It’s no secret that I’ve been getting seduced by the sweet siren song of Iron Studios over the past few months, as their resin 1/10 Battle Diorama Series Marvel statues are becoming more and more impressive. The largest series to-date by far is coming in the form of the Avengers Infinity War BDS, and following up on last month’s successful Thanos and Cull Obsidian launches, the first three Avengers are joining the fray: the Iron Studios Black Widow, Hulkbuster and Hulk statues are now up for order!
Because of the nature of the two main battles in the movie and the sheer mass of characters that they’ll be covering, Iron Studios has broken their Avengers Infinity War movie Battle Diorama Series into two separate sub-sets: Battle of Wakanda and Battle of Titan. Each set began with the one villain announced for the battle: Cull Obsidian for Wakanda and Thanos for Titan.
Both of those statues look downright amazing, but it wouldn’t be much of a battle diorama without heroes, right…? And so, Iron Studios has now solicited the first three Avengers from the Battle of Wakanda: Black Widow, Hulkbuster Iron Man and… uh, Hulk.
We’ll start by looking at Black Widow, as she doesn’t pose the obvious problems that the Hulk statue does.
One of the few big let-downs for me in Infinity War was the relative insignificance of the parts Captain America and Black Widow had in the movie. Even so, Black Widow’s new costume with vest and blonde hair really grew on me in the film, and I’m pretty delighted to own a polystone statue of her for under a hundred bucks.
You’re not going to get a spitting image likeness of Scarlett Johansson from a 1/10th scale resin statue—but actually, the portrait on this Iron Studios Black Widow Statue looks surprisingly great! I’m really pleased about the quality of the sculpt on this piece.
Perched atop a terrain base with her baton staff extended and ready for action, this might be my favorite piece of Black Widow movie merch released to date.
Now, as far as Hulk goes, well… he’s an “interesting” choice. Marvel Studios did a really good job with their campaign of misdirection, to the point where we’re getting toys from companies like Funko, Hasbro and now Iron Studios from scenes that don’t appear in the movie at all. And so, even though Hulk never appears at all during the Wakanda Battle, we can see the Jade Giant in all his statue glory here.
The Hulk Iron Studios Statue is 10” tall and looks worlds better than the Kotobukiya Hulk ARTFX+ movie statue released a few years back (albeit at a much higher price).
This Hulk Statue looks awesome to me, but ultimately I may be passing on this one. Hulk doesn’t appear in this battle, and Banner is inside of the Hulkbuster Iron Man armor—it just does not make any logical sense to me to have this piece as part of the diorama (although many may love it as a standalone).
Last, but absolutely not least (especially in price!), we’ve got the Iron Studios Hulkbuster Iron Man 1/10 Statue. This piece is another controversial one because of both its price and its pose.
Standing 20” tall, this is one of the larger 1:10 scale resin statues that I’ve ever seen. Given the size and bulk on this piece, I think the $289 MSRP is actually quite fair—there’s probably close to as much mass here as we see on some 1/4 Premium Format Figures!
The dynamic, leaping pose for the Hulkbuster 2.0 Statue is a lot more action-oriented than anything we’ve seen for a Hulkbuster armor before, and I think the pose is really throwing some people off. This piece is really meant to be paired with the Cull Obsidian Statue, and as such the leaping pose admittedly looks a teensy bit awkward by its lonesome.
While some folks are skeptical about this piece right now, I think that once collectors (like me!) get this in-hand and displayed alongside the..
Believe it or not, not only has Gentle Giant already previously had seventeen Skottie Young Marvel Babies-inspired Marvel Animated statues solicited—but only one of those characters was X-Men related (and that was a villain: Magneto)!
But have no fear, X-fans: your day in the Marvel Animated sun has finally arrived! Almost certainly the most-requested character to not already have their own Marvel Animated Statue is finally coming: Marvel Animated Wolverine.
This is an especially well-timed announcement right now, as Marvel Babies Wolverine is actually appearing in the new ongoing Exiles comic book. I don’t imagine that’s what Gentle Giant has been holding onto Lil’ Wolvey for, but it’s serendipitous nonetheless!
The stylization on this Wolverine Animated Statue is totally wacky and fun. His hunched-over pose, open mouth and black-blue paint deco are all cool and unique-looking. I think this is going to be one of the better-selling pieces in this line that we’ve seen to-date!
