Young Rich Toys 1/6 Scale Miles Morales ReviewJose Lopez
IN THE BEGINNING
There has been much said about the lack of merchandise, specifically in the action figure market, based on the award-winning 2018 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse film. While that is certainly not as true now as it was directly after the film’s release, there is certainly still a reasonably-sized void to be filled. Major manufacturers such as Hot Toys and Good Smile Company have already solicited pre-orders for figures based on the characters from the movie, but none have actually released any. As is often the case, it has been left to the Third Party companies out there to be first to the market.
Enter: Young Rich Toys’ Miles Morales Sixth Scale figure.
Miles Morales was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli to be the next generation Spider-Man for Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Marvel Universe. The Ultimate Marvel comics imprint was a modern reinterpretation of the classic Marvel Universe in which a younger Peter Parker was Spider-Man. After that Peter Parker’s heroic demise, Miles Morales, a teenager with similar superpowers, picked up the mantle and eventually settled in the mainstream Marvel Universe.
In 2018, Sony Pictures produced a film adaptation of the Miles Morales storyline with the aforementioned Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. While still following the comics’ lead, this version of Miles is inspired by an older Spider-Man’s death and finds a new mentor in an alternate reality’s Peter Parker and several other iterations of Spider-Man, such as the female Spider-Gwen and the cartoonish Spider-Ham. The character of Miles has garnered an extremely positive reaction not only based on his stories in various media, but also for being a positive role model for children of color due to the character’s mixed Latino/African-American heritage.
The shoe-box packaging is eye-catching and uses artwork, presumably from the movie’s promotional material, instead of photos of the figure. There’s some faux Ben Day dots covering everything, giving the entire front image that vintage comic book vibe that the movie captured so well. The image of Spider-Man jumping out at you is accentuated by a reflective metallic finish on the character’s eye-lenses, which is also evident on the Young Rich logos on the sides of the box. I’m not entirely sure why they didn’t instead put an image of Miles in his street clothes on the front, since that is what this figure actually is, but it’s not a huge deal. The interior foam “trays” hold the figure and the bevy of accessories included securely and offer plenty of cushion during shipment. There are some instructions for the care of the figure on the back of the box, including an odd point that any replacement parts for the figure will only be offered if you purchased the item directly from the YoungRich website, which doesn’t seem to actually exist.
Out of the box, Miles is wearing his casual street clothes. The tailoring on each piece of this outfit is quite good, with no loose threads or unseemly seams to be found. The t-shirt and sweatpants are great, and it should be noted that the pants come with working pockets. The hooded sweatshirt has a working zipper and pockets and fits nicely, as do the extra shorts. The jacket is great, though there was some disappointment due to the color and logo of the jacket being different than what we were promised in solicitations. There are also a pair of faux socks that the figure is wearing, giving the illusion that they reach down to his feet (They don’t.).
As if one full outfit and an extra pair of shorts weren’t enough, Spidey comes with a second costume that doubles as an accessory, depending on how you wish to display him. The store-bought Spider-Man costume that Miles buys from a costume shop in the film comes packaged as if ready to hang on a rack, but you can actually open up the package and take the costume out. The costume does fit the figure, though it was tricky getting it on him. I should also mention that the costume package was supposed to include a loose mask, but mine was nowhere to be found.
There’s also an additional clothing accessory in the form of a yellow cape that slips over the figure’s neck. A bendable wire runs along the outside of it, allowing you to give it some dramatic poses.
Miles comes with two portraits. While both are well-done, I do feel there’s a clear winner and that is the masked head sculpt. Before I get to that, let’s discuss the unmasked option. Capturing the unique animated style of the Spider-Verse film was never going to be an easy feat, so I respect what Young Rich has managed to accomplish here. While nowhere near the impressive likeness of something like the forthcoming Hot Toys Miles Morales figure, this take on him is still perfectly respectable if a little dull. The expression is listless, which garners a similar reaction to it. There’s also something about the shape of the hair that doesn’t work for me, though I admittedly have a hard time isolating exactly what that something is. The masked portrait, showcasing Miles wearing the outfit that he purchases from a costume shop, is much more successful. A mixture of sculpted pieces and fabric, this piece is spot on to the movie. I love it.
Another successful part of the sculpting is the hands and the sneakers. The 9 interchangeable hands allow for holding and posing with the different accessories and all swap on and off securely.
