MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Flame on! Johnny Storm suits ip to command the head as the scorching hot hero, The Human Torch.”
I noted the miracle that is new Fantastic Four Marvel Legends when I reviewed the Invisible Woman earlier this year. She was the inaugural figure in what is set to be an under-running theme in the upcoming Walgreens–exclusive Legends releases, which is set to give us a complete FF by the end of next year. For the second figure in this them, Hasbro’s gone with Sue’s younger brother Johnny, better known as the Human Torch!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Human Torch is the newest Walgreens-exclusive Marvel Legends figure. He started hitting most Walgreens’ shelves in the last month (though people have reported finding him for a few months now). Johnny is a character that’s proved to be somewhat difficult to translate to plastic over the years. The most successful figures have tended to be the ones that went for some sort of half-flamed-on variation. This figure doesn’t do that, and instead takes a stab at the every so tricky fully flamed-on variation. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s built on the Bucky Cap body, and, if I’m honest, I’m not 100% behind this choice. Johnny’s typically be depicted as more on the slight side, so I was sort of expecting he’d be on the Pizza Spidey base. At the very least, I was hoping that he’d use the Bucky Cap base with the less muscular Dr. Strange torso. No such luck. Admittedly, it’s not the worst choice of body. It hardly ruins to figure. He gets a new head, forearms, hands, shins, and feet, all sporting flame effects sculpted right onto them. They’re obviously of a more stylized nature, but I think they look pretty decent. They certainly look better than prior attempts. The head is actually a fairly well rendered piece. He’s got a sly grin, which is perfect for Johnny, and is a much better fit than the angry, teeth-gritted expressions we’ve gotten on prior figures. They’ve foregone his hair, opting for a “bald” Johnny with unrelated flames at the top of his head, rather than some bizarre flame-hair-combo thing. The paint on Johnny is pretty decent. He’s molded all in translucent plastic, which adds quite a bit of life to the figure. There’s some more opaque work on the actual flames, as well as some variation in the coloring, indicating his uniform beneath it all. He’s clearly wearing his classic costume, which means he matches his sister. I like that the head is a lighter yellow shade, making it clear that it’s his exposed flesh, and not the same color as his uniform. Johnny is packed with two flame effect pieces (re-used from Iron Fist), as well as two standard fists, molded to match the figure. Not quire as impressive as the whole extra figure included with his sister, but not terrible.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I grabbed Human Torch from a slightly out of the way Walgreens, where I was actually looking from Black Widow from the new Vintage series of Legends. No luck there, but they had Johnny and he looked pretty cool, so I grabbed him. Personally, I’m still a fan of the mid-flame-on style of figure, but this is definitely the best take on a fully-flamed-on Johnny that we’ve gotten!