It seems to me that every so often, I seem to review the an action figure based on the same character over and over again. It seem’s like it’s either Falcon, or Cyborg, or John Stewart Green Lantern and the pattern seems to repeat itself. I wonder if my audience gets tired of it sometimes. Well this time it is another version of War Machine, this time the Mark II version from the movie-verse. Except this time it’s different…it’s a Hot Toy.
This one is also a little different. This armor was supposed to be in Iron Man 3, but all of the scenes ended up on the edit room floor and the movie focused on the repainted version of War Machine, newly dubbed “Iron Patriot” (aw snap, that’s another one I’m reviewing a lot of…). Even though the War Machine scenes were edited away, Hot Toys went ahead and made a figure based on the idea of him being in the movie. Hey, works for me, and I get to have a Hot Toys War Machine.
Let me add a disclaimer for those who haven’t purchased a Hot Toy yet…you probably shouldn’t. Because one is like a gateway drug. It’s so damn awesome that you have to get another one…then another. You tell yourself you’ll only get Marvel characters, but then you get into Star Wars, then GI Joe, then others, and it will never stop. So enjoy from afar…just a warning. Let’s go ahead and take a look War Machine Mk II…
Sideshow Toys who are Hot Toys domestic distributor always seems to do a great job in packaging and shipping their figures. Although I have heard some horror stories of people receiving broken, chipped, or malfunctioning Hot Toys, I have (knock on wood) never experienced that. I’ve also heard that Sideshow Toys has an excellent customer service. I’ve contacted them for other reasons once or twice and they are very responsive on both phone and email. You should never have to worry about the product you’re getting.
When you receive the figure, the first thing you notice is that the shipping box prominently displays that this is the Hot Toys War Machine. It’s a nice touch, but I wish they would reconsider doing this. I think people generally don’t like their purchases being blasted on the outside of the package. Not necessarily out of shame. But maybe for the simple fact that sometimes it might not make it all the way into your possession. Take it from someone who’s ex-girlfriend’s brother worked at FedEx. A lot of …inventory procurement…went on in the backroom.
Anyway, opening the box reveals the next layer. It seems that each layer only adds to the level of excitement. You wouldn’t get the same feeling from a 3.75″ figure because you know what you’re going to get. Well, the same reasoning here. I know what I’m going to get and I can’t wait. So there’s the plastic, then the nicely designed box with the War Machine image on it, then that slides off to reveal a styrofoam shell with the words “WAR MACHINE” stamped into the styrofoam itself which the actual figure is housed in. Those Japanese love their presentation…
I finally get to open the outer part of the styrofoam shell to reveal my War Machine figure. That was totally worth it. Nicely packaged and ready to come out and play! Packaged in the front are his main accessories and packaged in the back are the figures stand, batteries, instructions, and other things needed.
Very well done on the packaging…although a slight subtraction for the blatant advertising on the shipment box.
Packaging Score: 9 out of 10
As with the case with most Hot Toys figures, there is no problem with accessories! The War Machine figure comes with a light up base, 5 extra action pose hands, forearm gun, shoulder cannon, 12 batteries to power him and the base, tools to get the batteries into place, and the Sideshow Exclusive version comes with a mini, translucent green hologram version of War Machine.
My only gripe is that with so many accessories, sometimes I have an issue as to where to keep them all! Because I keep the box, I usually keep them in there to keep safe.
But there is one thing missing that I halfway expected but did not really know it was not included. I thought we were going to get a different head with Don Cheadle’s likeness on it. I learned later after opening this that there is no Don Cheadle head, but there will be one with the Iron Patriot (which I will be reviewing soon!). That’s a disappointment for me, but really in the scheme of things, a very small disappointment since we are blessed with other accessories to keep us busy.
Accessories Score: 8.5 out of10
We really don’t have anything to compare this figures likeness with beyond the storyboard and design shots that we pull from the internet, but I think it is pretty safe to say that Hot Toys does a pretty good likeness with their figures. A really good likeness. A DEAD-ON likeness. So if they were given a picture or designs to go by, there is a good chance that they nailed it. Like I mention in the Accessories section, my only disappointment is that they did not include a Don Cheadle head with this figure like they do with Iron Patriot. I’ve seen the pictures with Cheadle’s likeness on that Iron Patriot, and yep, it’s Cheadle.
Although we don’t get the Don Cheadle likeness, what we do get is a great action feature that adds to the figures score in this section. Included with this figure is 12 tiny batteries that go in the figure’s head, back, and each arm. Each set of batteries charges an LED which produces a very effective glow in the figures eyes, hands and chest.
And while this figure scores high for including every intricate detail, I’m docking it because of the missing Cheadle likeness. There’s no excuse for it being missing…
Sculpt/Likeness Score: 8.25 out of10
Damn, where do I go with this one? After being disappointed with the articulation in the President Obama figure from the last review, I only have extreme happiness in the many ways you can twist and turn this figure. Every Hot Toy that I have so far has over 30 points of articulation. And that’s not counting his hands with ARTICULATED FINGERS! To be honest, that’s almost like an additional 20 points of articulation right there because each finger has at least two joints.
I’m not even going to attempt to count them all. Maybe I will when I review the Iron Patriot figure, but know this – you can pretty much pose this figure however you like. I don’t have much of a “posing” imagination, but if you Google this figure, you may see some people who do and you can base your pose from that.
Articulation Score: 9 out of 10
I can’t say how much I get excited when I open one of these things. I think Sideshow Toys and Hot Toys has a great business model. It’s obvious this action figure is strictly for collectors. I can’t see these things ending up in little Johnny’s Easter basket. No, leave that to those cheap $10 Hasbro figures. This one is for the collector, someone who can appreciate articulated fingers, light up hands and the ability to do more poses than most human beings. For some, this action figure represents the reason we collect. Most of us can’t get these all of the time, but we damn sure appreciate the ones we’re able to get.