The other day, while slushing through and endless army of Iron Men hanging on the little metal hooks at Target, I came across two figures I did not yet have. Iron Monger and Advanced Armor Iron Man.
These two figures could not be more different. Other than the fact they are both in the Comic Series of the Iron Man 2 series, they have NOTHING in common. As you will see, Iron Monger is huge and cartoonish looking, while Advanced Armor is thin and much closer to the movie series. They are both really nice figures though.
As with many of the other figures, we get a repulsor blast to go over his hand. This one is a nice two-toned clear color, and not overly heavy.
The color scheme is the red and gold we are used to from Iron Man but with a few modifications in the design to make this version interesting.
The Advanced Armor has a stronger looking neck and larger shoulder pads that do rotate for arm movement. The arms have larger parts around the upper forearm that are reminiscent of the classic armor. There is quite a bit of detail around the torso area as well. The upper legs have a fun design with the red wrapping around the gold. The knees have a sharp point to them which does seem helpful.
Again, we get that great neck articulation that allows him to be posed in a flying position. Here you can also see those sharp knees. On his back he has two fins, one over each shoulder. I assume those are for flight. Not much else they could be for.
The generational gap, from the comic version of the first Iron Man armor to the Advanced Armor, which is supposed to be the best of the best. These are fun to have side by side to compare how far Tony came in his designs from the original to now. The first armor was more of a necessity armor, making due with what he had. To think it started with a bulky armor where he could hardly walk, to an armor where he can fly. How times have changed.
What it would look like if Smurfs built an Iron suit? That is a lot of blue. Thankfully Hasbro did a bit of weathering on the Iron Monger suit, or it would have been REALLY bright. He is a much more cartoon looking figure. Big body parts, feet, and hands. That is not to say it is a bad thing, just different. He has a great amount of detail, and the dark wash really brings out the details.
My favorite part may just be the back. He has SO many details on his back, and really does take away from the cartoon look of the front.
Even though he is so big and “balloony” he does have really good articulation. Thankfully the shoulder pads are on a pivot so they move up with the arms. Of course, Iron Monger will never be able to scratch his head, but that is to be expected with the larger figures. He has rotation in both his wrist and arm right below the elbow for a little extra movement. Of course, he also has the double joints in the knees that thankfully look to be the new standard.
The Iron big boys, the movie version of Iron Monger and Hulkbuster IM join Iron Monger. There is definitely a difference in style from from the movie and comic versions of the character.
These figures are great. I cannot wait to see what else they have. And when we get Iron Man 3 toys? Heaven to be sure. As long as they stay in the 3 3/4 scale. Do you hear me Hasbro? DO YOU HEAR ME!?!?! 🙂