Packaging - ****
Nothing to complain about here, that's for sure. The shiny, gun metal
exterior sleeve looks good and is sturdy enough to last. Inside is a
fairly basic window box, which contains the single plastic tray and
plastic cover. Everything is safely stored and entirely collector
of the nice features this time around is the inclusion of fairly
detailed instructions. They are still a little confusing at times, but
the combination of text and photos works pretty well.
Sculpting - ****
The most crucial aspect of this figure is the armor, and they've hit
another home run. The sheer level of detail is simply amazing.
areas are completely smooth, like the face plate. Others, like the rest
of the helmet, have a slight texture, similar to what an iron alloy
might have. This mix of textures gives the figure a more realistic
appearance, as though multiple metals where used in the manufacture.
sculpt is also very sharp and clean, giving the overall impression of
machined parts. Everything comes together tightly, and the various
moving pieces all have enough clearance to open and close cleanly.
are a few inconsistencies in the details. The cannons on his shoulders,
when hidden, seem to ride up higher than they did in the film. The
barrel of the Gatling gun looks a tad different. There are a number of
these minor issues that a side by side photo comparison can reveal, but
without getting into that much detail, you'll be extremely happy with
the final result.
other major sculpting element is the secondary head, with removable
faceplate. The faceplate attachs to the helmet with strong magnets, and
can remain in place either covering his face or sitting above on his
forehead. In the photo of the portrait, I removed it entirely so you
could see the face clearly, but in the first large photo you'll see it
in place as you'd normally display it. It stays there pretty well, and
looks quite good. In fact, I'll be using this version as my permanent
display option, because the light up eyes aren't as critical to me.
it a perfect movie Rhodes? I don't think so. It's a bit better than
some of the Tony Stark portraits that Hot Toys has done, but not quite
at the level of their best work. Something seems off about the nose in
particular. But like all their work, it's a tremendously realistic
sculpt with skin texturing, finely detailed eyebrows, and almost living
BTW, other than the light up feature there is nothing
discernible between the two helmets. With the faceplate in place and
the chin guard raised, the two helmets look identical.
Paint - ****
There are two main aspects to the paint work on this figure - the gun
metal appearance of the overall uniform, and the work on the exposed
face of Rhodey.
you'd expect, the paint work is some of the most realistic you'll ever
see in this scale. The eyes are tremendously lifelike, with an even,
straight upward gaze. The skin tone is perfect, and the lips and
eyebrows are so real someone could easily mistake a photo of this
figure for a real person.
The armor has a more mechanical look,
as expected. There are varying shades of gray, and even some slight
wear. Nothing is over done - just a scuff here or there - but it gives
the suit a lived in look.
There's a few spots of color here and
there, and some of the small tampo-style details you expect in this
style of figure. Everything exudes the same level of care and attention
that you've come to assume from Hot Toys.
Articulation - ****
The engineering work that goes into the Hot Toys Iron Man suits and
Terminator endoskeletons is truly remarkable. Once again, they've
created a fully functioning figure with a good range of movement, and
done it without sacrificing the appearance of the suit.
neck is a traditional ball joint, but the armor/cannons on his
shoulders tend to reduce mobility. The two heads swap easily enough.
The ball jointed shoulders and hips work quite well, especially the
hips, where there's a much greater range of movement than I expected.
There's single pin elbows and double pin knees as well, and the ball
jointed wrists allow for good movement and easy swapping of the hands.
feet have a complex set of joints that allow for both forward and
backward movement as well as side to side tilting. The plate over the
foot is also jointed, and there's a half foot pin joint as well, giving
the foot a much greater range of movement. He can take a fairly deep
stance and yet keep both flat feet on the ground.
There's also a
torso joint just above the mid-section that allows him to turn and tilt
slightly. The one joint that's missing that is most noticable is the
swivel bicep or swivel elbow. Without that joint, you can't bring the
hands across the front of the body.
There are other jointed or
articulated aspects of the armor: the opening and rotating grenade
launchers, the folding guns, the jet exhausts that open on his back and
calves, the armor covers on his feet, shoulders and wrists, and even
the moving lower jaw on the helmet with the removable faceplate. Add in
the articulation on the Gatling gun and the articulated fingers on the
one set of hands (more about that in the next section), and you've got
quite a bit of posing potential.
Some of the joints are a bit
restricted by the armor, but far less than you'd anticipate. Hot Toys
does a great job of melding the sculpt and articulation together in a
very workable and functional design.
Accessories - ****
War Machine doesn't have a lot of extras that you won't be including in
his standard look, but everything that's here makes sense and applies
to the character in the movie in a very specific way.
is usual with a Hot Toys figure, there's plenty of extra hands. He
comes wearing standard fists, and these are the only hands without a
clear plastic palm, effectively blocking their ability to shine.
are two additional sets in blast poses - slightly curled fingers and
splayed fingers. These also work great in just about any relaxed stance.
to make sure you're completely covered for any possibility, there's
another set of hands that appear splayed on first glance. The are the
top set in my photo of the group of hands. In fact, these hands have
individually articulated fingers - the fingers have three joints each,
while the thumb has two. Hot Toys took advantage of the mechanical
nature of the character to produce the coolest articulated hands I've
ever seen. They take perfect, natural poses, and the joints are
extremely sturdy and solid - and the palms light up too! It doesn't
matter if he's blasting someone, holding a fist, or just flipping off
Tony, these hands can do just about anything and do it well. As far as
I'm concerned, I'll be popping these hands on and keeping them there
permanently, as there's no need to swap to the others as long as you're
willing to take the time to pose them.
