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Marvel Legends Avengers:
Iron Man Mark 43 Review (Thanos Series)

The sculpt isn’t terrible – it resembles RDJ, but the paint – the thick goopy flesh paint really destroys some of the details. The eyes have a lost some depth and the beard & lips & really soft. The nose is great though. I feel like there’s probably a really great sculpt under there, but the paint can’t do it justice. I only hope that future figures expand on this and do it a little better.

But the worst part of the paint isn’t the paint slop on the edges or the goopy face – it’s the back! Maybe this is screen accurate, I really haven’t looked, but it sure doesn’t look like it. There is some paint back there, upper torso and lower legs, but it’s so undetailed back there that it’s rather jarring compared to the front or when compared to the back of the Mark XLII. I know I shouldn’t care about this too much, but this movie is gonna make eleventy billion dollars. Hasbro is sure to make bank off that – can we get some better paint apps here?

Articulation is pretty much IM standard at this point. Ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, and inverted ankles; swivels at the biceps & thighs, double hinges at the elbows and knees; the ab joint. Everything works great. The shoulder pads are a soft plastic that doesn’t obstruct too much and the wrist guards are also softer so as not to block the ball-wrists. I don’t know how well they’ll do with wear & tear over time, but they look good and don’t block anything now, so that’s a start.

Overall, the sculpt is the best part – even the face that I’m only lukewarm to looks to be good under there. The paint undone some of the sculpts works with the goopy flesh tone and lack of paint on the back of the figure. All around though, this is my go-to Marvel Cinematic Legends Iron Man for now. I like the armor a lot better when it’s primarily red than gold, and this is a solid figure of that armor. This guy looks to be here awhile unless there are some other armors in that movie post-HB…

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13 comments to Marvel Legends Avengers:
Iron Man Mark 43 Review (Thanos Series)

  • Brainlock

    meh. I didn’t much care for him and thought the “open mask” still covered half his face. Add in it was a repaint of the previous movie armor that I wasn’t a fan of, and this guy went right back in the box.

    There is another IM and War Machine planned for the HBIM wave, but I’m not sure which designation it has?

    otoh, I got my ticket for Thursday evening!
    (pending any possible interruption via kidney stone. ugh.)

  • I like this take on him much more than the Iron Man 3 version. Face paint looks rubbish though, if I get him the mask will be staying closed.

  • *HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA* *snork* Oh, fate, what a cruel joker you are. Or maybe Loki is hanging around.

    See, I’ve been asking around about a problem I have with my Iron Man. He looks kinda hunched over. He can’t really look ‘up’, either head I don’t know how you got some of your poses but mine cannot do that. I asked if I had a frozen joint, if the base of the neck inside the armor might have a hinge or something, and nobody would reply.

    So as I was getting ready to write this comment, I got my Iron Man, gave ONE MORE little push to check for that neck hinge, and POP! The chest piece EXPLODED off the figure! Arms and ‘clicker’ part and neck and shoulder pads ALL OVER WHOOSH!

    Welp. I now know there’s no hinge point for the neck piece.

    So what’s the issue here? The neck post somehow too short? The socket in the head too deep?

    (and don’t worry about my Iron Man falling apart. I guess I was wrenching that neck part harder than I thought, wanting to free that imaginary frozen hinge. I’ve got plenty of tools and glue to fix that. Pretty impressive how that all goes together I must say.)

    • OK, OK, I dun figgered it out!

      The neck is two parts after all! The ball and post is supposed to hinge forward and back. See, on mine, it all looked like one part. I got out my trusty X-Acto knife, carefully ran the blade along the mating seam and presto, I was finally able to move that thing so it didn’t look like Tony was always doing the Walk of Shame.

      I can’t figure what happened. Maybe when the sonic sealer was being run on the chest it got a little close to the neck or something. So, problem solved!

      • Paul

        Glad it all worked out in the end, but thanks for this information! It’s honestly nice to know.

  • Mysterious Stranger

    There is a Mark 45 in the film, at least from the S.H. Figuarts preorder there is anyway. It looks a lot like the Bleeding Edge armor and the Extremis armor had a baby.

    I only got this figure because I’m a sucker for movie Iron Man armors. Not sure I’m going to try to build Thanos yet. I have both legs (got the AoU Cap too because, well, I don’t know) but I don’t know if its worth chasing down the other parts as I don’t care for the rest of the figures in this wave.

    • The only figure in this line that I would’ve passed over if not for the BAF piece was Batroc. I’m a big Spider-Woman fan, and I love the movie figures (for a while, in my broke 20s, I made a vow to myself that I would only buy movie-based figures as a way of limiting my collecting. I’ve long since given that up, but I still enjoy the movie toys). Of course, I still haven’t seen a Spider-Woman or Hellcat, though everyone seems to have at least one or two Iron Man or Hulk figures hanging around.

  • Paul

    I wish the mask was more open (or could be opened and closed on its own). As it is now, I don’t really know how Tony Stark can see without his field of vision being compromised by the mask. Like you, though, I far prefer the red with gold highlights as opposed to the other way around. I just won’t be using the open faced helmet.

  • Snowglare

    Yeah, accurate or not, his back doesn’t look as good as the older figure’s. With nothing to break up the red but his “socks” and the Hulkbuster face, it looks like he’s wearing metal longjohns.

  • J. Lee

    Truth, don’t collect movie figs. (Spider-verse an exception from that so have the 2nd film one still) Easy buy and resell to.have the Thanos piece. That is an improvement but, still on the drawing board.

  • Rich

    The legs of your IM weren’t floppy and loose? Considering he’s the same as the previous figure, I found the joints on mine to be terrible.