MODULAR IRON MAN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“A dazzling technological achievement, the modular suit allows Tony Stark to reconfigure sub-systems like boots, gloves, helmets and scanners on the fly.”
For the first couple of decades of his existence, Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor was on an upward trend of advancements. Everything kept getting sleeker and more streamlined. The Silver Centurion and Neo-Classic armors marked a slight step backwards, or perhaps maybe just a lateral movement, but in 1994, the trend went back to advancement with the introduction of the Model 13 armor, better known as the Modular Armor, which streamlined down the core armor, and focused more on different systems to add-on for specific needs. The armor only stuck around for about a year and a half in the comics, but it made its mark in popular culture, thanks to its inclusion in both Iron Man: The Animated Series and Marvel Vs Capcom 2, which kept it in the eyes of a whole generation of super hero fans. Because of that, there’s been some definite call for an update to this design for Marvel Legends, and Hasbro was kind enough to oblige.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Modular Iron Man is part of the Ursa Major Series of Marvel Legends, which has been just starting to hit retail shelves in the last month. It’s an Iron Man-centric set, which is something we haven’t seen since the Iron Man 3 tie-ins, which means it’s something we haven’t seen at all in this packaging style. It feels a little bit overdue. Likewise, Modular Iron Man also feels a little overdue, since this marks his first figure in this style since when Toy Biz was running things, back in 2006. That’s a while. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 33 points of articulation. His articulation scheme is pretty much the same as that of the 80th Iron Man, which is a reasonable set-up for such a character. He does get an extra joint at the base of the neck, which adds a little more motion there. The shoulders are a bit limited, at least on mine, but he’s otherwise got a pretty decent range. He also makes use of the pinless construction for both his elbows and knees, which helps with that sleeker appearance. Despite his similarities to the 80th base in terms of build and articulation, Modular is a totally new sculpt. I’m honestly a little surprised, but certainly not upset. He deserves it, and it was definitely a good call. The whole thing is very clean and well-rendered, and certainly looks like the armor as it was depicted in the comics. The various modular hook-ups are all separate pieces, fixed in place on the main figure, which helps sell the depth, and also means there’s room for some later version that swaps out for some of his modular attachments, I suppose. Other than that, it’s a really good looking sculpt, and a really nice rendition of this armor design. It’s a good, solid, sculpt. Modular Iron Man goes for a more real world take on his color scheme, so we’re going for metallic red and gold. While it’s maybe not as striking as a nice red/yellow set-up, it does match with Hasbro’s usual colors for their Iron Men more recently. It’s a decent look in its own right, and it’s actually pretty light on any real painting, which keeps it quite clean looking. Modular Iron Man is packed with two sets of hands (fists and repulser blast), as well as two blast effects. I’m glad that both sets of hands actually get full wrist movement, but this guy does otherwise feel a little bit on the light side. An unmasked head and maybe one or two extra effects would have been cool. As it stands, he’s just pretty basic.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After getting a truly phenomenal classic Iron Man in 2019, this was my next major want for an Iron Man, driven even more by last year’s also phenomenal War Machine figure. This guy was my most wanted figure from this set by a good margin, and I was super thrilled to get my hands on him. While I’d maybe have liked some extra accessories, and I’d also love to see a version with flat colors, there’s still no denying that this figure turned out really, really well.