Hasbro Iron Man 2 Movie Series Iron Monger Hasbro, 2010
Day #154: May 17, 2011
Iron Monger Movie Edition
Iron Man 2 Movie Series Basic Figure #07
Item No.: Asst. 93763 No. 94170 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Display stand, armor cards Action Feature:n/a Retail:$7.99 Availability: Spring 2010 Other: Really big
I'm pretty happy that Hasbro decided to make its Iron Man 2 figures both large and from the entire history of the franchise. This movie version of Iron Monger comes from the first film, and is big. Like a full inch taller than the others in the line, roughly 5-inches tall, with a totally unique sculpt and a remarkable amount of articulation which I didn't even realize was there at first.
In the movie, the Monger was basically Jeff Bridges' reverse-engineering of the original scrap-based design... and so is the figure. There are many more pistons and gears, plus three big fingers on each hand. Speaking of the hands, I was surprised to see that they included the swivel-and-bending wrists, so they can be posed significantly better than most other Hasbro Marvel figures in this capacity. (This joint has been trotted out on select Star Wars and G.I. Joe figures.) Unlike other figures in the line, he has single knee joints, but he has a lot of other familiar hallmarks-- ball-jointed shoulders and hips, swivel-and-bending ankles, and a single waist joint.
The design is pretty true to the movie, with guns grafted onto the arms and a largely one-color design. It's mostly a silvery grey with blue eyes and an ARC reactor in the chest... or maybe it's a fake ARC reactor? I don't remember. I really should watch the movie again. But I digress-- it's a nice figure, it seems to have totally dried up, and it's so different from the comic Iron Monger that you'll want to make sure you get both. They're totally cool for different reasons, and the only thing that could make this version better is Jeff Bridges' head under the helmet. Maybe we'll see an exclusive variant some day, but for now, this one is pretty dang good.
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