Hot Toys Iron Man 3 Tony Stark Mark XLII Autonomous Prehensile Propulsion Suit Review
The jury is in, and I think that this is a must buy for the Iron Man enthusiast. Indeed, the accessories are fantastic, however, it has been done before. The concept of Tony being in his regular street clothes with parts of the suit on is a new one, and this figure very well illustrates this from the Iron Man 3 movie.
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I’ve had the Hot Toys Iron Man 3 Tony Stark Mark XLII Autonomous Prehensile Propulsion Suit for several weeks now. I’ve only today gotten the chutzpah to open him to do this review. I own 20+ hot toys and never opened a one. It wasn’t until today that I have realized why these “toys” are so expensive. The good news is that he is still available at Big Bad Toy Store and Sideshow Collectables, for $279.00 at both companies.
The Hot Toys Iron Man 3 Tony Stark Mark XLII Autonomous Prehensile Propulsion Suit box is HUGE. It is almost as big as the Iron Man 2 with Suit-Up Gantry.
One of the things I like about BBTS is that they offer a collectors upgrade to their figures. The normal size figures come with a thick plastic, which I would say is 6 mil. The larger figures are a thinner plastic, and the Hot Toys Iron Man 3 Tony Stark Mark XLII Autonomous Prehensile Propulsion Suit got the thinner plastic.
After opening the lid, the cover sleeve makes its appearance.
Once one removes the cover sleeve a tray of wholesome goodness makes its appearance. And what’s better than one tray of wholesome goodness? That’s right, two trays of wholesome goodness-es!
Tony’s body looks great (and I mean this platonically). You can see his chest piece outlined very well, however, with the chest piece light on, you really can’t tell a difference (picture not included). This is true to life, in my opinion, however. Just like in the movie. His eyes look great. Very real. The face sculpt is so good, my camera outlined it with the recognition program like it was a real face. In my opinion, however, he doesn’t look 100% on the mark (no pun intended). On a scale from 1-10, 10 being an exact likeness, I’d give it an 8.
His hair looks perfect, like in real life. The hair is plastic, however. If I had a choice between real hair for me or plastic hair, I’d choose plastic if it looked this good!
As I previously stated, I have never opened a hot toys figure. I have several other action figures from various genres, and paint is always hit or miss. As if one started painting these figures during a party that started at 7:00 AM. Sure, the several thousand you painted til 9:00 AM look great. From 9:00-noon, pretty good. Why, you get to 5:00 PM, and the teeth have lipstick on them and the lips are pearly white. Not the case with this figure. The paint is 99.5% perfect. There was a slight smudge at the hair line that probably wasn’t a painting problem, but a packaging problem.
Wow, I am VERY impressed. The figure has all the normal range of motion (ROM) in the limbs that the human body has. If I have your permission to get geeky for a minute, and ad nauseam (if not, skip these next few sentences), I am quite impressed. The fingers of the suit have all joints, the first, second, and third joints (distal interphalangeal joint (DIPs), proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPs), and metacarpal phalangeal joints (MCPs). Why do I bring this up? Because it’s that intricate. The human hands do not, however. The foot can move up, down, in, and out (dorsiflexion, plantar flexion, inversion, and eversion). I’ve never seen a figure that does that. The only figures I can remember having ankle up and down movement were the MEGO figures back in the 70s and 80s. The hips and shoulders have full ROM. The elbows have motion NOT present in the human body, this is rotating in and out. I still find that cool though.
Pros: I was exceptionally impressed with the articulation of the upper arm to the suit arm. It is held together magnetically. I mean really? How very cool is that? It allows for exceptional ease to put into poses. It makes me wonder why ALL of the joints aren’t put together that way. Simply because changing limbs out with the standard ball joints can be difficult in my opinion. Please, comment on how you feel about this (be gentle, this is my first review!).
Cons: The other limbs are difficult to change out. The lower extremity suit was EXCEPTIONALLY difficult to put on the figure. The suit is designed to go OVER the regular material pant legs. Not as easy as it sounds, because it isn’t a clam shell design (snapping a front and back piece together) but rather, sliding the clothed leg into the suit leg. What I found humorous was in the directions it recommended that you get a pair of pincers to pull the material through. Pincers? Really ??????? What is a pair of pincers?????????????? I believe they meant tweezers. However, a pair of hemostats work just as well. The problem I encountered, however, was that sliding the suit shell off the material scraped the plastic. Several times of this I think would cause the material to wear/tear. Another con is that the leg/lower extremity suit is marked right and left. Turns out, and this took me 20 minutes to figure out (would not have taken that long if I had opened my other hot toys figured, right Nick?), that it is MY right and left that they are referring to, not Tony’s right and left. The importance? Accidently surgically removing the wrong lung, or even worse, breaking the suit!!!!
Lastly, the chest piece light is difficult to get on. The switch on his back is between his shoulder blades. That in itself is not the issue, but getting the plastic tab out so the contacts of the switch can make contact is. The shirt is just tight enough that one risks over stretching the material to get this function to work.
There are a nice amount of accessories present. The upper tray has several hands that are not adjustable, but in poses to hold the pliers and such. The other hands are suit hands that are adjustable, with the light at the center of the palms. The forearms also have LED functionality. J.A.R.V.I.S. is included. There is a nice desk that all of the suit parts can be placed on. The attention to small detail is great, with a magazine of Tony Stark on the cover, and the blueprint of the suit.
The jury is in, and I think that this is a must buy for the Iron Man enthusiast. If one is not a die-hard Iron Man collector, I think that you can forgo this particular figure, simply because of the amount of space needed to display the figure, and there really being “nothing new under the sun”. Indeed, the accessories are fantastic, however, it has been done before. The concept of Tony being in his regular street clothes with parts of the suit on is a new one, and this figure very well illustrates this from the Iron Man 3 movie. The price? I think it was reasonable for the amount of accessories one gets with the purchase.
Where To Buy?
If you are interested in buying the Hot Toys Iron Man 3 Tony Stark Mark XLII Autonomous Prehensile Propulsion Suit 1/6th scale figure then you can still buy him at Sideshow Collectibles. He is IN STOCK and shipping now.
UPDATE: This figure is no longer available at Sideshow. You can still find this figure on Amazon, and you can also try and run on over to eBay and see if you can find the Hot Toys Tony Stark Workshop figure.