MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Reed Richards is a brilliant scientist with the ability to stretch his body into any shape.”
The insufferable genius archetype isn’t typically one that ends up on the super-team proper, especially when it comes to ’60s super teams. Characters like Professor X, Niles Caulder, and Will Magnus typically serving to dispatch their teams from the side-lines. Reed Richards, on the other hand, was a full-fledged member of his team, in contrast to the norms. However, when said team got side-lined for a bit, he sort of found himself pushed into those sidelines for a bit. At least he’s finally getting to return to the action!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mr. Fantastic is figure 2 in the Super Skrull Series of Marvel Legends. Like Ben (and the rest of the team, for that matter), Reed is seen here in his current get-up from the comics. Though not quite as evident on Ben, the main hook of these new costume designs is the reversed palette of the usual costume. It’s a fairly striking look, recalling the Byrne-era costumes, which are a personal favorite of mine. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Just like with Ben, most of this figure’s parts are shared with the Walgreens release. The core body from that figure is nice and balanced, and it’s honestly a little surprising that this is only our second time seeing it used. It’s still a really good fit for Reed’s usual build from the comics. In addition to the old parts, he also gets a new head and feet. While I really liked the new parts on the Thing, I’m a little less immediately impressed by these. I don’t hate the bearded look for Reed, and I definitely like that he’s got the same face beneath it as the clean shaven Walgreens figure, but something about the hair just doesn’t look right to me. It’s accurate to the art, but it just feels like something was lost in translation. I’m also not really big on the feet; they go for a more sculpted, almost sneaker-like appearance, which is again something that looks okay on the page, but seems off in three dimensions. The paintwork on this figure is pretty much on par with his previous figure, albeit with the expected changes in the color scheme to match his all-new look. This Reed doesn’t get the fully stretched arms of the prior figure (though the arms still pop out at the shoulders to facilitate swapping out, if you’re so inclined), but he does get a set of alternate stretched out hands, which are…well, they’re certainly something. I don’t know, I guess I’d probably like them more if they had all of the glove detailing of the standard hands. They’re something different, at least. He also includes one of Super Skrull’s legs.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Mr. Fantastic is one of the more different releases of the main four from this set, and I was expecting to get a little bit more out of him because of that. I really liked the Walgreens version, so I hoped he’d be up to the same quality. Ultimately, I don’t like this figure quite as much as I’d expected to, and I think he’s my least favorite of the new four. Still, he’s not a bad figure, just not quite as good as the previous one.