Young Rich Toys Peter B. Parker SP007 1:6 Scale Figure Review

In the beginning

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a smash hit when it was released at the end of 2018. Eventually winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Despite the movie’s universal acclaim, it took quite while for the collectible market to catch on. While there have been a few 1:12 scale figures produced based on the character of Peter B. Parker, there has been a disturbing lack of Sixth Scale representation. While official manufacturers like Hot Toys announced the film’s versions of Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy a couple of years ago, no love has been shown on Peter. Luckily, Third Party company Young Rich Toys has come to the rescue with not one, but two versions of the character. Today we’ll be looking at Peter B. Parker in his full Spider-Man costume with the SP007 release. 

Background

Into the Spider-Verse’s storyline is an excellent one, both introducing fans to a Spider-Man for a new generation and giving original Spider-Man Peter Parker his due in multiple forms. The introduction of an older, beaten-down Peter B. Parker serves as a solid foil for the young, hopeful Miles to play off of. The Peter of the classic comics was always suffering from what he termed his “Parker Luck”, which was always bad. Peter B. is a great way to explore what happens when that bad luck not only defeats him, but ends up bringing him a chance for his own redemption. 

Packaging

Young Rich’s uniform design style for the packaging of their Into the Spider-Verse releases is a nice mix of minimalism and dynamic graphics. Using what I assume is promotional artwork from the film’s marketing, instead of photos of the actual figure, works well. The art style, one of the aspects that identifies the film as unique from the MCU live-action entries, immediately conveys what’s inside the box. The faux Ben Day dots are everywhere, giving the box a vintage comic vibe. In contrast with the alternate, “casual” version of Peter B. Parker that the company has also released, this packaging depicts Spider-Man set against a nighttime background. It’s a simple, clever way to differentiate the two. Inside, the foam trays securely hold the figure and the large amount of accessories included. 

Sculpt

Peter comes with two portraits and both are good offerings that fall just short of being great. The unmasked head’s exaggerated features do an excellent job of capturing the animated feel of the character, though I do think it’s not completely on model. While the paint is really the culprit here, there are some issues such as the fairly horrendous seam line in Peter’s detachable hair piece that are difficult to ignore. More on that in the Accessories section, though. 

The masked head sculpt, along with the several pairs of swappable eyes, looks great. There’s a very strong “Comic Book” vibe to the web pattern on the mask that rarely gets done right with the movie and video game versions that Hot Toys produces, which makes me like this one a lot.

Where the sculpting fails is in the eyes. They stand out so far from the mask that they end up looking odd no matter which ones you choose to use. While there might be some modifications that a collector can make to have them sit better on the face, it’s a pretty glaring issue with an otherwise solid portrait.

Paint

The main painting application to discuss here is that of the unmasked portrait, which is just fine, but fails at capturing Peter B. Parker’s appearance in the film. The graying stubble and temples of the character are a big part of selling this Peter’s age and life experiences, but it’s unfortunately nonexistent in the paint here. Young Rich Toys tries, but it just doesn’t get all the way. Now, that said, I think this Peter B. Parker looks fine. I’m rarely reminded of how different he looks in the film unless I’ve just sat down and watched it, so take that how you’d like. I can live with it. 

Outfit

At first glance, this is just Spider-Man’s classic suit from the comics. And it is, with the exception of very small differences such as the trim around the red sections not being solid black or the spider emblem on his chest being quite large. However, the real difference in the costume and how Young Rich Toys has translated it to Sixth Scale is in the proportions of the figure’s body and how that body wears the suit. 

Peter B. Parker is exaggeratedly lanky with large feet and hands. The suit is tailored to perfection, fitting the figure just snug enough to give him that form fitting silhouette while still allowing for a reasonable amount of range and movement. There’s a small amount of foam around the figure’s waist, meant to convey a pot belly, but it doesn’t work that well. It’s the only mark on an otherwise flawless representation of this Spider-Man’s suit. 

Articulation

The movement on Spidey is solid overall, though nothing to write home about. There’s the requisite joints and cuts that one should expect, such as neck, wrists, torso, thigh and knees. The ankles have an uncanny range of movement, but you’ll need to remember to swivel the ball joint in the desired direction. The shoulders on mine were exceptionally tight, though they eventually moved nicely with some encouragement. The most disappointing points of articulation was the elbows, which turned out to be single-jointed. A figure like Spider-Man, especially an animated take, deserves double-jointed elbows and I have no idea why they wouldn’t give him some. 

Accessories

There’s one thing collectors have been shown they can count on when it comes to these Young Rich Toys Spider-Verse releases and that’s a bevy of accessories. Some of these we have seen before with Miles Morales, such as the spider-sense attachment, the themed base stand and articulated arm or the standard web-lines. Just as Miles did, Peter comes with a loose, fabric mask. It’s not wearable but it does make for some nice display options with the unmasked portrait. 

Some fun, scene specific inclusions range from his red web-shooters, a drone, a pepperoni pizza pie with one detachable slice, a coffee cup and a wearable bow tie. There is also a sticker sheet and even a card board box that can be folded into a pizza box! Throw in the standard Spider-Verse backdrop artwork that we’ve also gotten versions of before and you’d be forgiven for thinking they couldn’t squeeze any more into the box.

Along with several interchangeable hands and the swappable eye pieces, Peter also comes with two detachable crown attachments which are held securely with magnets. One is the aforementioned hair piece and the second is a pulled-back mask, giving Peter the appearance of taking a breath of fresh air while web-slinging. Both look good, though that seam where the hair piece meets the hair on the head is very ugly. The mask piece is great and is definitely the one I prefer, though beware of the inner edges causing paint rub on the portrait’s temples. 

In the end

I originally only purchased this figure for the unmasked portrait, intending to give it to Young Rich Toys’ other Peter B. Parker release. That figure comes with two very specific expressions and I wanted a more standard option. However, after having this guy in hand and posing around with him, he’s quickly becomes a favorite Spider-Man in my collection. The odd proportions, the saturated costume and the animated vibe have all sold me. While there are plenty of nitpicks one can make about this figure, there’s also enough charm to be found here that I just don’t care to do so.

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