MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A Sleek suit design and technological upgrades let Tony Stark gear up as the Armored Avenger, Iron Man.”
I thought I was more or less done with the Infinity War-themed Marvel Legends, barring any late-game releases (which I’ve no doubt there will be), but no, no there was one more figure, that’s just been sitting there. Waiting. Watching. Other “w” words as well…
Anyway, I’ve looked at most of the film’s major players, but there was one very prominent one missing, namely Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. In a further effort to work my way through that pile of figures awaiting review, I’ll be looking at Stark’s latest Legends release today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iron Man is the final figure in the Thanos Series of Marvel Legends, the first Infinity War-themed assortment of the year. He’s also the last of the four specifically movie-based figures in the line-up. And, most importantly, he’s the only figure in the set that isn’t needed to built the Thanos figure, which is why everyone was skipping him. Tony’s wearing his Mark 50 armor from the film, which is also his *only* armor for the film, so I guess it’s a sensible choice, now isn’t it? The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. His construction is very similar to the Mark 46 figure from the Giant Man series, but there are no actual pieces shared between the two. This guy is an all-new sculpt, which does an okay job of capturing the Bleeding Edge armor’s design from the movie. It’s not a spot-on recreation; it’s definitely not quite as sleek as the design in the movie. There are far more pronounced ridges and connecting points, bringing its overall design closer to the Mark 46. This is likely a symptom of Hasbro working from earlier designs to get the figure out before the movie. Ultimately, it’s close enough that you know which armor it’s supposed to be, and it’s nowhere near as off as either Captain America or Cull Obsidian. Fortunately, it’s got some pretty great proportions, and the articulation is also worked in pretty well. Iron Man’s paintwork is decent and certainly eye-catching, but like the sculpt, it’s not 100% accurate. The main culprit is the red. It should really be a deeper, more metallic color than it is. That being said, the color they’ve used is still nice to look at, so I’m not going to complain too much. What I will complain about? Just the figure’s single greatest failing: his accessories. In the movie, Tony’s using this armor to create all sorts of nano-tech-based weaponry and tools. What does this figure get? An extra set of hands and the same blast effects pieces they’ve been using since the 46. No extra attachments, no unmasked head, no build-a-figure piece. The extra hands don’t even have hinges on the wrists. That’s really weak.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I passed on this figure quite a few times at retail. After seeing the movie, I was really impressed by the armor. I had some Cosmic Cash to spend at Cosmic Comix, so I ended up grabbing him from them. And then he sat on my shelf for three months. I know, bad Ethan. I’ll be honest, I actually kept forgetting I hadn’t reviewed him, since I’d already looked at the basic figure. The only real difference between the two is posability, and that’s a little sad. He’s a figure that could have been a lot of fun–well, okay, he’s still a fair bit of fun, but he could have been a lot more fun than he is. As it stands, he definitely feels phoned in.