As I continue to try to find my footing in regards to this blog, I thought to myself, “Self, do we really need another full on review of a figure that 1000’s of other people have reviewed?”
Short answer: No.
Selfish answer: Yes, because I enjoy talking about stuff. Specifically, stuff I like.
Rather than go in depth, I’d like to do reviews that cut to the chase. To that end, I am going to try to keep these reviews as short as possible.
Let’s give it a shot (you can start counting words now).
This is officially the one millionth Iron Man figure Figuarts has released. By now, if you’re into the line, you know what to expect, and they meet those expectations spectacularly. You know the good: Great sculpt, die cast metal feet, interchangeable hands, some blast effect pieces and like the MK III, back flaps for posing him in flight.
The bad is purely my opinion, but I’ll share it anyway. Because my mom taught me how to share. The bar S.H. has set with their Iron Man figures is pretty high. Short of light up pieces, what else could you want?
I’m glad you asked. I would like a set of blast hands without the peg for the effect piece. Sometimes I want to pose my Iron Man in a threatening position and because of the lack of wrist articulation, its close to impossible to do in a decent fashion. The relaxed, open palmed hands would be great for this, except they cannot be staged to face out to any degree.
I’d also like for them to occasionally throw us an alternate head with an exposed Stark face.
Ankle rockers. If Hasbro can do them, why aren’t they standard on their figures?
Lastly, and this is a big one, I really need Figuarts to start making their Iron Man figures look like there is an adult male inside of them. Hasbro seemed to have gotten it right with their MK 46, but dropped that ball on previous versions. A typical Figuarts Iron Man looks physically smaller than Captain America. Sure, Stark is smaller out of the suit, but he is wearing what amounts to a flying tank, or a flying jet fighter. Which makes it just a jet fighter.
Bottom line, if you like SH or Iron Man, or you’re a completionist, you should get this figure. If you’re not a completionist (I am, to a degree, but if they start releasing “House Party” figures, I’m out), it’s an easy pass.
What’s your opinion on him if you got him, or the general direction of the MCU Figuarts figures?
Here are some other pics if you’re into that kind of thing (and since you’re reading a blog about toys, you probably are…).