FIN FANG FOOM
IRON MAN (TOY BIZ)
“Little is known of the powerful and dangerous dragon Fin Fang Foom, only that is is said he is the Mandarin’s worst enemy and greatest ally. He occasionally comes to Mandarin’s aid when he is beckoned, but only doing so because he needs the power of the Mandarin’s rings. He knows that they hold the key to his way back home!”
The Iron Man cartoon from the ‘90s had some troubles finding some decent foes for Tony to face. His usual gallery of rogues isn’t always the most thrilling. Perhaps one of the coolest is one that’s not exclusively his. In fact, it’s a character who wasn’t even created to fight super heroes at all. Yep, Fin Fang Foom was not originally a super-villain, but instead comes from Marvel’s pre-super hero monster books. After the super hero craze hit, he got refitted, and he’s been batted around the Marvel Universe over the years. He’s only had three action figures in his run. I’ll be looking at the first of these figures today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Fin Fang Foom is one of the three figures in the Dragons sub-set of the ‘90s Iron Man line. He’s based on Foom’s design on the Iron Man cartoon of the time, which isn’t too far removed from his classic design. I mean, he’s missing the purple shorts, but I suppose that’s not the end of the world. The figure stands 8 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. His sculpt was unique to him, and remained unique to him. How many Jack Kirby-designed dragons are there that could make use of it? Not that many. To quote Highlander, there can be only one! The sculpt is pretty decent. Obviously, it’s a product of its time, and it matches up with the other figures from this line stylistically. It’s certainly got some elements that are rudimentary in design, especially the legs, which have rather an inorganic shaping to them. That being said, the overall look is pretty great, and the face in particular has a lot of expression to it, doing a spot-on job of capturing the show design. The paint work on Foom is actually pretty subtle, with its varying shades of green. The application isn’t super complicated or anything, but it’s cleanly done, and again, it matches the show pretty well. Fin Fang Foom doesn’t have any accessories (though you do have to pop his wings into place out of the box), but he does have an action feature. When you press the button on his back, his wings flap. Nothing super complex, but a cool little extra nonetheless.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Fin Fang Foom was picked up a few months back from the bi-annual Dave Hart toy show. I’d had my eye on him for a few years, but never gotten around to actually buying him. Actually seeing him in person was enough to push me to grab him. He’s kind of a dated figure, like a lot of these guys, but he’s still a pretty fun figure, and a nice piece for the collection.