With a classic Fantastic Four in my collection already, I’m totally fine with Hasbro exploring other attires for Marvel’s First Family like the ones featured in this Build-A-Figure Super Skrull wave. I get the need for some space before a blue and white attire FF wave. Today I’m looking at the team’s leader, Reed Richards Mister Fantastic himself as he’s decided that shaving just gets in the way of more lab time. Let’s see if I’ll have to stretch to like this figure.
Packaging: The common theme for this wave is no one gets their affiliation with the team actually mentioned in the bio. As usual, I’m digging the side portrait art for this wave and the presentation of all the accessories and the figure.
Likeness: It’s weird how despite the graying temples, the addition of the beard somehow makes Reed look old to me. Maybe that’s because I’ve kinda viewed him as Russell Johnson aka The Professor from Gilligan’s Island (I’m dating myself now) while the salt and pepper beard seems old.
This is basically the same head sculpt as the Walgreens Reed with a new hair sculpt and beard and the modern boots — in this case just the more angled boot with bottom tread.
Paint: Reed’s outfit is pretty basic in terms of paint demands. It’s mostly done sharply although I wouldn’t mind more grey on Reed’s temples. The paintjob isn’t perfect, but more than passable at this scale.
If there’s anything to watch out for with this wave it’s the placement of the iris in the figures’ eyes as they can be slightly off center.
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Scale: Hasbro reused the original Reed body, which was a great fit for the figure. That keeps him the same size as the Johnny Storm figure and shorter than the man mountain version of The Thing.
Articulation: Reed can hit every dynamic pose I could think of for a guy whose abilities require additional accessories. That’s not a fault of the figure though as it has the usual solid range of motion we’ve come to expect from this line.
Mister Fantastic has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: The Walgreens Reed came with longer arm attachments to simulate his stretching power. This figure comes with extended fingers. They’re OK, but nearly as cool a display of his powers. Hopefully we’ll get a version with the elongated torso, legs and neck.
Additionally, he comes with the right leg for the BAF Super Skrull.
Worth it? Reed clocks in at $20, which might be more than this figure is worth since he doesn’t have nearly the same cool accessories. He’s the one FF member that seems to be going for cheaper on Amazon and I think at the $15-$18 range he’s a better deal.
Rating: 9 out of 10
This figure is clearly essential for a modern FF and while he’s not as exciting as his teammates Hasbro did a solid job on this take of Mister Fantastic.