FANTASTIC FOUR (TOYBIZ)
Today’s post is from Toybiz’s Fantastic Four line from the 90s. The line was released to coincide with the cartoon from the same time.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The figure in question is the leader of the FF, Dr Reed Richards, aka Mr Fantastic (Mr. F!). He’s from the first wave of the line. Reed is depicted in his costume from the cartoon, which was based on the John Byrne design. He stands 5 inches tall, with 5 points of articulation. He features stretchy arms and a neat Negative Zone harness, for all that negative Zone exploring he’s prone to do. The harness fits well, and goes on and off pretty easily. The stretchy arms were an inspired choice, but I feel they may have been the wrong way to go. As you can see from the photo, the rubber is very prone to yellowing, kind of ruining the figure. Plus, there’s no way to pose his arms any other way than straight down at his sides. Overall, a decent depiction of Mr Fantastic, but there’s some room for improvement.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Reed was my second figure of the character, bought to replace my fragile Marvel Super heroes figure. He’s definitely an improvement in sturdiness and in overall quality, though I’m not sure it’s a spot on Mr Fantastic.