Fantastic Four Are Ready to Swing into Full Action

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), July 9, 2005 | Go to article overview

Fantastic Four Are Ready to Swing into Full Action


Byline: Joseph Szadkowski, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Thanks to the proliferation of film, comic book and cartoon characters, companies are bombarding consumers with an incredible selection of action figures. With tongue in cheek, let's take a peek at some of the specimens worthy of a place in ...

Zad's 'Fantastic Four' Toy Vault

Flame-On Human Torch

Toy Biz celebrates Marvel Comics famed superhero team's debut in 20th Century Fox's new movie "Fantastic Four" with a full line of toys. Especially impressive is the master licenser's action figures, which carefully bring characters from the film to three-dimensional life.

Each 6 1/2-inch representation of Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and Dr. Doom feature laser-scanned likenesses of the actors portraying them, double-digit points of articulation, accessories and high-tech innovations to offer children a fantastic experience.

Figure profile: Johnny Storm lived his life on the edge - specializing in fast cars, pretty girls and extreme sports - and his reputation for risk-taking was nearly as legendary as his love for practical joking.

Johnny had another, more serious side, too: as the best pilot and astronaut in the world. But no amount of skill could save Johnny from his fate as he piloted a doomed space mission. Cosmic rays pounded Johnny's body, leaving him a human fireball - and his life as an adventurer forever changed.

Now, hotheaded in a whole new way, when Human Torch isn't using his fiery power to aid the Fantastic Four, he's known to use it to pull a prank on his unsuspecting teammate, Ben Grimm.

Accessories: With a poseable body giving way to 29 points of articulation, this translucent figure of fiery reds and oranges has soft rubber flames circling its entire being and a light-up head and torso that activate when a button is pressed on its back. It can also get mounted on a rubber funnel of flames that delivers, with a push of a base button, the character's signature phrase, "Flame On," and a "whoosh" sound effect while torso/head lights blink.

Price: $8.99

Read all about it: Readers can enjoy the 120-page trade paperback, "Fantastic Four: The Movie" that contains the full sequential art adaptation of the film, drawn by veteran artist Dan Jurgens, and a selection of older comic tales that inspired the cinematic effort ($12.99).

Words to buy by: Besides the dead-on resemblance to the cast of the movie, even the flaming Torch looks like actor Chris Evans, the entire Fantastic Four figure line mixes levels of precise detail with durability and cool effects that will satisfy both the collector and younger role-playing fans of the superhero team.

Strange but cool

In celebration of the "Fantastic Four" film, companies have delivered an eclectic collection of items to make sure fans saturate themselves with one of the most beloved, and the oldest, superhero teams of the comic world.

Deluxe Thing (Toy Biz, $9.99)

This 12-inch rotocast version of the Fantastic Four's rock-encased team member uses laser scanning technology to capture the likeness of actor Michael Chiklis, who portrays the Thing in the movie and features 17 points of articulation with detail down to the FF logo on his pant thighs. Children who still own the 12-inch version of Toy Biz's movie Incredible Hulk can pit one against the other to re-create some legendary battles chronicled in the comic book. …

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