Iron Man 3. I really liked the movie. I thought it was a lot of fun, and really moved Tony Stark forward in the Marvel (movie) Universe as well as looking back and connecting from Iron Man 2 through The Avengers to get to Iron Man 3. There is a very nice linear approach Marvel is taking to really tie their movies all together.
The Marvel MiniMates have not really been on my radar as of late. I was walking down the super hero section of a Toys R Us to see if I could find the remaining figures to complete my Marvel Legends Iron Monger. No luck there, but they did have a nice collection of Iron Man 3 figures by our friends at Diamond Select. What we end up with are two bad guys, 4 Iron Men, Tony Stark, and Iron Patriot. It is not as if I need another Iron Man MiniMate, but these are new, the design is well executed, and there are some special surprises in there too.
Mark 42 and Mandarin:
There are a lot of bumps and color all over the Mark 42. A really well done figure. With the armor we get Tony hair and an extra helmet that has a removable face plate (more on that in a moment). The Mandarin is in his evil Mandarin garb, with his short beard. Fear not, he also comes with the long beard for easy swap for his onscreen time.
Back to the Mark 42 extra head. Great for taking pictures of:
Tony in the snow. Mark 42 is out of power.
Iron Patriot and Extremis Soldier:
Iron Patriot looks bright and colorful with his new paint job. He comes in his new slimmed-down appearance after shedding most of the weapons from War Machine. He has the nice shoulder mounted cannon that can be removed. Look down there. It’s Rhody’s head. So, whose head is under the helmet? A little surprise I am not going to ruin for the people who have yet to go to the movie. The Extremis Soldier is just starting to warm up. Getting hotter! He comes with a vest and a hand gun that can go in the holster on his leg.
Heartbreaker Iron Man and Tony Stark:
The Heartbreaker is one of the armors we see in the big battle at the end of the movie. This Mark 17 can create quite a powerful blast out of the over-sized chest plate as well as creating shield. He is a pretty menacing looking Mark of the Iron Man armor.
Along with Heartbreaker, we get Tony, while he was trying to perfect the Mark 42 in the movie. He comes wearing the Mark 42 gloves and boots. He comes with alternate shoes as well as hands. One hand is bandaged.
Silver Centurion Iron Man and Skeleton Armor Iron Man:
Two more Iron Man suits. Mark 33 and 41. The Silver Centurion Suit creates pulse blasts that increase in strength the further they travel. It also has some force fielding. The Skeleton Armor is made for maneuverability. Very light weight in design. Both come with yet more Tony hair.
All that Tony hair leads to…
5 Tony Starks. I guess he really is Iron Man. The fun part is that we get 4 Tony heads. The Mark 42 and Skeleton Armor heads are the same, but the other three are different. Not that they would be displayed too often with their helmets off.
All 8 figures for the Iron Man 3 wave. Really nice figures. A couple of bad guys, and more armor for Tony’s Hall of Armor. No repeats in this wave. Nicely done!
The box features the Avengers Initiative logo. I am thinking the Initiative of the Avengers was not what Tony did at the end of the movie, but maybe that is just me. It will be really fun to see how we get to the next Avengers movie from here.