I consider myself a pretty hardcore Marvel zombie.  I know more about the lives of the fictional characters that inhabit the Marvel Universe than I do many of the real people in my life.  At one point or another I’d say that I’ve collected from every corner of the Marvel U.  Sadly I cannot afford to collect all of the books all of the time and so there are some characters that I’m not as well versed on as say your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.  The Fantastic Four is one of those pockets of Marvel that I’ve never spent a whole lot of time examining.  I know all the characters quite well and could tell you about all the big events in their lives, births, deaths, weddings, line-up changes etc. but I’m not up to speed on all of the minutia that takes place in the panels of their monthly book.  A big event that happened for the team a while back was the death of founding member Johnny Storm, the Human Torch.  I’m not sure exactly how that event lead to a change in the team’s name but after Johnny’s passing the team was renamed the Future Foundation.  They hung up their familiar blue outfits and put on white and black ones.  And even though they were no longer the Fantastic Four they felt compelled to replace the Torch with a new fourth member anyway.  It was Johnny’s dying wish that the team accept Spider-Man as his replacement since the two of them were old pals and so that’s what the team did.  And so for a time the book was called FF and it starred Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Thing and Spider-Man (plus a bunch of kids and Dragon Man). Marv-Spidey FF art

In order to fit in with his new team Spidey had to don a new costume as well which was primarily white with some black.  The new costume seemed like overkill to me at the time because Spidey had gotten into the habit of putting on a new outfit every other issue over in his own book.  Silly costumes worn only for an issue or two seem gimmicky to me.  However if the toy stores are going to be flooded with Spider-Man figures I’d rather see him in costumes that he actually wore at one time instead of some of the silly garbage that gets produced by Hasbro.   And sure enough, it didn’t take long for Hasbro to announce that they’d be releasing a figure of FF Spider-Man in an upcoming wave of Marvel Universe figures.  I already had plenty of Spider-Men and I didn’t like the costume anyway so I knew that it was one figure that I would be passing on. Marv-Spidey FF flex

At least that’s what I thought until I actually saw the figure hanging on the peg at Strange Adventures.  I was immediately impressed by it.  I had not been happy with any of the previously released Spider-Man figures in the 4” scale.  They all seemed to wiry and fragile.  I know some people like to think of Spidey as a perpetual teenage everyman and not a muscle bound strong man but I didn’t grow up with puny Parker;  I grew up reading about Spider-MAN.  When I came on board in the mid-80s Spider-Man was months away from getting married, he was a published author (of a photography book but still), and he was in good shape.  He wasn’t the nerd with the coke bottle glasses and the sweater vest from the 60s.  I felt that this FF figure finally showed Spider-Man as I see him, as a tough guy, because this figure looks like it could kick the ass of any of my other Spider-Man toys.Marv-Spidey FF back Marv-Spidey FF spider-men

I really like the way they added a gray wash of paint over top of the white to show off the detail in the sculpt.  It gives this figure added realism by showing depth and shadows.  The usual approach on a figure like this would have been to have a sharp contrast between the stark white and jet black.  I like pretty much everything about this figure except for the fact that I’m not a big fan of this costume in general.  I will add that some improved figures of Spider-Man in his classic red and blues have come out since but at the time this was probably the best version of Spidey in the 4” scale.  8 out of 10.Marv-Spidey FF group


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I'm a dude that collects toys and writes. I figured I'd combine my hobbies.

Posted on May 29, 2013, in Marvel and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Wow, am I out of the loop. I never realized the Human Torch died. Did they eventually bring him back? I would hate for Captain Marvel to lose his distinction of being the only dead Marvel character to actually stay dead.

  2. Ha, I like that last pic. “Fuck you Johnny. You have been replaced” “ok :(“

  3. Neat looking Spidey. He’s one of those characters for me, along with my beloved Incredible Hulk, who never seems to get an action figure I’m totally happy with. The Spidey in my collection I’m most happy with is a McDonalds one from the 90s, of all lines. And on that figure it’s the face I like best.

    Johnny didn’t stay dead long from what I have heard. Never been a big FF reader. And Captain Marvel came back to life for a short time during the AVX thingie last year , in Secret Avengers. I hate crossover/tie in events as a rule.

    • I think I know the Spidey figure you’re talking about.

      As for Captain Marvel, I wish they’d just let him rest in peace. He’s been falsely brought back so many times now it’s ridiculous. The last time I recall he ended up being a Skrull who actually believed he was Mar-vel. And I don’t even know how many illegitimate children he has now.

  4. I once considered this figure to be a must own since I have the variant white suit F4 set, so obviously Spidey would complete it. And the FF comic series was great IMO.

    but… this figure was released when, over a year ago? I have never seen it in a store and at this point my financial situation is much worse than it used to be so attempting to acquire it via the net feels kind of irrelevant. same goes for the Morales Ultimate Spidey which I also very much wanted. maybe someday but it’s unlikely this hslf of the decade.

    • That sucks that you never managed to snag one. I hate not being able to afford the toys I want which happens more and more now with all of the exclusives and whatnot. Maybe you could grab a bottle of white out and make a custom 🙂

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