MARVEL STUDIOS: THE INFINITY SAGA DLX (THREE ZERO)
In the comics, the name “Iron Patriot” was first taken up by Norman Osborne, during his time as leader of the Dark Avengers, during “Dark Reign.” With Steve Rogers dead and Tony Stark on the run, Norman repurposes their gimmicks into one leader for people to rally behind, before his eventual undoing His design actually took some of its cues from a concept Captain America armor that was floated about as part of a proposed alternate ending for “Civil War.” When it came time to adapt the concept into the MCU, Osborne was still off limits, so Iron Man 3 gave the Iron Patriot monicker to James Rhodes, as part of a rebranding by the US government to make his War Machine persona a little friendlier. While it’s clearly meant to be a little goofy in-universe, it’s still very much a fun design, and one that the comics even made use of for a brief time. There was a little bit of toy coverage for the look back when Iron Man 3 came out, but more recently ThreeZero’s started up a line of their own 1/12 scale Iron Man armors, and Rhodie in his Iron Patriot armor is their latest offering!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iron Patriot is the third figure under the DLX branding for ThreeZero’s Marvel stuff, following up on the Mark 43 and the Hulkbuster. Thus far, everything’s falling under a larger “Infinity Saga” banner, and they’re presumably looking at offering armors from most of the movies. The figure stands just over 7 inches tall and he has 43 points of articulation. In terms of sizing, at over 7 inches tall, Patriot feels a little over-sized for a 1/12 line, but he appears to be consistent with the scaling on the Iron Men we’ve gotten so far from ThreeZero. So, they’re at the very least keeping an internal consistency. He’s also close enough that you can probably fudge him into smaller scale displays. The articulation scheme is, like a lot of ThreeZero figures, designed with a lot of smaller moving parts that aid in moving larger pieces a greater range. The flaps of the armor can move up and out of the way for the arms and legs, allowing for a slightly better motion. The joints are still very tight, and you have to be careful with them while posing, but it’s honestly a pretty good set-up. The figure’s sculpt is quite an impressive recreation of the design from the movie. It’s a mix of plastic and diecast metal, which gives him a decent amount of heft. The outer plates are all plastic, which allows for a slightly sharper detailing, and a slightly better depth of quality to said detailing. Iron Patriot’s paint scheme is pretty nicely handled. It’s certainly an eye-catching palette, and the application is all very clean. In particular, the markings and writing on the armor are a really good touch, and they’re very sharply defined. Iron Patriot is packed with six different pairs of hands (fists, two different styles of open gesture with spots for blast effects, and the same two styles without the spots for the blasts), a saluting hand for his right side, his shoulder cannon (which is articulated itself), two different styles of forearm plates (closed up and with the rockets out), four different blast effects, and a display stand. He also has a light-up feature in both the head and torso. The eyes are kind of dim on my figure, but the arc reactor is nice and bright.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
For the most part, I’m pretty much content with Legends for my Iron Man armors, especially of the MCU variety. I got to see the MK 43 and the Hulkbuster from this line in person, though, and they were definitely cool. This particular Iron Patriot design is one I’ve really liked ever since IM3, plus it kind of vibes with all my Cap stuff, so when it was announced I put myself down on the list for one through work. I’d honestly forgotten about him by the time he came in, but he did, and I certainly wasn’t going to pass up on him. My initial reaction was that he was cool, but I wasn’t sure he was great. After messing with him a bit more, I’m actually a lot more impressed with him than I initially was.
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