Iron Man (Modular Armor)
Also known as Bleeding Edge Armor, this Iron Man comes to us as part of Series 3 of Hasbro’s Marvel Universe line.
At this point, there are quite a lot of Iron Man figures still clinging to the pegs at stores, either from the Iron Man 2 movie line, or as part of the regular Marvel Universe assortments. However, for the Modular Armor version, Hasbro upped the ante just enough to merit yet another purchase.
For starters, the new armor is a refreshing take on the classical Iron Man design elements. While the overall look is not as “aerodynamic” as the Extremis version, the modular armor suit has a more compact outline and a more general purposes appearance, not unlike the Mk.V armor from the movie line.
The most striking feature in this suit of armor is the placement of various circular ports on torso and limbs that supposedly would power up any extra attachments Tony Stark would choose for any specific task. These ports are picked up in a light blue and white pattern that matches the appearance of the ARC reactor in the chest.
As a whole, the paint applications on this Iron Man are fairly bright, with a vibrant cherry red and richer bright gold. The paints are applied neatly enough, but as usual, you might want to check for the best available paintjob, as some chipping and rubbing does occur.
In terms of articulation, the Modular Armor Iron Man has:
• Hinged neck.
• Peg & hinge shoulders.
• Upper biceps swivel.
• Hinged elbows.
• Swivel wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Ball hinged hips.
• Upper thigh swivels.
• Double hinged knees.
• Double pegged hinge ankles.
Hasbro implemented a few innovations with this figure, some taken from previous figures in the line, and some borrowed from other lines entirely, like the G.I. Joe hip designs or the slanted-peg ankle design first seen on the Japanese Revoltech figures. The overall articulation is outstanding and gives this Iron Man suit a much greater posing range than ever before, while at the same time making for a fairly sturdy toy.
Armor Iron Man comes with a black plastic Marvel display base and another of those hideous plastic funnels we get with most Iron Man figures; this time the attachment is blue.