INFAMOUS IRON MAN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Once one of the world’s most evil villains, Infamous Iron Man Victor Von Doom has a change of allegience and assumes a new identity as the tech-powered hero, Iron Man.”
Victor Von Doom (not to be confused with Victor *con* Doom, which is Victor with Doom, and is what my computer wanted to put there), better known as Doctor Doom, is perhaps the Marvel Universe’s greatest villain. And, of course, being the top villain means also getting a story evry so often where you stop being a villain and try to be a hero. Doctor Doom’s actually been there a couple of times, but was there most recently after the fallout of 2015’s Secret Wars, which eventually led to him taking over the role of Iron Man for a bit. That’s the source of Doom’s latest figure, dubbed the “Infamous Iron Man.”
THE FIGURE ITESELF
Infamous Iron Man is the latest Walgreens-exclusive Marvel Legends release, and he started hitting stores in early May. As a Doctor Doom-variant, he’s well at home with the Fantastic Four-theme that’s persisted through the last few years of Walgreens exclusives. Like his team of nemeses, Victor’s been away from Legends for a little while, with this being his first figure in seven years. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. In the comics, Victor’s Infamous Iron Man suit was a re-working of Tony’s most recent ANAD armor, and the figure follows true to that, re-using the molds of the Okoye Series Iron Man. It’s honestly my favorite Iron Man sculpt in recent years, so I don’t mind seeing it crop up again, especially since it’s accurate to the source material. The base figure is mostly identical between the two of them, with only the head getting a slight tweak to the back to allow for the hood to be attached. Speaking of the hood, both it and the cape are new parts. The appearance is nice, and I certainly dig the sculpted texture, but I don’t know how crazy I am about the implementation. The hood is permanently affixed to the head, but the cape isn’t actually attached in any way; it just rests there. And while the hood can hold it in place in most poses, it still slides off more often than I’d like. The paint on Victor is the main change-up, since it transitions him into his more classic “Doom” colors, being predominately grey and silver. The application’s mostly pretty good, but there’s something about the outlining on the face plate that looks a little goofy to me. Doom is packed with two repulsor blast hands, and matching repulsor blasts, as well as the lightning effects in a matching purple, and an unmasked Victor Von Doom head. The unmasked head is definitely my favorite piece, and I only wish it was easier to use it in conjunction with the cape.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This one is technically Max’s fault, but he gets a bit of a pass, since it’s mostly circumstantial. I fully intended to buy this figure on my own, but he happened to find one before me, and was nice enough to pick it up for me. There are a few notable issues with this figure, however they mostly get a pass from this guy being undeniably a placeholder for the inevitable classic Doom figure down the road. As it stands, he’s more fun than frustration, which I can get behind.