Little Wolvey isn’t coming alone at the end of this year, though: he’s got company from his realistically-styled grizzled future self! For the third consecutive time, the newest Marvel Collector’s Gallery pre-order is a Wolverine—and this time it’s his most recent iconic look: Old Man Logan.
As usual for this lineup, this 1/8 Statue will be made of resin, features real metal claws (that look incredible), and stands around 8” tall.
While I know some collectors are a wee bit disgruntled and feeling grumpy about Gentle Giant releasing four Wolverine statues in the same pose, I saw the quartet when it debuted at Toy Fair and was highly impressed with how classy the full lineup looks.
With his grey hair and trench coat, Old Man Logan is obviously the most distinctive of the four Wolverines in the series. While OML’s time in the Marvel Universe comics is likely coming to a close soon, at least he’ll have a pretty terrific new resin statue as a sendoff.
The Gentle Giant Old Man Logan and Animated Wolverine statues are now up for order, and are scheduled to ship out in Q4 2018. Gentle Giant has been pretty punctual getting out their pieces in these lines on-time, so I think it’s likely we’ll have these ready in time to pop under our Christmas trees this winter. BBTS has pre-orders open for both statues (as well as a quirky Iron Man Hand Business Card Holder!) right now at discounted price.
Are you enjoying this Wolverine-heavy 2018 from GG Ltd., Marvel collectors? Are you hoping to see more X-Men in the Skottie Young statues line, and will you be picking up either of this very different duo of Logans?
Despite the hundreds of 6” scale Marvel Legends figures that have been released over the last decade and a half, there are still some major omissions from the X-Men ‘92 lineup. While perhaps the lack of a Jim Lee Jubilee is still the most keenly felt, there’s another animated-era costume that’s just as high on thousands of collectors’ wish lists. And while we may be waiting a bit longer for this character as a Hasbro Marvel Legends, Kotobukiya has a placeholder for us: the ARTFX+ Professor X in Hoverchair is now up for order!
He may be the patriarch of the X-Men, but poor Charles Xavier just does not get very many action figures. As a bald middle-aged man in a wheelchair, Chuck just does not get a whole lot of love from collectibles companies.
But even though he’s not the most “toy-etic” mutant in the land, Professor Xavier is a MUST-have for an X-Men team display. And while Toybiz gave us a decent ML Professor X in Wheelchair, Hasbro has yet to follow up with a Hoverchair Professor X. But maybe Koto has a suitable stand-in…
Let’s talk scale, as what most collectors are going to be interested in is displaying this Xavier with their Hasbro Marvel Legends figures.
Whereas your typical Marvel Legends figure is roughly 6” tall (in the 1:12 scale), a Kotobukiya ARTFX+ figure is 1:10 scale (and stand around 7.2”). Ordinarily this size differential is too large of a problem to get past, but since Prof X is just an upper body in a big floating chair likely to be toward the back of the display, I can see this figure actually fitting in just fine.
But is the figure actually any good? Well, in my opinion: Yeah, definitely. This is the spitting image of Professor X from the 1992 X-Men Animated Series, captured in his iconic hand-to-his-forehead pose where he’s using his psychic powers, with his other hand pointing his X-Men into battle. It’s not the most detailed design in the world (being based off a 90s cartoon and all), but Koto has captured it beautifully.
The Hoverchair looks exactly how I remember it from the cartoon and the Jim Lee X-Men days, which is exactly what I wanted. It’s mounted on an X-Men logo base via a transparent pole to simulate “hovering” (because it’s, you know–a “hover”-chair). I’ve heard some people say they don’t like this base, but I’ve got no problem with it whatsoever. It’s simple, logical, and does what it needs to do.
The Kotobukiya Professor X ARTFX+ Statue is now up for order, and is scheduled to be released in November 2018. He’s retailing for $69.99, which actually seems like a bit of a deal given the even higher MSRP of recent figures like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones (who don’t come in a huge hoverchair). I’m really excited to see who Koto has lined up next for this X-Men 92 series, which is my favorite line they’ve done in quite some time!
Thoughts on the Kotobukiya Professor Xavier ARTFX+ statue, Marvel collectors? Will you be picking up this 1:10 scale version of a rarely-done character, and if so, what collection will you be displaying him alongside?
