MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“With HERBIE by her side, Sue Storm uses psionic energy to suit up as the incredible hero, Invisible Woman!”
Fantastic Four Marvel Legends? It’s a Christmas miracle! Or something.
The poor FF has fallen out of fashion in recent years, in no small part due to the lackluster-to-atrocious quality of their live-action films and the fact that their film rights aren’t currently with Marvel proper (it also doesn’t help that creative teams who actually know what to do with the characters are a dying breed, meaning their comic hasn’t really been selling well either). On the plus side, it looks like things are on the upturn for the Fab Four, with a triumphant return to the toy aisles, starting with Sue Richards, aka the Invisible Woman!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Invisible Woman is the latest Walgreens-exclusive Marvel Legends figure. This marks only the second time that Sue’s been offered as a single figure in the Legends line. Unlike prior Walgreens exclusives, Sue’s not attached to any other particular series. Instead, she’s the first of a sub-set of FF figures exclusive to Walgreens, and she’ll be joined by her brother Johnny later this year. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. She’s built on the new base female body (seen previously on the likes of Phoenix, Kitty Pryde, and Kate-Guy), which is, as always, a welcome choice. It’s a pretty solid base overall, and serves as a good starting point for Sue. She also gets a new head, which is just a, pardon the phrase, fantastic piece. Easily one of my favorite head sculpts from Legends as of late. Definitely Hasbro’s best female, and that’s saying something, given their recent track record. Sue’s had a number of hair-dos over the years, and a lot of them have been really period-specific. The one they’ve gone with is pretty timeless and true to the character. I like that the face is calm and friendly, as Sue should be, rather than being too bland or intense. The paint on Sue is pretty decent, but there are a few things that seem a little off. The overall application is really sharp and bold. The face is particularly clean, as is the emblem. The emblem being all in grey is a little different than I was expecting, but I can’t say I dislike it. The only real issue I have is how they’ve implemented her powers. The actual work isn’t bad; her right arm starts full color and slowly fades out. It’s a cool effect, and very well rendered. The real issue is that there’s no option to swap the arm out, meaning she’s always stuck like that. Still, that’s a pretty minor issue. Sue *does* include an extra hand, that’s done up to match the right arm, so that’s cool. And, since it’s going to be a little while before the rest of her teammates are released, Sue also includes a HERBIE pack-in figure to keep her company. Believe it or not, this is actually HERBIE’s third time as an action figure, and second as a Marvel Legend. He’s about 3 inches tall and has a joint as the neck, as well as a removable flight stand to let him hover. His sculpt is pretty awesome, and his paint is nice and clean. He’s just an all-around awesome inclusion.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Here’s a shock: I got this Walgreens exclusive figure at Walgreens. I know. Thrilling. In all honestly, I’ve been patiently waiting for this figure ever since Toy Biz released Reed back in Series 5 of the original line. 14 years is a lot of waiting. Ultimately, I’m glad I waited, because this is best Invisible Woman figure ever released. I can’t wait to get the rest of the team to match!