|Marvel Legends Carnage|
At first glance, it doesn't seem like this figure is a re-tooled Bucky Cap or Black Panther body mold but damn right it is. I don't mind having this being used even for more than a dozen times as long as we get some great figures from it. Whoever designed or engineered this body mold is a genius, but hopefully Hasbro would continue to develop all their figures until it's close to perfection.
Just an important note- the tendrils are not bendable like a wire that I wish they could have been. They are made of soft pliable plastic material that are sculpted into his "skin". Good thing is that it doesn't get in the way once you pose the figure. Besides the tendrils, the head and the forearms are the other two body parts that are foreign. Everything else (shoulders, torso, hips & legs) are Black Panther's. Carnage's claws are sculpted as to what Carnage claws should be- long and dagger-like, but the main highlight with the sculpt is his nasty looking head which greatly represents the villain.
Like I said, even without any colour shading the paint work is outstanding. Given that this black squiggly is all but random, it's still done properly without any smudges or any paint defects. I like the paint detail on the head as much as I like its sculpt. He got his jaws open with the inside of the mouth painted with a darker pink tone. One minor complain I have with the paint though is that they should have not left his hands/claws red and dead on details. Extending the squiggly-thingies into his hands would have been nice to look at.
Carnage does not come with any weapons. However like the Marvel Legends Beetle, he got an accessory that you can plug through this peg hole at his back; making it look as though it's part with him... but it's not wings this time. They are another tendrils but are longer and more elaborate. Though having just one accessory may make someone feel unsatisfied, it's still cool because it looked pretty and nice. But sooner I'll probably get bummed about it because Hasbro could have at least gave us some melee weapons that can be plugged and kinda popping out from Carnage's hands. That would have been badass!
Although there are a few changes that Hasbro made with the parts on this well renowned body mold, the articulation wasn't very much affected. In fact, there are no changes at all. This action figure still has double-jointed elbows and wrists that rotate and flex. The head is on a ball-joint. He got an ab crunch, waist rotation, T-jointed hip, double-jointed knees, mid-calf rotation and hinged ankles that pivot just like the many figures we've seen that uses this mold.
The Marvel Legends Infinite Series Carnage figure completely mops out the Toy Biz Carnage from the Spider-Man Classics line. Quite frankly, this is a better version even with the lack of paint detail and accessories. This action figure is totally a must-grab even for those who are not big into collecting Spider-Man stuff. There's nothing about it that will make you regret.