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Review of Iron Legion - Avengers
Sixth Scale Action Figure

Hot Toys
Date Published: 2016-05-16
Written By: Michael Crawford
Overall Average Rating: 3.5 out of 4

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Introduction

Believe it or not, I've been pruning back on the figures I've been buying. Okay, the bush is still pretty big but I'm still pruning, so give me a break. One of the areas getting cut back, way back, is Hot Toys Iron Man figures.  I much prefer getting a Vision or a Black Panther than the 30th version of the Iron Man armor.  He's also a character we'll continue to get plenty more of in the future, and is one of the few I even skipped entirely with the Civil War pre-orders. Why? Because I know we'll get another with Avengers 2. And even if we don't, I already have more than enough.

So I was surprised when the new Iron Legion figure from Hot Toys showed up on my doorstep. While he's not technically an Iron Man variant - technically - he's close enough that I would have swore in court that I'd cut him from my pre-order list.  And yet, here he was.  I blame advancing age, although I've always been a bit of a space cadet. I'm betting I kept him on the list to pair up with Ultron, and provide the poor bad guy some back up.

I sighed deeply, and opened up the box, pondering all the other wonderful things I could have done with the $200 I spent on this guy if I'd only been a bit smarter. And yet, once he was out and I spent some time working with him, I have to say I'm quite happy that I screwed up. Sometimes, making a mistake is the best piece of luck.

This guy is currently shipping, and as I said, will run you around $195 depending on the retailer.

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Packaging - ***
This outer slip cover follows the pattern set by the earlier Avengers: AoU releases, with the big A logo and a head shot of the character.  The interior window box has a single plastic tray that holds the figure and accessories, and it's all collector friendly of course. Nothing exciting to report, but it does the job and remains consistent.

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Sculpting - ***1/2
The overall armor design is another hit, with lots of fine detail, plenty of underlying mechanics, and a sturdy build.

The sculpt and articulation work beautifully together, and one isn't sacrificed for the other in any way.  The plastic armor looks like metal, and you expect it to have the heft and weight of one of the die cast releases. That lack of heft can take you a bit by surprise, particularly if you've gotten accustomed to the heavier releases, but it also means this guy is less likely to topple or weaken over time.

The general proportions are good, as long as you remember that this is not an Iron Man suit, but a drone robot, fully functioning as a stand alone fighter. Without the need for a human inside, the armor can be a bit sleeker, a bit more aerodynamic, and a bit more robotic in design.

The one area that's a little weird looking is the fat hands, which sport long, skinny fingers. Again, this isn't a human hand, or a human hand inside an armored Iron Man suit.  This is a true robot, and the look and style is more in line with that concept. It also matches up pretty well with the on screen look, even if it looks a tad unusual.

I did drop him a half star because I felt some of the pistons, including those on the neck and in the chest, as well a other mechanical sculpts, were a bit soft. It's not a major nit, but the do look a little less detailed than we've seen from Hot Toys when they are at the very top of their game.

This Iron Legion figure stands about 12 1/2" tall, and will fit in great with the rest of the Iron Man suits on your shelf. Or, you can have him hang out with Ultron. Lord knows he needs a friend.

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Paint - ****
I think this might be one of my favorite armor paint jobs, right up there with the die cast Iron Patriot. The bright red, white, and blue color scheme looks great, with just the right amount of uber realistic damage and wear.  The bronze face plate stands out beautifully against the rest of the palette, and the numbering and logos are straight, clean, and perfectly done.

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Articulation - ****
This figure is another fine example of the exceptional design quality of the Hot Toys armored characters.  All the joints have a great range of movement, all are sturdy and solid, and the figure can easily take natural, flowing poses and stances.

I was particularly impressed by the neck. Since the head is not attached to the underlying pistons, they do not encumber the movement. The shoulders have full mobility thanks to the articulated shoulder pads, and the biceps, elbows and wrists finish off the excellent arm articulation.

The torso leans and bends, thanks to some movable armor in back and a decent gap in front. The hips can be extended down and away from the pelvis, where they click into several spots and give the legs more room to move.  Knees and thighs move as expected, and the ankles have both forward/backward mobility as well as side to side.  You can get the feet flat on the ground in most stances, and overall he can take very natural poses.

