While not as radical of a departure as the recently revealed Batman and Catwoman action figures, this Variant Play Arts Kai Venom from Square Enix is sure to have its fans. Maybe even because, like the other Marvel releases, it's not all that different from the character we know -- just different enough.
The fourth figure in the Marvel Variant line, following Iron Man, Spider-Man and Thor, Venom features his signature t00-long tongue and unnerving grin -- courtesy of interchangeable heads -- but his traditionally black-and-white body here is armored and highlighted by purple. However, neither of those changes appears to affect his shapeshifting abilities, as the figure also comes with interchangeable hands, two of which possess oozing tendrils.
The figure will be released in October in Japan, at a price of about $105.