Back again with another War Machine review. This time around we have the Marvel Legends War Machine Mark II from Avengers: Age of Ultron. How does this one compare to the Marvel Select War Machine Mark II that I reviewed a few weeks ago? And does it really make sense to own so many damn War Machine action figures? Check out the review…
No special surprises here. This is the latest Marvel Legends packaging we all know and love (or hate) by now.
I’m okay with it, although there have been more and more complaints of people easily “repackaging” old figures (keeping the new one for themselves) and returning it back to the place of purchase. Because of this, many people want to get some type of updated packaging to ward off the cheats, but trust this, people will find a way no matter what to try and cheat the system, so whatever.
Anyway, this figure is part of the Hulkbuster wave. Like every popular Marvel property, they beat us down with Hulkbuster product to the point where I was literally sick of seeing anymore things associated with the Hulkbuster likeness (case in point, they cancelled a Hulkbuster bust bank before it came to market, probably due to over-saturation). With THAT said, I am glad that the Build-A-Figure this time around is the Hulkbuster…one that we get to have in our coveted Marvel Legends collection.
Packaging Score: 7.5 out of 10
The sad thing about some Hasbro Marvel Legends figures is that they have the potential to come with so many different accessories, but often fail to deliver. This is definitely the case here.
We get an additional head with the James Rhodes/Don Cheadle likeness, the shoulder cannon, which is able to go over either shoulder (unlike the Marvel Select figure which is stuck being over the right shoulder), and the Build-A-Figure Hulkbuster head.
The fun thing about Build-A-Figure is that it is almost essential that you purchase every figure in the wave in order to complete your Build-A-Figure. Can’t have a Hulkbuster without a head (which I did for a year because I waited so long to review this figure). Just another thing to note, the Hulkbuster is freakin’ huge …it is easily 50% taller than the average Marvel Legend. Makes me reminisce about the Toy Biz days of big-ass Build-A-Figures…
The cannon is definitely improvement over the Marvel Select one. For one thing, it actually stays on…the Marvel Select one just falls off if you look at it cross-eyed. The additional head is also WAY easier to put on and off than the Marvel Select figure. I had nightmares about having to put on the additional head for the MS War Machine…
I wait for the day that Hasbro gets a clue and includes accessories like the Japanese do with their figures.
Accessories Score: 5.5 out of 10
For a $20 figure, Hasbro did very well on the sculpting of the armor and the Don Cheadle likeness. I tested the likeness on people who have never seen Avengers: Age of Ultron (ie, my parents) and they were able to easily tell that the head was Don Cheadle.
The metallic grey paint job on this figure is darker than the MS War Machine, making it more accurate for how he looked in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you remember, the MS War Machine Mk II was how he was supposed to appear in Iron Man III, but that portion ended up on the cutting room floor. So right away, the Marvel Legends figure is more movie accurate than the Marvel Select one.
There is also more detail on the War Machine armor, including decals that just aren’t on the MS War Machine figure. Hasbro did an all-around great job in this category. If I had to nitpick, I wish there would have been more detail on the shoulder cannon. It was not detailed at all.
Sculpt/Likeness Score: 8.5 out of10
A couple of pluses include the hinge in the neck/head area allowing the figure to look up or down, which has quickly become the norm for most Marvel Legends figures. Although the full range is not there as it is on other figures, it is definitely more than what you get on the MS War Machine which is zilch. I also like the articulation of the shoulder cannon…which to reiterate it stays on unlike the other figure.
One definite minus is the lack of articulation in the foot/ankle area. It almost seems like it should be there, but the sculpting around the figure’s ankles prevent any type of movement whatsoever. Which leaves zero articulation below the figure’s knees. This will be definitely sorely missed by people who enjoy posing their figures.
Still, an impressive showing for this figure and I had fun posing and taking pictures. One thing I always forget to mention in these reviews is how well the articulation works with the overall balance of the figure and in this case, it works pretty well.
Articulation Score: 7.5 out of10
I think it may be a sin to own so many War Machine figures (and statues for that matter), but I’m a huge War Machine fan. Coincidentally, the only character that rivals my War Machine collection is DC’s Cyborg, their man/machine hybrid. I wonder if that is something I will have to look into…
Anyway, this figure is so far my goto War Machine figure…at least until I open and review the Marvel Legends War Machine Mark III…or maybe it will be the new Play Imaginative War Machine Mark II that I picked up a couple of weeks ago…damn.
If you’re at all interested in this figure, you’re in luck…it’s been so long on the market that it is now in clearance almost everywhere. People are finding them in Ross or Marshall’s, and you can get it online here at Amazon or BigBadToyStore now…