Iron Man has finally landed and my Hot Toys Avengers line is nearly complete. Now that the genius, playboy billionaire philanthropist Tony Stark has arrived in his Mark VII armor, I just need that one big green guy. He should be here in a couple of weeks, and I’m counting on him to be the figure of the year without a doubt. But enough without the Hulk, we are here for the Hot Toys Avengers Iron Man Mark VII 1/6 Scale Figure Review right? Right.
If you don’t have this guy on pre-order, good luck trying to get him. He’s sold out at Sideshow Collectibles (hop on the wait list here), and prices on eBay
Now I didn’t get the Sideshow Exclusive version of the Hot Toys Avengers Iron Man Mark VII figure because I didn’t really care for that silly gummy bear Mark 7 that comes with the exclusive version. The only difference in packaging is that the Exclusive Version has a Sideshow Exclusive sticker on the front of the box, as well as a slot in the upper tray for the green plastic exclusive Mark VII.
The box is really similar to the rest of the Hot Toys Avengers figures that have been released so far. It’s a basic slip box, with a nice image of Tony Stark in the Mark 7 suit. Some of the other figures that have been released so far have received pretty boring pictures on the front of the box, but I am quite ok with how Iron Man’s picture came out.
There are 2 different trays of accessories with this figure, and man, he’s loaded with all kinds of goodies that really make this figure worth it. More detail on each 12 inch figure accessories later on.
The Mark VII suit comes with a Robert Downey Jr. head sculpt as Tony Stark from the movie. I don’t really think that the likeness is there, and if I had to put a percentage on it I would say the sculpt is somewhere around 70% accurate.
The Robert Downey Jr. head sculpt is painted perfectly, but it still doesn’t change the fact that it doesn’t look like RDJ. The suit on the other hand is also painted perfectly, and if you don’t have a perfect paint job then return it.
The paint matches the on-screen version of the Mark VII perfectly, down to the glossy shine that it gives off. The non-battle damaged armor isn’t completely damage free, as it features light scratches painted on from daily Iron Man use. You can really notice this around his feet where you would expect there to be wear.
I did take off a little bit on the paint score because I’m really not a fan of how Hot Toys did the battle damage on some of the panels. The legs for example just looks badly painted and lightly scratched.
After seeing some preview images of the Hot Toys Avengers Iron Man Mark VII I thought that this figure was going to be super articulated, especially in the hip region. That is really not the case. A good way to describe the articulation is to just think how you would be able to move in an Iron Man Mark VII suit and that pretty much describes it.
The articulation is defiantly limited, but it’s fitting to the suits design. It is really more articulated than most Iron Man figures that you see on the market, because Hot Toys has really gone above and beyond to try to get the most articulation that the could into this figure. They improved the articulation on the neck, allowing for you to look up really far and get some really great flight poses. Hot Toys also added some extra repulsor hands, allowing you to get a true repulsor poses.
The Hot Toys Iron Man Mark VII 12 inch figure also features a hidden, expandable waist joint that adds some articulation. To use the joint you just simply pull the upper body up away from the hips. If you choose to not use the joint you can push the joint back together.
The engineering on this figure is really incredible, something that Hot Toys really does right.
Another thing that the Hot Toys Avengers Iron Man Mark VII 1/6 Scale Figure really does right is come loaded with accessories. Who doesn’t love accessories?
The Mark VII comes with the 2 different heads that we have already talked about above, the Mark 7 and the Tony Stark head sculpt. When you are putting on the Tony Stark head sculpt you can use an extra collar piece on his neck to hide the stump end of the neck from showing.
He comes with 3 pairs of interchangeable hands, 1 pair of fists, 1 pair with bent back wrists for repulsor blasts, and 1 pair with articulated fingers! Yes, articulated fingers. These hands are incredible. They allow you to do just about anything with them, except the true repulsor blast.
Then the Hot Toys Mark VII comes with a ton of different interchangeable armor pieces. He had a normal and battle damaged chest piece, a normal and battle damaged face mask, normal and battle damaged shoulder armor, 3 sets of thigh armor (missile, armor & normal styles), 2 complete sets of arms (1 with the light-up effect and 1 without), 2 sets of shoulder armor (normal and missiles), 1 pair of detachable forearm rockets and 1 pair of wrist lasers on forearm armor.
The way that the light feature was designed is really ingenious if you ask me. Each of the lights has its own switch to turn it on or off, so you have full control over which lights you want to have on. I mentioned above that this figure has alternate arms with the light up effect in it, which I also like a lot. The switches on the arms are on the inside of the biceps, on the head it’s under the mask and for the chest it’s under one of the air flaps (completely hidden from sight).
The lights are really bright, white, LED lights. They run off of 3 watch batteries (in each location). If you don’t plan on using the lights frequently, you might consider removing the batteries from the figure to prevent battery corrosion.
Iron Man has always been one of my favorite characters from The Avengers and I’m really glad that I can finally have a 12 inch figure of him. I feel for the amount of money that I paid for him ($250), I got one heck of a bargain. Maybe that’s just because most of the other figures are pretty overpriced.
The Mark VII comes loaded with accessories, and really has an endless amount of display possibilities. While the Tony Stark head sculpt doesn’t really have likeness of Robert Downey Jr., I still think that this figure is well worth the money.
If you are interested in buying the Hot Toys Avengers Iron Man Mark VII 1/6 Scale Figure, then you are going to have to hop on the Sideshow Collectibles wait list. Everywhere else is sold out. Sideshow just recently started shipping the regular Mark VII, so your chances of getting one if you go on the wait list now are pretty good.
Sideshow Collectibles has sold out of this figure. We suggest that you try your luck on eBay.
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