As I mentioned, the shoulder pads and a section of the armor on the back can move out of the way of the joints.  The side hip armor does as well, and the front plate on his chest can be removed to expose the inner workings of the drone.

The hands he comes wearing are also fully articulated, and while the fingers have more of a robot look, they work quite well. You should be able to get most normal hand/finger poses, including gripping and holding.

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Accessories - **1/2
He takes a hit here, due to a decided lack of extras.

There are two additional hands to go with the pair he comes wearing. The set he is wearing in the box have fully articulated fingers, allowing you to do just about any pose. The extra set are designed to sit on the wrists with the palms forward, perfect for blasting poses.  The fingers on this set are not articulated however. Swapping wasn't too difficult, and while both sets have a less human appearance, it's in line with what we saw on screen.

He also has two rocket 'blocks', pieces of armor that can replace pieces on either forearm. These sit up higher and have a set of small rockets poking out, ready to launch. These pop on and off small posts, and work quite well.

Finally, he has a pretty standard display stand with the logo and support. Nothing too exciting, but serviceable and it fits in with the other figures.

And that's it.  Thankfully, the price point on this figure better reflects the fewer number of accessories, but that doesn't help the figure in this specific category.

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Light Feature - ***1/2
Now this is how you do a light feature correctly. We know Hot Toys can do it, but they've had some problems with their last two or three attempts.

Iron Legion lights up in the usual Iron Man locations - eyes, chest, palms.  There are twelve small batteries included, three for each location. Putting them in was extremely easy this time, and doesn't even require a screwdriver.  You remove the top plate on the head, the center center plate on the back, and two small sections of armor on the top of the forearms. Under each is a battery compartment and switch. The compartment has a cover as well, but these, normally held in with a screw, just pop on and off this time! It works well, and the fit was tight enough that you should have no trouble keeping the batteries contained during normal use.

The lights are nice and bright as well, and probably even better when you swap out these cheaper batteries with your own set.  I did notice that the palms would get dimmer in certain poses, but that's due to the bend of the wrist, not the light feature itself.

I almost went four stars here, but those switches are still under the plates, making it more annoying than it needs to be to turn them on and off. It's not a major issue though, and I have to say that overall I was quite happy with the design of the light feature with this release.

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Fun Factor - ****
Thanks to the terrific articulation and a useful light feature, this is a figure you'll pose and re-pose many, many times, looking for that perfect stance. Add in the rockets on the arms, and you should have plenty of fun adjusting this guy in your display for quite some time to come.

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Value - ***
This is what I'm talking about!  Sure, this figure doesn't have a ton of extras. But rather than ignore this fact, Hot Toys has adjusted their pricing. Rather than charging $220 or more, they've got this guy down under $200 at pretty much every retailer.  You can even find it as low as $185 at one of my sponsors, and that's an excellent price.

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Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing. The figure is easy to work with, and while he might feel light and insubstantial, I never felt like something might break or get damaged through normal use.

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Overall - ***1/2
When I opened the shipping box and saw this guy staring back at me, I was ready to be disappointed. But once I had him out and worked with him for awhile, my tune completely changed. I'm quite happy I didn't cancel my pre-order, and that's saying quite a bit about the overall quality and design.

It also helps that he's priced about right.  I've been pretty vocal in my objections to charging $220 or so for figures like Scarlet Witch or Quicksilver, and my point has been simple: if a figure isn't as complicated, doesn't have a lot of potential accessories, then why not drop the price?  This time Hot Toys did just that, and gave us a great looking figure with a solid light up feature below $200.

Score Recap (out of ****):
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ****
Articulation - ****
Accessories - **1/2
Light Feature - ***1/2
Fun Factor - ****
Value - ***
Overall - ***1/2

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Where to Buy 
Online options include these site sponsors:

- is just $186.

- has him for $195.

- Sideshow has him at $195 as well.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
I've covered a ton of Hot Toys Iron Man and Avengers related figures. Most recent was Ant-Man, preceded by Vision. Before that we had Quicksilver and his sister Scarlet Witch. And don't forget Pepper Potts and the MK IV set. Other related characters include Maria Hill, AoU Captain America, the Winter Soldier, Red Skull, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, Hulk, and Bruce Banner. I've also covered a ton of Iron Man releases, and one of my favorites is the die cast MK43.

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