I was really excited to see Nano Shell Iron Man showing up in stores, until I got a close look at it. I like it, but the paint job tended to be a little sloppy - so it took a few weeks before I found one with what I would consider to be above-average paint. The bright lights of Walmart make it pretty obvious when there's excess splatter.
The five-jointed figure is marked 2013, so I assume it's a new sculpt - it doesn't seem to be packed in with any existing vehicles, but it is inspired by the Mark V Suitcase Armor from Iron Man 2 in its overall look and feel. While the figure's various repulsors are undecorated, he is in a nifty action pose with one fist and one hand extended out. The legs are more or less posed in an inactive manner, with lots of sculpted panels to resemble that previous movie design in nearly everything but color.
For whatever reason, this 4-inch scale figure is a golden brown color with dark grey, almost black highlights. A white ARC reactor and eyes give this figure some nice personality, and the black outline around the eyes does wonders in making the figure look a little more expensive. It's a good one.
I assume most people will whine about how it's not from the movies and it's some made-up weirdness, but I grew up with Tec Shield Batman and I go for this kind of thing sometimes. The made-up whimsy of the designers works well here, with the "fire" and "ice"-themed blasters adding more personality to the figure. The energy blasts barely fit right, but they look cool and made me want to buy this figure when I saw it in the stores. I'm glad I did - he can't sit very well, but the design stands well and looks good on my desk. Get one if you are so inclined!
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