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In step with the demands and conventions of the Golden Age, even the Human Torch had to take on a sidekick. Enter Toro, aka young Tommy Raymond, a young hothead with a lot of heart. Besides pairing with the Torch, he was a charter member of the original Avengers, and even had a title of his own, Young Allies Comics, where he paired with Captain America's chum Bucky. According to Wikipedia:

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"Thomas Raymond was born in New York City to parents who were laboratory assistants to Phineas Horton, creator of the original Human Torch. After their employment with Horton had ended, they were killed in a train derailment. Toro himself was found at the site of the accident by a traveling circus completely unscathed despite the blaze from the wreckage raging around him. Adopted by the circus, his complete immunity to flame was used to draw additional crowds to the circus sideshow."


Toro's 1st Appearance
Human Torch #2 / Fall 1940
Cover art by Alex Schomberg
(click to enlarge)
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"Eventually the circus was visited by the Human Torch, and as he drew closer to Toro the younger man's flame powers fully erupted for the first time. From this point onward, Toro was a protégé and partner of the Torch and a co-founder of the Invaders."
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"Toro has superhuman abilities which are similar to those of the Human Torch (the ability to fly and burst into flames, as well as flame resistance)... because his nervous system has incorporated ...exactly the same kind of power cells that power the original Human Torch....Toro's metabolism can enhance when he activates his flame powers, once recovering from heart surgery within a few minutes, and once healing extensive damage inflicted by the Mad Thinker's experiments to the point that open wounds healed and scarred over in the time it took him to fly from the North Atlantic Ocean to New York City."
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The model I've designed is patterned directly from war-era comic issues featuring the Toro's earliest appearances. I hope you enjoy building this fiery friend!

Happy Modeling!!
The Professor.
 
 
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