I was initially very excited to get War Machine mostly because it was really hard to get when the line bowed reasonably early in 2010. The character looked cool, was heavily armed, and was in those fun Marvel vs. Capcom video games-- naturally, getting one as a toy was a no-brainer-- it's Iron Man, but with more guns.
Hasbro's figure license for Marvel has had a lot of ups and downs. With Ghost Rider, Hasbro used the figures' articulation to be ready for a motorcycle. Character-specific construction seems to be what they're after, so if a figure is unlikely to need a vehicle, the figure will not be created with sitting in mind. War Machine is a spectacular looking figure, but it's clearly designed as a release which can stand up and fight, and never, ever sit. This isn't to say he doesn't have hip joints, as he has two on each leg, but the range of mobility is severely limited by the odd ball joint construction which seems to be a permanent fixture in the various Marvel lines at Hasbro. (With some exceptions, of course.)
Standing a hair over 4-inches tall, this figure also has articulated shoulder cannons. They can rotate around and flip back, plus you can attach yellow "blast effects" to them to make them look more like comic art with firing bullets and explosions. Exciting stuff! The level of detail on the figure is excellent, and it's always fun to see how Hasbro tries to marry the bulky design with things like shoulder articulation at this small size. Hasbro added jointed "caps" on each shoulder which can flip up, which more or less does the trick. Unfortunately, it adds some big hinges on top of his arms. Getting aesthetics right versus getting articulation right will always be a challenge at this scale, but this more or less works. Marvel figures are (my guess) largely aimed at older buyers, so trying to get the look right is the most important thing. Hasbro basically succeeded here, but this is another one of those "stand there and look good" figures. There's no real action, it's just the best statue that about eight bucks could buy.
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