Still no Sue though.
Then came this 4-pack all in modern light blue or in Future Foundation white: Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, Sue Storm (Yay!!!) and...Herbie? Wha?...
Ok, well at least now we have all 4 members of "a classic" Fantastic Four. But all the 'Bro really had to do was just toss in a dark blue Sue and viola!--we'd have had a complete 'Four. Instead, now we get the three guys in dark blue and Sue in light blue...Hm. Ok. No problem. We'll just have to put the light blue Sue with the light blue Johnny Storm and Thing and Mr Fantastic. Only one problem though--I went for the dark blue releases instead of the light blue, so I'm effectively screwed. Lol.
Moral of the story: prepare to get teased as you wait to complete your favorite superhero team, even if it's a team that's this classic and more famous as a team than as individuals!
My solution: get the Future Foundation white. At least the previous members of the 'Four you got can still be completed separately as a classic team (if they make 'em...) while you get yourself a variation of the modern day Fan Four!
So let's see how this 4-pack measures up!
Sue's got a determined yet happy expression and it's very much down to the way her lips are painted. But there's no doubting the sculpt behind it because it's a nice, slim face with ears sculpted in and hair that's tucked behind her left ear. It looks like it'll be Sue Storm's unique look. At least I hope so, since a reuse of the exact same hair on this head would just make whichever figure they use it on seem like Sue with dyed hair, now that they used it first for her.
Never mind that the Invisible Woman comes in either a light blue you can't complete the classic dark blue foursome in, or in a white that needs a Spiderman to complete the Future Foundation. The figure is good enough to hold its own just simply because it's got an awesome new female head sculpt!
Like: The new Reed Richards. Right body, great head sculpt. But he still needs some form of stretchy accessories!
Like: H.E.R.B.I.E. There. I said it.
Sure, he was more prominent as a cartoon character and actually turned traitor in the comic books. (And yes there's no denying he's a leg humper too.) I like him in this pack because he's one of Reed's many, many toys. And it's high time they gave him one of those in the Marvel Universe 3.75" scale!
But if you're not a fan, at the very least, you could use him as one of Richards' minor inventions, like a toilet cleaner or a serving robot or something. But hey, I wasn't really big on H.E.R.B.I.E. until seeing this figure. I guess I just like little nods to certain unlikely-to-be-made characters that makes me appreciate the guy! ;)
Dislike: Old school articulation. Hasbro is milking the old molds for all their worth, for sure. But come on! Bring on those thigh cuts, those neck and wrist hinges, and those newer, more flexible ankle hinges--we can't ever get enough of those!
Dislike: That this white pack offers a long-panted, booted Thing that's repainted white right through to try and hide the boots. Not a very go job. The light-blue Fan Four pack actually has a Thing with knee-length shorts and hence has different legs from this one.
Perhaps it would've been cooler to have a Thing in White shorts? I know it wouldn't be accurate, but it would be cool to have. Besides, the Thing wears whatever pants/shorts/speedos he can get his hands on, so why not a white pair of shorts to foreshadow a potential future costume change? ;)
There's some excellent spray-shading on Sue and Reed, but the Thing's a little uneven--mine's got a good right leg and a slightly heavily shaded left one. Some of the black lies on all three of the figures are blurry, with the worst ones belonging again to the Thing.
Other then that, Reed's got a slightly over-painted hairline, which I actually didn't notice till taking the closeups, while Sue's got a smudged left eyebrow, Again, it's tough to notice unless you take a closeup photo. These two issues actually look good in "real life" so I'm not holding it against the 'Bro..this time. ;P
Poseability: 7/10 - Not the newest bodies for these guys and hence not the newest articulation, which is a bummer. But if they're gonna reuse bodies, this is a very good match to the characters in question. Still, no new thigh cuts and new neck hinges mean a lot less dynamic poses. But whaddaya gonna do, huh? The only fantastic, not dynamic, at least not enough :P
Fun: 7/10 - Finally, a 4-pack with the Fan 4! Although they are only somewhat complete, at least you can get most of them in one pack. What's cool though, is that you can mix and match heads or bodies with older versions of the characters to give you you perfect Fantastic Four.
But where are Red's extended limbs, Sue's attachable Force Field, or Thing's muscle t-shirt (or some such)? These would have definitely made the set a lot more fun than just three figures and a poorly balanced robot. Yep, my H.E.R.B.I.E. falls forward unless you tilt his head back all the way. Lol.
Value: 7/10 - I can't help but think that the FF need to come with some sort of accessories, though. Sure, they're super-powered beings. But they rely on tech to defeat the bad guys as much as much as Iron Man or any other hero. So where's the Fantasticar or the Ultimate Nullifier or the cardboard-assembly Baxter Building?
Nevertheless, they did give us H.E.R.B.I.E, so there's something there at least. :/