A couple weeks ago Toys R Us had a sale on their Iron Man 2 figures. I had been eye balling them ever since they hit the stores, but I just didn’t want to spend the money. Well, they finally got me with that sale.
Ironically, it wasn’t Toys R Us who got my money though. By the time I made it there, the aisle had been pretty well cleaned out. A few Mark Vs and badly painted comic Mark IIIs were all that was left. So, I went to Wal-Mart and took advantage of their price matching on advertised sales. They had a much better selection, too much so. Instead of ending up with just the two versions of War Machine that I had originally gone there for, I also found Iron Monger and a movie Mark I that I couldn’t pass up..
The first thing that struck me about these figures is how much more detailed they are than the Marvel Universe line. Sure, they are still the same scale, and they will still fit in just fine, but if you compare them you’ll see a noticeable difference.
Let’s start with Mark I from the first movie. I have a love/hate relationship with this guy. I hadn’t been planning on getting him, but in package his details impressed me so much that I caved. And I wasn’t disappointed, at least in the detail department. He’s got this great looking tarnished metal look to him. There’s even letters stamped on the random pieces, giving the feel that Tony really did just build this toy out of junk in a cave. They also have the details of the “motor” on his back, the treads on his thighs, and you can even see Tony’s pants underneath the armor plates on his legs. He also has a ball jointed head, which none of the others I bought really have. Pretty impressive.
I did have a couple problems with him though. One of his mouth holes didn’t get painted, so it gives mine this strange facial expression. Then, there are the leg joints. I’m not a big fan of how they did the thigh joints in this line, it makes posing these guys a little more work than should be needed. But beyond that, Mark I has nearly impossible knee and ankle joints to move. Every time I was going to pose him for a picture, I felt like I might snap one of the joints. So watch out for that. Continue to Page 2…