Well with Iron Man we have to have the follow up with War Machine! As you know I was floored with Iron Man so now we have the upgraded, more weapon laden version…is bigger better? Just have to read on!
Well our Airman is amazingly detailed, but that should be no surprise. From all the grooves to the weapons to the logos he makes the grade.
Now here is the thing…with all the extra bulk, he is limited in motion! With this picture, this is the most I could turn his head with out it looking like he was getting an injury! So War Machine can’t look directly left and right…yay…
Next up let talk the big cannon…this is ALSO limited in motion! Now I love the bullet belt, nice, light and flexable…but the gun? Static left and right on both pivot joints, and just up and down on the arms. The gun can’t be posed over the shoulder and track up and down…so if in a flying pose it will just point forward.The Revoltech easily has this beat, even the Hasbro version has more angle options.
Now since we are talking flight mode, he does have deployable shoulder rockets. They just open up from the back, not new panels like Iron Man had. A nice way to take advantage of the additional bulk I have to say.
Now he has boosters in his calves as well, and there are flaps that open…but there are a second set of flaps you can put in that have a tiny tiny strut to prop it open…honestly I see no purpose for this. I have it on the left leg and honestly I think it was a throw away piece to enhance the accessory count.
Now with the accessories, of course we get thruster effects, not only for the feet, but also for the leg boosters. This is cool…but I also wish they could plug into the shoulder rockets. Now I really haven’t shown but he only has 3 sets of hands, Fists, Open and the Chop/Salute. So no effect blaster hand.
Now to compensate we get the gun fire, and that is pretty damn cool These plug into the guns, and are that gorgeous translucent plastic.
We also get two missile racks for his shoulders. These plug into ports after you slide off the should slots. These were a bit of a pain to remove, but thank goodness I stopped biting my nails…These look great and can be angled up and down, BUT they limit the head to just looking up and down…
Finally we have my favorite, the Ex Wife missile, and this isn’t a dud in my opinion. As opposed to the missile pods, this looks like the part you removed, so a bit more stylistic flow.
On odd thing I have to note…the arm guns are removable. I really have no idea why you would want to do this, unless you were trying to give him that look before he got decked out in weapons…BUT he still has those clips, so it really doesn’t look right to NOT have the guns.
War Machine is also a SOLID figure. Much heavier than Iron Man is…and I would love to know what stand Bandai wanted to use on with him, because damn he near broke the claw on my Act 5…
Of the War Machines I was ready to say this would be the best, the greatest of all…actually he isn’t! If any thing he kind of let me down the most. The Revoltech has more articulation and even the Hasbro while limited in accessories really hits the nail on the head for about $50 less…
So for the Figuarts venture to the Marvel Universe I have to say Iron Man is a clear winner, but War Machine, well if you have to have the pair, get him. He isn’t the best of the best, but he IS damn good. I really was just expecting…well more from him. He gets some dings for the limited movement and the throw away accessories, but the detailing is amazing and still some great articulation.