HAPPY HOGAN & IRON MAN MARK XXI
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Moving along the Iron Man timeline with our reviews here, we make our way to the final entry in that set of films, Iron Man 3. IM3 had the good grace of being the first MCU film to get the Legends treatment proper, which was a pretty big deal at the time. That said, it was just two movie-related figures in an otherwise comics assortment, which meant we just got the rather barebones Mark 42 and Iron Patriot releases, with scrapped releases for War Machine Mk II and Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin. Later Legends treatments got those additional two released, and there’s been a slow trickle of a few additional House Party armors every so often. We get one tribute to the film in the Infinity Saga set, featuring Stark Industries Head of Security Happy Hogan, as well as one more House Party armor.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Happy Hogan and Iron Man Mark XXI are a Target-exclusive two-pack, released in the Infinity Saga sub-line of Marvel Legends. They started hitting retail at the beginning of October, and have thus far been hitting in at least okay numbers.
After six film appearances (with a seventh in later this month), Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan finally gets some Legends coverage. Not bad for a guy in a suit, I guess. The figure stands just shy of 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Happy is a much larger guy than any of the other suit-wearers we’ve gotten, so he requires mostly new pieces. He borrows the arms from the Logan version of, well, Logan, but is otherwise sporting all-new parts. I certainly appreciate getting more variety to how the guys in suits are built; things were beginning to get a bit samey. I do appreciate that he’s even got a pocket on his shirt under the jacket, showcasing that he’s just a little bit more working class than most of the other suit wearing guys we’ve gotten. The only downside to the sculpt is that they’ve neglected to give Happy his ID badge, which is definitely gonna set him off. C’mon guys, everyone needs to be wearing their ID badges. By far the best part of the sculpt is the head, which has a pretty spot-on likeness of Favreau circa IM3, which is when Happy really comes into his own, so it’s a good choice. He’s got a good recreation of Happy’s usual “sunny disposition.” Happy’s paint work is reserved, but works well. Mostly it’s just the face, which is quite lifelike. Theres a few other spots on the suit, namely the belt and buckle. It’s all pretty clean, and it does the job well. Though he may not have his ID badge, Happy does at least get his cellphone. It’s a tiny little piece guaranteed to be lost, but hey, it’s still a cool touch.
IRON MAN MARK XXI
There are a great number of varieties of Iron Man suits presented by the film’s “House Party” concept. Many of them are quite unique, while others are really just re-decos of prior armors. This one’s one of the latter. Dubbed “Midas,” the Mark XXI is a recolor of Avengers‘ Mark VII, done up in all gold as a reference to Iron Man’s distinctive all-gold armor from the early Silver Age. Unsurprisingly, the figure is likewise just a re-use of the Mark VII mold. He stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 37 points of articulation. The sculpt worked well for the Mark VII and it works well for Midas as well. It’s hard to fault Hasbro for the re-use, especially when the mold is as good as this one. The color work is changed up, of course, so that he’s now all gold. It’s a mix of molded plastic and painted sections, so there’s som variety to the finish. It doesn’t look half bad. Midas gets the same accessory selection as the Mark VII: two sets of hands and blast effects, all in changed up colors to match with the core figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Happy Hogan is one of those character’s I’ve always loved in the comics, and I’ve been thrilled to see him actually get to grow over the course of his MCU appearances. I didn’t have the highest hopes for a Legends release, but they’ve been pulling out all the stops recently, so it’s not the craziest thing. It was definitely cool to see him show up here, and I like that they went with his IM3 appearance. Midas isn’t one of the more thrilling House Party armors, but the original base figure was nice, and so is this one. There have been worse space fillers in these two-packs.