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Thing - Character Profile

 
 
Name:Thing
Publisher:Marvel Comics
Real Name:Benjamin Jacob Grimm
Height:7' 5
Weight:1650 lbs.
Race:Human
Sex:Male
Origin:Cosmic rays on a space flight
Base of Operations:Baxter Building, Four Freedoms Plaza, Pier Four
Created By:Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
1st Appearance:Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961)
Universe:Marvel
Affiliations:Fantastic Four, UCWF, West Coast Avengers, Thunderriders, Yancy Street Gang
Powers:Super strength, superhuman durability, stamina and rock-like scales covering his skin
Storyline

Ben Grimm was born on Yancy Street in New York's Lower East Side to a Jewish family. From early on, Benjamin experienced hardship and poverty, shaping the young Grimm into a tough, streetwise scrapper. Tragedy struck when Ben was only eight years old as his brother Daniel was cut down in a gang war. Soon after his parents died, further hardening the young man. He was sent to live with his Uncle Jake and Aunt Petunia

As years past, Ben excelled in High School Football and was awarded a scholarship to Empire State University where he would meet someone that would change his life forever. That man was Reed Richards, Ben's future life-long friend. Richards always talked of building a space rocket, to which Ben jokingly replied "If you build a rocket, I'll fly it!"

Following College, Ben joined the military and became a test piolt.

Years later, much to his surprise, he is contacted by Reed Richards who has built a space rocket and wants Ben to fly it. Unfortunately, the U.S. government denies Reed permission to fly the rocket, he plots a clandestine flight with himself, Ben, Susan Storm and her brother Johnny Storm. During the flight, the four are pelted by Cosmic Radiation which damages the ship, forcing them to crash land. Upon climbing from the wreck, the four discover the radiation has changed them into something fantastic. Unfortunately for Ben however, while the other three remained human in appearance, he was mutated into a rocky skinned Golem.

