The 411: Marvel Legends Fantastic Four
Posted by D_Martin on June 13, 2007 at 12:28 AM CST:
OK, first thing Fantastic Four movie dopplegangers...while the 5" line focuses on the feature film Fantastic Four: The Rise Of The Silver Surfer, the Marvel Legends FF figures are four-coloured masterpieces based on the two-dimensional medium that inspired the films.




The Thing
How do fanboys like their ever lovin' blue-eyed Thing? Big and rocky, that's how. We're not sure which era this figure represents, as it certainly isn't the Kirby or Byrne eras (and were there really any others?). The closest likeness we could find is the one pictured above. The Thing has certainly got a bit of Arthur Adams flair to it, but only a suggestion of it. what really stands out the most on this figure, which has him wearing the old Byrne blue and whites, is how well-defined his rocky skin has been sculpted. While the face does leave a little to be desired, the rest of this figure is solid!

This figure features a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, pivot elbows, ball jointed wrists, pivot fingers, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, pivot knees, and double pivot ankles.




Mr. Fantastic
Keeping a bit of a theme, Reed Richards is in the Byrne blue and whites. Actually, more than any figure in the wave, this is the closest thing to a John Bryne FF figure. Oddly, Hasbro has opted to give him a iridescent costume. Not quite metallic, but definitely some shine. Mr. Fantastic is stretched out somewhat, but we don't know for sure if it's interchangeable parts or not. Regardless, this figure is a winner.

This figure features a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, pivot torso, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, ball jointed knees, and ball jointed ankles.




Namor: The Sub-Mariner
Three words true believers: Green. Scaly. Trunks. Yup, that's right, Namor is being a tough guy in his ginch again. How he can pull it off, we'll never know. This figure comes with a huge staff (not unlike the one pictured above). If you can find something wrong with this figure, blame it on a tumor in your head. (say it in Arnold's voice, and if you still don't get it, say it again.)

This figure features a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, ball jointed elbows, ball jointed wrists, ball jointed torso, ball jointed hips, ball jointed knees, and ball jointed ankles.




Johnny Storm
This figure, for all intents and purposes, is a Hasbro-rific remake of the old Toy Biz Johnny Storm. Seriously, imagine that old figure from the Fantastic Four boxed sets, but sculpted very well. Yeah, this figure doesn't break new ground, but it sure looks cool not breaking new ground. Storm is decoed in the Byrne blue and whites, with sculpted flames on the ankles, wrists, head, and shoulders. Trust us, you want this one.

This figure features a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, double pivot elbows, pivot torso, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, double pivot knees, and ball jointed ankles.




Invisible Woman
We'll try to remain positive. We'll try to remain positive. The sculpt is super nice. It looks like Sue and the repaint potential is certainly there, but why in the world is it painted in her second worst costume? (if you don't know what thee first place winner for worst Sue costume ever is we're not going to scar you for life and we recommend you don't go searching for it. You don't want to know!)

This figure features a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, ball jointed elbows, ball jointed wrists, ball jointed torso, ball jointed hips, ball jointed knees, and ball jointed ankles.




Silver Surfer
Throw out your Toy Biz Silver Surfer. Thank you Hasbro. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

This figure features a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, double pivot elbows, ball jointed wrists, pivot torso, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, double pivot knees, ball jointed ankles, and of course, a big silver surfboard. Thank you Hasbro.




Doctor Doom
More than any other, this Doom seems to be based on the Jim Lee Heroes Reborn Dr. Doom, with just enough John Byrne to make it cool. Sadly, it's a figure Toy Biz already did a great job (right down to the tip of the hat to Jack Kirby, what with the single scar. Brilliant). This figure isn't bad at all, but it's no better than what we have already seen done in this scale. Fear not, you can use the money you were saving to buy Doom on the super-wicked Silver Surfer. All's well in the universe.

Beyond the plastic cape, removable mask, pistol and functioning holster, this figure features a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, ball jointed elbow, possibly swivel forearms, ball jointed torso, swivel waist, assumably ball jointed hips, ball jointed knees, and ball jointed ankles.




Mole Man
Meh. He's Mole Man. No, really, he's Mole Man. He's well done, but that doesn't make him any less Mole Man.

This figure features a ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, ball jointed elbows, ball jointed wrists, swivel waist, swivel hips, ball jointed knees, a plastic cape, and -naturally- his stick.




Black Bolt
Well now y'all know why Black Bolt was missing from Marvel Legends 4. You know, it must be impossible to make this guy look bad, because this figure is very cool. From his "I ain't talkin'" stare right down to his soft good silver wings, the Black Bolt figure rocks.

This figure features a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, ball jointed elbows, ball jointed wrists, ball jointed torso, ball jointed hips, ball jointed knees, swivel shins, and ball jointed ankles.




BUILD A FIGURE Ronan the Accuser
This anti-hero sure does make for a fairly cool BAF, but not as cool as the next one we're going to talk about. Ronan, when completed, comes with a removable helmet, a big hammer, and a plastic cloak.

He features a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, ball jointed elbows, ball jointed wrists, pivot torso, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, double pivot knees, and ball jointed ankles.

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