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War Machine and Marvel Now Iron Man – Hulkbuster Series Part 3

Today we look at the Iron Men from the Hulkbuster Series. Well, hello there, War Machine we have already seen. Nothing new here. We saw it as Iron Patriot, featuring Col. James Rhodes, in the Iron Monger Series.

Same figure with the blaster on the shoulder. He is missing a bit of good articulation in the ankles, which makes it hard to pose.

He comes with an alternate head, with the mask up, so you can see Rhodes face. It is not the best face out there, but it works. I would love for Hasbro to figure out this dead eye problem.  We have seen it in the Star Wars figures too.  I had a really hard time getting the head to pop on.

I think with this version of War Machine, we are ready to start playing Civil War.

Marvel Now Iron Man:

Iron Men

Um, Iron Man, you are tiny. Something went terribly wrong here. He is half a head shorter than War Machine.

This version of Iron Man is black and gold repaint of Iron Man 2. What we ended up with was fairly comic accurate, but overall, we have come a long way past these days. It is a fine figure for the shelf. Nice to see a black Iron Man amongst a shelf of red, but we have seen many better Iron Man figures in recent years.

He is a necessary figure to bulid Hulkbuster, and he looks fine on the shelf, but I don’t think he will be coming out to play very often.


Disneyland – Iron Man Tech

 

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:

Mark I:

Mark II:

Mark III:

Mark IV:

Mark V:

Mark VI:

Mark VII:

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.


Iron Man 2 figures: Iron Monger (comic) and Advanced Armor (comic)

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.

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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.

Iron Monger:

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!?!?!  🙂


More of those Pesky Iron Man 2 figures

They are coming out in little pieces.  Strangely enough, I am seeing them at Wal-Mart more than anywhere else.

There are two drones and two Armor figures.   The drones are pretty good looking.  They are the Weapon Assault Drone and the Air Assault Drone:

Weapon Assault Drone with Extra Parts

Air Assault Drone

Both of these guys are BIG!   They stand a little over a head taller than Iron Man, and they are though looking.    The paint on both is good.   The Weapon Assault Drone has a great Green/Silver combination that has the look of modern warfare, while the Air Assault Drone is colored similar to War Machine.

The Weapon Assault Drone has changeable arm weapons as well as flip-up shields.   This is a bit of a let-down since there is no swivel in the shoulder, so the shield is not of much use.  The Air Assault Drone has a removable backpack.

To see more pics of them, click on either picture.

Fusion Armor:

There is not a lot to say about the Fusion Armor.  Basically an armor that is supposed to be able to consume light and be able to fire a laser from anywhere on the body.    That does not make for a fun toy with much going on.    The colors are bland with a two-toned blue.   Looks like any number of the previous blue Iron Men we saw already.

Ultimate Armor:

Colored to look like the Ultimate Iron Man comic design.  The colors work fine, but there are so many of them.  Two silver colors, gold, and red (more of a magenta on his arms).

Now for the problem with this one:

Look at the knees.  Iron Man is knocked-kneed.    This is one of the cases where the packaging is destroying the toy.  Posing figures is a hazard to their health.   Boo!   If anyone knows how to fix this, I am all ears.

Overall, some nice new figures.  I am liking the drones.  Big and menacing.   Gotta get the other ones soon.  There is a three pack from Toys R Us with Army style drones, and there is a three pack from either Target or Wal-Mart with another type of drone.     The hunt never ends.  🙂


Iron Man 2 – New Figures

We are finally getting the new figures for Iron Man 2.  If you followed the press, Hasbro said it would be coming in a few waves, the first part coming with the initial release of the movie, and the second part coming with the release of the DVD.  Well, the DVD is here, and so are… a few of the figures.  Mostly high numbered figures.  We are still missing a whole bunch of figures in the middle of the entire line, but I can wait…. patiently…. for a little while.

