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Vault Review: Iron Man 2 - Mark I, Iron Monger, & War Machines

Iron Monger’s up next. This figure I bought because he was so big. He’s perfectly in scale with these little three inch guys, and he towers over them like a monster. I love that about him. He’s also sculpted really well. There are pistons and gears and intricate workings on his suit. There are even little machine guns on the sides of his forearms. Another thing I loved about him is his ball jointed wrists. They give his poses a little extra oomph of emotion. The only thing I didn’t like about this big guy was his paint job. Not that it’s bad. It’s just not like the promo pic on the back of the package. In the promo picture, there is a definite shade of blue used to highlight different parts of the armor. The figures paint ended up being a lot more subtle. You can only really tell its blue if the light hits it just right. Other than that, which isn’t really bad, he’s a great figure. Probably my favorite of the four I bought.

Movie War Machine actually impressed me also. I love the War Machine armor. I’m not really sure why, maybe it’s the sleek silver and black look. It could be the overall dangerous and powerful look of a weapon laden Iron Man suit. Either way, I love it, and the movie version doesn’t disappoint. Like the others, he’s got great detailing. There’s a ton of little individual looking plates of armor on him that give his suit a nice manufactured look that the comic book one doesn’t have. His paint is good also, but I had to look at all of them at the store. The paint jobs on this figure are all over the place, so watch out when you go to pick him up. He has machine guns on both his forearms and comes with two guns to mount on his shoulders. One gun is the normal mini Gatling gun, and looks great. The other is a much larger version of that gun that has the action feature of shooting a missile. I realize kids like stuff like that, but that gun is obscenely huge for me. I wouldn’t mind so much if he came with his rocket launcher to replace it with, but he didn’t. So I end up having an empty peg sticking out of him. The cool thing about those shoulder pegs though, is that they can slide back, allowing you to keep his weapons on his back. Another thing I really liked about this figure is his left hand is open, like he’s shooting one of his repulsor blasts. It makes for great posing.

Last, we have Comic Book War Machine. I really love this character, but sadly I think he’s the worst of the four figures I bought. It’s not that there’s anything horrible wrong with him. In fact, I would say he’s actually pretty accurate to the comic book version. It’s just that the Comic version has so little detail, especially when compared to the movie version, that he looks a little plain. I do like that they gave his darker metal color this washed look, it gives the paint a worn and inconsistent feel. I also really like his shoulder mounted Gatling gun and rocket launcher. Like the movie version, these also both slide back behind his shoulders. One of the things I always loved about that armor. Also, there are missile and “gun firing” attachments you can place over each weapon, making them look like they are in use. All together though, he’s a still a decent figure, especially if you love the comic version.

I do have to say, be prepared to look for decent paint jobs in this line. The only figure I was entirely happy with paint-wise was Iron Monger. The rest had mispaints and slop problems. So you’ll want to check those pegs for a decently painted figure. Also, be prepared to have difficult joints. All four of my figures had at least one problem joint. None of them broke, but it sure felt like they could when I was trying to work it out. I know that isn’t something you can really watch out for in the package, but I felt like everyone should be warned. I was sure surprised when I opened mine up.

Other than that, this is a pretty good toy line. From the checklist we’ve put up, I already know they are going to sucker me into buying at least a few more figures.

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13 comments to Vault Review:
Iron Man 2 Figures

  • Ebonhorn

    I have about 11 of these so far and I really do like them. The details on the movie line is insane for the scale. Yeah gotta work the joints on the hips slowly sometimes. It’s the place you gotta be careful of snapping.

  • I have this sudden image of 4-6 armored up Tony Starks working their way through my toy shelves on a drunken rampage. “Giddy-Up Kitty”

  • Nik

    Still hate this scale for comic figures, but movie WM is awesome. Hope the WalMart 6″ exclusives come out sooner than later.

  • Grenadier

    Comic War Machine is a neat little figure, but I hate the way they did his shoulder pads. I think it’s that the hinge sits too high up on the shoulder and that the pad itself has too sharp an edge, so when you lift his arm forwards or backwards, it looks really bad. Also, on my figure the wash they used was too heavy (it kept coming off on my hands when I posed him), so I ended up taking a pocketknife and scratching off a lot of the paint. The metallic blue underneath is really nice, and cleaning up the large areas on the shoulder pads, gauntlets and legs really made the paint in all the little nooks and crannies stand out more.

    I love his shoulder weapons, however. I’m tempted to buy a second Comic WM to use the missile pod on Movie War Machine.

    Speaking of Movie WM, I too had to sort through about twenty figures across three different Walmarts before finding one that had straight eyes. He’s still not entirely clean–there are black marks across the face–but they’re light enough to look more like gunpowder residue than paint errors. A total opposite of his Comic counterpart, Movie WM’s shoulder pads are wonderful.

    Overall, great figures. I can’t wait to find the 6″ ones!

    • AdventureVault

      I think you’re right, the shoulder pads are too deep or something. The movie one makes up for it though.

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  • clark

    I’ve been really impressed with this toyline, but you are right about watching for sloppy paint. I’ve found that any of the figures that are gold/red or silver/red have the most problems. The Mk II and Mk III that I picked up both have insanely tight hip joints, but other than that I have not had any major issues.

  • JediCreeper

    actually… I think the original 6″ scale iron monger is more to scale with the 3 3/4″ line… just remembering tony riding on his back, and the size of Stane once the armor was ripped off… I’m pretty sure he was that big.

    all in all though, I really love these suckers.. they did such a nice job on the details its almost ridiculous

  • Great to see you got some figures from the line, and some of the better ones too. I actually like that Iron Monger’s paint is a more subtle than on the back of the card. Also, I think I’d rather have tight joints and work’em to be more loose than have limbs and heads swinging and bobbing ard. Heh. Agree that they’re way beter deatiled than MU figs. I wish the MU ones were like this as well!