Each week we look at a cool comic book collectible. That means taking it out of the box. Iron Man has had a lot of different armors over the years and we've also seen different sixth scale figures through Sideshow Collectibles. This week we're going to look at the Iron Man Mark III Stealth Version sixth scale figure from Hot Toys.
Check out our unboxing video to see the figure close up and in action (with lights).
This is part of the Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series. It's a heavy figure. Just holding it makes it feel more like it's really a suit of armor rather than a bunch of molded plastic. The detail is great and the stealth color makes it stand apart from any other Iron Man figures you may already have.
The figure also has a bunch of LED lights (batteries included). You can light up the eyes, arc-reactor on the chest and the repulsors in the hands.
Of course, you'll want to see the lights in lower light.
The lights look great. It's just a matter of where you'll have it on display in order to see and appreciate the lights. You can see the lights in a well-lit room. My main concern is the battery life. Unscrewing the battery compartments was a little tricky with the tiny screws and included screwdriver. I was worried about stripping the screws. Still, it's great having the option to turn them on. The switches are all pretty accessible as well.
There are also air flaps on the back and legs to give the figure more detail.
You have your choice in the countermeasure dispensers on the sides.
These were a little tricky to remove at first. The figure is absolutely sturdy but I just worry about forcing something and breaking it. Maybe I'm being overly cautious but for the price, you don't want to accidentally snap anything off.
The figure does come with three pairs of hands. Above you saw the open hand with finger articulation. You can adjust each finger in whatever pose you want. There's also a regular opened hand set along with a pair of fists.
Both open hands have LED lights in the palms.
You can add shoulder missiles to the figure. There's a tiny magnet helping to keep the armor plates in position and you can easily remove and snap the other in place.
The missiles can also be moved in different positions.
You can also snap in some rockets on each forearm. These look really cool.
The front plates of the armor can be removed. The figure also comes with a different torso so you'll have to remove these in order to swap them out.
There's a couple buttons to remove the torso (which you can see in the video). The reason for the second torso is to let you put him in a three-point landing.
I will admit, it was a little difficult for me to get the three-point landing position just right. Maybe it's because I don't often get the chance to do it in real life. But it's pretty cool you have the option to put him in the position.
The figure is now available for pre-order. You can find ordering information and more here:
The figure has over 30 points of articulation. The armor has a lot of moveable parts that allows you to position it. You'll just want to be careful not to snap any pieces off. It does seem really sturdy but no reason to be reckless, right? The cost of the figure is $309.99. This is typical of the Hot Toys as they're for the serious collector. With all the articulation, detail, positioning options, and LED lights, it's a really great figure.
I forgot to mention, it does come with a stand. You can see it in some of the pics and in the video. It doesn't require a stand to keep it upright or in the three-point landing (obviously). It is included in case you want to be sure it doesn't fall over when you're not immediately hovering over it and admiring all the detail.
Thanks to Sideshow Collectibles for giving us an early look at the figure. It's expected to start shipping between now and January 2016.