Hulkbuster Iron Man:

One of the Iron Man figures that seems to be most sought after in any of the Marvel lines.   I still can’t find the Hulkbuster from the MiniMates line.  😦

This is a great figure.  There are so many little details, especially on the back.

He has great little jets sticking out the back to give just a touch of a third color from the normal red and gold.   The red is such a nice dark color.  To be menacing and tough but still Iron Man.  The paint is applied very well, no problems that I could see.

I was surprised to see how flexible Hulkbuster is.   Double joints in the knees.  Typical shoulder, elbow, wrist.  Even the head swivels side to side (no neck for up and down movement).   The shoulder armor does get in the way to allow the arms to move up too high, but that is not too much of a problem.   These bulky armors are not supposed to have too much movement anyway.

Hulkbuster doing what he is supposed to be doing. Busting Hulk.

Silver Centurion:

The Silver Centurion is a pretty basic figure.   It does not have too many details.  He does come with a blast attachment coming out of his arm.

The backpack that goes all the way around to his front is not really the right color.  It is a bit lighter and clearly molded in color, not painted.  It is a bit of a letdown.  With very basic details, something like this sticks out.

Arctic Armor Iron Man:

He has a cool blue/purple color with silver accents.  Not really what I would think of for the Arctic.  I guess none of Tony’s armor is made to be camo colored, so why start here?     I was a bit surprised that the armor was so thin.  In the 6in line figure, they made the Arctic version of the armor very bulky.

He does pack a lot of details.   The armor looks to be a mix of a lot of different armors.   He is very flexible, and has a chilling blast of some sort.

I had to add this in.   The neck actually bends back far enough so he can be in a flying position and be able to look forward.  A very nice detail not available with many of the Iron Man figures.   I would like to see this kind of neck being utilized on more of the figures Hasbro produces.   I would really liked to have had this on the Jungle-Viper so he could be laying down with his sniper rifle.

In all, more of the same.   Good figures.   Can’t wait to see how the humans turn out.  Hasbro has been a bit hit-and-miss with the human faces in the 3 3/4 scale.  Especially the female faces.  We will just have to wait a little longer to find out.


Iron Man 2 Toys are back

With the release of Iron Man 2 on DVD, those of us who were collecting the 3 3/4 inch line of Iron Man figures may finally be able to finish the collection.

With any luck it will not be long before I can fill that giant gap in the collection. For some reason, #14-21 were not released in the first wave, but were held off until the release of the DVD.
I was at Target a few days back, and they have a new endcap setup for Iron Man 2. They had just the beginnings of the new figures being placed, but I already found one of the Holy Grail figures I was missing.
It seems that Hulkbuster Iron Man is a must-have for any Iron Man collector, and the #27 figure was nowhere to be found. Well he is now. And there were a few of them. Good Hunting.
The original numbering went to 31, but I found a couple of figures with higher numbers. I will be showing the three new figures I found either tonight or tomorrow.
It has been a little crazy at home over the past few days, and it has been too dark to shoot any pictures, and I really don’t want to take poor pictures just to get them out there.


My Life back from Camping

I went camping over the last few days.  On the way there I stopped at a few Walmarts to see if I could find something good to buy.  I was not so lucky on the way there, but on the way back I stopped at a Big K-Mart.   I know, I know.  It has not been that long since I swore off going to K-Mart since it is generally a dirty place.   This one was different though.  In a smallish town out in the middle of California, this was THE shopping place.

Going in, I found the Iron Man 2 set that I have not been able to get my hands on.

This set was expensive, at $24.99, but that is $8.33 per figure, so a little more expensive than standard Iron Man 2 figures.   But that is the cost of going to K-Mart.   Ironic how a company that filed for bankruptcy only a few years ago carries the highest cost of figures out there.

I also found the new Wave 13 of DC Universe Classics.  They are getting way too expensive, so with this wave, I am starting to only collect the few figures that interest me.  I am not going to get all of the figures unless they are really of interest to me.

Here they are, Donna Troy and Blue Beetle:


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