1. I LOVE action figures (From age 3 – (current) age 27)
2. My neighbor Blake had every freaking action figure ever made.
Johnny Storm has recently met his maker (supposedly), but he lives on in our hearts – and through some really sweet action figures. The Human Torch has had some great moldings, articulation, and my personal favorite, fireball-throwing arm-action! With all of his great figures came a few that really were kind of a slap in the face to what a great character Johnny Storm should be. Even Valeria Richards would agree these figures should have never seen the light of day.
This little number was released in 1996 to go along with the Fantastic Four Animated Series. There are few things in life more frustrating than owning a Human Torch action figure whose “Flame on!” only covers half of his body. Even to this day I can’t fathom why someone would want a half-flamed Johnny Storm. This is the Johnny Storm that I owned in grade school. If you are wondering why I owned this exact one, think back to ’96 through ’98 when he was all over the shelves because nobody wanted it. Plus, it was probably in the discount aisle.
This is the interpretation of Chris Evans from the Fantastic Four film from 2005. This Roto Series hand grenade was the only one in the series to look like it had been set on top of a stove and melted a little, giving it that realistic feel I suppose.
I can’t even start to count how times I have wondered “What was Toy Biz thinking!?” This makes the top 10 for sure. This was part of the Series 3 wave of Fantastic Four Movie line. I know I got shafted having a half Johnny Storm, half Torched powered…but if I got this I would not have been happy. This looks more like Extreme X-Games Action Figure line than Fantastic Four – he’s not even in a Fantastic Four suit! The least they could have done is put a 4 on it somewhere.
At least the other 3 figures slightly resembled Johnny in some way, this one just looks like a robot! Vehicle to hero…why does that sound so cool. Our very own JordamusPrime loves Transformers so odds are, he will explain to me who would want this. On the up side to things…the jet is pretty sweet, and it has a 4 on it!
Johnny has seen some rough times, and its sad that we have to remember him through those gaudy interpretations. Bring on the Marvel Legends! Johnny looks awesome with some fantastic articulation. The best part? The flame that makes it look like he is about to fly! Too cool Marvel Legends! Way to bring some respect back to Johnny Storm in all of his action figure awesomeness!
But the number one way I will always remember Johnny Storm will be through this Marvel Super Heroes Classic. From the simplicity, to the “Flinging Fireball Throwing Action!” I just can’t get enough. Of course, my neighbor Blake had him, and the other three Fantastic Four members from the same series. The only bad thing about this figure was how easy it was to lose all of those fireballs, even with those convenient holsters he had on his back. I thought one arm to throw fireballs was pretty awesome, but then Toy Biz changed everything. Pyro came out in the X-Men line and totally blew my mind!