RESCUE ARMOR IRON MAN & ROBOT HULK
Today marks the final entry from the most recent Toys R Us exclusive wave of Diamond’s quite expansive Marvel Minimates line. For the last review, I’ll be looking at not quite Iron Man, and not quite the Hulk. So, may it’s not quite a review…
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as part of the 17th Toys R Us exclusive wave of Marvel Minimates.
RESCUE ARMOR IRON MAN
First up, it’s Iron Man…according to the box anyway. In actuality, it’s Pepper, Tony’s on-again-off-again-love-interest. She recently (okay, in the last five years or so) got her own suit of armor and took up heroing under the name “Rescue.” I guess Toys R Us wasn’t interested in a figure just called Rescue, but add Iron Man to the end, and their on board! That ends up being a little awkward for Pepper, who really doesn’t qualify as Iron MAN, but if anyone can bend gender stereotypes, it’s Pepper Potts! The figue is built on the basic Minimate body, with a few sculpted add-ons, so she’s got 12 points of articulation and stands about 2 ½ inches tall. She’s got sculpted boots and gloves, as well as a slip over mask. All these pieces have been used before, but are put to a good effect. The paint on Rescue is quite well done, with no noticeable slop, smudges or fuzziness, and lots of fine detail work. The metallic red and silver are also nice and consistent. Rescue includes a blast off stand, a clear display stand and a spare hair piece to display Pepper unmasked. That last accessory is great because, Pepper’s unmasked face is one of the highlights of the figure.
Next, it’s Robot Hulk, the robot approximation of Hulk. Yeah, it’s a complicated concept. He’s based on…the minds of toy makers everywhere. Robo Hulk is based on the basic Minimate body with sculpted parts, so he’s got 12 points of articulation and stands a little over 2 ½ inches tall. He’s got sculpted hair, torso cover, hands, thigh covers and feet. All but the hair were previously used on the Marvel vs Capcom Sentinel, and the hair is taken from one of the recent Colossuses. The reuse is warranted and gives him a nice angular, robotic look. The paint work is all nice and sharp. Like yesterday’s Venom, Robot Hulk also has a whole nother Minimate underneath all of his sculpted parts. This time around, it depicts a terminator like rob-suit, piloted by long-time Hulk and Iron Man foe the Gremlin. It’s a great touch and really adds a lot to the figure. Robot Hulk is topped off by a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with the rest of this wave, the two were ordered from TRU’s online store, with a shocking amount of ease. Rescue gives us a great comic styled Pepper, which has been a long time coming. Robot Hulk is kind of filler, but he’s really cool filler, and his importance is helped by the little image of Gremlin piloting, kind of making this a new character.