First, two things. 1) It’s good to be back. I’ve been through a lot in the last couple of months and unfortunately, BlackActionFigure.com was not one of my priorities. I’ve lost a job, found another (better) job, got really sick twice, and other stuff. It’s sometimes hard to find the right motivation to do the stuff you enjoy when real life takes precedence.
And the next: 2) I am probably one of the few in America who has not seen Iron Man 3 yet. But I have a really good excuse (sort of). My wife went out of town for a couple of weeks and I have been taking care of the kid by myself (much respect to single parents, I understand a little better now). During that time, I have missed watching Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Fast and Furious 6 comes out tomorrow…I’m way behind.
During the time I was gone though, I still collected. Time to catch up! First up (for no particular reason besides he was the closest to me at the time of review) is Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes…better known as Iron Patriot! Well, better known as War Machine…maybe the soldier formerly known as War Machine? I have no clue…let’s just get to the review…
Not often do I talk up Hasbro especially with their shoddy release schedule and uneven distribution (I’ll get into that later). With that in mind, I really like what they did with their movie 6″ line. Instead of barely acknowledging the fact that the 6″ movie line works along with their Marvel Legends line, they effectively roll the former into the latter. And the packaging nicely reflects that.
The bottom two-thirds of the blister card looks exactly like their recent Marvel Legends line, which I see as a plus. The top half is what signifies this as part of the “Iron Man” line. To some, it may seem like they have combined some of their processes reducing some production costs. To me, it effectively properly recognizes all Marvel 6″ figures as “Marvel Legends”. Prepare to see more of this when the Wolverine movie comes out (more Marvel Legends!).
Unlike the Avengers movie 6″ line, we actually go back to the “Build-A-Figure” (good-bye semi-useless stands) and along with the figure is a prominent piece of the Build-A-Figure of this line, Iron Monger.
The back of the card looks exactly like a Marvel Legends as well, which of course is a good thing. One thing to note is that this figure is listed over and over as “Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes”…it seems to me that “Movie Iron Patriot” would have been easier. But in looking at the back, we see a depiction of War Machine Mark II. Is it possible that War Machine is a running change with this figure and we’ll see the silver and gray War Machine sometime down the line? I genuinely hope so. Maybe more news at SDCC…
Packaging Score: 9 out of 10
As mentioned before, this figure also comes with a “Build-A-Figure” piece of Iron Monger (the left arm). I can’t really count this as an accessory, but it was worth mentioning.
Other than that, not sure of what other accessories would have worked in this line. Six inch Iron Man figures in the past have sometimes come with multiple replacement hands in different positions, and this would have been acceptable in this case, especially since the prototype on the back shows two open hands but the final version has a closed hand and an open hand. Kind of nitpicky, but that may have made this figure a little more customizable. As it stands, one accessory (even though a main one) gets only an average score.
Accessories Score: 6 out of 10
Two things instantly capture my attention on this figure. First, it is painted beautifully, with metallic reds, blues, and silvers which accentuate the final figure. Second, this figure to me is extremely detailed. Along with the movie accurate paint job, we get an exceptional sculpting job. The detail placed into this figure actually makes me happy to pick this one up. In fact, this whole line has been pretty great. The Bleeding Edge Iron Man, Classic Iron Man, and comic Iron Patriot started this line with a bang…the second wave with this figure, Iron Man Mark XLII, and comic Ultron (not to mention the Iron Monger B.A.F) have me wishing Hasbro continues to put out more figures of this caliber.
What’s nice is that this existing sculpt will just make the “running change” of War Machine that much easier. Same figure, different paint job…can’t wait! If you couldn’t tell before (cruising through the site) I’m sort of a War Machine fan…
Sculpt/Likeness Score: 9 out of10
Depending on how you count, this figure has an amazing 28 points of articulation! I say it depends on personal opinion because some people may not count the Shoulder-Pads as articulation (which still gives it a still-amazing 26 points). Some people may even count the attached accessory which adds two more points. No matter how you count it, Hasbro did an excellent job articulating this figure.
There are still some faults though. I believe the ankle was to be a little more articulated, but the armor covering the ankle prevents it from its intended range of motion. The shoulder pads hinder full range of arm motion. And while the prototype on the back of the card shows that the wrist should be able to bend back, again, the armor prevents that from happening.
This is still an impressive effort and I hope other companies take note…
Articulation Score: 9 out of 10
Earlier I said I would speak more on distribution, so I will. Hasbro’s distribution is pretty jacked up. The first wave of these figures saturated the market and can still pretty much be found at any store you walk into including Kmart, Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us. Not to mention a number of online retailers. So the first wave got people excited about the line.
The second wave has thrown pause into the equation. Some online retailers (like Amazon) got the second wave and sold through their stock pretty quick. They are trickling out in brick & mortar retailers, but not in the same capacity as Wave 1. Most retailers are waiting for sell-through of the first wave and are sitting on the second. This, of course, causes issues among collectors…
Not to mention their distribution of their regular Marvel Legends line (where are the variants and running changes for the last two waves?!?). I really someone at Hasbro really gets their S#!+ together…
Other than that, both waves have been great. I have yet to pick up an Ultron, so I’m also missing the head of my Iron Monger, but I’m sure I’ll one up somewhere. If you enjoy Marvel Legends or enjoyed the Iron Man 3 movie, go pick this one up right now! These are definitely the ones to pick up instead of those awful 3.75″ versions…
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