Who Wore it Best? Spider-Man Upgrade Suit Action Figure Manufacturer Comparison


To date, Dan's ToyBox has brought you action figure reviews, figure rankings, comic reviews and now, we'll talk company comparison. Today, we're going to look at the Spider-Man Upgrade Suit as seen in both Spider-Man: Far From Home and Spider-Man: No Way Home. The three companies we'll discuss are Hasbro Marvel Legends, Tamashii Nations/Bandai SHFiguarts and Medicom Mafex. For comparison purposes, we will look at the Hasbro Marvel Legends Spider-Man Far From Home Wave: Upgrade Suit Spider-Man, the Hasbro Marvel Legends Walmart Exclusive No Way Home Upgrade Suit Spider-Man, the Medicom Mafex Spider-Man Far From Home Upgrade Suit and the SHFiguarts No Way Home Upgrade Suit. Let's kick this off, then, shall we.



Hasbro Marvel Legends Far From Home and Walmart Exclusive No Way Home Spider-Man Upgrade Suit Action Figures.


Many collectors, myself included, were somewhat disappointed with the FFH wave Upgrade Suit Spider-Man as the costume was far too glossy and the details were very difficult to appreciate. Additionally, the weblines on the costume weren't shaded and many owners of this figure took it upon themselves to mod the figures by adding paint detail. I didn't go that far, but I'll admit that this version tends to stand toward the back of my Spider-Man display as the glossy costume just makes it look too toy-like and not as screen accurate as so many of the other Hasbro movie figure offerings. The Walmart Exclusive No Way Home version was marginally better as the overall glossiness of the figure was muted and there were some small detail enhancements made to the figure, with the inclusion of an unmasked Tom Holland/Peter Parker head. I actually choose to display this figure with the unmasked head on as I'm suitably impressed with the overall likeness. Still, though this figure lacks the painted weblines on the suit and the overall sculpt wasn't improved to give us a more screen accurate version. Of these two, the exclusive edges the original simply by an unmasked nose. How will he stand up against the two imports though?



Tamashii Nations/Bandai SHFiguarts No Way Home Upgrade Suit Spider-Man


I recently reviewed this figure and though I really like it, my biggest complaint was that the suit appears more charcoal gray than it does black. In fact, there is black trim around the suit to provide a buffer between the gray and red... and it's not screen accurate. The upgrade suit is red, black, and white. So, right out of the gate, in spite of the excellent sculpt and attention to detail, this color deficiency immediately drops the SHFiguarts offering to the bottom in terms of screen accurate look. Don't get me wrong, I still think this is an amazing figure, but if the paint job had been black and red rather than gray, black, and red... I'd be higher on it than I am. That's too bad, because I really like this figure and how it represents the character, but in terms of the figures in my collection and this discussion, this one just doesn't cut it.




Medicom Mafex Far From Home Upgrade Suit Spider-Man


Medicom's entry into this comparison article is solid from top to bottom. The look of the figure is very screen accurate, glossy where it should be, matte where it needs to be. The details and weblines are painted cleanly and the sculpted details, including the tread on the soles of his boots are very well applied. I will admit that SHF's sculpted details are probably just a bit tighter and more screen accurate, but in terms of the overall look, Medicom's offering is far ahead of the others on this list. This figure does an incredible amount of justice to the webslinger's onscreen appearance and is also my favorite Upgrade Suit figure. I have also reviewed this figure, previously, and though I had some small complaints, gave this figure a stellar overall rating. He features prominently in my Spider-Man movie figure display and is probably, in my opinion, the most film accurate Upgrade Suit figure to date.



There you have it folks... Medicom notches the top spot, with the Hasbro Marvel Legends figures coming in second and SHF taking the bottom spot on the list. Of course, this ranking is purely based on my opinion alone which in the end, means really nothing. I'd love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to comment or drop me an email! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these shots featuring these four figures.