If there’s one figure that I know a lot–and I mean a lot–of Hot Toys collectors have been regretting skipping lately, it’s the original Hot Toys Doctor Strange figure. With the Sorcerer Supreme’s solo movie not exactly shattering records and setting the merch world on fire, a lot of collectors skipped Benedict Cumberbatch’s first MMS figure entirely. As a result, when he was a major character with a ton of screen-time in Avengers Infinity War, the first figure exploded on the aftermarket, selling for $700-$800 this month. But fear not, non-rich latecomers–a new Infinity War Hot Toys Doctor Strange figure is now up for order for regular price!
Crazy but true: I hated the Doctor Strange movie. A lot. To this day, it’s my least favorite movie in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe. How much did I hate it? I cancelled my Hot Toys Doctor Strange figure pre-order last year, and was lucky to be able to get one on the aftermarket over the winter for around the original price after realizing what a monumental blunder I’d made.
Thankfully, Hot Toys has taken mercy on collectors’ souls and has cooked up a new version of Stephen Strange that’ll be coming under the Avengers Infinity War banner. While his costume looks virtually identical to the costume from the original figure–as it should, since his outfit didn’t really change between movies–Hot Toys shocked me by giving Dr. Strange not just a plethora of new accessories, but also an all-new Benedict Cumberbatch portrait!
Some people say they think that the new head sculpt is an improvement upon the first version. I’m not convinced of that at all, as I thought that first Cumby head was among Hot Toys’ best likeness efforts ever. Even so, there’s no denying that this new head still looks pretty great, and will more than satisfy most collectors who’ve been pining away and wishing they had their own Doctor Strange sixth scale figure.
As far as the accessories assortment goes, well–it is out-and-out awesome. Doctor Strange just may come with the single coolest variety of accessories that we’ve ever seen with a Marvel Hot Toys figure.
Along with the magnetic clip-on Cloak of Levitation and large assortment of interchangeable hands, the Hot Toys Infinity War Doctor Strange also comes packing:
Two (2) sling rings
Two (2) amulets (The Eye of Amagotto) with an open and closed Eye, respectively
Fourteen (14) pieces of mystic art effects including:
– Four (4) pieces of green-colored mandalas of light in different sizes (wearable on forearms)
– Four (4) pieces of orange-colored mandalas of light in different sizes (wearable on forearms)
– One (1) pair of orange-colored mandalas of light
– One (1) set of orange-colored battle mystic art effect
– One (1) orange-colored square-shaped mystic art effect
– One (1) orange-colored sword-shaped mystic art effect
– One (1) bundle of reddish orange-colored ropes mystic art effect
A specially designed Avenger: Infinity War themed dynamic figure stand with movie logo and character backdrop
While he doesn’t have some of the accessories that the original Doc came with, he can do pretty much everything you’d imagine him to based off of his appearance in Avengers Infinity War–including his crazy-taters many-armed attack, which Hot Toys has included a special backdrop to recreate! HT really outdid themselves with the array of extras this time! Thumbs up!
What do you think of the new Hot Toys Avengers Infinity War Doctor Strange figure, Marvel collectors? He’s new, but is he improved? Anyone regret missing the first release of this character and psyched to get another chance for a price that’s not insanity?
I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit lately with regards to Marvel Legends reviews, but with Deadpool 2 hitting theaters this week, now seems like the perfect time to start catching up! And so, today I’ll be posting my first Deadpool Marvel Legends Sasquatch Series review, featuring the first Hasbro 6” scale version of a character who’s grown to be a headliner in her own right in the decade-plus since Toybiz did her: the Deadpool Marvel Legends X-Force X-23 (who’s available online now for MSRP)!
When Toybiz released the first-ever X-23 action figure as part of their Marvel Legends Series 12 (Apocalypse Series) back in 2005, MANY collectors cried foul, citing that Laura Kinney wasn’t a “Legend” at all and didn’t belong in the lineup.
Fast-forward 10+ years, and X-23 has been featured in one of the best-reviewed superhero movies ever, had multiple solo comic book series of her own, and even taken over the Wolverine mantle (for now). There’s no questioning X-23’s credibility these days, that’s for sure!
And thus, when Hasbro announced their own X-23 Marvel Legends figure, this time nobody complained she wasn’t a worthy character (although some people DID complain that this isn’t the X-23 Wolverine costume which is her current look—I suspect we’ll also be seeing that version sooner than later).
