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ItsAllTrue Review: Iron Man 2
– Proto & Oversize Armors

Comic Series # 30 – Oversize Armor

Ever since I added our Iron Man 2 checklist, I’ve received some feedback from Iron Man fans about my calling this armor Oversize. When I was in college, I found Tim Rassbach’s Iron Man Armory and have sworn by it ever since. My designations for the armors come from his fantastic site. Since I’ve seen this armor called Neo-Classic in other places, I will also mention that here. There’s no doubt that the figure is a representation of the armor that first appears at the end of the Armor Wars and marks Tony’s return to red/gold armor after the destruction of the Silver Centurion armor. There just seems to be some uncertainty as what to call it: oversize, neo-classic, bulky, coffee can. Regardless, it’s one of my favorite armors and I’m happy to get it in the line so early.

This figure features a new sculpt, that unlike the other figure in this review, is accurate to its comic roots. This armor design is bulkier than the previous, sleeker models and the sculpt reflects that with raised red areas, beefier yellow areas, and an overall stockier look. The shoulder pads fit in rather seamlessly and are hinged so they can raise with the ball shoulder.

One drawback to this otherwise bulky figure is that he comes up a tad shorter than some of the other comic armors. I’m not sure what the tech specs for this armor or how tall it should be, but I’d like him to be closer in height to War Machine than being on the smaller end of the line.

I only had one of this figure to choose from and I got lucky that he was painted pretty well, but there are places where I see things I don’t like. The first is conceptual, his gauntlets, boots, and head are a different shade of red from the main chunk of armor on his torso. Since the parts are all a consistent red, it gives the figure an interesting look and it can almost overcome the mismatch aesthetically. The other problem area is the red wash used on the yellow areas. On some parts, it works really well and adds definition, on others it just makes the figure look orange.

This figure has balls at the ankles, hips, elbows, shoulders, torso , and head, double-hinged knees, hinged shoulder pads, and cut wrists. The hinged shoulders allow for the ball-joints to have great range. The torso joint can swivel freely and has great back motion, but that’s thrown off by the yellow area underneath. When you lean him back, the yellow area expands and it looks odd. The head doesn’t have great range, but it does a little up and down motion which makes him a standout from the other figures.

In addition to his grey base and armor cards, the figure also includes the yellow repulsor blast that came with the Stealth Armor Iron Man.

Despite a few issues with accuracy or paint choices, I’m still very happy with the line. I’m not buying every figure, but there’s plenty to get excited about while still picking and choosing. I’m really enjoying the comic series figures and was happy to find these (and I’ll be happier when I can find the Hulkbuster armor).

The Proto Armor figure is a bit of a letdown with so many details overlooked just to get him done cheaply, but since the original figure was great, he’s still a nice addition – particularly if you look at the $5 coupon as coming out of his price. It’s $5 off a $20 Iron Man purchase, which will definitely get some use if I can find the remaining three figures in series two at once. The oversize armor is the real gem here though. It’s a little small, but it looks great and it’s one of a handful of armors that are memorable and tied to a specific era. I love its look. Plus, it’s great to finally get an Iron Man with a yellow power source.

For more Iron Man 2 reviews, check out our Iron Man 2 Visual Checklist.

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19 comments to ItsAllTrue Review: Iron Man 2
– Proto & Oversize Armors

  • TomB68

    That’s a lot of Iron Men figures. Is the line really that hero heavy or are you just not buying that many villains?

    • It’s really Iron Man heavy! There is a movie Iron Monger, and comic versions of the Titanium Man and the Guardsman (though he could be the hero version, not sure), and Whiplash is out, but rare apparently.

  • Lovell

    The proto head looks better IMO. The classic head is tiny.

  • Happy Hogan

    I’ve always called that Neo-Classic. I’ve never heard of Oversize Armor before.

  • Rembrandt

    I hate finding the $5 stickers on series one figs!

    That said, series 2 is a tad boring. The proto figure is cheap, HB small, Guardian is a bad MU, etc.

  • orionpax636

    The background pic for the Proto-Armor makes it look like he’s trying to scare himself.

    I’ve constantly been comparing these and some Marvel Universe figures to the old Toy Biz Showdown stuff, and for the “Oversize” armor, I prefer the proportions of the Showdown version, even if it’s a bit “undersized”. Also, those hinged shoulders still bother me a bit.

    http://marvelousnews.com/database/index.php?itemid=1006

    • LOL. You should have seen the first pic I tried.

      I remember seeing the SS one, but I never bought SS back then. I was trying to avoid this scale. I still kinda am, but when you have a website to review stuff, your purchasing rules get a bit looser. 😛

  • Adrian

    I was hoping for a couple more pictures, but otherwise good review.

    I always called the armor neoclassics too. I think the armory guy might be the one guy who doesn’t.

    • Sometimes inspiration strikes, sometime you have to fight for it, and sometimes you just get six pictures.

      I’m with Armory guy. Is there a Team Rassbach?

  • Florida Joe

    Thanks for this review. I haven’t been able to find comic series 2 anywhere!

    • I’m hearing that it’s showing up more in Kmarts and Targets now, but I need it to show up at TRU again, or Walmart would be nice…

  • Douglas McD

    That red wash looks awful. They should have stuck with the same color scheme as the other two figures.

    • They used a darker yellow to start with and I think that might ahve looked nice. But in the spots where the wash is understated, it’s not bed. It’s the deep wells that suck.

  • AllMindsAboutEverything

    The red wash on the coffee can armor is just ugly. They should have let him be bright and gleaming like the other figures.

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