That’s right, people! We’re taking a brief time-out from Ever After High to review some Marvel figures!
Merchandise for Avengers: Infinity War is everywhere and more is on the way. S.H Figuarts is releasing several figures later this year (Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Spider-Man), and the amazing Hot Toys figures will arrive next April.
But let’s save these upscale collectibles for another post and review a much easier to find (and affordable) figure:
The Marvel Legends Avengers: Infinity War Iron Man.
Hasbro released their first wave of Marvel Legends Avengers: Infinity War action figures back in March. Apparently, it’s a popular series because I’m having a hard time finding them in stock. Iron Man wasn’t too hard to get but other figures (namely the Iron Spider) keep evading me.
Now, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War and don’t want to read spoilers, you may want to skip this review because there are definitely spoilers in this post!
Let’s start by checking out the box.
The Marvel Legends Avengers: Infinity War Iron Man comes in a black box. The box has a clear, plastic window at the front so you can see the figure. It has “Legends Series” written at the top, then at the bottom is the Avengers: Infinity War logo and the name of the figure.
Most of the figures in this wave come with parts for building the Thanos Build-A-Figure. The goal is to collect all the characters and get the pieces needed to build Thanos. However, even though he is part of the line, Iron Man does not come with a Build-A-Figure piece.
Both sides of the box have artwork of Iron Man.
Then on the back is a description, a large picture of the figure, and a row of images showing the other characters in this wave.
The description reads: A sleek suit design and technological upgrades let Tony Stark gear up as the armored Avenger, Iron Man.
The other figures in this series include:
3. Proxima Midnight
5. Marvel’s Songbird
6. Serpent Society
I don’t know about you, but I really wish this wave had more characters from the film, like Thor, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy—you know, those who were actually in Infinity War. Had that been the case I would’ve tried to complete the Build-A-Figure. But, I’m a Marvel Cinematic Universe girl! I have no idea who Songbird, Taskmaster, and Serpent Society are and don’t intend to buy them just to get a hand or leg. So, unfortunately, I won’t be building Thanos.
Now that we’ve explored the box, let’s open it and check out Iron Man.
Meet Iron Man:
Like I said, Iron Man is the only figure that doesn’t include a part for Thanos. Instead, he comes with an extra set of hands and blast effects. Personally, I think this is a good thing (especially if you aren’t buying the whole series) because now you won’t end up with a pointless accessory.
Alright, everyone, here come the spoilers!
This Iron Man figure is modeled after Tony’s latest armor, the one he wears in Avengers: Infinity War,
Mark 50–aka “Bleeding Edge”.
While the Mark 50 stays true to Iron Man’s red and gold colors, it is smoother than previous suits (due to Tony using nanotechnology in its design) and has fewer sections where the plates overlap.
How does this snazzy piece of Stark tech work?
If you recall, Tony had the shrapnel removed from his chest at the end of Iron Man 3. One of the last scenes shows him tossing his old arc reactor into the water as his life no longer depends on it. However, this doesn’t mean Tony quit his job as Iron Man (thank goodness)!
Instead of protecting his heart, the arc reactor now houses and powers the Iron Man suit. Yep, the armor is held inside the arc reactor similar to how Black Panther’s suit is hidden inside his claw necklace. All Tony has to do is tap the arc reactor to summon billions of nanoparticles and form the Mark 50 around him.
Now that you know more about the newest Iron Man armor and how it works, let’s get back to the review.
I’m very impressed with this Iron Man figure. The colors and sculpting are top-notch! Hasbro definitely didn’t skimp when it came to painting all the little details.
The red on Iron Man’s body is nice and bright. Some sections are shinier than others (like his arms and the back of his head) but it’s a subtle difference.
His eyes and arc reactor are painted white and outlined with light blue. The extra gold on the faceplate accurately portrays the helmet’s new look, and the pops of turquoise on the neck, abdomen, and thighs represent lights on the front of the armor.
The deep lines and gold paint continue around Iron Man’s back. Even the grooves in his belly and inner sections of his joints are painted!
The Marvel Legends Iron Man is 6-inches tall. Here is a comparison of him and my Marvel Select Civil War Iron Man.
