SENATE HEARING TONY STARK & MARK I IRON MAN
Though the first Iron Man got a pretty solid coverage of Minimates, by the time of Iron Man 2, the brand had moved to new heights and reached new audiences, and was just much larger in general. The IM2 assortments had to pull double-duty, covering not only Iron Man 2, but also playing some slight catch-up on the first film for new fans. Today’s set follows that, giving us new versions of the suited Tony Stark and his original Mark I armor.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This pair was released in the first TRU-tie-in assortment of Marvel Minimates for Iron Man 2, alongside the more outwardly new Black Widow and Mark II pairing.
SENATE HEARING TONY STARK
Tony’s irreverent performance at the Senate hearing was heavily featured in the trailers leading up to IM2’s release. As such, the appearance of his attire from that scene in this line wasn’t a huge shock. Tony uses add-ons for his hair, jacket, and tie. All three of these were re-used. The hair is from the first film’s Tony, which is a good fit. The jacket is from the “World of the Psychic” Peter Venkman; this was its first re-use, but it’s gone on to become a very common-place item. Lastly, there’s the tie, re-purposed from the Spirit boxed set. Again, the first re-use of many. The willingness to use these new pieces, especially the sculpted tie, adds some quality to the figure that might have otherwise been missing. The paintwork on Tony is pretty decent. The big, goony grin on his face is certainly unique, and adds an extra bit of character to this particular figure. There’s some impressive work on the pelvis piece, as well, delivering details that weren’t commonplace at the time. They’re certainly appreciated here. Perhaps the only other thing I’d have liked to see would be proper detailing under the tie on the torso, but that’s a minor flaw. Tony included no accessories. I can’t say I can think of what could have been included, though, so I can’t really hold it against him.
MARK I IRON MAN
The Mark I armor was one of the first Iron Man assortment’s real gems (really, only rivaled by Iron Monger), and he was also extraordinarily heavy on essentially one-off parts, so a re-release was warranted. Like the first Mark I, he uses sculped add-ons for his helmet, chest plate, upper arm and leg armor, gauntlets, and boots. The pieces are some of the finest sculpting from the line, especially from the period in which they appeared. They were great the first time around, and this figure is the same. The paint on the armor this time is somewhat changed. It’s less silver and more of a gunmetal grey, with more wear and tear. It loses some of the other colors, which is a shame, but it overall feels a lot more accurate, and differentiates the figure more than you might think. What differentiates the figure most, however, isn’t what’s on the surface, but rather what’s under it. The original Mark I gave us a pretty awesome captive Tony. Through use of a spare hair piece, hands, and jacket, this one loosely replicates Tony’s entrance at the beginning of IM2, giving us Tony in a tux. Sure, he was wearing it under the Mark IV in the movie, but this is still really cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I found these new, and I was definitely more interested in the other exclusive two pack at the time, but there’s no denying that this one is a lot better than anyone expected. Senate Hearing Tony’s not an essential figure by any means. He certainly could have been drab and boring, had DST just phoned him in. Fortunately, they didn’t, resulting in a pretty nifty little ‘mate. This Mark I could have been a simple retread of the original release, but he gets a lot of added value from the alternate look.