Horrified by his new form, Ben often sinks into depression as Reed tries to find a cure for his friend but has repeatedly failed. Even so, Ben Grimm now calling himself the Thing in a form of bitter humor, fights the good fight along side his team mates as the Ever Lovin', Golden Hearted Thing of the Fantastic Four. In doing so, he has achieved not only fame and at one point, a massive fortune, but the thing that was taken from him when he was young. In the Fantastic Four, Ben has found a family.
Last updated by Collector1 on December 20, 2007.
All Produced Thing Action Figures
YearNameSubseriesSeriesManufacturer
1978ThingSuper HeroesWorld's Greatest (Mego)Mego
1992ThingSeries 3Marvel - Super HeroesToy Biz
1994Thing10" ScaleFantastic FourToy Biz
1994Thing (Clobberin' Time Punch)Series 1Fantastic FourToy Biz
1994Thing & Spider-Man (K-Mart)ExclusivesSpider-Man - Animated SeriesToy Biz
1995Thing & Spider-Man (Webshooter)K-Mart 2-PacksFantastic FourToy Biz
1995Thing vs. BlastaarMetal ManiaFantastic FourToy Biz
1995Thing IISeries 3Fantastic FourToy Biz
1995Thing & War MachineWal-Mart 2-PacksFantastic FourToy Biz
1995Thing / Spider-ManTeam-UpMarvelToy Biz
1996Thing (Rock Breaking Action Platform)Series 4Fantastic FourToy Biz
1996ThingMarvel UniverseToy Biz
1997Thing II (Undercover Disguise)Amazing HeroesMarvelToy Biz
1997Lizard / Spider-Man / ThingMulti-PacksMarvel - Heavy Metal HeroesToy Biz
1998ThingMarvel - Heavy Metal HeroesToy Biz
2002ThingSeries 2Marvel Legends (Toy Biz)Toy Biz
2002ThingSeries 2Marvel Legends (Toy Biz)Toy Biz
2003Thing / Doctor DoomWave 5Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2003Thing / Dr. Doom (Unmasked)Wave 5Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
200410-Pack (Toys R Us)Exclusives - 2004Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2004Clobberin' Time Thing / Super Skrull (Tower Records)Exclusives - 2004Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2004Hulk / ThingTarget / Wal-Mart 2-PacksMarvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2004Thing / Spider-Man / Dr. Doom / CarnageToys R Us 4-PacksMarvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2004Fantastic Four (7 Figures) (Solid Invisible Woman)Box SetsMarvel Legends (Toy Biz)Toy Biz
2004Fantastic Four (7 Figures) (Solid Invisible Woman)Box SetsMarvel Legends (Toy Biz)Toy Biz
2004Fantastic Four (7 Figures) (Transparent Invisible Woman)Box SetsMarvel Legends (Toy Biz)Toy Biz
2005Fantastic Four (SDCC)Exclusives - 2005Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2005Dr. Doom / ThingTarget 2-PacksMarvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2005Invisible Woman / Powerhouse ThingWave 8Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2005Susan Richards / Powerhouse ThingWave 8Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2005Thing (Battle-Scarred) / Gaijin Wolverine IIWave 8Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2005ThingDeluxe Figures - Series 1Fantastic Four - MovieToy Biz
2005ThingElectronic Tuff Talkin'Fantastic Four - MovieToy Biz
2005Thing Tri-CycleMotorized Bump 'N GoFantastic Four - MovieToy Biz
2005Thing (Stomp 'N Clober)Series 1Fantastic Four - MovieToy Biz
2005Thing (Clobber 'N Crush)Series 2Fantastic Four - MovieToy Biz
2005Thing (Clobberin' Time)Series 3Fantastic Four - MovieToy Biz
2005Thing (Raging)Series 3Fantastic Four - MovieToy Biz
2005Thing HotrodVehiclesFantastic Four - MovieToy Biz
2005Fantastic Four (4 Figures)Box SetsMarvel Legends (Toy Biz)Toy Biz
2005Thing (1st Appearance)Series 11 - Legendary RidersMarvel Legends (Toy Biz)Toy Biz
2005Thing and Spider-ManStarter PacksMarvel Legends ShowdownToy Biz
2006Thing (Thunder Launch)Series 1Fantastic Four ClassicsToy Biz
2006Thing (Twist 'N Slam)Series 2Fantastic Four ClassicsToy Biz
2006ThingSeries 1Figure FactoryToy Biz
2006ThingSeries 3Marvel MegaMorphsToy Biz
2007ThingRonan the Accuser SeriesMarvel Legends (Hasbro)Hasbro
2007ThingTitanium SeriesMarvel Legends (Hasbro)Hasbro
2007The Thing & NamorSeries 3Marvel Super Hero SquadHasbro
2007The Thing & Mole ManSeries 4Marvel Super Hero SquadHasbro
2007Invisible Woman / Human Torch / ThingCommemorative DVD CollectionFantastic Four - Rise of the Silver SurferToy Biz
2007Thing (Raging)Series 1Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver SurferToy Biz
2007Thing (Super Strength)Series 1Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver SurferToy Biz
2008Thing / Human TorchToys R Us 2-Packs - Wave 8Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2008ThingSeries 2Marvel Mighty MuggsHasbro
2008Kang the Conqueror & ThingSeries 12Marvel Super Hero SquadHasbro
2009Mr. Fantastic / Thing2-PacksMarvel Legends (Hasbro)Hasbro
2009ThingWave 3Marvel Universe - Fury FilesHasbro
2009ThingWave 3Marvel Universe - Fury FilesHasbro
2010Thing (Trenchcoat) / DoombotWave 37Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2010Thing / DoombotWave 37Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
2010Bulldozer / ThingComic Packs - Secret WarsMarvel Universe - Fury FilesHasbro
2010ThingMarvel SelectToy Biz
2011Future Foundation (Disney)Exclusives - 2011Marvel MinimatesDiamond Select
 64 Action Figures Produced
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