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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.

Marvel Legends – Iron Monger – Still Building

The first review I saw of the two figures based on Mark 42 and Iron Patriot made me start to collect this line, and rekindle a collection from Marvel Legends that ended for me back in 2006.  I collected the smaller offerings from Marvel, a few Universe figures, and Iron Man 2 figures, but the Legends went to the wayside.   Now they are back on my radar.  This weekend I was out on a hunt and came across the very figures I was waiting for, so now this wave is nearly complete.  That also means Iron Monger is nearly complete.

Classic Iron Man:

Figure number 2 of this wave is this good looking guy from early on in the days of red and gold.  He comes with a second head, so if you don’t like the pointy helmet, you have the rounded version.  Your choice.  The colors are great.  Lots of good mobility.  The only problem I have with him is in the shoulders.  He walks around like a bodybuilder.  He cannot lower his arms to his side.  He came with the waist-high right leg of Iron Monger.  This guy is going to be BIG!

Heroic Age Iron Man:

The Heroic Age Iron Man is a bit more bulky than the other offerings.  He has a lot more movement.  You can see the cut joints in his upper legs, his ankles move, and he can really rotate those shoulders.  All of the extra blue lights really add to his good looks.  He comes with the equally impressive left leg of Iron Monger.

Along with the Norman Osborn version of Iron Patriot, these three make up the comic portion so far of this line.  Ultron will ultimately join this group when I finally find him.   No head yet, but Iron Monger is a big boy.

Iron Man Mark 42:

And here we go with a more realistic look.  Funny how the figures can look Legends, and movie accurate at the same time.  This suit definitely looks like it can hold a real person.  There are lots of movement in the design.  He can touch his own shoulder with the hand on that arm.  Double joints in the elbow help that accomplishment.  One of the best parts is the huge range in the neck.  This Iron Man can actually take on flight poses and be able to see where he his going.

Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes:

With this movement in the movie series that the people in the suits are the heroes, Rhodes get his name on the box instead of Iron Patriot.  Maybe since they already put Iron Patriot on the first figure, they wanted to make sure to differentiate it with this one from the movie.

He has great movement.  The only problem I have is the lack of ankle movement since there is extra armor over his feet.  It make him hard to hold a pose.   He comes with the cannon on his shoulder.  It can be mounted on either side, but does not look right over his right shoulder.  It looks like it was designed for the left shoulder, but there is a hole in the right side if you care to have it over there.

The paint is fantastic on this one.

Five figures, and most of a Monger.  Waiting for that last one, and then we will really get to see what Iron Monger is all about.  I really like this wave of Iron Men.  I was sad when I saw that there was such a poor showing for the Iron Man 3, 3.75 inch figures, but this definitely makes up for it.

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