MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
Hey, remember when Hasbro was trying to get a 12-inch-scale line of Marvel Legends up and running?
Pepperidge Farm The North The Figure in Question remembers. Sadly, it seems it was not to be. Despite getting a big push at their launch in 2016, and putting out some really solid releases going into 2018, the line never seemed to secure its footing. Well, I guess now I can go back and look at a few odd figures here and there that I missed. Chief among them, Iron Man, the subject of today’s review!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iron Man was a 2016 release for the line. Though he didn’t arrive at stores quite at the same time as Cap and Spidey, he wasn’t too far behind. He also seemed to be a slightly more popular release, since he didn’t seem to hand around as much as some others. More than some of the others in this line, Iron Man’s design seen here is an amalgam of many different appearances. He’s clearly getting a lot of movie influence, but there are also some definite traces of Tony’s more recent comics armors cropping up in there. In this respect, he pairs off quite nicely with the similarly designed Captain America and Thor figures. The figure stands just shy of 12 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. His sculpt is unique to him, and unlike a lot of the figures in this line, it doesn’t really seem to have any common ancestry with one of the 6-inch sculpts. It’s appropriately cleaner and sleeker than the Cap sculpt was. I appreciate that, unlike a lot of larger-scale Iron Men, he doesn’t feel too hollow or light-weight. The sculpt manages to check-off most of the usual Iron Man armor elements, with hard line-work and technical details weaved throughout. As with all of the other larger Legends I’ve looked at, you can really see Hasbro’s sculptors taking advantage of the larger canvas presented to them by this scale. Perhaps my favorite piece of the whole figure is the arc reactor, whose handling is totally a “larger canvas” situation. It’s a fully sculpted, three dimensional item, topped off with a clear piece over top. There’s pretty much no way to cost-effectively do this sort of thing on a smaller figure, but it sure looks really nice here. The figure maneuvers itself away from being too movie-inspired largely by way of the suit’s proportions, which definitely err more on the side of comic book idealized proportions. The prospect of an actual person in the suit is a little diminished, but it’s also in keeping with the general style of the rest of this line’s figures. I particularly like the clean silhouette this figure gives his design. He’s a lot less segmented than the smaller figures have been. His paintwork is actually pretty minor. The reds are all molded, with everything else painted on top. I do quite like the hue of gold they’ve chosen (it properly reads as yellow when lit), and I dig the energy effects on the mini-reactors on his forearms. Iron Man is packed with an extra Tony Stark head (the clearest example of “this isn’t a movie figure” in the box), plus two sets of hands (with fists and repulsor blast posing), and a pair of repulsor blast effects. Compared to figures like Cap, Panther, and especially Wolverine, that’s kind of light, but it’s about the same as what Spidey got. My figure lacks the second fist and repulsor blast, due to the circumstances of how I got him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I very favorably reviewed Cap when he came out. Why didn’t I grab this guy? I honestly don’t know. I saw him when he was new, and thought about getting him. However, I was about to move, and finances weren’t really certain, and then I didn’t see him again for a while. I kind of forgot about him to be honest. Last year, I ended up picking up several other figures from the line, and I’ve had them up on the shelf, with sort of this Iron Man-shaped hole. So, when this guy was traded into All Time Toys loose, only missing two accessories, I went ahead and grabbed him. He’s not the centerpiece of the line or anything, and the later figures definitely out-paced him, but he’s still a fine figure. It’s a shame Hasbro couldn’t really find the market for these.