You can pick this suit up from a
dealer or through ebay for around $35 - $40, not cheap by any means.
But if you're looking for the ultimate Stark, this might be it...or is
The suit includes the jacket and pants of course, as
well as a bright white shirt, print tie, leather belt, pseudo socks,
and shoe feet. There's also a second neck post included, as well as his
sunglasses from the movie scene.
Packaging - ***
The suit comes in a small, fairly non-descript box. It is collector
friendly, in the sense that you can easily remove the suit and various
parts and put them back later if you're so inclined, no harm no foul.
It's also very easy to store, and the suit is kept relatively wrinkle
Quality - ***1/2
Each piece of the suit is made from very high quality materials, with
generally top notch stitching.
The tie and shirt are made from
a very thin material, and the tie is actually tied, just like the real
deal. That makes it possible to slip the knot up and down, tightening
or loosening it with ease.
The buttons are in scale, as are
the pockets and lapels. The shirt and pants are held closed with the
very thin Velcro we've seen Hot Toys use in the past, and this works
extremely well. However, the jacket uses the actual buttons to close,
and this is going to be a point of failure over time. Probably over a
very short time, in fact.
The tiny buttons are very
difficult to get in and out of the tight button holes. They are also
held in place with very thin threads, and one of mine started to come
loose with just one open/close cycle. Putting them in place and
removing them just two or three times is probably going to wear the
threads out, and you'll be searching on the floor for some very tiny
buttons. I know Hot Toys is trying to be as 'real' as possible, but in
some cases, that's not the preferable or wisest route.
What that means is you'll select
one way to display this coat, and leave it that way. Odds are good that
your selection will be open, since that's how Tony wore the suit in the
While the shirt is held together
with the Velcro, as I mentioned, there is nothing at the very top to
close the collar. No snap, no Velcro. Again, going based on the way it
looked in the movie, that's fine - Tony didn't have the tie all the way
up during the key scene. Still, I'd like more than one option when
displaying the figure, and because of the tailoring (more on that in a
minute), it's not possible to use the knot of the tie to hold the
collar together convincingly.
The belt is made from leather,
and is as close to real as you can get. The buckle works great, and
several holes are pre-punched.
included sunglasses, like the rest of the suit, are intended to look
exactly like their movie counterpart. It's always tough to pull off
good looking sixth scale glasses of any kind, and hot Toys made these
from extremely thin sheet metal to get the look. The are a little big
on his face, but I rewatched the movie this last weekend with my son,
and they are much closer to proper scale than I originally thought.
Rather than give you shoes to go
over the TT feet, they give you actual shoe-feet. Pop off the regular
feet and pop these on, and you get all the articulation of the TT
ankle. The sculpts are good, and there is clearly a left and right.
Because there are no feet, you
can't use regular socks. Instead, Hot Toys gives you two tubes of
material that slip on over his ankles, to make it appear as though he
is wearing socks. The do the job fine, although I doubt anyone is going
to be too concerned if he has socks on or not.
While it might seem like I
mentioned several quality issues, in fact these are all fairly minor. I
do wish that the collar had a way to close, but other than that,
there's no real issues with the actual execution of materials and
Tailoring - **1/2
Ah, but then there's the tailoring. How well does the suit actually
fit? It might look great on the store mannequin at the Men's Warehouse,
but if it doesn't look great on you, it's not a very good suit, is it?
Unless you kit bash a body from
another Hot Toys figure, the only HT body available right now for you
to use is the standard male version. That's what I'm using here, and
unfortunately, it's not a body designed to wear something like a suit.
This is a body designed for
heroic outfits, not Wall Street outfits.
The shoulders are extremely wide, making it very difficult for any sort
of suit coat or dress shirt really look right. As you might expect,
both of these are stretched at the shoulders, and the wide appearance
makes him look a bit pin headed.
The rest of the outfit is a much
better fit, and the pants in particular fit great. They have a very
natural hang, and just about the perfect length.
My other issue
with the fit goes back to that annoying collar. It's tailored a bit too
large, sticking up too high above the shoulders. Without any way to
close it, you can't really force it down, either, so you're stuck with
Hot Toys knows the collar sits
pretty high too - it's
why they gave you that extra neck post. You might be wondering why it
was included, since you get an identical one with the standard TrueType
body. Ah, but not quite identical...this neck is slightly longer, to
help bring the head up above that big collar.
BTW, the neck ball is also
slightly bigger on this post, since the post was larger on the light up
neck of the Mark III.
It's true that it's
not completely fair to judge the tailoring on this body, since it's not
a body well designed for such a suit. It's the only TrueType body you
really have right now though, unless you kit bash another figure to get
a more appropriate frame.
However, later this summer we'll
be treated to two new TT bodies sold individually - one with narrow shoulders, and one
that's slimmer overall. I have both of
these on pre-order, and when I
review them, I'll included photos and a discussion about this suit, to
see if there are improvements in fit.
Value - **
You might get a deal and pick this up for $35, but most places are
selling it for $40 - $50, and that's some serious green for a basic
outfit. This really shouldn't cost more than $25, but because of the
specificity of the scene and character, it commands a higher
In fact, the sixth scale suit
market tends to run in the $40 range, oddly enough. There are other
offerings from companies like Triad Toys and Saturday Toys, but you can
expect to pay almost as much. If you're on a budget and not looking for
an exact scene match, your best bet is to snag one of the less popular
suited figures from one of the major companies, and use the outfit for
your Stark kit bash.
Things To Watch Out For
Take your time bending the temples of the glasses inward. As I said,
they are scored to make this simpler, but you don't want to bend them
repeatedly at this point as they'll easily break.
And don't forget those coat
buttons. They won't last long if you button and unbutton the jacket
multiple times, so I'd pick a look and stick with it.
Overall - **1/2
Some are going to feel I'm being too harsh on this suit, and that it
really deserves another half star overall. It's very true that using
the standard TrueType body to judge it hurts it's overall score. It's
also certainly not a cheap outfit, and with that kind of price tag I
expect great things.
do promise to revisit this suit on the new bodies, as part of their
review later this year. I fully expect that it will look much better on
the slim body, or at least the narrow shoulder version, and we could
see a whole star improvement in this overall assessment. It will also
be an opportunity to not just review the bodies in general, but to give
you some idea of which of the two you should pick up to make the
ultimate Tony Stark.
Packaging - ***
Quality - ***1/2
Tailoring - **1/2
Value - **
Overall - **1/2
Where to Buy -
None of my sponsors is carrying this, but you can find some good
deals on ebay if you are patient.
my reviews of both the Mark
III and Mark II
suits. These are currently my favorite figures for 2009, and
it's going to be tough for anyone to unseat them!
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