While I usually shy away from collecting figures in scales other than 3.75-inch, I find it hard sometimes to resist buying characters or versions of characters when they made them in different scales.
One such characters is this version of Iron Man. The package says it is the Heroic Age Iron Man armor, although back when it came out in the Marvel Universe line it was also known as the Modular Armor Iron Man or Bleeding Edge armor.
Whatever the name, it is the one that has a number of reactor ports that would presumably allow different weapon and armor permutations depending on the task at hand.
The sculpt is nicely detailed and similar to the smaller rendition, although there are subtle differences on the helmet and the shape of some of the plates. Even though this Marvel Legends scale version is considerably larger, the construction is very similar to the MU version, although with a few extra joints not present in the smaller one.
• Ball jointed head.
• Hinged neck.
• Pegged hinge shoulders.
• Double hinged elbows.
• Pegged hinge wrists.
• Hinged torso.
• Swivel waist.
• Ball jointed hips.
• Upper thigh swivels.
• Double hinged knees.
• Pegged hinge ankles.
• Rocker feet.
I was somewhat surprised by the use of T-bar hips on a figure this large, but the joints seem firm enough to hold any pose. Overall, the articulation model works really well and feels reasonably sturdy.
The paintjob on this Iron Man figure is also quite a surprise. This time, the figure was molded out of a metallic red plastic instead of being painted in a high-gloss red hue. This produces a much more consistent finish and also provides a good base color for the golden paint applications.
To finish off the look, the eyes were painted white with a mid-blue outline. Unfortunately, Hasbro decided to leave the ARC reactor and the other ports painted simply in the same blue color used for the edge of the eyes. The end result is still decent, but it could have been so much better if Hasbro had painted the centers white.
Marvel Legends figures usually don’t come with a lot of accessories, but they often do come with pieces to build another character. Heroic Age Iron Man comes with the left leg of Iron Monger. The whole appendage was molded from metallic blue plastic and seems to be nicely articulated, but there is really not a much to add at this point.
Overall, I was pretty impressed by how this Iron Man figure turned out. Eventually I may go trough the trouble of painting the ARC reactors, but for the time being I’m just happy to add him to my collection.