Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Collectible of the Week: The Amazing Energized Spider-Man (Remco; 1978)
I'm a major Superman fan, but I've always loved Spider-Man too. I suspect this love is in part because of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon from Grantray-Lawrence, which I watched religiously as a kid, and which is now available for free streaming on Netflix. Joel and I have been watching the episodes together and really enjoying them, despite the limited animation and basic story lines.
Anyway, in 1978, when I was eight years old, I got my hands on Remco's Amazing Energized Spider-Man action figure. This version of Spidey stood a whopping foot tall, as I recall, and though he was stiff (meaning lacking in articulation), he came with a number of really cool gadgets, such as a "Spider Sense Activator," a viewer, and a "Spider Light." He also came with a web so you could snare the bad guys. He couldn't actually swing from a web, but he could at least hang from a web, which was almost as cool. You could activate the web gadget and watch Spider-Man climb by activating a switch on his belt.
Remco also released a Spider-Copter for their hero, and a super-villain to fight, a Green Goblin that I desperately wanted but never owned. I seem to have some memories of owning the Spider-Copter, but I can't tell at this point if it is just wishful thinking because sometimes I remember it as a BatCopter.
In 1979, Remco released additional "energized" superheroes, including the Incredible Hulk, Batman and Superman. I never got my hands on any of those figures, but I loved my Amazing Energized Spider-Man.
Today, alas, all I have left of this toy are the instructions!
Below is a TV advertisement for the Amazing Energized Spider-Man.