Power Assault Armor Iron Man – Iron Man 2
Hasbro released Power Assault Armor Iron Man as part of the first series of figures in the Iron Man 2 toy line. This is a figure from the Concept Series of figures, which uses the designs possibly inspired by pre-production sketches from the new movie but not really seen on screen.
The design incorporates heavier armor plates along with conspicuous vents and intakes, as well as integrated weaponry at the forearms. The armor paneling is sharply sculpted and the overall detail is on par with any other of the Movie Series characters I’ve reviewed.
The paintjob follows the red/gold color scheme, with a few silver/gunmetal accents painted onto some of the bulked-up armor elements. For the most part the paint is well executed on my sample, although it is always advisable to take time and choose the best finish you can get while at the store.
The thing to watch out for is usually the coverage of the gold paint on the limbs and the placement of the silver colored markings on the chest, but the eyes and the chest reactor were neatly painted, in the usual white-to-blue radial gradient, on pretty much all of the samples I saw at the store, which is always a relief
The Power Assault Armor is noticeably bulkier than both the Mk.2 and Mk.3 suits, although it retains the same points of articulation:
• Peg & hinge shoulders: Pretty good, although the removable shoulder pads do limit the range to the sides when they are on.
• Hinged elbows: They bend to 90° easily.
• Swivel wrists: Completely free range of motion.
• Floating torso: Pretty good swivel range, although tilting back and forth is very limited.
• Ball jointed hips: Slightly tight, not really capable of sitting poses due to the bulky upper thighs.
• Double hinged knees: Excellent folding range.
• Peg & hinge ankles: Oddly, these have better up and down range than the slimmer armor suits, but the sideways rotation is almost null due to the armor design.
Both hands on the Power Assault Armor Iron Man are sculpted open with fingers spread clearly displaying the repulsor disks at the palms, so using any regular accessories is out of the question. However, this version of Iron Man does come with an accessory in the form of a clip-on projectile launcher.
I’m referring of course to the nicely sculpted techno-grill display base, complete with the corresponding trio of armor cards that go into the special slot on it.
This Concept Series suit of armor definitely fits right in with my Movie Series figures, and that might be the one thing keeping it on pegs right now, as it’s easier to dismiss it as just “more of the same” with all the other red/gold armored suits available; but the design is solid and the execution really makes it a figure worth getting.
Errex Score: 97/100