I was starting to drift away from Spider-Man during the Maximum Carnage arc, but Shriek has been a Spider-Man villain long enough to warrant a figure. It takes a special character to play Harley Quinn in Carnage’s Joker. Not to mention, it will be a huge nuisance for everyone’s favorite wall-crawler.
Shriek makes her Marvel Legends debut just in time to introduce the new female base body. Who said patience doesn’t work? Let’s see if Shriek has me screaming or looking for an ideal spot to pose her with Carnage.
packaging: As usual with Spider-Man focused figures, the accent color is red over the standard black. The side pack art is a bit strange as it looks a lot more like Mystique than Shriek.
His bio is very basic as it doesn’t explain any of his powers or allies.
She’s too lazy for a character, a decent number of fans will need to run to Wikipedia to learn anything useful about her.
Likeness: Shriek has had several looks over the years, but Hasbro has gone from his Mark Bagley appearance down to a heavily Bagley-influenced head sculpt.
That’s the right move since Bagley was one of the most influential Spider-Man artists in the last 30 years.
Shriek is an ideal character for Hasbro as she doesn’t require much in the new sculpting department. All he needed was a head sculpt and his belt.
The head sculpt is fantastic displaying a sly smile that is full of evil intent. Her belt is positioned so that she leans correctly across her hips.
Shriek wears a new body that still looks too skinny and slender around the torso and waist. It’s a good enough standard base body, although a slightly wider body would be nice.
Paint: Shriek’s paint job is solid, which is impressive considering how uncertain blending black and white with hard, sharp edges can be.
It is almost a given that there could be another application of white paint, since it is very difficult to avoid a certain degree of transparency.
Her left eye has an excellent star fade and full iris.
Scale: Shriek is normally drawn at the same height as Carnage. She scales very well based on the comic reference art.
Joint: The big news with this new body is that it finally brings the points of articulation only given to the rarest of female figures: double-jointed bicep and elbow joints.
This feels like a breakthrough even though it is long overdue. I’m glad this is finally the norm for female figures now.
- articulated shoulders
- elbow (double joint)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double joint)
Accessories: Shriek comes with two alternate sets of hands with fists and grabbing. The painting is consistent on both sets with the pattern on his right hands.
She doesn’t have much else as she has most of the Build A Figure Armadillo with the torso and rear outer shell.
It’s worth it? Shriek was on the $22.99 starting price increase, but has been one of the easiest figures to find for less money at $16.79. That feels like a much better price.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
With improved articulation, a new solid base, and a more reasonable price, the Shriek is a winner. Especially if you are building Armadillo.
Where to get it? You can get Shriek from Walmart and some Target stores, but online retailers like Amazon, Target, and Entertainment Earth might be a better option.
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