Marvel Legends 2 Namor

For a couple years, Marvel fans had to watch as DC Direct put out some fairly decent figures from the DC comic universe. There was almost nothing for the Marvel fan.

And then came the Marvel Legends series, not to mention the terrific Spiderman series.  The second series of Marvel Legends is now on the shelves, and includes Prince Namor (Sub-Mariner) who had the occasional run-in with the Fantastic Four, Thing from the Fantastic Four, Torch from the Fantastic Four, and Dr. Doom, the greatest nemesis of the Fantastic Four.  Can you see a theme here?

Dr. Doom comes with a short packed variant - the Doombot.  The face is obviously distinctly different, so it won't be too tough to recognize.

The Marvel Legends line incorporates some aspects of the old Famous Covers line, including a comic with each figure that shows the time period from which the figures design was taken.  They also sport tons of articulation and great sculpting, and the Marvel fans have now one upped the DC fans.

Packaging - ***1/2
The clam shell packages have really grown on me over time.  They are tremendously sturdy, allow you to see the whole figure, and store extremely well for the MOC'ers.  The downside of course is that it's not particularly collector friendly, but then again, no card/bubble set up is.

Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpt is intended to mirror the look of Namor depicted on issue 67 of The Savage Sub-Mariner.  Fortunately, they avoided the constipated grimace, kept his mouth shut, and gave him an appropriately serious and grave expression.

There's lots of detail in the sculpt as well, both head and body.  The detail work on the musculature, along with the nice work on the face sculpt, make this an extremely nice figure.

He has his wings on the back of his feet, but they are made of a very soft plastic, so you'll have to work with them a bit to get them looking just right.

Okay, there will be those that do not like this figure simply because the design is not the one they'd prefer.  Just be glad he doesn't have a hook for a hand.

Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops are excellent all around - the flesh tones are well done, and they've pulled off some shading on the body and face that rarely works.

The eyes, eyebrows and hair line are all extremely clean, and there's no bleed between the dark colors of the vest and cuffs, and the lighter colors of the body.  The lighter lines on the vest could be a little smoother, but otherwise it's perfect.

Articulation - ****
This is as articulated as you can get in a 6" figure.  There's a ball jointed neck (although the range of motion is somewhat limited), ball jointed shoulders, cut bicep, double jointed elbows and knees, wrists, waist, cut thighs, ball jointed hips, ankles, hands and feet.  Yep, the fingers of the hands are articulated, so he can grasp various sizes of weapon, and his feet are jointed at the mid point to allow him to stand on the ball of his foot.  Toybiz first used this with the Blade movie figure, and it works much better than you'd first imagine.

You may have to use the freezer trick to free up a few of these joints, and the ball jointed shoulders didn't allow for quite as wide of range of motion as you'd like, but overall he's a fantastic example of excellent articulation.

Accessories - ***
There are three accessories - his staff, a stand of moving water, and the comic book.

The comic is a reprint of the original, and is a nice touch, but most folks will toss it in a box.  There are some nice display possibilities with it however.

The staff is a fairly close representation to the one you see on the cover.  Unfortunately, the plastic is a bet cheap, and therefore is going to come pretty misshapen right out of the package.  A little hot water will help you straighten it all out.

The last accessory, and best, is his water stand.  It snaps together tightly, and displays him extremely well.

Value - ****
These are selling for $7 at Toys R Us.  An extremely well articulated 6" figure, well sculpted, with several accessories, all for seven bucks?  You can't go wrong.  Compare that to the DC Direct figures that have far less articulation, hit and miss sculpting, few or no accessories, and cost twice as much.  This is a deal you can't beat.

Overall - ***1/2
I'm a DC fan.  Always have been, and grew up reading DC comics.  Okay, so I did occasionally pick up an FF book, a Namor book or the occasional Spidey book.  But 80% of the time it was DC.

This is the kind of figure action figure collectors want.  They don't want statues, they want action figures.  They collect toys, and when they want to buy statues, they buy them.  Toybiz is proving that you can produce an action figure that could actually be played with AND looks terrific. 

Where to Buy - 
I picked him up at Toys R Us, and Target should have them soon as well.  On-line:

- has the singles for $9, but you can also pick up the set of four for $30.  Not as good as the store price, but if you don't have a TRU handy, it's an option.  Search for 'Marvel Legends'. (MROTW Affiliate)

- Action Figure Express also has a set of four for $30.  (MROTW Affiliate)

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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