Hasbro had me at "rip-saw handblades." Crosscut Iron Man was another figure I picked up on the cheap, mostly because I liked the idea of power tool hands. That's a good time right there. Like other 3 3/4-inch-scale figures in this line, the figure has removable limbs and can swap with the other armored figures in this assortment. There are 5 joints per figure, and there's not a lot to them beyond their being generally fun to futz with.
The gold face paint is great, but it doesn't do much to bring out the yellow eyes - depending on the lighting, anyway. A paler yellow or a glow-in-the-dark marking could add some life to the figure, whose sculpt is quite good. There are a few visible markings and rivets, plus loads of armored plates. There's not a lot of paint here, just a few gold or yellow markings on the red, glittery plastic. A painted figure might have looked better, but would have cost more. It's a decent enough workaround.
His accessories include 2 alternate arms a gun that came with Iron Patriot and War Machine. It really doesn't add to the piece, so much as it provides you a new part to not use and then lose.
The pose and position of the sculpted, non-weapon arms are certainly more interesting than "stand like a statue." The bent arm implies some sort of punching action, and the left arm just sort of is there. The alternate arms don't bring much to the table, because the freely-spinning sawblades are where all the fun is on this guy.
With Hasbro's recent focus on engineering cheaper figures, we've seen some lines go up in price (Star Wars, G.I. Joe) while others get a price cut, but a reduction in features ($6 Iron Man/Spider-Man/Avengers/Wolverine.) For some reason, this assortment existed as a higher-price, somewhat more fully-featured range that certainly does have nice sculpts, and does bring more to the table, but they're not any more fun. With the box-like packaging Hasbro certainly makes a case to give these the illusion of more parts and more value, but after you get your hands on one you might be left thinking "this is nice, and I'd love more, but wow." A little more paint, a few more accessories, or perhaps even more articulation would make this a bargain - and at $5, I think it's one of the best things I've bought all year - but the cheapest I usually see these is $8, and it's sort of worth $8. The very nature of the item is its expandable nature, and that requires a purchase of a second or third figure to really get the most out of it.
While fun, it's not worth $10. $5, sure. $7, why not. Fundamentally, these figures offer little play beyond their $6 cousins beyond a spare set of arms and maybe a projectile launcher - it's not as fun as two figures necessarily, it's just more expensive. If you can find them on sale, particularly for $7 or less, I'd suggest snagging one or more of these to have yourself a great old time. If these hit a significant markdown I do plan on collecting them all - I like them, just not "$100+ for the whole set" like them.
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