INVINCIBLE IRON MAN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Technological upgrades and weapons help Iron Man bring order to any battle.”
Since Tim took the last Build-A-Figure contributing figure in the latest series of Marvel Legends, I suppose I’ll just round the main series out by looking at the only figure in the set *not* to come with a piece of Okoye. It’s an Iron Man. I know, that’s very different and unusual. No, wait, it’s the other thing. Predictable and highly expected. Yeah, that’s it. Iron Man’s been a fixture of Marvel Legends since its start, so there’s precedent, I suppose. Plus, with his near limitless armor variations, there are plenty of good excuses for new figures. Let’s go with that.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Invincible Iron Man is ostensibly part of the Okoye Series of Marvel Legends. Like Namor and Black Bolt before him, he doesn’t really have a whole lot to do with Panther, but I guess Hasbro just really wanted a known quantity in this assortment, sort of like when they did the same exact thing for the first Guardians assortment back in 2014. Maybe it’ll actually work out for this time and stores won’t still be trying to unload this Iron Man four years from now like what happened with the Space Armor. Believe it or not, this is actually the first main-series-released Iron Man since the Civil War-based Mark 46 from 2016, and the first comic-based Tony since 2015. That seems kind of crazy to me. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. This Iron Man is based his armor from Marvel’s 2015 “All-New, All-Different” relaunch. I’m actually quite a fan of this design, so I’m happy to see it chosen for this spot. What makes me even happier is that it got a dedicated original sculpt. It does a very nice job of translating the armor’s sleek design into plastic form, and also does a pretty solid job of keeping all of the posability up to what it should be. From a structural standpoint, this figure feels rather similar to the Mk 46, just a bit skinnier. I really liked the 46, so I’m definitely on board with this figure taking after it. I only have one complaint about the sculpt, and it’s something totally confined to my figure. He’s got a divot on the right side of his helmeted head, which makes it look like he’s taken some serious damage on that side. It’s fortunately not visible from every angle, but once you see it, it’s hard to un-see it. Still, that’s a one-off fluke, and it can’t be held against the figure as a whole. I’m not even that bugged by it, since this figure also includes an unmasked Tony Stark head, which I absolutely love, and will probably end up displaying on the figure most of the time. It’s just such a sharp and character-filled sculpt, and it looks really good on the body. The paint on this figure is about on par with other Iron Men from the line. Lots of red and gold. The application is clean, and I like the warm-toned colors they’ve chosen. The unmasked head gets the best work really, with a paint job that accentuates the character of the sculpt very nicely. In addition to the extra head, Iron Man is packed with a pair of hands open for blasting, two blast effect pieces (re-used from the Mk 46), and a clip-on cannon piece. The open hands look nice, but I was sad to discover they didn’t have wrist hinges like the main hands. I’m delighted to see the repulser blasts crop up again, and they continue to add to the posing options for compatible Iron Men. The cannon seems a bit extraneous to me, but it’s not without merit, I suppose.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Heavy hitters tend to be the thorn in any collectors side, but this was an Iron Man I was actually quite looking forward to. As I noted above, I like the design, and he was the only character missing from the ANAD Avengers line-up. Super Awesome Girlfirend ended up getting me this figure at the same time as Nakia. I gotta say, I really like this one. It’s clear that Hasbro put in the effort to just make a good figure all-around, and this guy’s possibly the best Legends Iron Man they’ve released. Small QC issues aside, he’s pretty awesome.