MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Fiery and hot-headed, the Human Torch can burn through just about any adversity with a smile.”
What a shock! Four days into Fantastic Four reviews, I’m reviewing, would you believe it, the fourth member of the team? Crazy how that works. I mean, nobody let Toy Biz know. They don’t tend to go for that sort of thing. Or, you know, that whole “still being in business” sort of thing, I suppose. Since taking over the license, Hasbro has been pretty good about doing the FF in proper batches of all four team members, and this latest round is no exception. So, let’s look at that fourth member, the Human Torch, in his all flame-on-y form!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Human Torch is another figure from the FF-themed Retro Collection assortment of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends. While the last three are definitively in their Byrne-era costumes, Torch is a little more multi-purpose, as he’s in fully flamed-on form. Stylistically, he still follows how Byrne illustrated him, but he can also work with other variants of the FF, especially since there are no specific costume details visible. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Structurally, he follows the lead of the Super Skrull Series Torch, who moved Johnny over to the ANAD 2099 body, which does generally feel like a better fit for the character than the Bucky Cap had been. He gets the head, hands, and forearms from the Walgreens release, which are certainly the best parts of that one. He also gets the flames add-on for the shoulders, though it’s been tweaked to remove the back peg. This unfortunately makes it a lot trickier to keep the piece in place, which is definitely the most frustrating thing about this figure. In general, the sculpt’s not bad, but I will say he’s the one that feels the most far-removed from a proper classic illustration. The paint work does at least do its part to help with that classic look. He’s largely relying on the translucent plastic he cast in to sell the effect, but they’ve also painted on the scorch line effects commonly used in the comics to show that he’s fully ablaze. It works surprisingly well in three dimensions. He’s packed with a spare set of standard fists, as well as two flame effects. The effects are a bit tricky to use, given there are already sculpted flames on the forearms, but I’m glad they at least threw in something.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Johnny is always tricky to handle in toy form, going all the way back to Mego. Of the Walgreens figures, he was definitely the weakest, and the Super Skrull release was better, but still not quite there. I was a little iffy on this one going back to fully flamed-on, but it did work out better than I’d expected. All things considered, this one is pretty good, and has the added benefit of being able to serve multiple purposes within the display. It’s not a huge shock he’s usually the first to sell out.
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