Back in December, I posted a review of a new Marvel Legends figure. The figure was The Thing – a new release from Hasbro.

Today I’m taking a look at another new Marvel Legends figure: The Human Torch. This figure is part of the same wave as The Thing, which is the Retro Fantastic Four wave.

What makes it retro? Basically, the packaging.

As you can see from the images above and below, this Human Torch figure has been released on card art inspired by the old Fantastic Four toys from the 1990s. That toy line was based on an FF cartoon that was airing on television at the time, with a matching collection of figures from ToyBiz.

The Marvel Legends figure here is not based on that old cartoon, but is instead another new Human Torch toy. However, those who grew up on the ‘90s toys will certainly be interested in taking a look at this guy, because he sure does look great in this packaging.

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As has become the norm with these retro figures, they look damn good on the shelves, and anyone looking to buy one of these for display, or because of the nostalgia value of the card art, will sure be happy. Each figure is housed in a nice big bubble, surrounded by colourful artwork, that includes cartoony imagery of the FF, as well as the old Marvel Comics logo.

As with The Thing, I saw this Human Torch figure hanging on a peg in my local Forbidden Planet and I immediately reached out to pick him up. That is the power of these retro cards – they just make me want to grab hold of them!

Thing is, they also make me want to keep them in pristine condition, unopened. But as I rarely keep toys in packaging these days, sooner or later they will be prised open.

And for the record, I have already taken this figure out of the box – details to follow momentarily. But before I get to that, as a reminder, this Retro Fantastic Four wave includes six figures: Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, The Invisible Woman, Psycho-Man, High Evolutionary, and of course, the Human Torch.

Each figure comes with removable parts and/or accessories. In the case of the Human Torch, he comes with two sets of hands, as well as some ‘slip on’ flames.

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OK, so as noted, I did take this figure out the box as soon as I got him home, and he is a great looking toy. The figure is made from red translucent plastic, and if you can get him in just the right light his colour really pops.

Although almost all of the figure is translucent, there are a couple of little ‘flame’ details added to the head and hands/wrists which are not translucent. These are painted details, which contrast against the main colour scheme.

The Human Torch also includes additional flames around his neck, which look as if they are moulded onto the toy, but they are actually removable. Personally, I would have preferred the flames to be permanently attached to the figure, because they tend to fall off quite easily, but they at least serve a purpose.

The same cannot be said for two smaller flames which are included and designed to slip onto the wrists. These additional flames seem completely pointless, as the figure already has flames on his wrists, and to make matters worse, they don’t fit comfortably.

The inclusion of these flames seems like a bizarre decision on Hasbro’s part. But not perhaps as bizarre as the replaceable set of hands.

The first set of hands (aka the default hands) include a fist and an open hand. The replaceable hands are two fists. Yep, you read that correctly, of the four hands that come with this figure, three are fists!   

There is one minor difference between the fists: The default fist has flames built into it, while the two others don’t. But this difference is so minor, it seems odd for Hasbro to think anyone would want to replace a ‘flamey’ fist with a ‘non-flamey’ fist!

I won’t lose sleep over the fist/flame issues, but I do think they are slightly odd choices on an otherwise good figure.

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In terms of articulation, the Human Torch has multiple points to allow movement at the ankles, shins, knees, thighs, crotch, waist, torso, shoulders, biceps, elbows, wrists, and head. I should also add that on his chest, arms, head, thighs and shins, he also showcases a set of vertical black lines – a simple design detail that is a call-back to the classic comic book aesthetic.

Overall, he’s poseable, sturdy, and looks ‘fantastic’ on display.

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Because of the packaging and the translucent effect on the figure, the Human Torch Retro Fantastic Four Marvel Legend does get the ‘thumbs up’ from me, but he loses a few points for the accessories/hands. Not a major issue, just some strange choices that seem ultimately pointless.

Am I happy to add him to my collection? Yes indeed.

He will take pride of place next to The Thing, who in turn will join my Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman Marvel Legends figures, from a previous wave.

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