The sneakers (there are actually two pairs included, which I’ll cover in the Accessories section) look great and pretty accurate to the actual Nike Air Jordan “Chicago” 1s, as far as I can tell.
The body is fine if nothing special. He’s the perfect scale, coming in quite small for a 1/6 figure but that’s likely pretty accurate considering the character’s age and height in the film. There are some unseemly seam lines running down his arms and legs, but I stopped noticing them pretty quickly. My figure had some issues with the right bicep coming apart at the seam line after some gentle swiveling, which was disappointing.
Just as with the sculpting, the paintwork by Young Rich Toys is unexpectedly impressive. Coming from a Third Party company that hasn’t produced much, this release is a nice surprise in this department. The skin tone looks fine, with a nice transition into the darker lips. The hairline and the eyebrows are free of any slop and the eyes are as lifelike as an animated-inspired figure can get. While the sculpted expression doesn’t do it any favors, the paintwork on the portrait gets no complaints from me. The same goes for the masked head, with its lenses and Miles’ exposed eyes looking clean and clear. Both pairs of sneakers are also painted well and have no spillover of color anywhere that I could find. An impressive showing from such a “Young” company.
With your average Sixth Scale figure, you’re never going to be able to produce any insane or even comic-accurate Spider-Man poses. The flexibility called for with an action figure based on the Wall-crawler, whether it be Miles Morales or Peter Parker, just are not feasible with your average 1/6 scale base body. Young Rich Toys isn’t changing that unfortunate truth here, so set your expectations to “low”. However, what you will get here is a perfectly solid body type that can at least give you some range of movement to give the figure some personality on your shelf. Your standard double-jointed elbows and knees, your bicep cuts, and shoulders all work fine. There’s some decent neck movement, but I am having issues keeping the neck joint plugged into the chest. This could be an issue unique to mine, but it should be mentioned. The worst end of this category belongs to the chest, waist, and ankles. There’s little to no tilt or lean in the torso at all, while the ankles are a floppy mess for me.
While this release has been hit or miss for me in other departments, you’ll find no complaints in regards to the accessories. This guy is loaded with extras, some that weren’t even solicited, and I absolutely love them all.
Along with the aforementioned two portraits, 9 interchangeable hands, and a second wearable outfit, there is a second pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers with some minor deco differences.
This additional pair come in an actual shoebox adorned in the Spider-Verse design and logo, packed with a nice card promoting Young Rich on one side and giving you the iconic “Hello my name is…” name tag from the film.
Miles needs his backpack to get to school, and the backpack given him looks pretty identical to the one in the film. The straps and zippers all work, revealing some foam packed inside to give the illusion of textbooks. There are also some faux pins decorating it and overall, the tailoring is solid here. One of the nicest 1/6 sale backpacks I’ve seen.The “Sony” branded headphones are decent, with the actual speaker sections able to swivel, though the paint is “meh” here. There’s also a solid black smartphone, a tiny flash drive with an “Alche” logo on it, a “spider-sense” effect and a spray paint can with a removable cap. In the effects department, we get two electricity FX pieces that slide onto his forearms. They’re soft plastic, so they slide on very easily. A collection of weblines that seem to be straight re-dos of the standard Hot Toys weblines that come with all of their Spider-Man figures. They plug perfectly into two red web-shooters that Miles comes with, which also slip onto his wrists nicely.
To go behind Miles, there are two large cardboard backdrops that plug into cardboard legs. The larger of the two is a sewer wall and the smaller (and cooler) one is Miles’ graffiti design. The legs have plenty of ports, so you can choose to use both or just one at a time.
Sigh, there’s more. There is also a sticker sheet that comes with images you can use on some of his accessories, like his smartphone or his spray paint can, or on the backdrop. He also comes with a nicely done stand, sporting the Spider-Verse branding, and an articulated arm that can hold the figure securely.
IN THE END
So, I do have some misgivings about the figure that I received due to some breakage of the bicep, the missing mask, and a stain on the yellow cape. That said, I was still pleasantly surprised. With tons of extra accessories, solid paintwork and decent sculpting, this Miles Morales will do me just fine until Hot Toys releases their official one. Even then, I’ll have a reason to keep this one due to some extra outfits and display options that Hot Toys won’t be producing. Young Rich Toys is definitely one to keep an eye on.