MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Since there have been figures of the Fantastic Four, there have been some concerns about how best to adapt some of their power sets. The most common source of difficulty for toy makers is with the team’s resident hot-head Johnny, whose flame-on abilities mean that he has two distinct appearances: flamed on and flamed off. Unlike other members of the family, his on/off can’t quite as easily be replicated with a selection of extra parts; he kind of warrants two separate figures. It’s rare that a line gets a chance to do both, so most just stick will fully flamed-on (though we do get the occasional mid-way design). His last Legends figure was fully powered-on, but Hasbro decided to be kind this time and give us a full powered-down Johnny, something we’ve never actually gotten in Legends form.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Human Torch is figure four in the Super Skrull Series of Marvel Legends. Like the other members of the core team, he’s sporting his newest costume, something that the flamed-off nature of the figure allows to be fully displayed. It does mean he’s not going to match the Walgreens set, of course, but that does kind of go without saying doesn’t it? The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. In contrast to the rest of this assortment, Johnny is *not* primarily a parts re-use of his prior figure. While that figure was build on the Bucky Cap body (something I was never terribly happy with), this guy instead moves over to the 2099 body. While my preferred choice is still the body they’re using for Reed (since he and Johnny have been typically depicted as about the same build), I do think that this one is a slightly better choice for Johnny, and I can understand Hasbro wanting the two characters two be on different bodies. Johnny gets a new head and feet to complete his slightly more unique look. The head I wasn’t so sure about when it was shown off, but I actually like it a lot more than I’d expected to in person. It still looks a little off from some angles, but posed correctly, it looks pretty solid. The new feet are similar to Reed’s, but the style works a bit better for this particular base body, making them look a lot less goofy. The paint work on Johnny is fairly similar to that of Reed, which is sensible, what with the uniformed bit and all. It’s well-applied and the color work is pretty bold and striking. Johnny is packed with a spare set of hands, re-used from the previous Human Torch, which along with the effects pieces from the Infinity War Scarlet Witch, makes for a nice smaller demonstration of Johnny’s flame abilities. He also includes both left arms for Super Skrull.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Human Torch was my least favorite piece of the last FF set, partially because of his fully flamed-on nature, and partially because of his choice of body. This figure addressing both of those issues was certainly a point in his favor. That said, the prototype didn’t really wow me, so I wasn’t sure. In hand, I like him a lot more than I’d expected to, and I think he turned out quite nicely.