Wednesday, July 25, 2012

(Not a) Review: Dinner Jacket Venom!

Sometimes, a figure just comes out of nowhere and grabs your heart. In a good way. In this case, he comes from Toy Biz, a few years back, and China: Dinner Jacket Venom!
OK, that's not the figure's proper name, but it might as well be: although I picked this one up loose on eBay, I had the devil's own time finding any info on him online. Here's a link to a packaged but out-of-stock one: aw, he came with a little helmet to go with his Venom-chopper! Here's one that's in-stock--too rich for my blood, but the cycle is adorkable.

Although I'm going to insist on calling him Dinner Jacket Venom, it's more of a biker jacket, with a raised collar and visible zipper. On mine, I think the right thigh is either mispainted or maybe even the wrong piece--he should apparently have a solid white patch on the inside thigh, and three white marks on the outer thigh. Not a dealbreaker for me. DJ Venom (spinning all-trance every Friday) isn't as muscular as some Venom figures have been--he's not as roided-out as Todd McFarlane used to draw him, then. While he doesn't have some of the traditional Legends articulation--no chest or ankle points--he's got at least fifteen points, including ball-jointed hips, shoulders, and neck.
I think I was comparing this Venom to the current, Flash Thompson version: not really close, no. I don't think even the addition of gunbelts would do it. But for some reason, he just struck me as fun.







2 comments:

Dale Bagwell said...

Yes! Finally we(and I) get to see what the big fuss was all about with with this guy. I like him. He's definitely an odd choice for an action figure. But the dinner jacket moniker does seem to fit him. I imagine that must be what a nice dinner jacket looks like for a biker:)
Kind of like how Denim is considered a Canadian Tuxedo in..well Canada(Thank you Super Troopers!)

In fact he looks like he's gearing up to go to Ghost Rider's wedding or something.

Nice collection of Venoms and black spider-men. I know the one with the blue paint shading is either the Marvel Select version or a repainted ML Spidey figure. Who are they all anyways?

googum said...

I was going to say, I didn't think I was a big Venom fan, yet here we are. I think most of them are from various Spider-Man waves. Two of the black Spideys are from the really early Toy Biz series, and one's from the Red Hulk Hasbro wave.

That old, blackish-blue Venom--man, the scale and articulation on him is dated as hell. There has to be a better Brock Venom out there. You'd think.