HOLOGRAM IRON MAN
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Ever the innovator, Tony Stark takes flight in holographic form, a computer-generated avatar and an enduring force for good.”
Back during the Iron Man 2 tie-in line, there were a *lot* of Iron Man armor repaints, many of them under the heading of “concept”. One of them was a re-deco of the Mark VI armor in a translucent blue with white detailing, pattered on a holographic representation of the armor from the film. It was a pretty cool looking figure, and I even reviewed on this very site, quite early into my run. Apparently, Hasbro was pretty big on the idea, too, since they’ve decided to bring it back around for the larger scale with Legends. How about that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hologram Iron Man is figure 6 in the Ursa Major Series of Marvel Legends. He’s the third and final Iron Man variant in the assortment. It’s technically an all-comics assortment, but I don’t believe that this particular design has actually been used specifically in the comics. It just seems to be more of a conceptual thing, just like the earlier one. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Structurally, this figure is using the molds of the Civil War Mark 46. It’s not the same as the Mark VI used before, but we don’t really have a properly upgraded Mark VI mold available right now. This one’s got a fairly similar, and is, quite honestly, one of Hasbro’s best movie Iron Man molds. I’ve always been quite a fan, and it has a good distinctive look that works for the single color molding this figure calls for. The figure is obviously molded in all blue plastic, which gives it that holographic look, but to enhance that, there’s some white detailing, which is honestly more involved than I’d expected. I really like it, and it gives him a lot of pop. The figure was packed with two sets of hands, in fists and repulsor, plus two effects pieces. The repulsor hands predate the move to get rid of the full wrist joints, so these have the full range of motion, which makes me very happy. Also included is the head of the Ursa Major Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
At three Iron Man variants, this set does feel a little Iron Man heavy, and I think this guy might just be one too many. If one needs to go, he certainly feels the most extraneous. That said, I had the smaller version of this because he looked cool. I have this one for the same reason. It’s a cool concept that makes for a cool toy. I definitely dig that. He’s nothing if not a fun toy, which does at least give him more merit than some of the more boring and drab variants that have been forced on us more recently.
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