Famous Covers Toad 2 Pack
It seems like it's been an awfully long drought for the Famous Covers
collector. But shipping now to Toys R Us is the X-men Movie Toad 2
pack. This set is a 'then and now' sort of thing, with a classic
version of Toad packed with the Ray Park movie version. These are
exclusive to Toys R Us stores (and their web site).
There are two more 2
packs coming - one for Storm, which is rumored to be delayed for at least
another month, and one for Wolverine, which some stores have
received. They are a limited run of 15,000 and retail for $24.99
Packaging - ***1/2
Excellent, as usual. The graphics are bright and clear, and although
there is no 'comic' on the front, they do provide a shot of Giant Size
X-men #1 on the back. On the inside flaps, they give a brief history
of both versions. As always, the figures are removable without the
need for damage, but this time the inner sleeve is silver rather than gold
Sculpts - ***
The original Toad sculpt itself is excellent, if a bit oversized.
The head should be this large, but the problem is that the body isn't
quite fat enough to make it in proportion. The movie version looks
to be identical to the small, 6" version. It captures the Ray
Park look extremely well.
Articulation - ***1/2
It's the standard type 1 Famous Covers body. The classic Toad body
has been 'padded' to give it extra fat. He has regular male toed
feet. The movie version has new 'boot' feet, however, here's a
problem. Mine looks like he has two left feet, literally. I'm
not sure if they tried to cut costs and thought they could get away with
one boot mold, or mine is just defective. It's pretty obvious
though, so you should watch for it.
Costumes - ***
Some folks may find classic Toad's less than appealing, but you can't
fault them for trying. The purple accents on his costume are all
removable from the main piece. My wife says the colors are off - too
gold and fuschia, not green and purple from the illustration. I'm
color blind, so don't ask me. The padding works well, but they could
have used more. The padding is sewn into the front of the
costume. His only real weakness is the boots - they look good, but
they are constructed in such a way that keeping him standing is going to
The movie version sports a terrific costume, with a long sleeve turtle
neck sweater, pants and jacket. The construction is excellent,
particularly the jacket (with hood!). One negative note - for some
reason, after doing such a good job every where else on the costume, they
decided not to hem the bottom of his pant legs.
Value - ***
For $24.99, you're getting two very unique figures. While we've gotten
a little too spoiled with 6 and 7 dollar FC's at lots of stores, it really
isn't reasonable to expect that kind of price point. This seems very
appropriate, and it's well worth the cash.
Overall - ***
This pair is a welcome addition to my Famous Covers collection. Maybe
it's just my natural addiction to these things, but I like even repulsive
old classic Toad. But don't tell him that when his collar's flipped up
in back he looks like a daffodil.
There is one thing that might turn some folks off. If you look at
the picture below, you may notice like I did that the classic figures from
these 2 packs will fit into the overall FC line much better than the movie
versions. Their costumes are too 'modern' I think to really fit well
with the other comic book versions you already have. Actually, I think
the movie versions may look best with the wrestlers - God forbid.
Figure from the collection of