I’m not going to lie. It feels kind of funny to take a long hiatus (while me and the wife have another baby) and come back to review essentially the same figure that I did last time…only with patriotic colors. That’s right boys and girls, this time around it’s Iron Patriot, the repaint…both in the movie and for Hot Toys…of the War Machine Mk II action figure. Why did I get it? I love War Machine, and I love Iron Patriot…and Iron Patriot was the only one of the two to have the Don Cheadle likeness. Way to cheap out on us Hot Toys. So I don’t own any Tony Stark Hot Toys Iron Men, but I own both War Machine and Iron Patriot…yeah, that seems fair.
Okay, this review is essentially going to be the same as the War Machine review…so I’ll keep it to a minimum and we’ll get through this one kind of fast…
This is almost the same exact packaging as the War Machine packaging, except with more colors (red, white and blue of course!) and a different picture. If I didn’t know this was specifically Iron Patriot, the picture on the front could be easily identified as War Machine (and they would be half right). For comparison, I included the War Machine Packaging on the right.
Both sets of packaging are done extremely well. I think I subtracted a point before for Sideshow Toys broadcasting the contents on their shipping box. I love my UPS folks, but they really don’t need to know what I’m getting.
The color does add some depth to the more utilitarian gray of War Machine. Makes the packaging pop just a little more.
Other than that, the action figure inside is packaged extremely well.
Packaging Score: 9 out of 10
Crapload of accessories. Almost the same amount that came with War Machine, but this one came with *gasp* a Don Cheadle likeness head! Yes, the one main thing I complained about with War Machine, we were fortunate to get it with this figure. So all in all, this figure comes with an extra head with two extra masks (in varying poses), 5 extra hands, the shoulder cannon, the forearm blaster, the Iron Man 3 stand, twelve batteries, a tiny tiny screwdriver, and a great set of instructions.
Of course he includes the same extra feature…he lights up….as long as you have the time and patience to put the batteries in. I won’t lie to you – it only took me 15 minutes to place all twelve batteries in four different spots (head, back, each arm), but I had practice with War Machine. If it’s your first time placing tiny batteries into a spring loaded opening, just get set to curse. A lot.
One thing about the light up feature? I doubt I’ll use it very much. If someone is checking out my collection, I may pull the figure off my display shelf and say “here, check this out”. Other than that, I doubt he’ll ever get his eyes turned on.
Accessories Score: 8.75 out of10
This is a Hot Toys action figure…is there any question about the sculpt or the likeness?
Of course I do have to mention again that I’m thankful that this time they included Don Cheadle’s likeness. And most of Hot Toys likenesses, this one is dead on. This figure also has a scary feature that I noticed. No matter where you place the figure, the eyes will be staring dead at you. Right into your soul. Now that’s what I call action figure accurate!
Another thing I noticed were the frayed edging. I thought that Sideshow Toys sent me a scratched up figure before I realized that this was done on purpose for more of that “movie” realism. And it works! It’s the little touches that show me that Hot Toys really does care. Like the “Danger” decal on the shoulder cannon. You won’t find that on a Hasbro figure.
What could have made it better? If it was a stand-alone Don Cheadle head. One that I can interchange with my War Machine on. Since the head included is partially in the Iron Patriot helmet, it would look a little silly going on a War Machine body. That unarmored head would have done it!
Sculpt/Likeness Score: 9 out of10
Again, this is a Hot Toy! The articulation is off the scale. I don’t even bother to count because the number I would get would be vastly different in most cases than the number someone else gets. I guess it goes to personal opinion on what you would consider a point of articulation. It’s a crap-load, okay?
I mean, any action figure that gives me articulated fingers so that I can flip off whomever or whatever is okay in my book. I’ll be using that!
Since it’s the same exact articulation as the War Machine figure they’ll score similar. Although props given for the magnet hold of the Iron Patriot mask, it didn’t really add much to the articulation.
Articulation Score: 9 out of 10
I love my Hot Toys figures…but there are other figures out there. I will definitely be getting to them…someday.
I love this diecast Iron Man series. To feel the heft and the weight of the action figure adds a lot to the dimensions of it. The diecast portion reminds me of the old Transformers from back in the day. I remember battling the original Optimus Prime and Megatron. The metal portions clacking together, pieces all over the floor of my room. Not quite the same, but it did bring up some nostalgia for real.
This may be the extent of my Iron Man collecting. I can’t do the “House Party Protocol” like some collectors may tend to do. But with these figures, I have the basic idea of what the rest are like and I’m happy with these figures in my collection (for now… 😉