I didn’t intend to purchase many new Marvel Legends. I wanted 2012 to be a year of cutting back, selling. But, the figures are getting better – the Seventh Market is expanding, Mattel’s still got their hand in my wallet, and Hasbro? Well, they went and stepped up their six-inch game.
Vault and I found the Marvel Legends at our local TRU about a week-and-a-half ago. We each had one or two that we were mulling over, Hope and Thor for starters, but as the week wore on, I was feeling the pull (and I didn’t even have any Terrax pieces!). Disaster struck a few days later – the variant case! The classic dreamsicle Ghost Rider, Steve Rogers and his Electro-Shield, and the Stealth Iron Man.
I hadn’t anticipated picking up Iron Man, but not for the reason one might think. Years ago, I had a near complete Marvel Legends collection, but in leaner times I had to sell off most of it. I miss some pieces more than others, but what I really hated parting with was my Iron Man Armory (long time readers will note that I built it back up in 4″ form). I didn’t necessarily want to go down that path again, love it though I do. (And Vault was right alongside, for a shiny new Stealth Iron Man is similarly ensconced in his collection too).
I had resisted the traditional Extremis Iron Man the week prior, but my resolve easily melted for the Stealth Iron Man. I’ve always loved seeing IM in off-the-wall colors (hence my love of War Machine) and blue is a great deviation from his usual red and yellow. I was indecisive for just a bit, but ultimately Stealth Iron Man had to come home with me… and wouldn’t you know, his little red and gold friend tagged along. Well, damn.
I have only one issue with the sculpt and it’s something that’s endemic to most Iron Man figures. These IMs, like nearly all of the ones before them, are beautiful and sleek… almost too sleek. There’s just not a lot room for Tony in there. I do think the figures look great, but I wish the sculptors would take a basic buck, like the one Constrictor or Klaw sport, and take into account that the armor should fit over that size figure.
With that longstanding nitpick aside, I do love this sculpt (I did buy it twice). The Extremis Armor isn’t intended to be blocky and the figure is faithful to its comic appearance. I love the paneling, the sharp lines, and how they combine to make the suit feel more layered than it really is. Like the movie figures, the shoulders are achieved by adding a separate piece over the ball-joint, but unlike those figures it’s more firmly attached. This figure won’t be bouncing those off left and right like the movie figures.
I would’ve liked to see some pegs in the feet (or a hole in the back for a flight stand), but I’m not above drilling into the figure to make those happen. I’ll talk about it more in a minute, but the sculpt gets brownie points from me for working the articulation into the suit.
The paint on both figures was really sharp. There were a few areas like the mask/eyes where things could’ve been a little cleaner, but considering the figures are fully painted (to achieve that high gloss metallic effect) the amount of slop is really quite minimal. Continue to Page 2