I was almost able to pass on the Thanos Wave. Then Tony went and made a new suit of armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Well, then I went and found it in the store. It had to be bought at that point. So here he is in all of his red and gold glory.
This guy has all of the articulation we have come to love from the Marvel Legends line by Hasbro. He has the double joints in the elbows and knees that actually give him a bit too much movement, but that is up to the owner’s discretion as to how folded up they want their Iron Man. This version has a lot more red then what we saw with with Mark 42 during Iron Man 3. And thankfully the gold is actually gold and not some sand color. He has just a bit of silver on parts of the body to make the suit a bit more interesting.
I always find one of the trickiest parts of working with a new Marvel Legends figure is the painted joint. Some of them are really hard to get loose, and I really don’t want to break off an arm. I had him out of the box for a couple of days before heading out into the sun for some photographs. I was all set to bash on the ankles that didn’t appear to have more than a back and forth movement. A little time in the sun, and the joint loosened up and freed up the side to side movement.
The only complaint I have about the figure is the head’s movement up. He can look down with his head touching his chest, but he cannot look up as he would do when he is flying. We have had others that could do it.
Overall, he is a nice figure. I don’t think I can get behind the Build a Figure idea when the figures are running $20 a piece now. I would really need to have that figure in order to continue shelling out that kind of cash for five or six figures. In the Thanos Wave, both Spider-Woman and Hellcat come with the same parts for Thanos. At least they could have gone the Allfather route and given us some alternate BAF parts. Happy Thanos and Angry Thanos. Something different. But it comes down to…”Do I need Thanos?” We have definitely moved away from the days of the Sentinel Series. Remember that one way back in 2005 when the boxes weighed 5 pounds because of such massive parts? I do have to say the second wave coming out later this year is a lot more tempting with the Build a Figure being Hulkbuster Armor. That one I could get behind. Of course, there are a bunch of no-name characters to get with it. Why wouldn’t we get Hulkbuster with this wave? You know, a BAF of someone who was actually in the movie for more than 7 seconds.
Well, another great armor for my Hall of Armor. There have been a lot in this scale, and I am sure we will see more to come.
Life size replicas as well as movie props. It was worth the wait in line to go in and see all of the great armors. My wife and I were already headed down for the weekend to kick-off my Spring Break. It was the end of our annual passes for Disneyland, and we wanted to go one more time. Then the news of Iron Man Tech coming to Disneyland to promote Iron Man 3, and I knew that it was fate.
They had the new Mark 42 on display, as well as the first 7 armors. It was so cool to see them side by side in a comparison. Here they are:
All seven of these armors are displayed like the Hall of Armor in Tony’s work area. Lights all around, and in the middle is displayed the Mark 42 armor:
The gold color of the other armors is a lot more subdued, taking on much more of a tan color. There is also the addition of more silver in certain areas of the body.
In addition to the 8 armors around, there is an area where you can stand on a platform, and an artificial Iron Man armor is built over your body on the screen. Then it runs tests on the screen with you presumably inside the suit you are looking at. The line grew quickly, it took a while to be built up inside the suit, and it was not all that impressive. So I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the props that were hanging behind the glass along the first part of the line.
The Mark I prop was outstanding. To see all of the weld lines and the dents in the armor really shows how Tony would have pieced this together out in the desert.
The Mark 42 parts are really well detailed. Looks like the end of the battle for these parts.
There are many, many more pictures to share. Just click on any picture above to be taken to my Flickr site and peruse the rest of the pictures. Lots more detail shots of the armors.
Last night I received my first Netflix DVD. It was Ponyo. What a most interesting and fun movie. It was so entertaining, and the art was outstanding.
If you have not seen it, it is the story of a boy who finds a “goldfish” that he names Ponyo. We come to find she is magic, and she wants to become a real girl since she loves the boy.
It is a standard fairy tale type movie, but the art is far superior to most of the animated art we get in the US. It is no wonder why Disney backed the movie for a US release.
There are so many levels of animation at times. We see the kids at the surface of the water, looking down on them, we get layers of fish and the ground below.
Definitely a five star movie. This would be a good movie to show to people who don’t think they like Anime. I bet this will change their mind. 😉
What do you think?