With X-23 being one of the founding members of one of the more iconic modern X-Force teams, this figure being released makes complete sense and complements the previously-released Hasbro X-Force Warpath and Wolverine figures nicely (I’ve just about given up on poor Wolfsbane).
The first thing that I noticed when I got this Marvel Legends X-23 figure out of her package is that I love the head sculpt. Rather than sticking us with yet another ambivalent stone-faced head, Hasbro sculpted X-23 with her teeth bared ferociously. This meshes nicely with Laura’s aggressive personality, and makes this one of my favorite female head sculpts in ages.
X-Force X-23 also has her hair sculpted in a windswept way that makes it feel like this is an “action” figure captured in a particular dynamic moment and not just a static statue. Love it.
The other part of this figure that really jumps out at me is her boots—the five straps on each boot may seem like overkill, but aesthetically the boots look super-cool. I’m glad that Hasbro even included little sculpted laces on them!
The rest of the figure looks impressive as well. Because Laura has her midriff showing in this costume, the upper body being split into two to facilitate the ball-jointed upper torso works and looks perfect.
While I never expect figures using the Marvel Legends teen girl mold to have a flawless articulation scheme, Deadpool Legends X-Force Wolverine has a good amount of poseability overall.
Her articulation includes: ball-hinge neck/shoulders/elbows; ball-jointed hips and upper torso; double-hinged knees; swivel-hinge wrists; swivel boots and thighs; and hinged ankles with rockers. She’s no Pizza Spidey, but she does have plenty of posing possibilities.
And while the arm articulation still isn’t up to the standard I want to see (and I will certainly complain about that shortly), I do appreciate that the single elbow joint hinge has a wider range of motion and can bend more than on many of the female figures Hasbro has done.
Because she uses the teen girl body mold, X-23 is slightly shorter than your standard Marvel Legends 6″ figure. That said, Hasbro makes up for that slight loss of plastic by giving us a big honkin’ piece of plastic as X-Force X-23’s sole “accessory”: the Sasquatch Build-A-Figure torso!
X-23 is the smallest toy in the wave, so it makes sense to put the biggest Sasqutch BAF piece here. I’ll review Sasquatch as a whole later this month.
While this X-Force X-23 Marvel Legends figure is actually better than I was expecting it to be, it still has its fair share of drawbacks.
The first thing that drives me absolutely bonkers about this figure—and many ML Figures in 2018—is the floppy add-on belt they stuck on X-23. The belt is way too big and flops around uncontrollably whenever you pick up the figure and move it around. This style of add-on bits that don’t fit properly drive me up the wall. (GAH!)
While not everyone will care as much as I do about the floppiness of her belt, I reckon more people will be a little irritated with X-Force X-23’s sub-par arm articulation.
It’s 2018, and female figures not getting double-jointed elbows and biceps swivels when almost every male figure has them just does not fly with me. As a character whose primary thing is attacking with the claws on her hands, the lack of these articulation points is especially notable on X-23.
If you’ve been collecting the SH Figuarts Marvel figures for a while now, then you’re probably pretty familiar with how the domestic releases for the various Iron Man armors go: your 6” super-articulated Iron Man figure with effects pieces and interchangeable hands comes bundled with a Hall of Armor Diorama piece with LED light-up features for $119.99.
The latest addition to the series is no exception, as it checks all of those boxes.
There is one big difference between this and past releases, however—and it’s that this is the first Iron Man Mark VII Figuarts figure ever released.
For a lot of collectors, this is the one Iron Man armor permutation that they’ve been waiting for. So even though this isn’t the most novel release in the world, it is one that’s going to be a huge hit for Bandai/Bluefin.
Along with the Mk VII Iron Man Figuarts figure that’s sure to be in high demand, Bluefin Distribution also has a figure for us that’s likely to be… “less popular” sales-wise. While I thought it was merely a repainted Samurai Symbiote Spider-Man when I first saw the concept art for this at New York Comic Con 2017, it turns out Bandai Tamashii Nations had a different twist in mind.
And so, while this figure is obviously a 100% repaint of the previously-released Samurai Spider-Man, official his name is “Onmitsu Black Spider-Man” (or “Black Ninja Spider-Man”).
