Well played Hasbro. Make the Civil War series the biggest in Marvel Legends history, and then do something like pair up the new War Machine with a much less impressive repaint.
In this case, if you are a Marvel Legends fan, you will definitely want to get your hands on War Machine. He is a much more robust and stronger looking version, since the previous movie version. There are a ton of accessories as well.
Rhody definitely has had some upgrades since he joined the Avengers. First off are the arm mounted machine guns. They fit on the hips, in a closed-up position. The clip flips out and then it is attached to the forearm. The clip easily falls off, so be careful with those small pieces.
On his back, he has storage for his club and shoulder mounted gatling gun. The club is closed up when in the port on his back. It can be switched out for an alternate version when held in hand, where it looks powered up and ready to hand out beatings. The gatling gun is the barrel that fits into the square hole on the shoulder. It can be replaced with an alternate version that swivels and moves up and down. It is a bit on the delicate side, and falls out easily too.
Finally, there are fists. War Machine comes with partially closed grasping hands. They work fine. There is an extra set of fists that work well with the arm guns. It is a nice touch. I would not have expected an extra set of hands, but I will take them.
Then there is the Mark 27 suit. A lot of people have been poopooing the Disco armor. It is accurate as far as the color goes. It was part of the “House Party Protocol” where Tony called on JARVIS to bring forth all of the suits in Iron Man 3 to attack the Extremis soldiers. Sadly, it didn’t make it long after the battle as Tony called for “Clean Slate” which destroyed all of the armors.
The Disco armor is very bright, with the right colors, including some really nice pearl blue paint. The problem I have with it is that it is a direct repaint of War Machine from Age of Ultron. It seems like with so many Iron Man molds to choose from, we should have gotten something a little closer to the Disco Armor. Looking at pictures of the Disco Armor, really, if we got a proper chest plate, we would have been pretty set. As it is, they painted a white circle over the rectangle arc port that we see from War Machine.
I am chalking this one up to a whole new mold, for War Machine, with a whole bunch of accessories. They wanted to do it right, it would probably be a one-off use, so they needed to two-pack it with something that will not be as expensive, as they only needed to do a different paint job. I get it.
Well, since it is a repaint of War Machine, they were nice enough to give us the turret for the shoulder, so that is something. Now, Mark 27 didn’t have any such gun, and had some pretty sweet fins that opened on his back, but I guess we can’t be too choosy. “Yes sir. Thank you sir. Please sir, may I have another?”