POWER MAN & IRON FIST
Day 4 of my post-Christmas Review is now here, and shocking absolutely everyone, it’s more Minimates! This time around, it’s another set of Marvel Minimates, though it’s actually one of the older ones that I missed on its initial release. It’s everyone’s favorite Heroes for Hire: Power Man and Iron Fist!
I just recently reviewed another figure of Power Man, so I won’t go into great detail there, but this time he comes with his trusty partner Iron Fist, who’s a guy with an…iron fist. Okay, not literally, but he’s got a complicated origin I don’t feel like getting into here. He’s a guy who’s really good at martial arts.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as a ToyFare exclusive 2-pack, released around the 7th series of the Marvel Minimates line. For those of you paying attention, the last set I reviewed here was a Toys R Us exclusive set released to coincide with the 51st wave of the line, so these guys are from quite a ways back.
First up, it’s the original Hero for Hire, Luke Cage, aka Power Man. Power Man is depicted here in his original costume from his series in the 70s. He’s built on the usual Minimate body, so he has the standard 14 points of articulation and stands about 2 ½ inches tall. He has four sculpted pieces: his hair, belt, and bracelets. These pieces were all new to the figure, but have been used a few times since, particularly the bracelets, which have seen rather frequent reuse. These pieces are all well sculpted, but are very definitely a product of the much more simplistic look of Minimates at the time. The paint is alright, but definitely not up to par with the current offerings. The detail lines are sparse and fairly heavy, and there’s a sizeable amount of slop around the boots. Power Man includes no accessories.
Next, it’s the master of Kung-Fu, Iron Fist. Iron Fist is also depicted in his original costume from the 70s. Like Power Man, he’s on the usual body, so he’s got the typical stuff there. Iron Fist features three sculpted pieces: mask, torso cover, and sash. These were all new to the figure at the time, but the mask and sash have both seen reuses within the line. These pieces are all pretty well done, though the torso cover is a bit on the bulky side for Iron Fist, who shouldn’t be that big of a guy. The paint on Iron fist is a bit better than that of Power Man, though he still has some pretty noticeable slop on his shoes. One cool detail is the ability of the torso to be reversed, so Iron Fist can be displayed with or without his dragon tattoo. Iron Fist is accessorized with a little translucent piece that slips over his hand and simulates his chi being transferred through his “iron fist.” It’s a well done piece that would later see monumental reuse.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
These guys were yet another Christmas gift from my uber-supportive parents. I had wanted this set for a good long while after missing out on ordering it from ToyFare, so I was very happy to unwrap it on Christmas morning. It’s certainly not on the same level as some of the more recent releases in the line, but it definitely reminded me of cool the line still was, even at this point. It’s so cool to see how far the line has come.