Spider-Man Classics

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Spider-Man Classics is term used by collectors most commonly to refer to several lines produced by Toy Biz focusing on Spider-Man and his allies and enemies. The lines have over 17 series, with dozens of Spider-Man incarnations and many of his famous enemies. The toyline lasted 5 years starting from 2000 to 2005. A year later, ToyBiz released a new series titled "The Amazing Spider-Man". That same year, by changing the license from Marvel at the hands of Hasbro, they released Spider-Man Origins. In 2008, Hasbro released a reboot of Spider-Man Classics simply called "Spider-Man".

History[edit]

The Spider-Man Classics line was released in 2001, and was the first 6" scale line of its kind to be produced by ToyBiz with highly detailed and articulated figures. Toybiz's ambitions for the line were intended to aim figures towards adult collectors as well as kids. The line consisted of two series plus several exclusives and had clamshell packaging inclusive of a comic book copy or poster significant to the figure. The line then changed no longer using the purple 'Spider-Man Classics' logo and appealed more towards kids with similarly scaled and articulated figures for the adult collector but usually including a gimmick of some sort with smaller packaging less the comic book. ToyBiz then continued the concept of clamshell packaging with inclusive comic book for their Marvel Legends line in 2002.

Previous to the 6" line released in 2001 with clamshell packaging, Toybiz had used the 'Spider-Man Classics' logo for 5" scale figures with less articulation for a series of 2 packs as well as a series titled 'Spider-Man Classics Water Wars'.

Spider-Man Classics[edit]

Series Year Figure Accessories Description
1 2000 Spider-Man round base of Spider-Man's mask with a camera webbed to the lower right based on the art of Mark Bagley and Erik Larsen
Spider-Man base of a brick wall with a symbiote crawling on him Symbiote costume
Spider-Man base of a river Man-Spider (Spider-Man mutated)
Venom defeated Sentry of the Jury base mid-transformation pose
2 2001 Spider-Man base of a Daily Bugle billboard with webs on it first appearance
Spider-Man defeated Lizard base battle ravaged
Daredevil base of church window red
first appearance (brown/yellow)
Rhino base of a torn-up street
KayBee Toys Exclusive Spider-Man 2099 base of a brick wall with graffiti written: "Spidey was here!"
Scarlet Spider includes exact base as Spider-Man[citation needed]

With the series' success, it was spun-off into Marvel Legends. At that point, the toyline ended and was replaced by a new one simply called Spider-Man on the packaging but "Spider-Man Classic" (notice the singular form) on ToyBiz's website. The new line has blister card packaging, and no comics are included.

Many of these Spider-Man costumes have not been worn in the comic books. Many of the Spider-Man figures contain many points of articulation, including lateral slides and pull outs, torso hinges (or in the case of Snap-Shot and Black Costume Spider-Man, ball joint and hinges), and individualized fingers.

Spider-Man Classic[edit]

Beginning with Series 16, the logo design on the packaging was changed to "Amazing Spider-Man," but Toy Biz kept the series numbering and "Spider-Man Classic" identification on their website.

