Spider’s body, across his joints, and around his back.
There is another spider emblem on his back, but this one is red instead of navy. It’s sad this figure didn’t come with mechanical arms like we saw in the film. They are such a prominent feature and would’ve made for some interesting figure photography. Hmmm…maybe I ought to add that to my list of things to make?
The Iron Spider is close to 6 inches tall and is shorter than Iron Man.
I’m glad that there is a height difference between Iron Spider and the other figures. I mean, he is still a kid, after all, so he needs to be shorter.
Spidey is known for his web swinging abilities and extreme dexterity, so let’s see how that translates into action figure form!
Iron Spider can look up, down, left, and right.
He can lift his shoulders to the side and swing his arms to the front and back. Iron Spider has a wider range of arm movement than Iron Man thanks to the butterfly joints at his shoulders.
Then, of course, he has my favorite double-jointed elbows!
Moving down his arms, we see Iron Spider has hinged wrists that tilt up, down, and rotate around.
Like Iron Man, Iron Spider has a hinge at his chest allowing him to tilt his upper body to the front and back. This hinge only moves back and forth though. There’s no side-to-side pivot.
But that doesn’t mean Iron Spider can’t turn to the side. Nope, there’s a swivel joint at his waist so he can turn his upper body to the right and left.
Iron Spider can kick his legs to the front and back. His legs will spread apart but not enough to do a perfect split.
Iron Spider also has swiveling thighs and double-jointed knees which give even more ways to pose him and get that perfect shot!
Then there are his hinged ankles which tilt up, down, and pivot to the side.
So far, all the action figures we’ve reviewed have come with two pairs of interchangeable hands; however, Iron Spider only has web-shooting hands.
There’s no denying that every Spider-Man figure needs a pair of web-slinging hands (how else is he supposed to subdue bad guys?), but I wish Iron Spider had one other set. A pair of relaxed hands would have been nice. Heck, I’d even take fisted ones!
But, since this is all he came with, my Iron Spider is perpetually stuck shooting spider webs!
Although the lack of a second set of hands is disappointing, I’m still happy with Iron Spider and his articulation. As a matter of fact, he is slightly more flexible than the Marvel Legends Iron Man. His shoulders aren’t nearly as stiff, plus he has a few more joints (the butterfly joints and waist swivel) allowing him to bend and turn in ways Iron Man can’t.
My Marvel collection is and always will revolve around Iron Man (as it should?); however, I knew Spider-Man needed to join my action figure assemblage at some point. The Marvel Legends Avengers: Infinity War Iron Spider is the perfect figure for that role.
My only complaint about this figure better is the lack of accessories. Sorry, but a Build-A-Figure piece is not an accessory. It would’ve been fantastic had Iron Spider come with an unmasked head and an extra pair of hands.
But, like I’ve said before, those are extras I wish he had and not actual faults with the figure. The truth is, I’m having a tough time finding any serious flaws with the Iron Spider.
The colors and sculpting on this figure are vibrant, detailed, and–most importantly–movie accurate! He can strike many poses making him a fun to photograph and show off.
Speaking of showing off, I had so much fun taking pictures of Iron Spider for this review I couldn’t help creating a short slideshow starring Iron Man, Iron Spider, and Tinker Bell!
Just click the slides to flip the pages–and, yes, this mini-comic has spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
I hope you enjoyed this review of the Marvel Legends Avengers: Infinity War Iron Spider. I know I had a blast preparing it! But, I’ve talked enough…
Now, it’s your turn!
What do you think about Spider-Man’s new armor? Feel free to drop a comment and be sure to check back soon for more doll and action figure fun!