Like most of Toy Biz's recent action figure offerings, the Fantastic Four movie figures pack in as much articulation as possible. The least articulated of the quartet is Clobber 'N Crush Thing who still has 28 points of articulation. The other three have between 38 and 46 points of articulation. Human Torch has the fairly standard set of articulation for a modern Marvel figure: The card tallies that as 39 points of articulation. But by my count that is 44 points of articulation if you count the shoulders, hips and neck as two points each since they allow the equivalent movement of two joints. Most of that articulation is going to be quite familiar to fans of the Marvel Legends line. The only real notable change is the fingers. Where previous ML figures usually have all four of their fingers formed as one piece which is hinged where it meets the rest of the hand. The Human Torch has all four of his fingers individually hinged which means he can flip the bird or do Spider-man's web shooting pose. Unfortunately he can't really do a peace sign since the fingers don't bend apart. Johnny has a significant drawback though, the translucent plastic used for the elbow and knee joints is too soft to hold a solid pose. It doesn't hurt the arms too much since there is that much weight on the joint. But the legs on my figure were slightly bowed in right out of the package and the articulation isn't able to fully compensate for it.
The Fantastic Four movie figures run between $7 and $9 each depending on the store. All four of these are solid figures and should make a good addition to most fan's collections despite their various short comings. But non of them are real stand outs over the other versions we've seen in the last couple of years. Mr. Fantastic scores a little better because of the excellent concept behind his action feature.
The Fantastic Four movie figures are widely available at most brick and mortar stores, for now. As the fall resets are taking place, their presence is slowly diminishing in many areas. None the less, Mr. Fantastic, the Human Torch and the Thing should all be fairly easy to find. The Invisible Woman may be another story. This is the first and only one I've run across after months of casual searching. She was only released in limited numbers, one or two per case. and was only available with the first wave of figures. Add to that the fact that there are three variations of the figure and finding the one you want can be quite a challenge. Online options seem a bit more limited. Both and have the figures listed on their sites. Some of the smaller online retailers are also carrying them. is one of my favorite sites and has always been very reliable. also has most of the movie figures available on clearance for $5 each except for the Invisible Woman of course.
The packaging for the Fantastic Four Movie figures is simple in design, but that works well for it. The figure and accessories are neatly displayed in a standard rectangular blister with the Movie logo and character information are provided on a sticker on the blister while the card has the images of the four members of the FF. The back of the card has a brief description of Doom's role in the movie as well as instructions for the features and photos of all of the figures in the series. I don't care for the use of line drawings for the instructions, but in this case it may have been a wise choice. The figure's dark colors would have made it difficult to make out the important details in small photos. They did screw up one rather important detail, the warning about the battery. They forgot to print it on the card so it had to be placed on a sticker. But there was no place quite large enough to place the sticker so it was placed rather haphazardly above the logo on the back where it covers part of the logo. A rather foolish oversight the fix for which was poorly handled.