EDIT (2014-09-19): Top-to-bottom rework of a post from 2012-01-30, with some tweaks to the “Ret-Con Trait” language, and a few more “collages”.
Vulture! Flying vicious old bastard! He’s tenacious for such an old guy, and a sort of “tech villain” but without the diversity of gimmicks or equipment. Cripes, in some of the early Stan Lee/Steve Ditko stories, despite the advanced “anti-gravity magnetic flight harness”, he’s also brandishing a .38 snub-nose revolver rather than some retro-sci-fi “energy blaster” or something else.
It would appear Adrian Toomes “One Great Idea” for his entire life has been his “flight harness” invention, a sort of limited anti-gravity harness — presumably very energy efficient, maybe consuming less power than anything Tony Stark needs to stay aloft — which he uses in conjunction with some arm-mounted wings for propulsion and steering. He’s occasionally enhanced it a bit. Plus, this “magnetic harness” also had the side effect of making old Man Toomes much stronger than he’d otherwise be. Not superhumanly strong, but skirting the threshold.
He tends to focus on revenge against Spider-Man, corporate america, and keeping himself going via a “subsistence level” of crime. I like to think that he’s so angry at the competitive douchebaggery of trying to develop tech for “legitimate” technology industries, that he’s forgone trying to regain or get new patents on his tech, and just provides for himself and launches occasional attacks on sectors of industry out of a need for revenge. (Not all stories reflect this; this is just me talking.) He’s not about to join “Occupy Wall Street”; he probably thinks they’re too “soft”.
But, I read a lot into certain characters and concepts, stuff that has often never appeared in the comics. He’s a “simple” character, that could use a re-work, more definition.
The version that popped up first in HeroClix was the Rookie/Experienced/Veteran/Limited Edition (a “Unique”) from INFINITY CHALLENGE (2002). The sculpt depicted is from the “Lifetheft” storyline, although the dials don’t reflect the the Vulture’s “gimmick” in that story of restoring his youthful vitality by “draining the life-essence” out of people. I hated that story.
This REV/LE has mostly been about being a *cheap* taxi and “Pawn”. [I don’t know about anyone else, but I tend to use the concept of “Pawn” in the game of HeroClix to mean “Line-of-Fire blocker, Mastermind Fodder, Tie-Up”. Vulture is sort of a “Pawn+”, in that he’s still — even in today’s game — a cheap little “Taxi”.]
Compared to a lot of characters that debuted in HeroClix’ inaugural release back in 2002, Vulture received a “ReClix” relatively quickly with 2005’s FANTASTIC FORCES set that expanded the power-set in a way faithful to the character. And the sculpt was, well, fantastic.
Some complained about the attack values, but for the points he was much, much better. *Maybe* still a “Pawn+”, but even better at it.
The next iteration of Adrian Toomes wouldn’t appear until 2013’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN set.
Pretty logical evolution of the designs that came before. I like very much. Now at 61 points, more “Tertiary Attacker + Taxi”. I feel obligated to only play him with other Sinister Syndicate team ability characters, though, for those points. That’s mot so bad a hang-up to have; plenty of SinSyn options.
So, this is supposed to be a “Ret-Con” post for the IC version. Conundrum: I think well enough of the quirky character from the comics to want to see his old “Lifetheft” version to be “more of a threat” in today’s game, kind of *just barely* “punching outside of his weight class” for the points at every level. But, can’t over-do it. So, no “stat buffs” just some “additional options” to be a character that your opponent can’t take a chance on ignoring. “Harassment” of a kind.
“Ret-Con Trait” imbedded into the “collage” below. ([Reminder: all my amateur RCT’s are meant to be tacked onto the character for no additional points, tailored to those specific versions of that character with that set symbol.]
Yeah, he still can’t hit anything on his own. Still needs “support” in the stat modification or stat replacement areas during combat. I’m sure the tactics are pretty obvious, they’re common enough.
BONUS “FIND”: http://marvel.wikia.com/Vulture_(Batmen)_(Earth-616) <– Yep, Marvel hasn’t met a “Golden Age” idea — from either its time as “Timely Comics” or its later “Atlas Comics” era — it can’t “recycle”!