Kraven The Hunter
Line Marvel Universe
Series/Wave Series 4 Wave 18 #008
The packaging artwork for Wave 18 is drawn by Marvel artist Ed McGuinness. Figure is displayed nicely in the plastic shell. Card back features Rocket Raccoon as this Wave’s mascot and shows off more figures from Wave 18. Back of the card also has a small bio on Kraven. More nice packaging for the MOC folks.
Kraven’s body is a mix with the Secret Wars Absorbing Man’s torso and other re-used parts along with some new pieces. Kraven features all-new lower legs which include some awesome looking skull knee-pads. Kraven has a brand new head sculpt that i’m nearly certain will be re-used for a Tony Stark figure. Kraven’s lion head jacket and loin cloth are removable and add a lot of detail to an otherwise simple sculpt. This body seems to be a bit large for Kraven but it still works well.
While Kraven may not have that bright of a paint job, it’s very detailed and near-perfect. Various shades of brown for Kraven’s pants, boots, knee-pads & arm wraps. Painted on animal print arm bands. Excellent detailing on the jacket (light color fur really pops) & belt. Only complaint is too much red around his eyes, it makes Kraven look like a hungover Tony Stark.
Kraven features 22+ POA. Ball-jointed neck, hips and ball-hinged torso, shoulders & ankles. Double-hinged knees & hinged elbows. Swivel wrists & biceps. This mix of early Marvel Universe parts gives Kraven adequate articulation but could have benefited from rocker ankles and a swivel waist.
Skipping the cardboard “collectible comic shot”, Kraven comes with a surprising amount of accessories. Included is a necklace, a knife & a spear. The necklace can only be put on if you remove Kraven’s head and it looks more like a bandana. The knife looks like it’s used to spread butter, it’s the same that was included with Drax the Destroyer. Kraven’s spear looks good but it’s made of an extremely soft plastic and bends easily. While I may have complaints about all of Kraven’s accessories, i’m still glad they were included. A lot of the recent Marvel Universe releases either came with only one accessory or nothing at all.
Comic Book Accuracy
Kraven’s costume and appearance hasn’t changed too much over the years but i’d say this figure is accurate for his modern look. Kraven’s earlier appearances did not have the skull knee-pads and the pants were usually animal print. While the paint colors are off for some of his costume, the lion vest is almost perfect. You could probably get away with using this figure for a classic Kraven.
Complaints aside, Kraven was a much needed figure and was done well. If he’s not the best of Wave 18, he probably will be the most underrated. If you’re a fan of Spider-Man, the Sinister Six, or just want to add an important villain to your Marvel Universe collection, i’d recommend getting Kraven the Hunter.
After the long drought since Wave 17 was last released, I really didn’t feel like waiting for retail. I pre-ordered all of Wave 18 from ToyWiz and it arrived days after it was released, excellent service. Wave 18 is just starting to hit retail so you can start checking all the usual stores.