Review by JoshB
One of the cool things about owning a site like CDX is that every so often you get a mystery box in the mail. Sometimes toy companies just send me stuff, out of the blue, with no explanation.
It was on a cold January morning when I stumbled upon a box from.... Hasbro? How cool! This is not the first random package from Hasbro that I've gotten, but its always a pleasant surprise.
Anyway, this box was loaded full of Marvel Comics toys. Mighty Muggs, Marvel Legends and... whats this? IRON MAN. Are these even out in stores?
I don't really collect Super Hero toys - not because of any lack of love of the characters. On the contrary, I have two 5-drawer legal size file cabinets full of comic books. I stopped collecting a few years ago because I could only maintain so many vices at once. But my love for the characters remains. I didn't collect the toys largely because I wasn't happy with most of them. They just didn't capture the likeness I was looking for.
This new Marvel Universe line, on the other hand, is something I could really get into.
Think of these as mini Marvel Legends figures. They are 3.75" tall - roughly in scale to Hasbro's current Star Wars and GI Joe lines. It makes sense, and its a move that I wonder why they never did sooner.
Iron Man comes blister carded similar to that of Star Wars figures. The package is beautiful front and back, with information about Iron Man and his secret identity. There is also a folder marked "Top Secret" that contains a file card, a dossier, and a code that you can enter on-line at http://www.furyfiles.com.
I'll get right to the chase - the figure is awesome. It is everything I hoped it would be. Nicely made, super articulated, sturdy and looks fantastic.
The sculpt is just beautiful. I don't know which Iron Man armor this is, but the detail on it is great. No noticeable smudges or overspray. The paint has a great metallic finish.
If you've gotten one of the better recent Star Wars figures, then you have a good idea what to expect in terms of articulation. The neck and torso are both on ball joints.
The shoulders have swiveling shoulder pads, with ball joints at the shoulders and elbows. The wrists rotate as well.
As opposed to the shaft style hips that most Star Wars figures use, Iron Man uses a cool ball joint much like the GI Joe figures. There's a bar that runs through the crotch that each leg attaches to, providing a wide range of motion.
The knees are on ball joints, as are the ankles. The feet have holes in them that are the same size as those on Star Wars figures, so you can share display stands with them.
The only accessory that is included with Iron Man is a translucent yellow "Repulsor Blast" that clips on to his forearm. It's a neat effect, but the way they have the electricity spiraling out it looks more like a web.
I think Hasbro has a winner with this line - I know I am going to grab all of my favorite characters. Keep an eye out for these at your local store!
|Posted 7 January, 2009 - 23:12 by JoshB|