WOO! Toys Comics Legend (Stan Lee) 1:6 Scale Figure ReviewJose Lopez
When Hot Toys first announced their first Stan Lee Sixth Scale figure back in 2015, I foolishly passed. I’m sure that I had a solid reason for my decision back then, but as time went on, I regretted it more and more. When Stan passed away, the inevitable happened and that figure spiked in price on the aftermarket, effectively ending any chance I had of owning him. So when newcomer WOO! Toys put their third party Comic Legend Sixth Scale figure up for pre-order, I was on board. Sure, it was a gamble considering this was apparently the company’s first ever offering, but I was willing to take it.
Did that gamble pay off? Read on.
The packaging is solid if unremarkable. You get a white shoebox with two different portrait sketches of The Man on the front and back, which is a clever way to avoid licensing, I suppose. Everything was secure inside the tray. All in all, perfectly utilitarian.
The most crucial aspect of the Comics Legend 1:6 scale figure was always going to be the head sculpt. I’m happy to report that it’s a very solid rendition of Stan Lee, leaving no doubt who it’s supposed to be representing. The wrinkles on the neck and forehead, the crow’s feet and baggy eyes, the signature receding hairline; everything here is expertly done.
Unfortunately, the reason the sculpt is so great is that it’s not really a unique sculpt that was produced by WOO! Toys. It definitely appears to be a recast of the Hot Toys head sculpt, which is a bit dodgy. I’m not going to get into the morality of them going this route, but I will say that I wish they had just done their own unique sculpt of Stan, which not only would have made it more specifically their version, but also would have avoided any comparisons between the two.
I don’t have the original Hot Toys figure, nor do I have the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 iteration, but collectors online have posted side-by-sides and it’s fairly obvious the WOO! Toys’ sculpt is softer. The paintwork on this version also leans more orange and less life-like. Don’t get me wrong, the paint application on the head and hands is still excellent, even down to the veins and speckles on the skin. However, when you draw comparisons to Hot Toys, which WOO! Toys have made it almost impossible not to, then you’re likely to come in second place. It is what it is.
Moving on to an area where I was very pleasantly surprised: the tailoring. This is actually where I thought the company would falter, but, boy, was I wrong.
The figure comes wearing a pair of khaki pants, a green v-neck sweater, an off-white button-down collared shirt, white socks and a tan faux suede blazer. The materials used are solid, the pockets in his pants are actual working ones and the stitching is excellent. I did get some loose fuzz built up on the green sweater when I was taking it off, but that would happen on a real sweater so its no big deal.
My favorite piece of his outfit has to be the blazer, which has tiny buttons sewn in, is properly lined, and does a superb job fooling me into thinking it’s real suede.
Rounding off the outfit, let’s talk briefly about the shoes. I absolutely hate the shoes. This is the only area where I feel WOO! Toys dropped the ball, which is that much more disappointing considering how well they did everywhere else. The shoe laces are sculpted in, which isn’t too bad. However, in every other way they just look like cheap white plastic crap that you’d find on a store-bought Ken doll. I’ll probably just replace them myself, but I wish they didn’t skimp on this last little bit.
Stan’s articulation is pretty basic for a Sixth Scale figure, which is to say it’s all good. He has double-jointed elbows and knees, swivel bicep and thigh cuts, and a mid-torso cut that allows for plenty of lean and bend. Those joints creak pretty loudly while adjusting your pose by the way but don’t feel overly fragile. His head and neck are all one piece and it moves smoothly.
I found his ankles to be extremely flimsy and almost over-articulated. They can rotate in all directions so severely that I’d sometimes have difficulty standing the figure up. Also, and this may have just been a one-off issue with my specific figure, they were incredibly loose and kept popping out of the sockets. I powered through for the photos, but he’ll definitely be on a stand on my shelf.
Stan comes with some great accessories that add a lot to the fun factor of the figure, and I’m happy WOO! Toys saw fit to include them. We get three copies of Time Magazine with Stan on the front and back covers. The insides are blank, in case you’re wondering. We also get a pencil, pen and drawing tools. The word balloon sheets, blank panel pages and anatomy sketches are an odd choice since Stan was known as a writer, not an artist, but okay. (FYI, some of the sketch pages are from the How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema.)
Also included are eight interchangeable hands (two web-thwipping, two open, one thumbs up, one pointing, one for holding an art tool, and one for holding the pen.). Two extra wrist pegs are thrown in, which is always welcome. You additionally get a framed sketch of Stan the Man that you can have on display next to your figure.
Of course, Stan comes with his signature eyeglasses, in not one but two finishes. The silver is nice, but I prefer the gold frames. In the promo images, the gold frames definitely had a brownish tint to the lenses, which is absent here. It’s a bummer, honestly, as I always picture Stan Lee wearing those tinted lenses. Ah well.
All in all, I’m extremely pleased with the WOO! Toys Comics Legend Sixth Scale Figure. I think the figure is a great representation of Stan Lee. Everything from the tailoring to the paintwork to the accessories are wonderfully executed, and there is plenty of fun to be had with it. While I do wish WOO! had gone with their own original head sculpt and had spent some more time on the shoes, those are minor issues with what is a great release. I’m excited to see more from the company in the future. They currently have a set of 1:6 scale Energy Displacer Cannons available for Pre-Order that look like they would be a great addition to Iron Man Mark L.
The figure has recently begun shipping, so if you can find it somewhere for sale I would recommend grabbing it before it sells out and the price on the aftermarket climbs. Looking at the price of the Stan Lee Hot Toys figure on eBay and the price of this release (and how closely it resembles the official) many sixth scale figure collectors are likely to opt for this one. Get your hands on one before it’s too late!