So with Iron Man #500 now available at your local comic book shop and since we did an audio interview with Iron Man’s head writer Matt Fraction this past week, I was thinking it would be a good idea do a review on Tony Stark’s most recent armor ( Modular Armor) which you can see in the pages of Iron Man, Avengers, and a lot more Marvel books wherever Shell-Head shows up.
This is the sleekest, most lightweight armor ever designed by Tony Stark. Built to meet the parameters of any possible challenge, it is covered in ports that can house any of hundreds of mission-specific modules. In the space of moments, this armor can swap out a suite of research scanners for a weapons package that would put most battleships to shame.
I was not a big fan of this armor when I first saw it in the pages of Iron Man #25, but seeing it in the pages of Avengers made me like it. Maybe because I’m more of a fan of John Romita Jr than Salvador Larroca anyway. I am still not a huge fan of this Armor, but it’s not bad and Hasbro did a great job on it. It looks and feels a lot like what I imagine it looks like in real life.
The best thing about this figure is the paint job. The red and yellow are extremely bright and metallic and the blue accents pop off of the figure which make it look really nice. It’s just like if he was popping out of the page of the comics. If there are issues with this figure it would be on the left side of his armor where it looks like you can see some battle damage, at first I was thinking this was on all the Iron Man Bleeding Edge figures, but it was only on my figure. I think I was just happy to find this figure and I was too excited to look at the paint job that close. Going back to the store looking around I did not see any other ones with the same issue as the one I am looking at right now. I must say Hasbro took their time when it comes to the design of this figure, it may be one of the best Iron Man figures from the Marvel Universe line.
Iron man has some great articulation. He gets a swivel/hinge neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, ball jointed torso, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, hinged ankles, and swivel rocker feet. I am a bit sad that I am done reviewing this figure because he was a lot of fun to play with. It also comes with some accessories including an energy beam that Iron Man figures have been packaged with since wave one, this time in blue and it comes with a stand so you can properly display this awesome figure.
Final Judgment: 10/10
I know Iron Man is your favorite comic book character Simon and that’s why you’re giving him a 10 out 10. Well guess what Comic Impact reader? You’re wrong because the actual reason this figure deserves a 10/10 is simply because this is one of the best Marvel Universe figures and one of the best Iron Man figures in this size and it’s cool to have an Iron Man in his current armor. So if you have the chance to find this figure I would say pick it up, or Amazon has him for sale for around $9.00.Okay now I am going to go play with this figure and the rest of my Avengers.