I just recently got out the Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2. And wouldn’t you know it, right there in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 is the first appearance of Kraven the Hunter. Always one that is up for a good hunt, Kraven heads to New York to take down none other than Spider-Man himself. Well, since we are some 700 issues later, I am sure it is not a spoiler to say that Spider-Man bested Kraven, and not for the last time. He also teams up with Chameleon, which is pretty great since they share this wave together.
Since this wave features the Scarlet Spider, rather than a regular Spider-Man, I went to the shelf to get out my First Appearance Spider-Man from way back in 2005, when the Marvel Legends were being made by Toy Biz. It seemed rather fitting to have Kraven be up against the early costume.
Kraven looks amazing in his consistently over-the-top hunting outfit. He comes with his spear, and he really doesn’t need anything else. A net would have been nice.
He has all of the great articulation that we know and love from this line.
There are so many details on his clothing that really help him to stand out on the shelf. The vest is rubber, and didn’t really interfere with any of the articulation. It helps that it is open in the front. The skulls on his knees have some of the best details on his entire body, and that is saying a lot. He is covered in details.
Where do you think Kraven would have mounted Spider-Man if he had bested him way back in 1964? Head on the wall?
You can bring all of the tools you want to a fight, but it will be hard to beat the natural talent of Spider-Man. Kraven was a fantastic first figure to open in this new Rhino Series of figures. He is not heavy in the accessories, but he has that great look about him. All of his lines are crisp and clean. There was a little bleeding around the forehead from the black hair, but easily overlooked when all else was done so well.
I had to post a second shot of Spider-Man here. Getting him to balance on that post was some amazing feat. The post is not wide enough for one foot, and I was able to get him to stand there free-form. I didn’t want to have to mount him there somehow.