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Predatorstuff Reviews the Hot Toys Iron Man Mark III Figure!

June 29th, 2009

Good afternoon folks! As promised, I was finally able to get back to recording reviews and the first one I have to show you is my review of the Iron Man Mark III figure by Hot Toys. I would have liked to have done the Celtic Bio Helmet from Sideshow but it still hasn’t arrived although I am expecting it any minute now. So without further chatter, let’s get to it!

Hot Toys Iron Man Mark III Figure

Collectors all over the world were EXTREMELY excited when Hot Toys first started showing off their Iron Man figures, and rightfully so because the images were positively STUNNING! They looked more like high end collectible statues than plastic poseable figures with weird proportions and funny looking joints. Say what you want about the RIDICULOUSLY popular Hot Toys Predators, you can’t tell me they have weird skinny looking bodies and funny looking heads. Needless to say I was VERY excited about getting a Mark III in my hands (I have the Mark II on the way and the Mark I is on pre-order) and I am happy to report that I am not disappointed with the final result at all… it’s stunning!

The Mark III is part of Hot Toys’ ever improving and extremely popular Masterpiece series, which covers all kinds of awesome movie licenses such as Terminator, Rambo, Predator, Aliens, Iron Man and more! They are 1:6 scale figures, so human type pieces tend to be around 12″ tall, which is exactly the height of the Iron Man Mark III. The figure comes with over 36 points of articulation allowing you to pose it in many of the iconic movie poses including the classic arm blast pose, flying and the kneeling fist pose, and all the poses look awesome. Most articulated figures tend to look goofy if you try to pose them beyond their default pose, but the Mark III pulls off a ton with no funny looking arm or leg positions.

The paint is a metallic looking dark red and gold with light-up eyes, chest and hands and comes with 3 pairs of hand configurations along with an interchangeable head with authentic likeness of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (more on all this later). Top it all off with a typical Hot Toys stand and a GORGEOUS retail box and you’ve got yourself one hell of a kick-ass figure!

Hot Toys Iron Man Mark III Figure

First let’s talk about the good stuff (there’s very little bad stuff that I noticed) and why I think this is probably the best Iron Man movie-based piece released so far! Overall I think the sculpt is fantastic and from a non-fanboy standpoint it looks exactly like the movie version. No idea if there are some bolts or lines that are wrong, but it looks spot on to me. And for once, the articulation does not ruin the sculpt at all, in fact it enhances it! This can sit in your display and look like a high quality statue and the beauty of the ingenious articulation is that you can repose it… typically figures suffer from either silly looking articulation joints or weird looking arms and/or legs when trying to twist them in to different poses. The Mark III has no such problems, it gorgeous and perfect in terms of sculpt and articulation, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Presentation wise, the box itself is a collectible! I have collectibles worth over $1000 and not even they can come CLOSE to the gorgeous retail boxes Hot Toys seems to come up with for all of their Masterpiece figures, they’re simply stunning. In fact these boxes are starting to sell EMPTY on forums and eBay with Predator boxes fetching over $150!!! (Are you people NUTS?!) So who knows… hang on to your boxes (I chuck all of mine out *shudder*) and you might be sitting on a gold mine later on down the road. The box has multiple flaps that open up in to a wide landscape type layout with a clear window on the main box showing the figure inside. I was very pleased to see I didn’t have to build the entire figure like those damn Predators… I HATED that!

There’s no question that the best thing about this figure is the inclusion of lights in the helmet, the chest and the hands… it’s the icing on the cake and look fantastic. The head and chest lights are controlled via cunningly hidden switch under one of the opening flaps on the back (see photo below) and each arm has a light switch for the hands located on the inside of the forearm. I’ve seen reports from people stating that some folks are having issues with poor LEDs but all of mine seem very bright and look awesome. Honestly, at this point this is the best and highest quality looking articulated figure I have ever owned, and believe me I’ve owned A LOT lol!

The figure also includes a stand, but call me a Hot Toys noob, I have no idea how to use it when the figure is standing. Basically I use the stand because I like the little text on in that IDs the collectible, but I just take the wire support. On the Predator HTs I had, the wire thing was shaped so it would grab around the waist, which was a no brainer to figure out. So if you look at the base and wonder how to use it, don’t worry about it… I couldn’t figure it out either. BUT what you CAN use it for is to pose your Mark III as though he’s flying in the air! You can place him horizontally face down with his waist cradled in the wire frame of the base and with the right arm and feet positions and with the two open hand options, he looks pretty cool. So yeah, apparently I’m not equipped to deal with Hot Toy bases *red face*

I should also mention that I love the detail work UNDER the flaps and things that open up… the servos and wiring under the calve flaps looks awesome. I also love that both forearms have flaps that open up to reveal with little mini-missiles like the one he uses in the movie to blow up the tank that blasted him our of the air.