I know comparing these two is totally unfair since they’re made by different companies! But, I’m hoping it gives you an idea of the height and scale of a Marvel Legends figure.
Typically, more articulation equals a higher price tag. Since these Marvel Legends figures are less than $20, I was eager to see how many positions Iron Man could hold. Let’s just say, I wasn’t disappointed!
His head turns to both sides and can tilt to the back and front.
Iron Man can lift his shoulders out to the side and rotate them to the front and back. The cuts on his upper arms allow his lower arms to swivel without turning his entire shoulder.
My favorite joints, though, are his double-jointed elbows. Seriously, I love his elbows! When fully bent they almost reach his face!
Iron Man can crunch forward and backward thanks to a hinge at his mid-section.
He can lift his legs to the front but, unfortunately, needs to work on his backward kick. There are also cuts on his upper thighs which let you turn Iron Man’s lower leg for better positioning.
There are those awesome double-joints again! Like his elbows, Iron Man’s knees are highly flexible and can bend most the way back.
Then, of course, we can’t forget the splits test.
It’s not a perfect split, but good enough for our favorite armored superhero who, let’s face it, probably isn’t doing a lot of gymnastics while trying to save the world.
Last up are his feet. Yep, even Iron Man’s feet are articulated! His can tilt his toes up, down, and pivot them to the side.
The only trouble with Iron Man’s many joints is that they were stiff—like REALLY stiff. I had to work with his shoulders for quite a while before they quit sticking. In fact, I was a little worried the hinges might break due to the amount of pressure I was applying. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. Once I got the hinges moving, the joints loosened and now his limbs move without difficulty.
While stiff joints aren’t great, they are fixable so I don’t consider them a fault. No, it’s the repulsor firing hands that disappointed me. You see, Iron Man’s fisted hands have a hinge and can twist and tilt, but the repulsor firing hands don’t and can only swivel.
I think this is the only time I prefer clutched hands over open ones.
Still, I’m very pleased with Iron Man’s articulation. He can hold many different positions and is a lot of fun to photograph!
For accessories, Iron Man comes with an alternate set of hands and two blast effects.
We’ve already talked about the hands, so let’s skip ahead to the blast effects. The blast effects are teal and somewhat translucent. I’ve heard other toy collectors say these should’ve been orange instead of teal, and I have to agree. They remind me more of Elsa’s ice powers than Iron Man’s repulsor beams.
The blast effects only work with Iron Man’s repulsor firing hands, so let’s stop and change his hands.
Switching his hands is quick and straightforward. Just pull off the hand you want to remove and replace it with the hand you want Iron Man to have.
Now we can plug in the blast effects. Again, it doesn’t take a neurosurgeon to figure out how this works–you stick the peg at the end of the blast into the hole in Iron Man’s hand.
Even though the color isn’t perfect, the blast effects are neat and make for some epic photos!
You can also push the effects into the holes in Iron Man’s feet to make it look like he is flying.
Sister and I were ridiculously excited to see Infinity War and wanted a special something to mark the occasion. So, our movie night mementos are Loki and Thor from the Marvel Legends Thor Ragnarok series (Sister’s) and this Avengers: Infinity War Iron Man (mine!).
I know, I’m an evil sibling! I bought poor Sister a Loki figure then took her to see Infinity War!
Honestly, I didn’t expect much from this Iron Man, but he totally blew me away! His film accurate paint job and wide range of motion make him well worth the $18.00 I spent!
Maybe I think he’s so awesome because my Marvel collection is still small? No, that can’t be right–I’ve had the Hot Toys experience, don’t forget?.
In my opinion, Marvel Legends truly are decent figures and a good choice for someone wanting a quality toy that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. There’s no doubt I’ll be adding more to my collection!
Now, I’m partial to small, 6-inch figures (hence my fairy love!), but Marvel Legends also makes a line of 12-inch figures for those who prefer play scale size.
Well, I hope you had fun checking out the new Marvel Legends Infinity War Iron Man with me!
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Now, it’s your turn!
Who is your favorite character in Avengers: Infinity War?