With the discounted prices and occasional coupons, I couldn't get enough of Iron Man 2 figures from Hasbro in the Fall of 2010. Figures like this Iron Man in his first-appearance armor really brought a lot to the line, which was seemingly almost entirely movie-inspired armor variants with few to no villains or classic designs. At first. Hasbro really did get a lot of unique comic figures out in the movie line, and it's entirely possible that Iron Man got more figures in his year on the shelves than Batman used to get while he was top dog at the box office in the 1990s. It's pretty amazing, really, that nearly 40 3 3/4-inch Iron Man 2 figures hit in about six months.
Like most figures in the line, he has about 18 points of articulation (depending on how you count) and a nice sculpt with a good rusty deco, with plenty of visible rivets. The figure has two different damage "variations," but the difference is so minor that you probably won't want to collect both versions. You also probably won't notice the difference.
Toy Biz made a figure based on this design a while ago, but this is (as far as I can tell) the first and so far only one in the 3 3/4-inch scale. Tony Stark's original armor is bulky, but it's fairly well-articulated with double-knee joints and a mid-torso joint. He even has a fire blast accessory which plugs into his hand, and a generous amount of scratches and dirt on the back of the figure. (Hasbro often kept the backs clean to trim costs.) You should have no problem posing this figure on your desk or playing with it, as other than the weird hip joints he works nicely as a toy. There's no way this figure can sit down easily, but odds are you'd never want him behind a desk or in a car anyway. He's a mobile suit of armor, and he should be walking around beating on bad guys. Hasbro's 4-inch figure is perfect for that but at this point, is increasingly hard to find. If you see him for cheap, buy one-- it's a nice release frm Hasbro.
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