1) Walmart Exclusive Silver Surfer (which is almost exactly the same as Toybiz Series 5 Silver Surfer except that there’s no magnetic feet) in 2007
2) Ronan BAF Wave Silver Surfer which has a smaller body mold in 2007
3) And Red Hulk BAF Wave in 2008 as Silver Savage
I don’t have the 3 figures above. I’ll make another comparison post if I can get my hands on them.
Above: Hasbro Walgreens Exclusive Silver Surfer
Similar to some of Hasbro’s recent figures, this Silver Surfer comes with alternate hands and energy effects. It’s really great that Hasbro is including these alternate accessories. I wish they would do it with ALL figures. Having alternate accessories is fun!
The Silver Surfer stays on the board by sticking in one of the foot into the peg. Having one peg gives more freedom of posing the other foot, albeit at the expense of stability. It should still be able to stay in place if you don’t do any intricate pose for toy photography, otherwise it will need additional support.
Above: Toybiz Series 5 Silver Surfer
The Toybiz Silver Surfer comes with Howard the Duck as well. I have it but couldn’t find it, so didn’t manage to take a picture with it. It comes with a base, and a stand that connects the base and the board.
It has magnets at the feet, and the center of the board is metallic. It’s able to stick well to the board, and able to pose, provided the figure that you have does not have loose joints.
First off, height difference. Toybiz Silver Surfer is shorter than Hasbro Silver Surfer. The Toybiz Silver Surfer has that ugly and round ball-like deltoids (the part between the shoulder and the biceps), which is present in quite a few of their figures. However, it doesn’t look as bad on Toybiz Silver Surfer as it does on Toybiz Iron Fist and some other characters.
Hasbro Silver Surfer has a clean shiny silver paintwork, whereas Toybiz Silver Surfer has a rough looking silver, with some blue wash along the center. It does make him kind of more ‘cosmic’ to me. Heh. Both paintwork looks great to me, in their own way.
Between the two head sculpts, I prefer the Toybiz’s head. Not that Hasbro’s head is bad or anything, just that the Toybiz head looks more comic-ish and appealing to me. To me the white eyes looks better than the one with black outline.
Above: Toybiz Silver Surfer
I don’t really understand the pointed hands. It doesn’t look incredibly awful or anything, but Hasbro’s alternate hands are definitely better. It also has the normal Toybiz ‘finger articulation’, whereby the four fingers can swivel up and down. A pointless joint to me.
Above: Hasbro Silver Surfer
Hasbro Silver Surfer comes with 3 pairs of hands; clenched fists (which is on the figure in the previous pictures), open palms with straight fingers and open palm with fingers apart. It gives many possibilities for posing the figure with the options that is given.
Toybiz Silver Surfer’s board has a metallic center piece which allows the figure to stick to it via magnets on the feet. Hasbro Silver Surfer’s board has a peg to place the foot of the figure.
I guess Hasbro’s board is visually more apealling, but Toybiz’s board is decent too (and magnetic feet is always cool! Heh).
Hasbro Marvel Legends Walgreens Exclusive Silver Surfer:
+ Shiny silver paintwork
+ Alternate hands
+ Energy effects
+ Tall and in scale with other recent Marvel Legends
Toybiz Marvel Legends Series 5 Silver Surfer:
+ Silver paintwork with blue wash
+ Nicer head sculpt
+ Magnetic feet to a metallic board
+ Has base and stand
– Awkward hands
– Slightly shorter
In my opinion, this is one of the rare Toybiz figure that still can hold itself against the recent Hasbro figures. Although slightly shorter, it still scales well when posed correctly with other recent figures.
Between the two however, I still prefer the Hasbro version. Energy effects and extra hands are winning points for me. I’m keeping both though.
Do feel free to comment about the figures or request for other Marvel Legends figure comparisons! =D