“Arriving on Earth from an unknown point of origin, a colossal robot explores his new environment and befriends a young boy. But as aggressive actions are taken against him by the military, he must battle his violent programming to be who he chooses to be.”
I love robots, I love period pieces, and I love Brad Bird, so it’s probably not a huge shock to find out that I also love The Iron Giant. In fact, it’s safe to say that Iron Giant is one of my favorite films (I had the film’s poster hanging in my room for many years). Since the film was never a huge commercial success, it only had a very modest selection of toys at the time of its release, followed by a whole lot of nothing. Those few toys all carry a substantial after market value, so anyone nowadays looking for an Iron Giant fix is going to be a little let-down. Or at least they would have been up until very recently. Diamond Select Toys picked up Iron Giant as one of the slew of licenses they’ve added to their ever-expanding Vinimates line.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iron Giant was released in May of this year as part of DST’s over-arching Vinimates line, alongside Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, Nite-Owl, Comedian, and Rorschach from Watchmen, and Lydia from Beetlejuice. This is the standard version of the Giant, but there was also an SDCC-exclusive version sporting his “super hero” logo from the film. This figure stands almost 5 inches tall and has a single point of articulation at his neck. On the plus side, the neck joint is a ball-joint, which sure does offer a lot of possible posing options to mix things up a bit. After looking at the B-9 Robot, which strayed quite a ways from the Minimate aesthetic which spawned this line, Iron Giant is a bit more of a return to form. He’s still very specialized in his sculpt, of course, but it’s more conceivably built on the standard body…even if it actually isn’t. The Giant makes the transition to this style very well; he was already very geometric to begin with, so it doesn’t take too much to get him to the end point. My favorite part of the sculpt is definitely the head, which just really gets down the character of the Giant. My only very, very minor issue with the head is the lack of the small dent near the top. It’s sort of important to the plot, so its absence is more noticeable. Still, very minor. The Giant’s been given a hands-on-his-hips hero pose, which is certainly in keeping with the character, and allows for an easy translation to the “super hero” variant. In terms of paint, the Giant is mostly a lot of greys, which are accurate to the source, but perhaps not the most exciting. Some of the transitions between the shades of grey are a little sloppy, but the overall look is decent enough. I do really like how well they’ve handled the eyes, giving them that sort of glowing feel. It looks really cool!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was super excited when this figure was unveiled, and I was fully intending to pick him up as soon as he was released. And then life got in the way and I got distracted for a while. Bad on me. So, I ended up waiting several months to pick him up, which turned out to be in my favor, since I was able to score him for $5, courtesy of a grand opening sale at Lost in Time Toys! I really, really like this guy. The B-9 was cool and all, but he didn’t really sell me on this line as a whole. This guy’s a different story, because he shows what this line can be at its best: an augment for Minimates. Sure, he’s not quite in scale with the little guys, but he’s large enough that you can comfortably put him with the Hogarth from the two-pack (which I still really need to grab) and have it look pretty darn respectable. I’m all for more stuff like this!