MARVEL SUPER HEROES (TOY BIZ)
“The Invisible Woman loves to vanish into thin air! She can also use her amazing power to turn other people and things invisible too! The Invisible Woman can also create invisible force balls and discs that she can mentally throw at enemies. She can levitate herself and others out of harms way with this invisible force in the blink of an eye. Super-villains know that what they can’t see can hurt them when they have to fight the Invisible Woman! Use her invisible catapult launcher to spring her into action.”
The Fantastic Four seem to be in a better spot all the time. After a few years of essentially not existing over at Marvel, this year, they’ll be making their triumphant return to the comics pages. Yay for them! They’ve also been absent from the toy aisles for a little while, but Marvel Legends are offering up some new figures. There are also plenty of older offerings, one of which I’ll be taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Invisible Woman was released in Series 3 of Toy Biz’s Marvel Super Heroes line, and was then re-issued in Series 5 of the same line. There were two slight variations on the figure, one featuring a color-changing feature, and one not. This one is from the second group. The figure stands 5 inches tall and she has (or had, anyway) 9 points of articulation. The joints, particularly the neck joint, are on the fragile side, so mine has been repaired at the neck joint, rendering it motionless. This figure’s sculpt was re-used wholesale for the Hall of Fame release, reviewed here. It’s a dated sculpt, to be sure, and definitely looks clunky compared to later releases. It’s got its charm, though, and it certainly fits in with the rest of the line, especially the other FF figures from Series 3. The paint work is the main difference between this figure and that one. Since she lacks the color-change feature, she’s not all washed out, which is a plus. The application is pretty clean, and the palette matches pretty well with how she looked during the Byrne run. Like the other figure, this one includes her weird Tron-disk, frisbee-thingy. Still don’t know what that’s supposed to be. She also includes a clear launch-pad stand, re-used from X-Force‘s Cannonball.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This was my first Sue Storm figure, purchased from KB Toys back in the day, when she was still relatively new. It was either her or the Fantastic Four Series 2 version, and that one was all clear, so I opted for the one I could actually see. She’s a dated figure, and has been surpassed by later versions, but she’s still special.