3 3/4" Marvel Universe Iron Man
: Jay Cochran on 2009-02-20
Multi-billionaire industrialist Tony Stark has lived a double life as the hero Iron Man for decades. He is an engineering genius, the best weapons designer on the planet. He personally builds every iteration of the Iron Man armor, trusting no one but himself with the powerful technology he harnesses. He has used his dual role for both personal gain and the glory of mankind, as a solo adventurer, and a founding member of the Avengers.
The overall packaging design is simple with basic blue coloring and comic art of the Iron Man character. The cardback itself is smaller than those used on other 3 ¾” lines from Hasbro. Thankfully, when you open the figure you will not have to mess with twisty ties on these and only a few rubber bands that hold the figure in place inside the packaging. One drawback about the packaging is that it appears that someone could easily slit the tape on the back of the packaging that is used to keep the figure sealed and swap out the figure inside with something else. This type of figure swap has become a common practice with thieves and I fear these figures could make ample targets for the crooks.
The figure comes with a “Top Secret” envelope containing a card with the character’s general stats. There is also a S.H.I.E.L.D. psychiatric evaluation of the character in the envelope along with a special code you can use on the Hasbro’s website
I love this figure. It is by far my favorite one from the first series. The paint-apps are crisp and at least with my figure did not see any noticeable defects. The shoulder pads pop on and off easily and the figure comes with one hand posed to shoot his repulsor ray making for some nice poses. If I had to note one fault with the figure it might be that perhaps he should have been a little taller, but overall I did not notice this as a major distraction.
The figure comes with one accessory which is a translucent repulsor ray that fits on the figures wrist to make it appear as he is blasting something.
Hasbro has done a really good job on the articulation front with this figure. As you can see in the images below I was able to put him in some pretty cool poses. Unlike the Marvel Universe Punisher and Black Panther figures, this one does have the chest articulation but does not have double-jointed knees. For a character in a big iron suit, Hasbro has managed to give this one some nice mobility.
Iron Man has great pose-ability. The joints remain strong and tight after putting it in many different poses. The figure has a wide range of movements including ankle articulation. Again, the biggest drawback with this particular figure is that he doesn’t have articulation in the wrists. It’s not a huge drawback, but it would have been nice if you could have moved the right hand up and down at the wrist.
All of these Marvel Universe figures seem to be made with customizers in mind. Most the parts of the figure parts pop right off and seem to be interchangeable with other figures in this line and some G.I.Joe 25th Anniversary figures as well. Iron Man though is probably less customizable than most the MU figures because he doesn’t have as many parts that just easily pop off, like the hands for instance. I think someone could come up with some great repaints though like a Dark Reign Iron Man.
Final Judgment: 9
As I mentioned before, this is so far my favorite Marvel Universe figure. I have had a hard time putting the figure down over the last couple of days and the only real drawback is that I have to wait till I can add Iron Man’s fellow Avengers teammates to my collection.
The only real drawback I find with these figures is the price. They seem to be selling anywhere from $8-$10 each at major retailers like Kmart and TRU. I think these prices are more just a sign of the times with companies having to deal with increased expenses to make them, and personally think if it comes down to a choice of price or quality I will choose quality, at least within reason. I do worry though that in these tough economic times it might be hard for many people to spend that much on one 3 3/4" figure.
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