Series Year Figure Accessories Description
1 2002 Doctor Octopus
Lizard
Spider-Man magnetic
Spider-Man working float Web Splasher
2 2003 Hobgoblin glider, removable cape and hood Jason Macendale version with super poseability
Spider-Man catapult
Spider-Man Water webs water squirting
Spider-Man web climbing
3 Spider-Man Sticky web super-poseable
Spider-Man crate Flip and swing with crate-kicking action
Spider-Man Drop Attack Web Swing Spider-Sense with Light-Up Eyes
4 Spider-Man Wall-Crawling Action
Spider-Man Spider-Sense
Spider-Man Spider-Strength
Venom Alien Ooze retool of the "Planet of the Symbiotes" Lasher figure with new head and limb parts
5 Morbius
Spider-Man Manga
Spider-Man SCUBA equipment SCUBA Splash
Spider-Man Super-Poseable
6 Daredevil Stunt
Kraven
Spider-Man Parachute
Spider-Man Rocket Launcher
7 Green Goblin based on the art of Humberto Ramos
Peter Parker Spider-Man
Spider-Man Flip-N-Zip (based on the art of Humberto Ramos)
Spider-Man Magnetic
8 2004 Carnage
Ben Reilly Web Attack (Spider-Man 2 costume)
Spider-Man Spider-Sense attack
Spider-Man Street fighting
9 Ultimate Rhino
Spider-Man Cyber
Spider-Man Secret Identity (Ultimate incarnation)
Spider-Man Missile-Launching glider Symbiote costume
10 Lizard Tail attack (based roughly on Ultimate incarnation)
Spider-Man Snap-Shot (based on the art of John Romita Sr.)
Spider-Man Super Jab
Spider-Man Web Line
11 Scorpion Tail Strike (modern appearances)
Spider-Man Shoot-N-Trap
Spider-Man Sneak Attack
Spider-Man Triple Web Threat
12 Lizard Traditional appearance (rerelease)
Sandman
Spider-Man Dual-Web swinging
Spider-Man Hydro-Blast
Spider-Man Super-poseable Wall-Crawling (based on the art of J. Scott Campbell)
Venom rerelease
13 2005 Mysterio
Spider-Man Aqua Blast
Spider-Man Flip and Stick
Spider-Man Soak and Toss
14 Beetle Janice Lincoln
Scorpion first appearance (metallic suit and green mouth area)
Spider-Man Spin and Trap (Spider-Man Unlimited costume)
Spider-Man Web Trap Spider-Armor costume
15 Doctor Octopus Web Splasher Ultimate incarnation
Ultimate Rhino rerelease
Spider-Man Hurricane Kick
Spider-Man Rocket Blast
Spider-Man Super Stunt
16 2006 Man-Wolf backpack jaw snarl and electronic sounds
Spider-Man Battle Action
Spider-Man Shark Trap
Spider-Man Super Strength (different action than the Spider-Man Classics)
Venom Symbiote Blast
17 Hobgoblin Roderick Kingsley
Hydro-Man interchangeable water spout/legs
Sandman rerelease
Spider-Hulk
Spider-Man Shoot 'n Spin
Spider-Man Web Splasher
18 Mad Jack Flame and Launch (based on Jack O'Lantern 3's second costume)
Shocker
Spider-Man Spider-Sense (House of M version)
Spider-Man Super Kick
Venom Stealth (clear coloring)
19 Electro lightning missiles
Spider-Man Quick Change
Spider-Man Sneak Attack
Spider-Man Web Climbing
Toxin

Battle Packs[edit]

Name Figure Description
Spider-Man Versus Hobgoblin Hobgoblin
Spider-Man concept suit from Spider-Man film
Spider-Man Versus Abomination Abomination comic appearance
Spider-Man
Spider-Man Versus Scorpion Scorpion
Spider-Man battle-ravaged
Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus Doctor Octopus based on "Return of the Sinister Six"
Spider-Man
Venom Versus Carnage Carnage
Venom
Spider-Man II Versus Venom Ben Reilly
Venom based on Web of Spider-Man #118
Spider-Man Versus Absorbing Man Absorbing Man based on The Amazing Spider-Man #429
Spider-Man

Villain Series (2005)[edit]

ToyBiz rereleased figures from the Spider-Man line.

Figure Description
Carnage
Green Goblin
Lizard Tail Attack
Morbius
Rhino Ultimate incarnation
Scorpion Tail Strike

Spider-Man Origins (By Hasbro)[edit]

Hasbro re-released figures from ToyBiz in a metallic or repainted design and features new characters.

Series Figure Description
Heroes Iron Spider Could be Peter Parker, or any of the Scarlet Spiders (One: Michael, Two: Van, or Three: Patrick)
Spider-Man Hurricane Kick
Spider-Man Leap Action
Spider-Man Shoot-n-Grab
Spider-Man Symbiote costume
Spider-Man 2099
Villains Demogoblin flame glider
Doctor Octopus
Lizard
Mysterio
Rhino
Venom

Spider-Man (By Hasbro, 2009)[edit]

  • Spider-Man is a line by Hasbro that seems to focus more on children. Just like Spider-Man Origins, they repainted some ToyBiz figures, and also featured new characters.
Series Figure Accessories Description
1 Green Goblin Glider and pumpkin bombs
Iron Spider posable combat claw metallic repaint of Origins
Spider-Man streetlight scene repaint of Series 12 Super-poseable wall-crawling)
Tarantula break apart crates
Venom Mac Gargan version with jaw slash (repaint of Toy Biz Symbiote Blast)
2 Carnage Capture webs
Juggernaut removable helmet color variant
Spider-Man snap-on SCUBA wear
Spider-Man wall sticking web black instead of blue variant
Spider-Man web missile launcher Symbiote costume
Venom Mac Gargan version with Scorpion Stinger
3 Green Goblin
Spider-Man Rocket Blast
Spider-Man Symbiote costume
Spider-Man Web missile launcher Symbiote costume (remake)
Spider-Man Underwater mission (remake)

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