THE INCREDIBLES (DISNEY)
The Fantastic Four were once Marvel’s premier property, but for some reason, after four feature films (one un-released), Hollywood still can’t figure out how to make them work on the big screen. Why am I mentioning this at the head of a non-Fantastic Four review? Because there’s actually a pretty awesome Fantastic Four movie out there, it’s just named The Incredibles. Why Fox didn’t look at that movie and immediately tap Brad Bird to helm their first FF film is beyond me. Incredibles had a mass-market line of action figures from Hasbro which were, well, let’s be charitable and say “underwhelming.” The real cool stuff came from the House of Mouse themselves. I’ll be looking at one of those figures today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mr. Incredible was one of the six figures offered in the initial assortment of the Disney Store-exclusive The Incredibles line. This figure depicts Bob in his “modern” costume, which is the one that matches up with the rest of the family (and also looks the most like the classic FF costumes as well). The figure stands about 7 1/2 inches tall and he has 16 points of articulation. There aren’t a ton of poses you can get out of him, but he’s certainly more posable than the mass-release equivalent, and you can get a few decent poses out of him. The real trick is finding a pose where he stays balanced; he falls over a lot, thanks to this tiny little feet. In the figure’s defense, though, that’s true to the movie’s design. Any figure that faithfully recreates it’s gonna have this issue. The sculpt is a really good recreation of the animation models from the movie; there are a few compromises here and there to add articulation and such, but it stays pretty true. In particular, the head is really spot-on, and even captures his confident, ever so slight grin he sported during many of the film’s action pieces, as well as his slightly receding hairline. The paint work is pretty solid for the era; it’s mostly pretty basic work, but there’s a some slight accenting on the face, and I really like the super glossy boots and gloves. The only slight inaccuracy is on the coloring of the insignia, which should really match the belt. It is instead a dark transparent yellow, in order to facilitate the figure’s one main action feature. When pressed, the insignia lights up. While part of the insignia lights up in the film when Bob is being tracked, it’s totally different than how it’s handled here. Not really sure why they went that way, but fair enough. The figure was packed with a weird Incredibles right, not intended for the actual figure, of course.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After seeing The Incredibles, I was fully intending to pick up the Hasbro offerings, as lackluster as they may have been. Fortunately, my friend Cindy Woods clued me in on the Disney Exclusive offerings and how much better they were. Mr. Incredible himself was a Christmas gift from my parents (along with several other figures from the line). He’s actually a pretty awesome figure, and still holds up pretty decently, even after all this time!