MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“As Mr. Fantastic, Reed Richards utilizes his scientific brilliance and pliable form to make a difference in the world.”
In contrast to what Reed’s bio may say above, when the Fantastic Four first debuted, Stan Lee intended for them to have no direct impact on the world around them. In particular, Reed’s inventions and jumps forward would be mostly self-contained within the team’s own adventures, and not so much affecting the world around him. This was the status quo for some time, but slowly it was shed, to the point that Reed became a major architect for advancement within the Marvel universe, as kind of a touch stone for the other heroes. What’s all of this got to do with the toy? Not a ton, but I was running out of ways to start FF reviews, so here you go. Let’s look at this new Reed Richards figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mr. Fantastic is part of the FF-themed assortment of the Retro Collection sub-line of Marvel Legends. Like Sue, he’s based on his ’90s figure, to match with the packaging style, which places him in his John Byrne-designed costume. He’s also a separate throwback to his Toy Biz Legends boxed-set counterpart, making him a two-fer. Nifty! The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Like Sue, Reed is making use of the same basic construction as his Walgreens counterpart. This time around he keeps the same head sculpt, since it’s just a pretty solid classic Reed sculpt. He swaps out the standard arms from the last figure for a pair of suit jacket arms, as well as an all-new lab coat piece, allowing him to do the lab look like the Toy Biz ML figure had, which is a fun touch. And, thanks to the way the Mr. Fantastic body is constructed, they jacket is easily swapped around to the other Reed figures, so it’s got even more use to it. Reed’s paint work is generally pretty solid. He matches Sue in terms of coloration, and the application is generally pretty cleanly handled. The streaks in his hair now use the printing technique, rather than straight paint, which makes them a little subtler, and generally just a bit nicer looking. Reed is packed with a standard set of arms done up to match his uniform for that non-coated look, as well as the stretched out hands from the Super Skrull Series release, for just a little bit of stretch-y look. Compared to Sue, this feels a little less light, and it’s a nice selection of extras. I would have loved to get the fully stretched out arms too, but at this point it’s sort of a running gag that the Legends versions of this costume don’t ever get both normal and stretched out arms ever.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I have a definite soft spot for the Toy Biz Legends version of this guy, so it was a high bar to clear. The inclusion of the lab coat certainly helped him on that front, as did not really changing too much from the Walgreens version, since that was also just a very good figure. Reed’s a figure that maybe gets a little lost in the shuffle of this whole assortment, but he’s no less a cool figure, and he’s my favorite Legends Reed to date, as well as a worthy update to two of my favorite Reed figures in general.
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