Line Marvel Universe
Series/Wave Series 5 Wave 22
New to Series 5, the included re-released figures have been re-packaged and re-numbered as part of the wave. The re-packed figures include Silver Surfer, Black Costume Spider-Man, Iron Spider-Man & Iron Fist.
Packaging features excellent character artwork from Marvel artist Mike Deodato Jr. With the “collectible comic shot” no longer included more of the focus goes to the nicely displayed figure. Card back features Troll from the Thunderbolts as the wave’s mascot and a small bio on Rhino. New to this series, the tri-lingual packaging is now standard for the US release. I don’t find it that distracting and i’m guessing it cuts down on costs for Hasbro. Overall it’s the usual quality packaging for the Marvel Universe line that the MOC collectors expect. Mine had a small quality control issue with the packaging, they somehow managed to get Rhino in there with his foot sideways. Luckily it was perfectly fine when I opened it.
A brand new tank of a sculpt to join the likes of Hulk, Thanos, Blastaar & Juggernaut is one of the best yet. Along with the nicely sculped muscles, the body is covered in the kind of bumps and ridges you’d expect on a Rhino-like hide. What puts this one over the top is the head sculpt. The horns, the eyes on the side of the mask and the Rhino’s menacing grin are all fantastic.
Look for this sculpt to be re-used for Abomination & A-Bomb in the next wave.
No complaints about the paint. Nearly everything was cast in a medium gray with light gray highlights. The highlights are well done and bring out the body’s details. Rhino’s face was also painted well.
Rhino charges in with a solid 22+ POA. Ball-jointed head, hips & torso. Swivel wrists & swivel/hinge elbows, knees & shoulders. Hinge/ball ankles.
It’s a shame he doesn’t have a hinged neck so he can look up, it would’ve made for some great charing poses. That being said, he still has great articulation. The Swivel/hinge knees were done really well and makes up for the lack of any thigh articulation.
This is the classic look of Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich aka The Rhino. Pretty much the only time the Rhino hasn’t used this look in the comics was his armored costume during Civil War and his spiked look when he was in the Sinister Syndicate. In recent appearances he’s used the same costume but his mask covers more of his face. Overall it’s perfect accuracy for this classic Spider-Man villain.
With a great brand new-sculpt, excellent paint, high articulation and perfect comic accuracy it’s among the best Marvel Universe figures ever made. It easily replaces the previous 3.75″ Power Charge Rhino from the Spider-Man line. I’d easily recommend any fan of Spider-Man or classic villains to pick up Rhino.
While the Rhino gives us another much needed Spider-Man villain there’s still a bunch of great ones that need 3.75″ figures like Sandman, Vulture, Chameleon & a classic Scorpion.
While most think scalpers when talking about eBay, you can find some pretty decent deals at the right time. Scored Rhino & Elektra from eBay Store General Ghoul’s Emporium, a big thanks for the great price and the super fast shipping!