When I heard about this guy and posted it here…one of you guys reposted the initial news and my site has exploded since then…I have been anticipating this guy since his rumor…and I finally have him in my hands. Iron Man has had a special place in my heart, the film was one of the first date movies my wife and I shared, so I had a lot of hope riding on this guy, so let’s see if he lives up to expectations!
Well first and foremost just gorgeous packaging. Metallic red, the cross hair on the box, a just slightly shopped image of the figure…and with the gold back ground and the red box flanges on the top, very much alluding to Iron Man’s helmet.
Iron Man is just one of the sexiest action figures made to date. He translates perfectly to Figuarts form. With candy apple metallic red, a bold gold and silver touches Bandai did not let a detail slip by.
The arc reactor is perfect, the joints are solid, swivels almost all around, and just some slight hindering win the poses, but then again this is Iron Man, not Spiderman, so more than acceptable.
DIE CAST FEET! So our man of metal has metal! These boots are nice and bulky so we have zero standing issues. And notice the knees, the double joints just work perfectly with this design. Nice thing about armor over spandex is that the hardware is never a distraction.
We have a really cool set of accessories, from six other hand sets, there are also alternative armor flaps for flight and effect parts for the feet and hands.
The hands are VERY easy to swap, and this was very appreciated. Now with the hands, the hand armor itself has to come off and is moved to what ever hand you put in place. A neat thing about the armor is that it is hinged as opposed to soft rubber/plastic like the revoltech. This won’t wear out. BUT this is a TINY piece and alas is begging to be lost in carpet.
Now aside from the splayed, fists, and chopping hands, we have this guy. No he doesn’t have two thumbs, but instead that peg is for the effect parts.
We have both a short and long repulsor blast. These are made from soft plastic or rubber, not quite sure, but what is nice then is if gravity kicks in and he should happen to fall from a shelf, less chance of snapping.
These attach snugly to the peg in the hand.
Now for those extra arm pieces we go to the back of the figure. The rear panels and shoulder can be removed, as can the back of the calves. Again, these guys are begging to be lost so be carful! Do take a moment to admire the detailing inside the calf though…
The alternate pieces just peg in an “open” style. This of course works with both sides. Pope in the effect pieces to his hands and feet…and…
I BELIEVE HE CAN FLY!!! Seriously this is damn cool…though the down side of the die cast is he is heavy on the display stands…also do note, inside of the shoulder flaps are lovingly detailed…
While not as free in motion as a Kamen Rider or Sentai Figuart, Iron Man is able to hit all the right kind of poses…
Especially THIS pose. Bandai knocked this one out of the park.
If you are a regular reader of this blog you know I have a few Iron Man toys (total tangent point, but man the lack of IM3 figures was a real let down), and of all this cinches the number one spot . Solid stance, tight joints, articulation and an excellent accessory count…just a near flawless figure.
So yes, an absolute recommendation! Right now BBTS is the best domestic route for this guy, or Amazon for US shoppers. HLJ or AmiAmi will be your best if you want to import, but you want this guy in your collection. He is up there for his price tag easy.