Hot Toys Iron Man Mark III Figure

OK, time to go over the dirty stuff… the BAD! While this is not a major issue, I don’t like the dark and dull looking maroon color of the paint, which should be much brighter. Hot Rod Red is NOT dark maroon or a dark candy apple color. The prototype photos had a much brighter and accurate color, the production pieces just didn’t turn out like that at all. The gold looks great, but that red is just not right… it’s not a HUGE problem, but it dig bug me slightly when I first took him out of the box. The torso is especially dark… darker than any other areas on the figure.

The second and pretty much irrelevant thing I don’t like is the Tony Stark head… call me anal (giggle) but I do not like human figures because I find it very rare that a company comes up with a good likeness. And when the likeness is not nearly spot-on, I HATE it. As I’ve mentioned before, that is why I have almost NO human characters in my collection, there’s always a problem with the sculpt being way off of the pre-paint application is ridiculous. A great example is the Indiana Jones PF… the sculpt is gorgeous but the paint job on my was a complete cluster-you-know-whatter. Anyhow, the trend continues with the optional Tony Stark head, which looks about as close to Robert Downey Junior as it does David Beckham. Sorry, but it sucks and won’t even make it out of the box. I haven’t received my Mark II yet, but I’ve seen photos of the head on that one and it’s even worse. But like I said, to me that’s irrelevant as I have zero interest displaying this badboy without the helmet on anyhow so this is a non-issue.

The bottom line? This to me is the PERFECT piece to represent one of my favorite super-hero movies and kicks total ass in every way aside from the slightly “too dark” red thing. For under $200, it doesn’t really get any better than this and I would tell anyone not to hesitate to pick this up if they are an Iron Man fan. HOWEVER, for those of you with some serious bling, you might want to wait a bit… word has leaked out that Sideshow will be announcing a HUGE 1:2 scale Iron Man Maquette!!! (No official announcements yet from Sideshow) Check this out…

Upcoming Sideshow half scale Iron Man Mark III

If it’s the first time you see this pic, don’t feel bad… I had to change my underwear the first time I saw it too.

So that’s it guys, I hope you enjoyed the review because now it’s time for eye candy! First off, I’ve just uploaded a full video review in HD to YouTube that you can watch by clicking here or click the icon below! I JUST finished it though, so the HD version may not be ready yet… check back after a couple of hours and it should be ready (It will tell you if the movie is still processing on the YouTube page).

Video Available on YouTube!

And of course we can’t have a review without some sexy pics! Click the photo icon below to check out the Iron Man Mark III gallery I put together for your viewing pleasure:

Thank you so much for checking out this review and please be sure to share your comments on this product or my reviews by clicking on the comment button below! I have a TON of reviews to do over the next couple of weeks, including a review of the MUST-HAVE PREDATOR COLLECTIBLE in what will likely be our biggest review EVER! Watch for that early next week… I would also like to recommend for those of you that want to see all the different poses and display methods you have for this figure, check out this thread over at the Sideshow Freaks Forum for hundreds of more photos from other collectors.

Take care gang!
Dan

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3 Responses to “ Predatorstuff Reviews the Hot Toys Iron Man Mark III Figure! ”

  1. Mike Says:

    Mine came with a lint stuck to the paint job on the forehead helmet. After I remove it it looks like battle damage! What excellent quality.

  2. James Says:

    Hi Dan, great review.

    I just received mine from HK after pre-ordering it over 8 months ago. (is it normal practice for Hot Toys to release it months after announcement?)

    Gladly mine came with no lint (because I didn’t want to pay extra for it 😉

    The only gripes I have with the Mk III is one of the lower double calf missile doors don’t open fully because the needle hinge holding the part is curved and the forearm missile doors don’t close flush with the arms – HT should improve its QC in these areas for all its future licensed figures because worldwide fans are paying top shelf dollar.

  3. Faken Says:

    Hi James,

    Oh yes, usually Hot Toys and Sideshow announce items a year or more before release, so that’s totally normal. Sorry to hear about your articulation issues, I heard that this is a common issue with the calve armor not quite opening right. I don’t really mind though, he’s posed on my shelf and will stay there lol!

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