The only difference between this and the original Bandai Samurai Spider-Man that I can see (besides the slick black costume) is the possible inclusion of a second grappling hook (as two are shown in one of the official photos, even though the first release only came with one). The “grappling hook web shooter” was the most creative aspect of the whole figure, so I’d be perfectly fine with a second one being included.
Given that you can still snag the red and blue Spider-Man Samurai figure discounted to 60 bucks shipped online (and he was even cheaper than that when there were still greater supplies out there), I’m not convinced that this figure is going to make a big splash in the United States.
Personally, I’m a total mark for Black Costume Spider-Man and buy pretty much any piece of Spidey merch in the Symbiote costume, but even I’m probably going to wait for a sale to pick this action figure up. As a mass release, I simply cannot see it getting any more expensive than MSRP anytime soon.
What do you think of Bandai Japan’s newest duo of Marvel figures? Are you burned out on SH Figuarts Iron Man figures yet, or is the Mark VII one that you’ve been waiting for? And does Samurai Spider-Man look good enough in black to earn your dollars, or is this repaint not even on your superhero collecting radar?
You know that old saying that “the sequel is never as good as the first”? Well, it doesn’t look as if that’s going to be the case for Deadpool 2—but far more importantly, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case for Hot Toys’ second crack at Deadpool! While there have only been minor changes to the costume both in the movie and for the figure, Hot Toys has found a way to upgrade this MMS and make it superior to the original: the 1/6 Hot Toys Deadpool 2 figure is now up for order!
Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe—where almost every character gets a new costume for each movie they appear in—Wade Wilson looks to be sporting near-identical Deadpool duds in his sequel that hits theaters this week.
But have no fear—Hot Toys isn’t calling it quits and skipping out on releasing a second Deadpool Movie Masterpiece Series figure. Nor are they just reissuing the old version in new packaging. Instead, we’re getting an all-new and improved Deadpool with a multitude of cool accessories!
At a quick glance, it would be easy to look at this new Deadpool MMS and say: “But that looks just like the last version!” Upon closer examination and comparison, however, the differences between the two are pretty clear.
The proportions have been redone this time out, and now Wade’s head finally looks like a perfect match for his body. This was one of the few flaws to the original Hot Toys Deadpool 1:6 figure, so I’m glad to see they’ve mastered the proportions the second time out.
In addition, you can see in the photos that Deadpool’s costume is made of a different material this time—more like the Spider-Man Homecoming figure and less like the leathery costume on the first DP.
You can see from the official photos that the new costume’s material looks less stiff and allows for better flexibility and dynamic poses—something pretty crucial for the ninja-like Wade Wilson.
And the accessories—oh, the accessories! Hot Toys is gifting us with some really cool stuff this time out, with the most fun ones being a unicorn doll and an X-Men jersey he can wear.
You also get a dagger, two shurikens, two pistols, two metal katanas, twelve interchangeable hands, five pairs of interchangeable eyes, a katana sheath, and… a pair of high heels that I can only assume will be a “blink-and-you-missed-it” gag in the Deadpool 2 movie.
Along with his dynamic figure stand (with posing pole for aerial poses), Hot Toys is also including a pretty neat diorama backdrop with “shelves” to place all your extra accessories on! I’m not gonna lie—I wish we got this sort of backdrop with every Hot Toys figure in order to more easily store weapons and accessories.
Just about the only thing you’d probably expect that we’re not getting is an unmasked Deadpool Ryan Reynolds portrait Wade Wilson head. I sort of doubt that this is a licensing issue—I think it’s more likely that the head just didn’t cost out and Hot Toys chose to omit developing and including it.
I guess it’s not impossible that HT will release a 1/6 Wade Wilson civilian figure down the road, but I genuinely don’t see this series going any further than this one figure (although I would love a Hot Toys Cable).
The Hot Toys Deadpool 2 sixth scale figure is now up for order, and is scheduled to arrive at the very end of 2018 (or start of 2019). Given that the original version of DP is long sold out and there’s plenty of built-up demand for this new iteration, this ought to be one of Hot Toys’ best-sellers of the year.
Is the second time the charm as far as 12” Deadpool Hot Toys figures go, Marvel collectors? For those of you who bought the original version—are you planning to upgrade? And for those who passed on it—does this new version win you over?
