Toys Era – The Fiend Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure Review

In The Beginning

If Spider-Man: No Way Home has proven anything, it’s that nostalgia is a powerful force. That fact has never been more true than when it comes to collecting right now. While certain villains returning to movie theater screens is all the rage, some of those characters were already making their way back to collectors’ thoughts thanks to Third Party companies likes Toys Era. 

Despite never getting an official release from Hot Toys or the like, the Green Goblin from the 2002 Spider-Man film has been a perennial fixture on Sixth Scale wish lists. Last year, he was finally able to be crossed off of those lists. The Toys Era The Fiend Sixth Scale Figure brings to life this iteration of the Goblin in all his glory, both in a single release and a deluxe release that included his iconic Goblin Glider. We’ll be taking a look at the Deluxe Version. While the original release of this figure has long since sold out, Toys Era has announced a reissue, which is available for preorder now. 

Background

Willem Dafoe’s sometimes campy turn as the Green Goblin in the very first Spider-Man movie continues to be heralded as one of the greatest villains in the character’s filmography, which explains fans’ excitement at the bad guy’s return in the latest Spidey installment, No Way Home. Just as in the original comic books, the glider-riding supervillain is revealed to be businessman Norman Osborn, the father of Peter Parker’s best friend, Harry. Driven insane by a serum developed by the character’s own company, Oscorp, Osborn would don a glider and battle armor he was also responsible for creating. Though his thirst for vengeance against those who wronged him and his eventual rivalry with Spider-Man would ultimately lead to his death, the Goblin has remained a fan-favorite even 20 years later. 

Packaging 

Toys Era has gone with a very sleek, minimalist design for The Fiend. What appears to be a solid black art box with some green lettering on it reveals itself to actually have a spot varnished, shadowy image of the Green Goblin riding his glider visible from certain angles. The metallic green logo for the The Fiend is in a font that Spider-Man movie fans will find very familiar. On the back of the box, there’s the usual warning information, but there’s a barely-visible silhouette of the Goblin Glider above that as well. 

While the art box contains the figure and all of his accessories, collectors who purchased the Deluxe Version will receive an additional package. Despite containing the excellently-crafted Glider, which comes packaged safely and securely in a foam tray, this second box is just a plain brown shipper. I’m not showing this because, well, its boring.

Sculpt

Right now, Toys Era is amongst the top Third Party companies producing excellent renditions of our favorite characters and this take on the Green Goblin is another notch in their belt. The armored design of the character offers plenty of sculpted pieces to prove what they’ve accomplished here and they do not disappoint. The Goblin’s helm is spot-on to what we saw in the film, down to the tiny fangs in it’s “mouth”. Speaking of which, there’s even a mesh-like opening, revealing a fully-sculpted lower face behind it.

A look under the head shows that Toys Era actually sculpted a complete bottom face, from nose to chin, to give the illusion of Willem Dafoe’s head under the mask. That’s attention to detail!

There are plenty of armored plates along the Goblin’s costume, including on his chest, crotch, shoulders, arms and legs. These are all sculpted to perfection and do a solid impersonation of actual metal armor. Despite being fairly rigid, the plates don’t seem to be overly fragile and they are all positioned perfectly so as to avoid any dangerous overlapping. While most of them are attached securely via glue, I did have a kneepad fall off after some rigorous posing. A little annoying but also probably an easy fix. 

Paint

When speaking of the actual figure, there isn’t too much to discuss when it comes to paint. A healthy layer of metallic green covers 95% of the Goblin outfit, including his portrait. That said, it’s all applied evenly and without slop.The object of the paint is to sell that the armored bits are indeed metal, which is successful thanks to a beautiful metallic green that’s given just the right amount of black wash to give it depth. The silver teeth look great, as do the golden eye lenses. 

Outfit

The undersuit that the figure wears is, first of all, beautiful. Tailored nicely, the rubbery material that Toys Era went with matches the overall look, though it does tend to attract lint and fuzz. It also has plenty of give when it comes time to pose the Goblin on his glider. The detailed ridges and lines match the color scheme well and the golden trim that runs down along the outer legs offers just the right amount of color to break things up a tad. Despite the tight tailoring, the legs do have a tendency to bunch up around the top of the sculpted shoes, likely due to the thick, rubbery material. Some futzing around with it can fix that, though. 

Articulation

The body that the Fiend is using under the outfit is what you’d expect, offering plenty range of movement without sacrificing any of the spectacular appearance. Particular highlights are the double-jointed elbows, which allow for a deep bend that makes for stellar pumpkin bomb-throwing poses, as well as great lean and tilt in the neck. The legs and torso are no slouch in the articulation department either, though you will have to lend some care to the armored plates when posing those areas. Finally, the feet have decent pivot and lean, but the high-top design of the boots does interfere some.

Accessories

Three sets of metallic green, gloved hands are included and they all swap out easily and with little resistance. Also included are two pumpkin bombs, both of which fit snugly in the grabbing hands. The paint on these is perfect, particularly the bombs considering their smaller size and tiny details. 

A solid, rectangular stand is included, complete with nameplate bearing the “no frills” name Toys Era had to give this guy so as to avoid legal issues. There are three ports, allowing for three different options of display. One is the articulated, bendy arm and clamp that will hold the Fiend by the waist. There’s another option, allowing for a U-Stand, if that’s your thing. The final port allows for another bendy arm, but this one will screw into the underside of the included Goblin Glider. 

Ah, the Goblin Glider. This is, quite simply, a work of art. I can honestly say that Toys Era has outdone themselves with this accessory, making this Glider worth the price of admission alone. The Glider has articulated wings thanks to real metal, working pistons, allowing for some cool poses when combined with the figure.

Speaking of the Fiend, his feet connect via pegs that plug into foot pieces, which are themselves also articulated on a ball joint. The paint applications add to the overall effect, combining silver, purple and a black and brown wash that gives the illusion of oil stains. I could go on forever about the Glider alone, but it’s easy to say that this is my favorite part of this release. 

In The End

I never expected to get a Green Goblin figure based on the Raimi film in my lifetime, much less one this exceptional. From articulation to sculpting to paint, The Fiend knocks every aspect out of the park. While the Standard Release would certainly still impress, the inclusion of an amazing Goblin Glider makes the Deluxe Release the must-have version. Do not hesitate to grab this figure if given the chance. 

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