Speaking of articulation, Hasbro didn’t skimp there either and it makes for a very fun to pose figure despite his size & bulk. There are ball-joints at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, mid-torso, hips, & inverted ankles; swivels at the biceps & thighs and then big double-hinged knees. There are some bulk issues like at the elbows, but you’re not gonna care. The figure can get into deep crouches, the figure can stand on one leg and do a high kick, if you had a Hulkbuster-sized chair he can sit cross-legged. It’s kinda ridiculous how well he can move. I was thinking of passing on the Rhino BAF because I have the MS Rhino. I love that sculpt, but he can’t move. HB here made me confident that that Rhino will be superior to the MS and now BBTS can’t get that Rhino wave out of it’s warehouse fast enough. Seriously, I have to restrain myself from sending e-mails going “where eeees itttt!”.
The paintwork is probably the one area where the figure feels more pedestrian. I feel like it might be a tad bright red due to having to be molded instead of painted like so many of the smaller armors. And the gold is a mix of painted & molded as well despite gold never matching up well. That said, this is probably one of the best mixes of painted & unpainted gold I’ve seen. It’s close, but the sheen gives it a way and the forearms just look a little off as a result. It’s not even close to being a big issue it’s that the sculpt & articulation are so top notch.
The one thing I would chance with the paint if I could is that it looks like the paint budget couldn’t keep up with the great sculpt in some places. The move armor has respulsors all over. They’re sculpted here, but very few are filled in with paint. It’s really the ones on the legs that bug me a little? The backs of the legs just go without entirely while the inner calves on the front each have this one little circle that is supposed to be an additional thruster. The solid, unadorned red there just jumps out. I’m sure it’s a cost issue and this massive guy clearly got a ton spent on him, so I’m not going to knock a star off for it, but a little more paintwork would’ve brought this right up to perfection.
Overall, this figure is a great piece. I find myself nitpicking painted details below the knees to find something bad to say about it. The Hulkbuster is one of the most iconic armors in Iron Man’s repertoire. The film did it justice. And Hasbro did that film version justice here too. It’s a terrific sculpt filled with useful & playable articulation. What paint is there is solid and it’s enough to get the figure across the production line in style even if could stand just a little bit more. If you’re collecting the Movie Legends this Armor will be the centerpiece of that display for some time to come and it’s worthy of that attention.
Alright, folks, that’s a rap! It was a really long week, nine reviews in total thanks to Walgreens, and I hope these hit retail shelves soon so more folks can pick them up. It’s a great set, albeit a little modern. I want to thank everyone for checking out all the reviews this week and reading along. I appreciate you guys coming by every day! Thanks!