MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Tony Stark gears up in his highly advanced Mark LXXXV armor.”
When Iron Man first appeared on the big screen in 2008, he did so in a suit of armor that was a respectable recreation of his then current armor in the comics. It was sensible from a marketing standpoint of course; having your character in the same basic costume across different forms of media is typically a good idea; but it was also sensible from the angle of making him work in a real world setting. As cool as Tony’s classic armor may be, it’s hard to sell an audience on the classic skin-tight-looking design existing in the real world….or is it? After 10 years with various modern reinterpretations, Endgame‘s Mark 85 armor, much like Cap’s new and improved uniform, finally got us something much closer to that classic Iron Man design.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iron Man is part of the “Thor” Series of Marvel Legends, the third Endgame-based assortment of 2019. As noted in the intro, he’s sporting the Mark 85 armor, which made its debut in Endgame and is heavily inspired by Tony’s 60s/70s armor from the comics. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. The Mark 85 is an all-new sculpt, unsurprising given that this particular armor design is the most divergent standard armor from a design standpoint. That said, its heavily rumored we’ll be seeing a lot of the sculpt turn up again for some sort of final battle release in some sort of exclusive or boxed set form. Joint layout and integration on this figure is pretty similar to the Mark 50, but the actual construction of the figure feels a lot more solid, and the joints get a bit more range. The all-new sculpt does a pretty respectable job of capturing the design of the armor from the movie in plastic form. The decision to push him back to the third assortment was a solid one, since it allows for the figure to be more accurate to the final film design than other film Iron Men. It’s still not perfect; like the Mark 50, it’s still not quite as sleek as the final film design, but it does still manage to land a bit closer. The detail work is all pretty sharp, though, and the figure is as a whole a very cohesive sculpt. He’s one of the most solidly assembled MCU Iron Men, really rivaled only by the Mark VII figure from 2018. The paint work on Iron Man isn’t too complicated, but it gets all of the important details and, unlike the 50, it manages to actually stick to the movie’s color scheme. I appreciate sticking with the painted gold as well; it ends up making for a nicer looking final product. One of the biggest flaws with the Mark 50 was his lack of extras, and in that regard, the 85 definitely does a little better. He gets a spare set of repuslor hands (which finally have actual universal joints on the wrists again, after far too many figures with simple cut joints on the extra hands), plus four repulsor effects, meaning you no longer have to choose between using them for the hands or feet. That’s just what he gets for himself; he’s also got some extras for other figures. The first is the other arm of the Thor figure (complete with a spare hand with the time travel device), and the second is an alternate nano-tech gauntlet for last series’ Hulk BaF. It’s a little weird that he gets the gauntlet for another figure and not for himself, but that sort of adds fuel to those rumors of a second version of this armor.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wanted two things when I walked out of the theater after seeing Endgame the first time. The first was Cap’s new costume. The second was this guy. As much as I like Iron Man, and as much as I can appreciate the various MCU armors purely aesthetically, by around Iron Man 3, I was really longing for a proper classic Iron Man, which resulted in each successive MCU figure not quite hitting the way I wanted. Once this design was unveiled, I knew I wanted it, and I was definitely happy when he was shown off with this assortment. He’s a really nice figure, and a great basic, clean Iron Man figure, easily rivaling the Mark VII in terms of being the best MCU Iron Man figure. Definitely this assortment’s star piece.
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