Red Tornado is an android super-hero with wind-manipulation powers in addition to incredible strength and speed. His cybernetic body was created by the super-villain T.O. Morrow, although he is actually a sentient wind elemental named Ulthoon powering the robot. Despite his mechanical nature, he has a human wife named Kathy Sutton and a daughter named Traya, residing with him in Happy Harbor. He is primarily a member of the Justice League, although he has also been a member of Primal Force and Young Justice. The Golden Age version was Ma Hunkel, a member of the Justice Society.
Figures Toy Company is back in the review spotlight, with The Red Tornado. I don’t know what’s cooler, the fact Red Tornado has an amazing figure, or that’s its part of their Super Powers Line! Remember Super Powers? Well if you don’t let me give you a very quick background. The Super Powers Collection was a line of action figures based on DC Comics superheroes and supervillains that was created by Kenner Toys in the 1980s. The Super Powers toys spawned a franchise of collectibles, comics, color books and more. There was a variety of knockoffs, like Toy Biz's DC Comics Super Heroes line, and several others from other countries. Red Tornado had a figure as part of the Super Powers Second Wave. He was one of the harder figures to find. And had the nicest of all the capes, Sorry Batman.
Well now the amazing folks at Figures Toy company are recreating all of these figures. Using the same style of blister packaging, and logos, but with the Mego style of cloth dressed figure. It’s an amazing concept to say the least. Lets just dive right in and check out Red Tornado.
As you can see Tornado comes in a carded blister pack. I’ve said it in other reviews and I will say it again. This is the best way to package a figure. If you don’t want to open it just stand it up, or hang it up. Everything is fully displayed, and the artwork, especially with these Figure Toy Company releases is amazing. If you want something eye catching this is how you do it. Before you even look at the Red Tornado figure you are automatically drawn to the bright and bold colorful card. Blue, yellow and red, the three primary colors from the old Super Powers line. The Super Powers logo surrounded by bright red and yellow shooting stars make it pop off the card, as does the comic book style log that says “Red Tornado” in bright bold red lettering with a twisting yellow background. The “Official Worlds Greatest Heroes!” logo is stamped in white with a vibrant red background. The DC and Figures Toy Company logo are at the bottom left side, and covering the left is the comic book drawing of the Red Tornado himself spinning up from his tornado. A big comic book style zig zag balloon is towards the end of the tornado stating “With Fist Fighting Action!” in big bold letters. This is all on the blue card with the big yellow stripe in the center. The stripe is boxed in red with yellow stars in it. Now pause for a second and realize you see all of that before you even notice the Tornado Figure itself on the right side. This is eye catching and I was tempted to hang it up, but I open my toys, plus my son wanted to play with it
Lets start with the top. Tornado is a pretty basic character. Primarily red and yellow. The head is done very well for an action figure. The cheekbones are molded in with a very very faint shade done on them to accent the lips. They forehead is actually slightly bulged up and puffed out to add shape as well. With a slight painting of black on the upper section, and again under the nose and slightly in the center of the chin. The shading of the black is really nice as the head is essentially a red dome. The shading really makes it stand out in spots that would normally be ignored. The eyes are a bright almost snow white with deep bold black outlines around them. The yellow pointed arrow on the top of the head is bright as can be. I like how the lips on this one form almost a slight smile. I love this because if you go back and look at the original figures all of the good guys, even Batman had a slight smile on their faces while the bad guys had more of a sneer. As we move down you can see the costume in full view. Yes the cape, which I will cover in a bit can be removed, in fact the entire outfit can. The color on the cloth outfit is fantastic. Its very bright. So bright that when the light its, or in the case my camera flash it gives the impression its like an actually Kevlar superhero costume. The red is a bright and bold red, that really makes the bright almost canary yellow really pop. The Tornado Logo is directly in the center. It’s a circle with one top half and two bottom halves that runs down the center line. I wont lie. It looks cool, always has, I just never really understood what it symbolized. The belt, which is actually a plastic, almost rubber it yellow, but it’s a different shade. Not a huge difference, but enough so it does not blend with the yellow in the symbol and gloves.
Moving down we see feet and gloves. You can see it matches the rest of the costume, and it should It’s a one-piece outfit. The fact Red Tornado is all red and yellow makes him a really eye popping character. The uniform and boots are all bright red, but the logo, stripe, gloves and frill around the top of the boots is bright yellow. Two colors can make for a bland character but when a company uses such bright variations like Figures Toy Company did it really makes it come alive. The yellow, which is more of a satin type material than cloth really looks great at the bottom. Everything is perfectly centered and placed on this piece to make it come alive. The yellow gloves are a great shade as well.
Speaking of the gloves this side shot will give you a great look at the detail that went into them. If you notice there is a bunch and a wrinkle right between the wrist and hand. That’s exactly how a real glove would wrinkle up. The arms move up and down for some good old Karate Chopping action, which I will show you in a bit. You can see the yellow stripe going down the legs as well as the belt from the angle as well. If you look close you can see the costume is red, but the Tornado body is actually flesh colored. That was an old Mego style because kids like myself you switch heads and accessories on the figures. I really cant get over how bright this thing is. I know I’ve already stated that but this is just a great looking toy. To say it brings back many fond memories is an understatement
I want to point out from the back how good this cape looks. Hanging down yet still almost blowing in the wind as Red Tornado prepares to spin into action. Once again notice all the lines throughout and all the bends and folds. You can even see the shoulder overlap on the cape from where The Tornados head is. The cape is definitely a huge part of this costume and this is just spot on. Look at the shoulders where the cape is lifting up with the body. The fact this cape is made with a satin, cape like material in the icing on the cake so to speak. Its stitched in such a way that it really looks like its flowing, because it sort of is. The bright blue is stunning, throw in the red seams flowing around it and I have to say, this is the best cape on any figure I own. Don’t get me wrong The capes on the other figures in this line are great, but this Tornado one is so bright and eye catching its impossible to top. Yes it comes off as well.
I wanted to quickly show you under the cape. You can see the belt is adjustable, in case the penguin or another larger villain should steal it. But it has the old school lever by the butt for the twisting action. People my age will remember that these little triggers gave the toys back then “Kung-Fu Action”. You pop the left arm slightly out of socket so the right hand will throw a chop. This little bad boy will let you spin it with both hands giving it “Fist Fighting Action” Sure it may seem silly but back in my day that was just amazing as all could be. You had an automatic toy so to speak. My son who played with this with his wrestlers last night actually through it was really cool
Now speaking of playing. My son had him in the ring with not only his Nightwing figure from Figures Toy Company but they were fighting a few Pro Wrestlers in the cage. Tornado did just fine. Its fully articulate so he was able to position him into all the moves he needed to do. His action fists and kung fu chops were flying fast and furious. It’s a well made study toy so there was no problem with its durability. Plus it made me happy to see him playing with the same things I used to. And as a parent that really means a lot. So if you’re a parent buying this as a toy, it’s a great investment. Moves great, and looks cool as well something that’s important to every child. If you’re a collector It’s a definite must own. Awesome display box if you don’t want to open it, very cool to simply stand it up and show it off. This is another great toy from Figures Toy Company that brings back plenty of childhood memories. Superhero fans, collectors, and children will all love this one. Order one today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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