Review – Hot Toys – Iron Man MK VI (Iron Man 2)

Name – Iron Man MK VI
Series – Iron Man 2
Product Line – Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece
Manufacturer – Hot Toys
Released – December 2011
Scale – 30cm
Price – –

Stark flies to war-torn Afghanistan with his friend and military liaison, Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes a.k.a. “Rhodey” (Terrence Howard), for a demonstration of Stark Industries’ new weapon, the “Jericho” missile. However, Stark is critically wounded in an assault and finds himself the prisoner of an Afghan terrorist group known as the Ten Rings. An electromagnet built by fellow captive Dr. Yinsen (Shaun Toub) keeps the shrapnel in his chest from reaching his heart and killing him. The Ten Rings leader, Raza (Faran Tahir), offers Stark his freedom in exchange for building a Jericho missile for the group, but Tony and Yinsen agree Raza will not keep his word.

During his three months of captivity, Stark and Yinsen secretly build a powerful electric generator called an arc reactor, which will power Stark’s electromagnet, and then begin to build a suit of armor to escape. The Ten Rings attack the workshop when they discover what Stark is doing, and Yinsen fights back to buy Stark time as the suit powers up. The armored Stark battles his way out of the caves and finds the dying Yinsen, who tells him not to waste his life. Stark burns the terrorists’ munitions and flies away to crash in the desert, destroying the suit. After being rescued by Rhodes, Stark returns home and announces that his company will no longer manufacture weapons. Stane advises Stark that this may ruin Stark Industries and his father’s legacy. In his home workshop, Stark builds an improved version of his suit as well as a more powerful arc reactor for his chest.

This movie tells another version of how Tony Stark started to become the Iron Man we all know.

Now from Mark I from the first movie to the current Mark VI which will be introduced again in The Avengers movie that is coming in May 4th. I wonder if Hot Toys will reproduce another Mark VI 2.0 and named it The Avengers version, it’s a very high chance that they’ll do it. Look at Mark I 2.0 and Mark II (Unleashed), they earn money for each Iron Man releases since the market for the current ones sky rocketed real fast. The MarK I got up to $1000 USD before the announcement of the 2.0.  This, I must say is a quality from Hot Toys. Hot Toy’s reputation is getting better for each release, be it on fabric or iron suits that I’ll be reviewing.

How good is the toy?

You’ll see how exactly.

The Mark VI is by far the best Iron Man suit from the movie, the triangle-shaped RT is inspired by the Model 30 Extremist Armor worn by Tony Stark in the current comics. Which I really hope that they’ll inject the idea of the Extremist into Iron Man 3, I really would like to see how they’ll deal with the Extremist angle.

The gloss finish of the red paint is really impressive, they’ve added a few patches of silver paint for mimicking slight scratches and the gold parts are done in a semi-gloss finish. And dark weathering can be seen on the protruding parts of the armor. Being painted like this, I wouldn’t hesitate to pose it in more dynamic angles without fear of scratching it. The weathering really helps the mindset into thinking this.

The only problem I had with the overall look is the switches and that large screw which holds the RT battery at the back. It is quite an eye sore to see that every time you turn the figure. As I always say, you gain some and you lose some.

Really beautiful helmet sculpt by Kojun, I see no flaws as I’ve compared with hi-res images.

The eye pieces lights up by a switch located at the back of the neck.

The one on mine doesn’t lit up as brightly like the chest reactor, I wonder if mine’s one of the few that has this defect. And I have another defect on this too, you’ll see it further down the review.

And it also includes another headpiece that has Robert Downey Jr. aka Tony Stark. The resemblance is surreal, but the skin colors seems to be a little bit too light.

And Robert Downey is the best Tony Stark there’ll ever be in my opinion. I doubt that there will be another actor who would act and look like him. Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark, wrong he IS Iron Man!

 

There is a hinge located at the jaw, which stays true to the movie design as the faceplate goes up, the jaw lowers. Be sure to move it back up before you slide the faceplate down.

The chest is another amazing piece, very detailed sculpt and painting. The arc reactor stays true to the movie, but the chest piece isn’t, they didn’t show the bare chest in the Iron Man 2 movie. But I’ve screen capped an image from The Avengers trailer and see what I’ve got. The design of the arc reactor is different on the chest of the suit, and the mechanics for it isn’t the same as the Mark VI toy. The arc reactor that is on the figure is the one on Tony Stark’s chest and not the suit’s. If you get what I mean, the arc reactor on Tony Stark’s chest doesn’t go through the suit.

There is a very high chance for Hot Toys to re-market the Mark VI into the Avengers version with a new chest piece.

Both arms comes with inbuilt LED system to let you them Iron Man in repulsor blast or flying poses.

The Ejective shoulder mounted micro munitions pod, one of the “State of the art” technology done by Hot Toys *lol* Very clever design to hide and deploy the weapon. I am simply amazed at how simple this looks and how effective it is.

This was shown in the movie if you remember, the ones that he used to destroy 3 hammer droids.

Deploy-able articulated wing flaps is a nice touch, very nimble piece of plastic and the little sheets of metal seems to break easily.  The switch and battery compartment is located at the back, which is an eye sore. It would be great if the screws were deeper and they hid it with a rubber nub which is removable. Like the ones they used on the hip on this figure. One major problem is the flaps don’t close properly, I kept having them floating whenever I pushed it back in, I am sure I didn’t do it wrong. It’s just the metal parts that are obstructing it.

Speaking of hip.

The countermeasure dispenser, which is retractable by pushing and twisting it.The one on the left side of mine kept poking out even though it was locked into place.

The forearm rockets and wrist lasers are very detailed and well painted, burnt marks are also visible.

The Mark VI comes with plenty of accessories as well. Articulated fingers, forearm rockets and the battle damage parts which you can replicate the ending fight from the movie.

The articulated fist is like the best thing to be included into the set, it started from the Mark IV then it continues throughout the series till Mark VI.

The damage and weathering is very well done and painted, not true to the movie but I really appreciate that they’ve included the parts. The light function also works with the alternate faceplate.

Even though with the amount of battle damaged parts, it still won’t get to the extend of the damages in the movie, detailing and weathering effects of the parts are very well done. The battle damage left arm has an inbuilt LED that you can also replicate the repulsor beams.

The diorama base that was included in the set shows a destroyed Land Mode Hammer Droid, an acrylic rod and clip that you can attached Iron Man or any other figures you have. A heavier weathering would be better to show the heavy battle of the last scene.

A standard Hot Toys Y stand is also included in the set, which bears the model and the movie logo.

A very lengthy review, and a first for me. Due to the amount of details this have. I am simply amazed at how Hot Toys deals with their product with passion and professionalism. This is simply an art produced by them. A very big improvement from a once small company that becomes world known. I am very happy with what they have accomplished till now.

And as usual, have fun and nerd out!

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