The problem with having a favorite character is that it’s hard not to build an army of them on your toy shelves. Just when I thought I’d bought my last movie War Machine figure, Bandai hooks me with a new SH Figuarts version that I just couldn’t ignore.
Japanes figures are definitely more expensive, but my saving grace was that I had little to no connection to most of the properties. Those good old days seem to be ending though. Great articulated Godzilla characters, Sailor Moon, and Power Rangers have already taken up the majority of my pre-orders. Now my superhero love isn’t even safe with the upcoming Avengers Figmas and SH Figuarts kicking it off with their new Iron Man movie figures. My wallet is doomed.
Sculpt wise War Machine is pretty much what you’d expect. There’s not a lot of leeway when trying to be accurate to the specific movie design, but you can definitely see the sculpt has its own personality when compared to his Marvel Legends sized counterpart. The Figuarts version is oddly not bulkier than the Hasbro, even though he’s much squarer.
The biggest difference between the two figures is the articulation and how it was integrated into the design. Where the Hasbro version is limited by his sculpt, Bandai found ways around those issues. One of the biggest examples of this is the lower torso. The Hasbro figure’s abs and crotch are a single piece, where as the Figuarts’ abs are three double ball joints covered by layered armor pieces. This allows him to bend forward, back, and side to side further and more naturally.
Paint wise the Figuarts has a bit more detail as well. The majority of the body is made up of a dark metal gray with tiny sparkles to give it a metallic feel. Most of the paint apps and tampos have been done in silver with that same metallic effect. My favorite area is his eyes which are on a separate piece that sits behind his faceplate. They’ve been painted yellow and outlined in red for a glowing effect.
Like I mentioned, he has the standard amazing articulation of most Figuarts, and we see the return of metal feet to allow for better posing. His head, neck and wrists are ball joints. His abs are three double ball joints, and his shoulders are double ball joints as well. The hips are also ball joints that are attached with hinges. His elbows and knees are double hinges, while the ankles and toe joints are single hinges.
War Machine’s shoulder weapons are also articulated. The missile launchers are on hinges, and the Gatling gun is on two swivel hinges.
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