Marvel Legends collectors have had a heck of a run at Walgreens in the last little while. The store has been getting exclusives related to the first family of Marvel for a couple years now, and with the release of The Thing this month (hopefully, anyway) the Fantastic Four will be complete. While a few villains still need some attention (cough: Doom, Mole Man), the cosmic side is flying into stores right now. The Herald of Galactus himself, the Silver Surfer, flies into the Marvel Legends line updated and shiny. Worth the upgrade? Let’s find out!
Lately I’ve been bored by the Marvel Legends packaging. It feels like it has been around forever, even though it has only been like five years. Something about this figure makes it feel fresh again, however. Maybe it’s the colors, maybe it’s the excellent Jerry J. Wilson key art on the back, I don’t know. But I love it here.
Once the Surfer is removed from his plastic prison, the paint aps need to be checked throughly. Mine had a couple of weird spots where the paint built up, and there were a couple of scuffs. They were easily removed with a magic eraser, but be on the lookout.
Three sets of hands are included, along with two of everyone’s favorite energy burst accessories. Surfer holds them really well in the outstretched hands but not so well with the others, especially the surfing hands. The left arm on mine also has loose hand joints — two of the three hands fall right off when moved at all. I’m sure that’s not the case with every example, but it was a bummer to end up with a faulty one. I love the sculpt, and he is easy to pose in a variety of ways, but that hand really bothers me.
But the Surfer should be on his board, and this is where things get really dicey. He fits on the board well — that’s the good news. But I have no idea what they were thinking only having one peg on the board. That’s not true, I know what they were thinking: free range of motion on the board that allows for a variety of poses on it. The only problem is the figure falls over unless both legs are on the board. Not at first, but over time, after a while I heard the figure crash and had to go repose it so that both legs were on there. I wish the board had been just a little bit wider on both sides so it would not tip over.
On just looks alone, this figure is a home run. Especially for MOC collectors, this is a can’t-miss Marvel Legends figure. It’s when you get it out of the package that the flaws start to become evident. Thankfully, the flaws are not enough to make me regret this purchase. I have waited years for a new Silver Surfer figure, and while not perfect it is easily still one of the best examples ever done.
The Marvel Legends Silver Surfer Walgreens exclusive is hitting stores now.