Exclu Review by Stan Russell.
Mark I, Mark 27, Mark 352, who knows what number Iron Man is on with his suits, but let’s be honest, who really cares! They are all awesome, and the fact that there seems to be an unlimited number of suits, just means that we get an endless supply of plastic Iron Man crack. We are going to take a look at the Thanos Build-a-Figure wave Iron Man today, and while the suit is cool, and the movie was even better, there are quite a few things that bug the hell out of me with this figure. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at what we got!
- 6″ Iron Man Figure
- Two (2) Blast Effects
- Two (2) Repulsor Hands
- Two (2) Fists
While this figure does not come with any piece for the Build-a-Figure, he at least does come with some extra accessories, unlike the Iron Spider we looked at previously. Unfortunately, just because he does come with accessories, it doesn’t mean they are good. The blaster effects we have seen numerous times, and they are pretty cool. They can be used either for repulsor blasts from his hands, or they can be pegged into his feet for rocket blasts. Nothing new here, but I think I now have like 100 of them, so I can mix and match. His fists are nothing great either, but it is at least an option.
My biggest complaint comes from the repulsor hands. They are sculpted and built in a way that they are always “pointing” at something. You can’t use them for regular relaxed hands, as they will not go straight, and are constantly bent in a firing position. So far, I’m not too impressed with the hand options that this wave has to offer.
Iron Man has a ton of detail in the movies due to his mechanical nature, and it can be difficult to achieve that level of cleanliness in an action figure, but Hasbro has done it again and really nailed it here. Every panel and line is sculpted perfectly, and once again, if I didn’t know better, I would swear I was looking at a higher end figure such as Bandai, or Mafex.
There are multiple levels of mechanical pieces, and this figure nailed each and every one of them. Each and every line is crisp and clean, and there is a sort of bulk which looks like a person is in the suit, and not just a suit itself. The head looks great, and as far as I can remember, it matches the movie pretty well.
There are some flat pieces with no detail lines, like in the chest and parts of the leg armor, but that is the design of the suit, and not from Hasbro being lazy. Overall, the sculpting is great, and can only hope they keep up this level of detail on all their future waves.
This is a classic Iron Man paint job, with red, gold, and a little bit of silver and blue tossed in for that “what the hell” effect. For the most part, the paint is done very well, and considering how many small areas there are for color, especially with the gold and silver, I think they did a great job.
Unfortunately, for a value figure such as this, there will be limitations, and for me, the biggest thing is that it looks plastic. They tried to give it a little bit of a sheen, and high gloss to make it look like metal, but it really doesn’t achieve that effect. I can’t complain too much with this, as I have yet to see a Marvel Legends metal figure actually look like metal.
There are a few paint misses here and there, but nothing that really jumps out at you without looking real close.
This is a person in a giant metal suit of armor, so I don’t expect it to have great articulation, but due to what I have seen Iron Man do in the movies, I always want more. More specifically, I want to be able to pose him his classic hero landing pose, and needless to say, this figure cannot get anywhere close.
His head is on a ball joint, and actually gets a pretty great range of motion. He can bury his chin into his chest, and can look up quite a bit, so getting him into flying poses is not that difficult. His shoulders are pretty limited, and once again on mine, one side is very loose. His entire left arm is very loose, and sometimes he can’t even hold his arm out straight with the weight of his blaster effect.
There is a double jointed elbow, which gives a decent range of motion, but his arms can never really go straight. It seems like they always have this kink in them, and are always at a constant tilt. The wrists are your standard wrist joints, but with his alternate firing hands, they are very strange with how they are molded. They can move a little, but you can never get them into a straight down position.
There is a single ball joint in the abdomen, which moves pretty well to the back and sides, but unfortunately he does not crunch forward much at all. His hip joints work pretty well, and the upper leg rotation helps with balance and poses. He has double jointed knees, but due to the bulk in the armor, they can’t go all the way back. There is no upper boot cut, and the ankles are your standard Marvel Legends joints, giving good forward, back, and ankle pivot.
Overall, the articulation is pretty decent, but there are a few issues that make it far from perfect, thus lowering the overall score.
Hey, take a guess on how much this guy costs. Go ahead, see if you can get it, I’ll wait why you think. Here is a hint…….its the same for every Marvel Legends figure. If you guessed $20, you would be correct, and deserve a cookie, although it will be a small cookie, as this price has not changed in quite a while. I think it’s a great price for these guys, and while you don’t really need this figure for the Thanos build, I still feel it’s a good value.
Iron Man is a beloved character, and his action figures usually do pretty well, and I’m happy to say that this one is no exception. It’s pretty far from perfect, and could have some things that would have made it better, but overall, I can’t complain too much.
Some of his joints are pretty loose, but I’m hoping that is just mine, and not a common theme for this figure, and I really love the overall design. Since he did not come with a BAF part, I would have liked to see some extra accessories, especially for this suit, which does some pretty cool stuff in the movies, but that is just me longing for more.
Even though you don’t need this guy to complete Thanos, I say go ahead and pick him and up. I don’t think you will be disappointed, and besides, you have to have all 352 suits right??
I will leave you with a comparison shot of some other Marvel Legends Iron Man figures. As you can see, the scale is not perfect, but I feel he fits in perfectly with this particular wave.