If you’re a fan of Marvel Legends and the Fantastic Four, then you will be pleased to know that Hasbro’s new wave of Fantastic Four Marvel Legends are hitting shops right now. The new wave, which comprises six figures, is beginning to pop up on shelves, including UK stores such as HMV and Forbidden Planet International.
As I count myself as both a Marvel Legends fan and a fan of the FF, I was very happy to come across some of these figures in my local Forbidden Planet International only yesterday, including the figure I’ve had my eye on for a while: The Thing. The ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing, aka Ben Grimm, is one of my all-time favourite Marvel characters, and I couldn’t wait to add him to my collection.
There have been other Thing figures released in the Marvel Legends collection in the past, but what’s great about this latest release is that he comes in retro-style packaging. The packaging for this figure is designed to look like the old ‘90s Fantastic Four toys from ToyBiz, which should certainly appeal to collectors of a certain age.
As mentioned in my review of the Marvel Legends Tigra figure, which also sported retro-style packaging, I’m a sucker for this type of old school card art. I collected a great deal of Marvel ToyBiz figures during the 1990s (X-Men, FF, Spider-Man, etc), so seeing this style of artwork on shelves is a welcome reminder of those golden days I adored.
Purely from an aesthetic point of view, this figure had me sold as soon as I laid eyes on him. He didn’t just grab my attention, he had me reaching out and plucking him off the shelf.
And do you know what I noticed as soon as I lifted him off the peg? Just how heavy he is! This figure has a fair bit of heft to him.
Figures aren’t cheap these days, especially Marvel Legends figures, but based purely on the weight alone, this one felt like he was going to be worth it. So, yep, in a matter of seconds I had committed to buying him – and I’m very glad I did.
Before I discuss the figure (and that packaging) in a little more detail, let me provide a couple of extra details about the wave.
This new Fantastic Four wave contains six characters: Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch, Psycho-Man, and the High Evolutionary. Each figure is individually priced at £21.99, and each comes with changeable parts (heads, hands, etc).
The Marvel Legends retro Fantastic Four collection is not part of a ‘build-a-figure’ range, so there are no random arms or legs etc in the box, to help you construct another character (if you buy the entire set). The retro packaging is essentially the big sell here, so it is clearly being aimed at nostalgia junkies like myself.
That said, the Fantastic Four do have ‘all-ages’ appeal, and the ‘90s cartoon series is currently available to stream on Disney+, so this could be a nice little line for younger Marvel fans too. In fact, if you have a young Marvel fan in your household, and you’re looking for a birthday or Christmas gift idea, then a figure from this wave could be ideal.
OK, so let’s talk a little bit about the packaging, which I’ve already said I adore – and I really, really do. Hasbro has managed to (almost) recreate the look of the ‘90s FF toys, and this instantly makes these figures jump off shelves.
The card art is bright and colourful, and features both the cartoon logo and the classic ‘90s Marvel logo. It looks fun, includes a big central bubble to showcase the figure, and is super clean and presentable.
My only issue with packaging is that it looks too good to open! This Thing figure looks so appealing on his card, it almost felt like sacrilege to remove him.
Of course, I did remove him, but I will admit it took me a while to make that decision. This whole wave is designed for display, so if you decide to pick up a figure or two, don’t be surprised if you find yourself struggling to make that same decision too!
Once I had opened up The Thing, I was able to take a much better look at the figure, and also get a feel for him too. He is a very chunky, very tactile figure, with a great deal of detail and this can be seen straight away.
In terms of articulation, The Thing has plenty of it, including joints at his ankles, knees, groin, waist, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and neck. There is also some swivel action at the top of his thighs and also on his torso.
The figure comes with two heads, as well as two sets of hands. The default head features a fairly generic, and somewhat gormless expression (not sure what that’s all about?!), while the alternate head has an angry expression.
As for the hands, the default set are open palms with spread out fingers, while the alternate hands are clenched fists. The parts can be mixed and matched as desired, although I believe the angry face and open hands is the best look available.
The great thing about this figure is how easy it is to change the parts – they simply pop off when required. You may recall in my review of Tigra I mentioned how worried I was about changing the parts, through a fear of breaking the figure, but that’s simply not the case here.
The Tigra figure was flimsy in places. The Thing is the exact opposite and has far more durability (something worth noting if buying this toy for younger FF fans).
In terms of the paint job, The Thing looks good, and sports his trademark blue-eyes. The colour scheme is fairly limited, but it works for this character and the cracked orange ‘brick work’ looks great!
The only slight downside is where Hasbro has attempted to offer a little bit of shading to his rocky, exterior. It’s quite difficult to make out in these photos, but a slightly lighter orange paint has been used in a couple of places, to create a few highlights on the darker orange.
While this isn’t a bad idea, it’s not particularly well executed. The lighter orange feels like it has been added without any real flair, so feels like a half-arsed after-thought, rather than a carefully considered detail.
This additional bit of paint doesn’t detract from what is a good-looking figure, but it also doesn’t really add anything to it either. It begs the question: Why bother?
But this minor paint detail aside, this is a great Thing figure. I’d argue it’s not the greatest Thing figure from the Marvel Legends line, that little accolade goes to the original Thing figure from Wave 2 (back in 2003), yet this is still good stuff.
I must admit, I would have liked Hasbro to go all-out with this figure, so it wasn’t just retro packaging but a retro figure too, as a cartoon Thing would have looked fantastic (no pun intended), but this is a solid, robust Marvel Legend figure. Adult collectors should be pleased with him, and I’m pretty certain young collectors will find him a lot of fun too.
I’m uncertain if I will pick up the rest of the FF figures, as I tend to dip in and out of Marvel Legends range, but I sure am glad I have The Thing in my collection. He is certainly worth the money and/or shelf space.
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