Do my eyes deceive me? Is there actually a… *gasp* movie-based figure in this wave with a movie-based BAF?!
Don’t get me wrong – I love the mix. I’m down for both MCU figures and straight up comic figures. The BAF kinda throws things off though. Three movie figures to build comic Thanos. Five comic figures to build movie Ultron. And now six figures to build movie Hulkbuster? It’s not terrible, and the wave assortments are surely based more on cost than logic, but I’d like to see the movie BAFs get at least a few more movie figures in the mix. Of course, maybe I just want a few more movie figures. Their need for unique sculpts has left a lot of holes in my MCU collection so far. A Falcon-sized hole. A Yellowjacket-sized hole. A Ronan-sized hole. I could go on, but I’d rather talk about War Machine.
War Machine is the sole single-carded Age of Ultron representative you get when building ol’ Veronica. And I’m not even going to hold the fact it’s pretty much a repaint against it. Besides, I can’t even point you to my review of the original figure, the Iron Patriot, because apparently I kinda skipped reviewing that whole wave. Oops.
Rhodey is easily one of my favorite parts of the MCU (he’s also a personal favorite in the comics too). I liked Terrence Howard in Iron Man and Don Cheadle has been one of the best parts of the subsequent Iron Man movies. And while I like the Iron Patriot design, I was happy to see him revert back to War Machine proper for AoU. I still have a soft spot for the heavier armor from IM2, but this design is still alright by me.
I haven’t’ compared the figure frame-by-frame to how the suit is redesigned in AoU, but it seems a fair approximation. It is mostly the Iron Patriot body redecoed and that one seemed pretty spot on. There might be some creative changes that aren’t captured here, but the body gets the job done.
So what’s the added value to keep this figure from being a desaturated rehash? I’d like to say there’s more – some alternate hands (WM features two fists while IP featured an open hand), but there’s just one extra bit, a second open-masked head. It is admittedly pretty cool though as extra bits go. The Cheadle likeness under the mask is well done. I felt the Mark XLIII open-faced RDJ head was sculpted well and then painted poorly, but Rhodey doesn’t have that issue. The paint is simple, but effective, even if Rhodey looks a little non-plussed. Continue to Page 2…