Iron Man (Mk.III)
Review by Atom
Summary from the package...
“While traveling overseas on business, Tony Stark is gravely injured after being ambushed and taken hostage. While in captivity, Stark is ordered to build a super-weapon capable of worldwide devastation. Instead, determined to escape and ultimately confront the demons of his past. Stark constructs a nearly invincible suit of armor equipped with powerful repulsion rays and high-altitude flight capability and escapes. Upon his return to America, he becomes the red-and-gold warrior Iron Man, vowing to don his powerful armor to protect the world.”
While I have always been a bit of a superhero fan, I was never that into Iron Man. Tony Stark never won me over or struck me as particularly admirable, but when the live-action movie came out it knocked my socks off. With the mix of Jon Favreau's direction and Robert Downey Junior's charm the character of Iron Man/Tony Stark won me over. The 2008 film was a critical and commercial success and Iron Man toys flooded the market. But none of them really struck me as great collector's pieces or great representations of the American designed power suit. Well, it turns out Hong Kong toymaker, Hot Toys has made the quintessential Iron Man piece...
Hot Toys has been in the 1/6 scale poseable collectors market for a few years now and the reputation for quality and attention to detail has grown over the years. Well, it's VERY much earned.
Let's start with the packaging. A box is a box, right? Not really.
A nice package lets you know the manufacturer cares about what's inside. In this hobby very few things are “cheap” so it kind of sucks when you spend primo dollars for a piece and the package feels cheap or like an afterthought. With Hot Toys, that's not the case. Not only is the piece inside made with the utmost care and attention to detail, but the box it comes in is also equally as nice.
The box is made from a very thick, heavy-gauge cardboard that folds out in three panels. The outside panels of the box look like a close up of the Mk.III armor. When the box is opened it looks like the undercarriage of the armor. The die cut hole for the Arc Reactor is a nice touch.
Inside is a window to see the figure and all the accessories neatly arranged and laid out with a brief explanation about the Mark III armor as well as credits for the toy design. It's very sharp and very classy. Too bad it ends up in the closet stored away, it's almost a work of art itself.
Included in the box is...
- Iron Man Figure
- Tony Stark Head (Robert Downey Jr. likeness)
- 2 Closed Fists
- 2 Open Palm Hands (Flight/Repulsor Pose)
- 2 Open Blast hands ( Open Hand Blast)
- Display Stand
The figure itself is spectacular. There is no diecast metal on this piece, it is all plastic and PVC. The materials are however all top-notch and feel high quality. Nothing feels cheap here. The body and parts are primarily a hard plastic with parts near the hips made of softer PVC to ensure maximum poseability.
The figure stands just over 13 inches tall and features over 40 points of articulation, with an original build of the Iron Man suit from the ground up. It is not a 1/6 “doll” with an Iron Man costume strapped to him.
But highly poseable and well constructed isn't where it stops. The Iron Man suit is powered by a Tony Stark invention, the Arc Reactor.
Three separate light switches for three separate light-up functions are placed on the figure. Chest/Eyes, Right Palm, Left Palm. These are powered by a small stack of watch-sized batteries which can easily be removed and replaced when needed. These parts light-up brilliantly and the overall effect makes it look just like the suit in the movie.
While you can't remove the figure from the suit (not sure I'd want it too) you can swap out the helmeted head for an un-helmeted. The likeness to Robert Downey Jr. is uncanny. The sculptor, T.J. Cha is indeed a VERY talented artist.
Air-break/Opening Panels can be opened and deployed on the back and calves of the suit.
Rocket Launchers can be exposed on both the left and right fore-arms. The missile is sooooo tiny you will need a push pin (or the like) to get it to flip out.
This was my very first piece from Hot Toys but I can assure it, it will not be my last. Beautiful packaging, an even more stunning piece, exquisitely detailed and an impressive looking on the shelf. Not to mention fun to tinker with.
Comments11 comments posted
Wow, that is impressive! Very clean and sharp details (Stark's head is amazingly-well carved & painted), and not lacking for features either.
Is there any torso articulation other than side-to-side in the neck?
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I got to see "Iron Man" in theaters(!), and I thought it was a good movie too. Even though I've never read the comics, I too balked a little at Stark's character- I couldn't sympathize with him much and came away with a feeling of, "How can this guy be a super hero when he's so self-centered & arrogant [even after he escaped]?".
Is "Iron Man" the first real powered-armor in American cinema?
Glad to see this review up, and worth the wait Atom! The fore-arm micro missile launchers make much more sense now... I did not realize the actual missile ALSO folds out from the launcher structure. Very cool and yet, somehow I still don't have one of these. I'd like the Battle Damaged one... the pics make it look like that one will be fully painted. I think that's the one thing that's been holding me back: the MkII versions and the Damaged one look fully painted and much more vibrant than the color on this guy did.
Right now Hot Toys is among my most favourite toy manufacturers. Although I do not own this Iron Man version, I have bought Robocop and ED-209 from 'Robocop' and Batman from 'Batman Begins' and Batman (New Costume) from'The Dark Knight'. Needless to say both figures are astonishing. I love Hot Toys sooooo much. If you still do not have it, get yourself a copy of their mouthwatering catalogue. It's really worth it.
You can also get the Take-off Display Stand Set, the Defeat Display Stand Set, and/or the 12" figure and suit set to have your civilian Tony Stark from Toysmon at http://www.toysmon.com/
You're making me want to buy one of these Iron Man toys. I hope the rumors of War Machine making an appearance in the next movie is true, because I'd love to have a figure like that for Jim Rhode's other skin.
Rumors? War Machine was already featured in a couple trailers now, in-suit and everything. He is absolutely confirmed.
I was floored when HLJ put this in their last big sale. I think it was 50% off. Being broke at the time was very, very painful. LOL (ouch)
No offense to Atom, but the Downey sculpt looks even better than these pics would have you believe. The glare makes him look...old and haggard? There are some gorgeous pics out there. That head is a total work of art. :-)
I missed this sale apparently... damn.
I bought the figure after a similar review, and it did look great, but had a cranberry not dark red look to it in person, and the plastic on chest was cool, but to me...the legs felt light and flimsy.
Does anyone know if the yet to be released battle damaged version has a better paint finish, as Hot Toys suggests?
I always was a bit suspicious regarding the toys colour hue, but it's good to hear it looks good in person. Thanks for the response & I'm glad you reviewed this cool toy.