I already mentioned both
the helmeted and open visor portraits in the previous sections. I'll be
using the version that can open, since the light up eyes aren't that
critical of a feature for me. Of course, your mileage may vary.
Machine requires weapons to be an actual war machine, and he's got
them. There's the Gatling gun that attachs to his back, complete with
ammo. The gun can rest over either shoulder, and the mount slides
across the back of his shoulders for positioning. The softer ammo strip
attachs to the gun and to the center of his back as well, but this
connection tends to come loose. It was one of only two annoyances
I had as I was working with the figure.
The second annoyance
deals with the guns that attach to the back of his forearms. These look
great in place, and fold up out of the way surprisingly well. Folded
up, they also hide the small on/off switches for the hands. However,
they tend to fall off their posts, and while I hesitate to glue them in
place, it might come to that. I tried attaching them on either side
(the actual correct way is to have the yellow stripe facing down when
folded up, or facing in toward his body when folded down), but neither
way worked better than the other.
Loaded up with these three
weapons, he's an impressive looking opponent. But wait - he also
comes with the 'ex-wife'! This small missile fits inside a launcher
(but doesn't actually launch - ah, the irony!) hidden in the left
There's also the usual display stand, although there's no reason you have to use it unless you're going for a flying pose.
they've included a 'function stick'. Yea, that's what I thought too.
This is a little plastic standard screw driver that can be used to open
the battery compartment, as well as pry up the various closed sections
of his armor, like the shoulder launchers and the thrusters on his
back. Before attempting, read the instructions carefully.
Outfit - N/A
While he's technically wearing an outfit, this has already been covered already as part of the Sculpting and Paint.
Light Feature - ***
The light feature that has existed in all the previous Iron Man figures is once again present, but with a slight twist.
eyes, chest and hands all light up, as you'd expect. The eyes are red,
while the hands and chest are the traditional bright blue. The blue
LED's are much brighter than the red, due in part to the way our
eyes discern red and blue. I shot a photo in the dark with one hand up
and all three lit to show the difference in brightness.
past releases though, all three have their own individual switches.
Because there are two hands, that means four switches in all. They are
very tiny, and I found that fat fingers won't do. You'll need something
small (the function stick!) to push them easily.
The switch for
the head is located just below the neckline, while the two switches for
the hands are underneath the forearms, hidden by the folded guns. The
final switch for the chest is on the upper back. There are
corresponding plastic dams that you need to remove in all four spots to
allow the batteries to connect. And yes, the batteries are all included.
the batteries is probably going to be a bit tricky, even with the handy
function stick. I like the separate switches, since it gives you the
greatest control over which of the four lights are on at any one time.
But the red eyes don't do a lot for me, and I'll be using the second
removable faceplate head for the most part.
With some past
figures, especially in the Terminator series, there's noticeable
dimming of the lights after only a few seconds of being on. I didn't
see that issue here, although with the eyes it's harder to tell. There
was also no light bleed around the neck or wrists.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
With the sturdy construction, you COULD give this to a 10 - 12 year old
fan. They would still have to respect the cost of the item of course,
and banging it against the wall would be a no-no, but this is as close
to a 'toy' as Hot Toys ever gets.
for the adult collector who loves to pose their figures? This guy is
great fun, with a butt load of accessories and decent articulation to
accentuate their imagination.
Value - **1/2
Hard to believe a $160 figure (or more,
depending on the retailer) can get an average value score, but
considering the engineering that goes into these, I think it's actually
a fair price. Through in the multitude of hands (including the very
cool articulated set), the light up feature AND the second portrait,
and I'm satisfied with the price.
Things to Watch Out For -
They've given you much more detailed instructions than usual - use
them. Some of the various armor plates can be a bit tricky to work
with, and nothing has to be forced if you do it right.
Overall - ****
When it comes to the best line of the year, it's going to be hard to
pick anything other than Hot Toys Iron Man series. With almost a half
dozen figures released, and most of them NOT Iron Man or Tony Stark,
Hot Toys really expanded the series in 2010. And with War Machine,
they're going out on quite a high.
figure is also going to be tough to beat for best 12 - 18" male - he's
that good. There's stiff competition this year, but it's hard to
overlook the sheer engineering brilliance that it requires to bring
something like this to life.
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ****
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - ****
Outfit - N/A
Light Up Feature - ***
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - **1/2
Overall - ****
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
- Fanboy Collectibles
has him on pre-order for $170.
- Big Bad Toy Store
has him on pre-order for $175.
Heroes has him on pre-order for $180.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
I've covered many of the various Iron man goodies -
- most recent was the Hot Toys Black Widow.
- the previous release was just
a few weeks earlier: Whiplash.
- prior to that, I looked at the
III figure, Mark II
figure, Mark I figure,
and additional Tony Stark
men's suit. There are also guest reviews of the Battle Damaged Iron Man
and Mech Suit Tony Stark.
Other Iron Man products include:
- Kotobukiya did a nice Mark IV statue.
- I got a great Sideshow 1:1 Iron Man bust,
but lots of other folks got ones with serious paint issues.
- if you're looking for
something on the cheaper and smaller side, check out the 3 3/4" Marvel Universe Iron Man,
the 6" movie figures,
or the 12" Repulsor Iron Man.
- Marvel Legends has had it's
share of Iron Man version, including the Silver Centurion in
series 7, vs. Mandarin
in the Face Offs, the classic
version in series 1 (Toybiz), and the series 1 (Hasbro) Ultimate Iron Man.
- in the Marvel Select line,
there's the Ultimate Iron Man.
- and if you're looking for
funky, there's always the Hot
Toys Iron Man cosbabies.
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