Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)

AKA: Carnage, Cletus Kasady, Commander Osborn, Director Osborn, Gobby, Goblin, Goblin King, Goblin Kingpin of Crime, Goblin Lord,  Great and Terrible, Hobgoblin, Os-Man, Iron Patriot, Mason Banks, Normie Osborn, Octo-Goblin, Overlord, Red Goblin, Scrier, Super-Adaptoid

No villain has cause Spider-man more pain and loss then Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin. Introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (1964) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Green Goblin was originally a villain trying to take over the underworld of crime, whose identity was a mystery for some time. He would hire gangs and other villains to distract Spider-man while he would attack crime bosses. His identity was eventually revealed to be Peter Parker’s friend’s abusive father, Norman Osborn. After a battle with Spider-man, Osborn lost his memories of Green Goblin and this caused Peter to leave him go without arresting him. However, Harry’s drug problem and other factors, caused the Goblin persona to return. He also learnt of Spider-man’s identity, which he used to capture and attack him. This eventually led to one of the most famous death in comic book history with the death of Gwen Stacy, when Goblin threw Gwen off a bridge causing Spider-man to try and capture her by using his web, leading many people to believe caused her to snap her neck killing her. Spider-man attacked Goblin but refuse to kill him. Osborn tried to kill Spider-man with his glider but he dodged it and it pierced Goblin killing him.

However, thank to the Goblin serum that gave him his powers, Osborn gained a healing factor and survived. He used this opportunity to flee to Europe. He joined the Scriers and forced his way to the top. He then used them to enact his revenge against Spider-man, including being the person truly behind the Clone Saga and other events. He also kidnapped Aunt May and sent an actress to pretend she was her and die. However, none of these worked and Osborn took matters into his own hand, having the Parker’s baby be a stillborn and killing Ben Reilly. He then went return to the public image as a business man working to ruin Spider-man image, including buying the Daily Bugle. He then frame Spider-man for murder which lead to Spider-man taking up 4 new identities, in the Identity Crisis arc. He then was one of 5 people to perform the Gathering of Five ritual, which granted 5 people different power. He then believed that he had gotten the Power part and attack Spider-man, revealing Aunt May alive and well. He instead got the insanity part and was captured by Spider-man.

He would eventually return but was captured and imprisoned by Spider-man. He had a back up plan and worked with Scorpion to kidnap Aunt May and force Spider-man to help him escape but Spider-man worked with other heroes and sent Osborn and those that worked with him back to jail. Osborn was later put in charge of the Thunderbolts. He then help with the Secret Invasion fight and killed the Skrull Queen. He was hailed a hero and made in charge of Super-human affairs. He set up HAMMER and became Iron Patriot and began hunting down heroes. He fell from power during the Siege arc and was imprisoned. He was eventually helped to escape by his HAMMER followers and gained the Super Adaptoid power but was defeated by the Avengers and had those powers removed. At some point Osborn began having plastic surgery to hid his identity and began gathering followers, most of which were people that Superior Spider-man left escape, for a new Goblin cult in which he build in order to destroy Spider-man and take over New York as Goblin King. He was eventually defeated when Peter Parker returned who depowered him. He escaped and worked to build a new army by working with the new ruler of Symkaria and forced the people to either build his weapons or sell his services to terrorists. He was eventually defeated by Spider-man and Silver Sable but escaped, realizing he needed to get his Goblin powers back. This eventually led to the Red Goblin arc where he became the host of the Carnage symbiote. He was defeat by Spider-man who had bonded with the Venom suit again.

Green Goblin is one of Spider-man big 3 villain, alongside Doc Ock and Venom, so he has a quite a few figure over the years. He has had a number of figures in Spider-man Classics line, both from Toybiz and Hasbro. His first ML however was in the Sinister Six box set by Toybiz. He later got a single figure in the Toybiz Onslaught series with an unmasked variant. Hasbro then gave him his Iron Patriot suit in the Iron Monger wave. He got a “classic” update in the Sandman wave and is getting a Red Goblin figure in the Kingpin wave.



Recommend Figure: Toybiz Marvel Legends Onslaught Series Green Goblin

  • Background:
    • When Goblin first appeared he was using what people called a flying broomstick. However, he was later replaced it with the iconic Goblin Glider. However, with small redesigns, his classic costume remained mostly the same as his first appearance. This is what most have based on since.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you are one of those extreme nitpickers, you may think this is the best Green Goblin as the Sandman wave one is the Goblin King version and not classic. (Yeah there are people like that so if I didn’t separate them they would whine). It is a nice figure but has stuff that make is hard to pose including a pumpkin bomb stuck on his hands. It’s not a bad figure but the Sandman wave or the Hasbro Classic line figures are better IMO if you don’t mind them being slightly different.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No, as the Sandman wave version is a great figure and works for both.

Marvel Knights

Recommend Figure: Toybiz Spider-man Classics Series 7 Green Goblin

  • Background:
    • With the launch of the Marvel Knight imprint, Green Goblin got a short lived redesign, when he attcak Spider-man and was promptly arrested. This led to Osborn getting Scorpion to kidnap and bury Aunt May and trying to get Spider-man to help him escape.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This is more of a stylized version of GG and is not something that you have to have unless you have to have every version of a character. Not recommend for anything other then that.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No, short lived and forgotten.

Iron Patriot

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Iron Man 3 Iron Monger Wave Iron Patriot

  • Background:
    • After Osborn killed the Skrull Queen and ended the Secret Invasion, he was made in charge of Super-human affairs. Wanting to create his own version of the Avengers, he gather other villains to work with him each being a counterpart to proper Avengers. Needing an Iron man and Captain America, he combine the two and created the Iron Patriot armor.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This is an absolute essential figure if you want to complete the Dark Avengers team, to which we only have a handful of character left to get. It is also important for a Green Goblin collection as well as Avengers villains shelves.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Goblin King

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Spider-man Sandman Wave Green Goblin

  • Background:
    • While Doc Ock was the Superior Spider-man, a new Green Goblin character was working underground, gathering followers from people that Ock had defeated, like Phil Urich. He went by the name Goblin King and his identity was kept secret in order for readers to think that he wasn’t Osborn. This costume is basically an updated version of his classic version.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • IMO, this is the figure you need for your “One-and-Done” Goblin figure. It works for both classic and a modern version. Essential for any Spider-man collection as well as other collections, including GG, Avengers and Thunderbolts.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Red Goblin

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Spider-man Kingpin Wave Red Goblin

  • Background:
    • After Spider-man depowered him and stopped him from selling weapons, Osborn tried to regain his Goblin powers by combining with the Carnage Symbiotes. This lead to him becoming the Red Goblin. It took the combination of Spider-man bonding with the Venom Symbiote to take him down.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • A fan requested version, I would recommend getting this for any Goblin collection as well as Venomverse, Symbiote or Spider-man collection. Also if you are getting the Black Suit Spider-man in that wave then you need this to battle that.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.


Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.

Created by:

Stan Lee | Steve Ditko

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