Hot Toys Avengers Age of Ultron Iron Man Mark 43 Sixth Scale Figure Revealed
As we continue to creep up on the end of 2014, we keep getting closer and closer to the next chapter in the Marvel cinematic universe – Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie isn’t actually set for release until May 1st, 2015, but the Hot Toys Avengers Age of Ultron Iron Man Mark 43 sixth scale figure was just revealed much earlier than expected.
The figure’s announcement comes as a surprise to me because Hot Toys is generally contained by licensor restrictions regarding when they can announce their products that are tied into movies. It’s just how it works in this industry and I think many of us are quite used to it by now.
Avengers 2 brings the Avengers back together when Tony Stark’s peacekeeping program goes away and it is then up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans… The plot certainly sounds exciting, but what about the action figures? That’s all we care about anyways, right?
The new Iron Man Mark 43 figure is the newest addition to Hot Toys’ MMS Diecast Series, which features collectible figures made of diecast material to help further enhance the realism in the 12-inch format.
The movie-accurate Mark XLIII Collectible Figure is highly detailed and specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Mark XLIII in Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring a newly painted Tony Stark helmeted head sculpt, metallic red, gold and silver armor with weathered effects, LED light-up functions, and a specially designed diorama base with a damaged Ultron Mark I.
A special edition of the figure will be available for selected markets (i.e. a Sideshow Collectibles Exclusive), which includes a LED lighted battle damaged helmet as bonus accessory.
Looking at the figure you are probably thinking that it looks very similar to the Mark 42. This is true; this new figure is essentially just a repaint of the Mark 42 Diecast figure that was just recently released. So then the question remains, “If I already have the Mark 42 do I really need to get this figure too?” Truthfully, it really depends on how you like to collect/display figures. If you plan on getting the whole Avengers lineup then obviously this figure is essential.
Many people on Hot Toys’ Facebook page are complaining that Hot Toys could have done better, but in reality the suit’s design falls back 100% on Marvel. They designed the suit, not Hot Toys. Hot Toys just made Marvel’s repainted design look absolutely marvelous. See what I did there?
The figure is said to have a release date of Q2-Q3 2015, which should be perfect since it’s only a couple of months past the movie’s release date. Final US pricing hasn’t quite been made available, though the figure is priced at about $280 in Hong Kong. Expect the price to go up once it appears on Sideshow’s website though.
P.S. Rumor has it that Hot Toys will be revealing Thanos, Ultron and Hulkbuster Iron Man from Age of Ultron next week. Hopefully the rumor is true…