The Mezco ONE:12 Collective star was just beginning to rise when their Punisher figures were released, so a plethora of collectors missed out on owning any of the four ONE:12 Collective Punisher figures that were released in 2017 (including the Classic Punisher that sells for 1000% of his original cost today!). But while a comic-based Punisher may be forever out of reach for many Mezco Toyz collectors, they’re about to have a shot at a live-action Frank Castle—the ONE:12 Collective Netflix Punisher is now up for order!
As soon as Mezco Toyz unveiled their Marvel ONE:12 Collective figure line of nearly Hot Toys-quality 6” figures, I knew it was going to be a grand slam with collectors. But even I didn’t realize just how rabid fans were going to become, with exclusives selling out in minutes and variants like Classic Punisher selling for upwards of $800 on the aftermarket.
And so, even though he’s based on the live-action Punisher Netflix design, I imagine that along with the Netflix fans, quite a few comic book figure collectors are going to be willing to “settle” for this new ONE:12 Collective Netflix Punisher figure. Is he any good?
About one second after seeing the prototype of this figure live at New York Toy Fair 2018, I knew the answer to that was a resounding “Yes”. The Jon Bernthal likeness is miraculously good for a 6” figure, the soft goods leather-like coat looks phenomenal, and 28 points of articulation gives him the capability of pulling off virtually any pose that a non-ninja like The Punisher should be put into.
Accessories-wise, this Punisher gets two handguns, a machine gun, a knife (with sheath), two different gun effects pieces, eight interchangeable hands, the obligatory figure stand base with posing pole, and two interchangeable heads.
The new multiple firing gunshots effects piece is probably my favorite part of the entire figure. With Punisher’s penchant for rapid-fire destruction, an effects piece of this nature makes sense and is fun and unique.
I’m also a big fan of having both battle-damaged and “undamaged” heads included, as fans are going to have individual preferences for how battle-worn or pristine they want their 6.6″ Frank Castle looking. This is a quick and easy deco change variant for Mezco to make that adds a lot of value to the figure, so kudos for the inclusion of the additional head.
My one real complaint about figure is that this version of Punisher definitely seems a bit lightly armed compared to some other Marvel ONE:12 Collective figures we’ve gotten in the past (including the crazy arsenal that the Deluxe Punisher came with).
Mezco hasn’t released any Previews Exclusive versions of live-action Marvel characters with a wider variety of weapons to-date, but if there’s a Netflix character that warrants this deluxe treatment, it’s definitely the Jon Bernthal Punisher (and I hope he gets it).
The Mezco Netflix Punisher ONE:12 Collective figure is now up for order, and is scheduled for release in November 2018. This isn’t a limited exclusive release, but given the manner in which prices exploded for the comic Punishers and the monumental demand, collectors who want to be assured of this figure would probably be smart to reserve one early. EE has him with free shipping, which is the best deal Mezco will allow for pre-orders.
What do you think, ONE:12 Collective collectors? How does this Frank Castle figure compare to the comic book-based figures, and are you planning on scooping him up while he’s available?
When it comes to the resin statue collecting world, the popular opinion of the masses is generally that bigger is better. But one company who’s defying that mentality is Iron Studios, who introduced their popular 1:10 scale Battle Diorama Series last year. I’ve been a fan since the first time I saw the MCU BDS statues in person, but I’ve never written a review for one… until now. The Iron Studios Spider-Man Homecoming Iron Man Statue is now starting to ship—is this low-priced piece worth your cash?
The Spider-Man Homecoming Iron Studios BDS is a bit of a weird one in that it consists of three characters who never appear in battle at the same time in the movie. In fact, the subject of today’s review never battles anybody in the movie: Iron Man Mark 47.
While a lot of people groaned about this recolored Civil War Iron Man (Mark 46) when it was first shown, its popularity has increased sharply with collectors since they got toys of it in-hand and realized just how snazzy the armor looks. Does this statue look as slick? In a word: Yes.
The graphics for the Iron Studios Homecoming Iron Man BDS packaging are nice, but my favorite characteristic of the packaging is its size.
The box for this piece is just a little guy—only 13” tall on its greatest dimension. Considering that I have Sideshow boxes that are greater than four feet tall taking up copious amounts of space, I breathed a little sigh of relief when I saw how small the box is for this 1/10 Iron Man.
