It's funny how long I avoided this figure only to spend the last year trying to hunt her down at a decent price. In all honestly, this figure isn't the greatest, but the fact that they made an action figure of an elderly woman blows my mind. Not to mention the fact that she is blind and paralyzed. Toy Biz gets a zillion diversity points for this one. Cassandra Webb was a clairvoyant and precognitive mutant who aided Spider-Man on occasional missions (I say was because she is deceased). She was an ally for sure, but she always seems creepy and dubious to me. This line is from the 1994 Spider-Man animated series and was released just as the show was coming to a close. Considering this is likely the only Madame Web figure we'll ever see, it's a shame she's wearing the goggles from the animated series. Her blindfold look is much more iconic. I just learned a fun fact that Stan Lee's wife Joan provided Madame Web's voice for the cartoon. I'll bet that played a role in the green-lighting of this unlikely figure.
I understand this was the 90s and articulation was limited. Not to mention that this figure is an entirely new sculpt. But I really wish she had wrist swivels. It would make this figure immensely more dynamic.
She is articulated at the neck, shoulders, waist, hips, and knees. The weight of her lower skirt balances her well in a variety of poses. I'm really glad she can stand up straight as well because I don't have enough shelf space for her chair.
Speaking of her chair, this figure come with a big one.
The "Flip 'n Trap" action feature refers to these two alien-looking spider creatures and a small red launching mechanism.
When you press the spiders onto the top of the red device, they sit there for a few seconds before you hear a "pop" and they
launch upwards. The goal is to have them hit the center of her chair's web. There is a trigger plate there that ensnares the spider like a venus fly trap.
Here is her first appearance from 1980.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here she is with the rest of the Toy Biz Spider-Ladies.