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Fantastic Four Series 3


Let's give a warm welcome to a new guest reviewer tonight, Matt!  He's going to fill us in on the latest wave of Fantastic Four - give us the scoop, Matt!

Hey there everyone, my name is Matt this is going to be my first proper review on here so I apologise if you all hate it, ill just go back and live in my little hole if you do. Before I start ill just give you a little info about me, I come from England and work in a toyshop, and thatís enough of that.

If you like what you read, or even donít, feedback would be great. Send it here if you would be so kind mat_the_game316@hotmail.com

Tonight Iíll be doing a review of some of series 3 of the Fantastic 4 movie figures, namely Power Blast Invisible Woman, Raging Thing and Snowboarding Human Torch. I have already taken a look at Clobberiní Time Thing on my blog. Anyway, now on with the review.







Packaging - **1/2
I think the best way to describe the packaging on these guys is functional. Itís nothing special, and yet it holds the figure pretty well. As with most the general releases from Toybiz, they have gone with a simple bubble on card back. I usually prefer the clam shell design but in this instance it kind of makes sense, this probably isnít going to be a line that huge with collectors so a little peg wear and tear is ok. Most of the people buying these will be kids who will just rip them out of the pack as soon as the get home.

The design on the pack ties in with the rest of the F4 range well, using the blue shades and imagery Iím sure we have all seen quite a lot over the summer. On the back of each card is a bio for the character, as nice as this is, itís the same bio that they have been using throughout the previous 2 waves of figures, a more figure specific bio would be nice. Most come with instructions for the action feature, these are quite clear and helpful, even if the action feature itself doesnít work, but more on that later.

Sculpting - Invisible Woman **1/2, Human Torch **1/2, the Thing ***
The Invisible Woman is probably the most basic of the three, so ill start with her. She may be basic but she does capture the image of Jessica Alba particularly well, her head sculpt is especially good and is undoubtedly her. The detail on her uniform again is very good, and this seems to be helped by the relative lack of articulation in the figure, but a major problem in her stems for the action feature. On her back a tube sticks out to attach the water canister, and it looks horrible. Of course it is on the back so most of the time it wont distract you too much but it still takes away from the sculpt as a whole.

The Human Torch is captured in his Ēmid-flame while snowboardingĒ period. Again Toybiz have managed to capture the likeness of Chris Evans (he plays the Human Torch!!) very well. His clothes are also done well, Iím especially fond of his jacket, the bulk of which is a separate piece of plastic which Iím sure could be removed if you so desired. The fine detail on it is also pretty good on the whole, although it seems they gave up a bit on the sleeves which a re a lot more basic, but the effect is good so Iím not going to complain. His trousers and under-jacket are again a bit less detailed but it doesnít detract from the figure as a whole. A couple of places where I am really impressed is the small detailing on his hat and the flames coming spewing from his body. I really like the use of clear plastic on the flames; I know that sounds obvious but I have seen plenty of figures with painted flames that just donít work. The final thing about the Torch is his pose, when not on his snowboard he looks just a little bit silly. His legs are permanently slightly bent, so he always looks like he crouching over a bush, maybe?

Now we move on to my favorite sculpt of the line, Raging Thing. Ill put this simply, itís really good. The great thing about him is he has no action feature to hinder his sculpt, so Toybiz can concentrate on making it great, and they did. His top half is about as rocky as you could possibly want, but I am going to be a bit of a pedant now and say it does seem a fair bit different to the Thing in the film, but thatís just way to picky. Again I have to say Iím a big fan of the head sculpt, appropriately enough for a raging Thing his expression is one of distinct anger.

Paint - Invisible Woman, Human Torch and the Thing ***
Iím going to be a bit different on this category and lump all three figures together, for the simple reason they are all pretty good. The only real problem I could see on my guys was a bit of paint loss on the shoulder joints of Johnny Storm, but even this was hidden by his jacket. There are a couple of things which Iím really impressed by though; firstly the Things skin is shaded really well, so it not only looks rocky, buts itís the right side of dirty as well. The other plus point is the use of clear plastic for the Invisible Woman, although it is a bit sudden around the knees, a more subtle change would have improved it further.