Inside the box, the statue comes in just two pieces: full figure and base. This is a welcome change from the many pieces (and seams) of the Kotobukiya ARTFX+ Statues in the same scale.
Note that there’s no edition number on the underside of the base, as these statues aren’t strictly limited and numbered in the manner of most (much more expensive) resin statue are these days. If you’re only interested in extremely low editions, Iron Studios probably isn’t for you. Luckily, all I really care about is how cool the statue itself if.
The Iron Man Mark XLVII statue itself easily slides into the base, where it fits nice and tight. This feel very sturdy, and not tipsy at all. I don’t foresee leaning being an issue with that piece.
Some folks have said they thought the base for this was boring, but I dig it. The matte paint on the steel wreckage is a nice contrast to the glossy metallic paint on the figure itself, and I think the aesthetic of this terrain is actually quite different from what we see normally.
The main event here is the Spider-Man Homecoming Iron Man Statue itself, though, of course. Iron Studios has nailed the proportions and colors of the Mark 47 armor, with this easily being the best piece of merch for this armor permutation released by any company other than Hot Toys.
It’s always difficult to capture a superhero in flight without a tacky flight stand pole, but I think the subtle connection between Iron Man’s foot the base works well—Homecoming Iron Man still looks like he’s taking to the air, despite the connection point.
As much as I love what Diamond Select toys has been doing with their statue lines the last few years, they’ve struggled a bit with getting the paint right on some of their Iron Man statues.
That’s not a problem for Iron Studios in this instance, though—the shiny metallic paints that they selected for this statue are gorgeous. Without actually being made of die-cast metal like the Hot Toys version is, this is as good as a resin statue painted to simulate metal can look.
Overall: While the Marvel BDS statues aren’t widely collected yet, Iron Studios is off to a hot start with a multitude of impressive pieces like this one (and a drop-dead amazing Thanos on the way). To me, this is an excellent piece with no real drawbacks for collectors who are space or money conscious.
For those who can’t afford the Hot Toys Iron Man Mark 47 figure—which has become astronomically expensive since selling out—this is the next best thing. Unless you’re dead-set against statues in the 1/10 scale, this Iron Man—and Iron Studios’ Marvel Battle Diorama Series as a whole—are definitely worth checking out. Great stuff.
Hard truth: the Inhumans TV series (let’s not even talk about the IMAX premiere) didn’t exactly go as planned. While the hope was that the series would put the Inhumans on the mainstream map, it ended up being the most critically-panned and unpopular franchise in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But while the live-action future of the Inhumans is basically dead in the water, the characters are going strong in the comics (well, for now, what with that “Death of the Inhumans” story coming this summer). And along with their recent comic book appearances, the Inhumans are also getting some limelight with the very first announced SDCC 2018 Funko POP Vinyl Exclusives!
There’s exactly one thing in the Inhumans movie/TV series that was pretty much universally loved, and Funko was smart to use it to push this exclusive two-pack: Lockjaw!
While we’ve previously had both a mass release of the Lockjaw POP Vinyl and an exclusive Flocked Lockjaw vinyl, this time we’re getting what’s almost certainly the coolest version of the figure yet: Teleporting Lockjaw!
The bottom half of this puppy is clear plastic with glitter, and looks super-cool. I already own the POP Lockjaw twice over, but it looks like Funko will be getting my money for this mold for a third and final time.
Packed in with Teleporting Lockjaw in this 2-Pack is a Glow-in-the-Dark Black Bolt POP Vinyl. This particular GITD Black Bolt Figure has the same color scheme as the Previews Exclusive Blue Costume Black Bolt—but now with a Glow in the Dark action feature.
It’s not very often that we get Marvel two-packs as Funko convention exclusives, but I kind of get the feeling that Funko knew we’d all buy Lockjaw and skip Black Bolt otherwise this time. I’m not exactly giddy with delight about buying what’s essentially a Black Bolt POP figure that I already have with a glowing feature that doesn’t make a ton of sense for the character, but I really want that Lockjaw, so it looks like Blackagar is coming home again as well.
How do you feel about the first of no-doubt many 2018 SDCC Funko Exclusives, Marvel collectors? Are you interested in owning the most interesting versions of the two most recognizable Inhumans in POP form, or are you ice-cold on these characters after their live-action series? What other Funko Marvel exclusives are you hoping for as summer convention exclusives?