IRON MAN MARK 47 & HAPPY HOGAN
Tying the movie more closely into the universe that spawned it, Spider-Man: Homecoming leans a fair bit on Iron Man and one notable member of his supporting cast. Not only does Peter work directly with Tony Stark on a number of occasions, but long-term Iron Man supporting cast member Harold “Happy” Hogan also gets his largest roles in the MCU as part of its Spider-Man trilogy. As a Happy Hogan fan since way back when nobody knew who Happy Hogan was, I’m all about that.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Iron Man Mark 47 and Happy Hogan were the TRU-exclusive set for the Spider-Man: Homecoming tie-in assortment of Marvel Minimates. Due to weird licensing, the Spidey and non-Spidey characters supposedly couldn’t actually cross over in the tie-ins, so these two are isolated off on their own. It’s not the worst thing, though, since, you know, the two of them do kind of tie together…even if Happy and Tony don’t actually interact while Tony’s in Iron Man mode. Still, it’s really not that weird. I’m making it weird. I’ll stop.
IRON MAN MARK 47
Iron Man’s no stranger to Minimates, especially not when it comes to the MCU. This was his 72nd Minimate overall and his 31st MCU-based released. This one’s based on his briefly used suit from Homecoming, which was itself inspired, at least in terms of coloring, by the Ultimate version of the character from the comics. The figure is based on the standard post-c3 base body, and as such is about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. He features an add-on for his chest plate, as well as unique pieces for his upper arms and hands. All of the non-standard pieces were new to this figure, which is mostly surprising because this armor was really just a quick recolor of the Mark 46 in the movie, and the Mark 46 minimates all just used the Mark 42 tooling again. These parts are a lot less clunky, though, and generally follow the sleeker design of the armor, so I generally appreciate them. Additionally, this figure has the interesting change of not getting a helmet piece, and instead just using the standard head. I’m not entirely sure why that was the way they went, but it’s not a terrible look. The paint work on this guy is pretty decent. The metallic red is super slick, and all of the line-work is nice and sharp. The figure is packed with a flight stand and a clear display stand.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first Happy Hogan Minimate. Heck, it’s not even the first one I’ve reviewed on the site. In fact, with this release, I’ll have a review of every Happy Hogan figure there is. That’s commitment. Or crazy. Or there’s only three of them, and it’s ultimately nothing. Happy has add-on pieces for his hair, jacket, and tie. The hair piece is re-used I’m pretty sure, but it’s a solid match for Favreau’s hair style in the movie. The jacket and tie are the World of the Psychic Venkman jacket and Spirit tie combo that they rocked for a while there, which is a pretty good set-up. The paint work includes an improved likeness from the IM2 release, as well as actual detailing for the belt, which is pretty nifty. Happy is packed with a clear display stand, which isn’t a lot, but it’s something.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had to get kind of picky with what I was buying when these were first released, so I had to skip them, on the basis that I didn’t really need another Iron Man variant, and I already had one Happy Hogan. But, then TRU was going under, and things were marked down, and I didn’t have this specific Happy Hogan, so, you know, I went for it. Mark 47 is an improvement on the over designed nature of MCU Iron Men at the time, and I do really like that. Happy is an improvement on the prior version, and I can definitely dig it.