Previously, I’ve taken a look at a few odd figures from DC Direct, a company that produced DC Comics figures meant to be sold directly through comic book shops. This allowed them to do story specific looks and some of the more obscure characters. With that company’s success, Marvel wanted to get in on some of the action, so they licensed Diamond Select Toys to do a line of “specialty” figures of their characters. It took a while, and some of the early figures weren’t so great, but their line, Marvel Select, has started to pick up some decent coverage, and put out some very nice figures. They just recently put out a Silver Surfer figure, which I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
As I said above, Silver Surfer was just released. Marvel Select doesn’t use the typical “series” structure that many other lines use, instead releasing the figures one at a time. Surfer’s not exactly a character with a huge variety of looks, having just the one, but this figure appears to be based on Surfer’s more classic 70s-80s look. He stands roughly 7 inches tall and has 22 points of articulation. Surfer’s sculpt is simplistic, but that’s not a bad thing in his case. That’s also not to say there’s no detail work. In particular, I like that they went the extra mile to put wrinkles on the waist, denoting the shorts that the Surfer was typically shown wearing until the 90s or so. The head has a great look of calmness that characterizes the Surfer very well. If I have one complaint about the sculpt, it’s that the abs are perhaps a bit too defined to match the rest of the figure’s aesthetic. Surfer comes armed with a fair number of accessories. He’s got his trusty Surf Board, a spare set of hands, to hand-blast pieces, the Infinity Gauntlet, and a display stand made to look like the Surfer is hovering over a rocky surface. The board is well done, with nice clean line work. It suffers from the common problem of figures of the Surfer in that it has to have foot pegs to hold him in place. The hands are only minor variation, he’s got the flatter hands for basic “surfing” poses, and a pair where the fingers are slightly curled to allow the energy blasts to fit properly. The Infinity Gauntlet is a cool add-in. You have to remove the Surfer’s hand to put it on, and it doesn’t have a peg or anything, so it just kind of has to be wedged on just right. It looks cool, though I don’t know of a time when the Surfer actually had it in his possession. The stand is interesting. It has a blue swooshing effect that the board slides into, but it also has foot prints and a foot peg to allow the Surfer to stand directly on the rocky surface. It’s nice in theory, but there’s no way to remove the swoosh effect, leaving it looking a bit odd.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This guy was picked up from my favorite online store, Luke’s Toy Store, during their Black Friday sale. I had been wanting the figure, but wasn’t sure about paying full price. Luke’s had it for $16, which was good enough for me. I’m a moderate fan of the Surfer, and I’m glad to see a decent figure of him. It’s not perfect, but it’s much better than a lot of his recent figures!