Articulation - Invisible Woman *1/2, Human Torch **1/2, Thing ** Ĺ 
The Invisible Woman is the proud owner of only 9 points of articulation. A ball neck, cut shoulders, cut waist, T-hips and pin knees. Not a huge amount is it. Add to that the fact that the ball neck is hindered by her hair and that makes it even worse.

Torch fares a little better carrying 20 P.O.A. He has ball neck and shoulder, double elbows, cut wrist, pin fingers, T-hips pin knees and ankles. The top half of the torch stands up pretty well in this section, the only real improvement would be if he had some kind of articulation around his stomach. Apart from his hips, the lower half of his body could have been left static. His ankles barely move and the way his knees bend means I you have them in any other position than totally forward, he simply wonít stand.

The best of the bunch is easily the Thing, coming in with 23 points of articulation, and unlike the other 2 none of them are wasted. He has ball neck shoulders and hips, pin elbows and wrists, double knees and ankles and a pin in his toes as well as a cut waist. No action feature means that all these joints are put to good use so you can get him in to some pretty interesting poses and he can stand fine on his own.

Action Feature - Invisible Woman NO STARS!!!, Human Torch **
In theory when you plug a tube into the back of the Invisible woman, and then fill the connecting canister full of water and then squeeze a trigger water should come out of her hand. It doesnít. I was disappointed. The Human Torch fares a little better, he comes with a pull back and go snowboard. When the board does a wheelie (I know itís a snowboard just trust me) flames pop out and it lights up. The great thing about this is its pretty unobtrusive to the figure itself, which is good, although it does mean he has a pretty stupid stance most of the time.

There are a couple of pegs on the board to attach the Torch to and after a little fiddling he gets on there and stays on there. When you do pull him back he goes for quite a while on a smooth flat surface.

Accessories - Invisible Woman No Stars, Human Torch ** and the Thing ****
The Invisible Woman and the Human Torch get the same score as the previous round because the accessory is vital to their action feature so if you want to know more just re-read the previous paragraphs.

Once again the Thing comes out on top, he come with his very own bendy Mr Fantastic who is more than twice the height of the other figure. Which is, well, fantastic? He is really well made, well sculpted and well painted and his head is articulated! His arms and legs are sold with a wire running though and his body is hollow with the wire again going through it. All of this basically means he can do anything he wants, not many poses are out of the question so you can actually re-enact many scenes from the film.

Fun Factor - ***
Kids will probably love these, especially fans of the film. If you can get all the action features to work that is. If you have one of the normal Mr Fantastic and have come across a Doctor Doom, even more fun will be had.

Value - ***
As normal Toybiz have done some pretty good things, for a very reasonable price. I picked them up for £6.99 (minus staff discount), but I have seen them going for £5.99. If you can find them for that price, add half a star.

Overall - **1/2
If it wasnít for the Thing, you would be looking at two stars, but the great work on him and including a Mr Fantastic swayed me to give them a higher score.
Invisible woman could have been so much better if only they had though about giving her some articulation, while all Torch needed was some useful articulation. Of course the lack of water shooting also took the score down a bit.

Score Recap:
Packaging - **1/2
Sculpt - Invisible Woman **1/2, Human Torch **1/2, the Thing ***
Paint - Invisible Woman, Human Torch and the Thing ***
Articulation - Invisible Woman *1/2, Human Torch **1/2, Thing ** Ĺ
Action Feature - Invisible Woman NO STARS!!!, Human Torch **
Accessories - Invisible Woman N Stars, Human Torch ** and the Thing ****
Fun Factor - ***
Value - ***
Overall - **1/2

Where to Buy - 
Probably everywhere, probably.


Figure from the collection of Matt.

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