Continuing the sneak previews we look
at the Limited Edition Reed Richards who heralds the
coming of another REV of Mr. Fantastic. This review
will be a little bit different, because as of yet we
have no idea what the REV of Mr. Fantastic will be
like so we can’t really compare his LE to it. We
will compare LE Reed Richards to the REV of Mr.
Fantastic that was part of the Clobberin Time set.
Stats and Powers –
Reed has a starting Speed of 10 with
a combination of Leap/Climb and Plasticity to help
him move easily and tie down opponents later in his
dial. His starting Attack of 9 is supplemented with
a Range of 6. His Defense starts at 16 and he has
4 clicks of Super Senses, but only 6 clicks of
health. His Damage of 2 stays consistent, but his
major damage comes from his combo of Perplex and
The addition of Leap/Climb makes Reed
already better rounded then his predecessor. With a
starting Speed of 10 and Leap/Climb he can move
around easily and doesn’t waste the points on wasted
clicks of Plasticity. His Defense is above average
for a character of 72 points and having 4 clicks of
Super Senses means he will have a chance to dodge
several blows even if he takes damage. The Perplex
is a nice addition and the Outwit is just common
sense for Reed Richards to have. He is supposed to
be a genius after all.
His Attack of 9 isn’t really a
weakness, but it is average with a Range of 6. With
only a 2 Damage he really isn’t much of a hitter and
will have to rely on Perplex and Outwit. I like
that he doesn’t have Plasticity his whole dial like
the old Mr. Fantastic. Still Plasticity is not a
very useful power, although in my mind it should be.
The number one thing that weakens it is that it has
should at least have SOME chance to tie up a figure
like Batman, or Spider-Man, but it gives the figure
no chance to tie up figures with Leap/Climb or
Phasing. The other major down note to Reed is the
lack of the Fantastic Four team ability. This really
dampens how much I would expect to use this figure.
Playing With –
Use Leap/Climb to move him someplace
out of harms way and use Perplex and Outwit to give
your teammates a boost. If he gets into a fight use
Leap/Climb to move away if you know you can’t win.
If you really want to be sneaky and tie up a figure
you normally couldn’t move into contact and then
Outwit Leap/Climb or Phasing. But beware because
that means they will be forced to make attacks
against Reed and he can’t take too many hits.
Playing Against –
Use your ranged figures to harass
him, but don’t waste a lot of points to try to take
him out. Outwit is annoying, but more annoying is
The Thing swinging a heavy object at you. Don’t be
afraid of Reed tying up your more expensive figures,
but keep your support figures out of his reach.
Outwit his Super Senses if you can because there is
nothing worse then having him dodge your damage
especially with his small dial.
Teammate wise Reed is on his own
since he doesn’t have the Fantastic Four team
ability. Still he is a good teammate for The Thing
because he can Perplex Damage or Attack accordingly
and Outwit your opponents damage reducing powers.
Trick Shot is an ok feat to use, but his range of 6
really means he is better off served just moving
into base to base contact. Think about Pounce as
pushing Reed is not a horrible thing especially if
it moves him onto his Outwit dial. Taunt would be
good to tease his support pieces with and get them
into an unfair combat.
I like it. I just hope it’s not too
fragile, but the old REV held up well. So far the
Fantastic Four sculpts have been right off the
covers of the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics.
Tangibles and Overview –
The old REV of Mr. Fantastic was one
of the most disappointing figures in the game and
was always the weak link in a Fantastic Four team.
Reed Richards gives me hope that the new REV will be
an improvement, but I am still hoping for
Probability Control on one of the clicks just like
Batman. After all Reed Richards is smarter then
Batman. No question. Reed as a figure is not very
useful without the FF team ability, but I would use
him over the old REV any day.
Overall Score: (Out of 5. Score of:
1 = horrible, 2 = below average, 3 = slightly above
average, 4 = great, 5 = outstanding)
Limited Edition Reed Richards – 2.50