We saw this Iron Man vs. Mega Man X Action Figure Set in a case at HasCon next year, a stealth debut for its "Gamerverse" offering which Funko has already offered to a fairly extensive extent - and they got Strider in theirs! Hasbro's offering spans multiple games, and this one brings two figures you probably want from Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. (If you're feeling some deja vu, Toy Biz did Mega Man vs. War Machine almost 20 years ago.) The Mega Man X figure in this set is all new, while Iron man is a redeco if Iron Man 2 Mark III armor - a glorious line, with this as one of its best figures.
The scale sets most heroes at about 4-inches tall, Iron Man being taller. Mega Man X is shorter at about 3 3/4-inches tall. Both are nicely articulated, but it's worth noting that the Iron Man mold is from a 2010 movie line during a brief period where Hasbro's 3 3/4-inch offerings across the board absolutely peaked. There have been a few marginal improvements, but the scale has largely been an afterthought when it comes to actually engaging a wide audience.
Tony Stark as Iron Man closely matches the package art, minus a couple of paint operations. A light on the forehead is missing on the figure, as are a smattering of details on the legs. Some silver and gold are missing, but it's definitely close enough mold to match the illustrations. It's also one of the very best Iron Man molds at this size, sporting amazing hip articulation and a whopping 26 points of articulation - 28 if you count the jointed shoulder pads, which launch like rockets if you move the shoulders wrong. This isn't a feature, this is kind of a problem.
Thanks to the wide amount of articulation, you can get a lot of great poses out of the figure. He was engineered before the proliferation of rocker ankles and bend-and-swivel wrists at this size, so expect a figure that can stand well but not in every possible pose. The single-carded version from 8 years ago had snap-on armor, which is a nice bonus - and was cheaper than this one - but that's inflation for you. The detail is great, and while it's neither a perfect game nor movie suit of armor it's really excellent and a lot of fun to futz with. If you don't already have this mold in another color, I'd suggest getting this set for Tony - even though I bought it for X.
Our pal X is pretty good, but showcases that strange thing of American toymakers struggling to get the personality of Japanese character designs just so. Stylized ones tend to turn out better, but this is a take that's adapted from the fighter, which itself was very close to the wonderful game Maverick Hunter X. I don't want to sound like I'm dumping on it - the proportions and everything are really close, but some of the joints and the face are off enough that it might not meet your needs. It's also lacking the metallic sheen that the box shows.
X comes with a removable energy blast - which has little rings and bursts, and I adore it - plus 22 total points of articulation. While this sounds impressive, the right leg popped off while I was opening the figure and the figure just spontaneously fell apart at the waist while I picked it up to count joints as I write this very paragraph. I also collect a lot of weird import figures where assembly is required and parts fall off more or less by design, so while it's not strange as a thing in my toy box is is odd as an American release.
The sculpting is on par with most illustrations of the character - smooth, clean, and with a few hints of mechanical bits. The soles of his boots have some interesting stuff down there, but is otherwise light on unique detailing. It's a good figure in a "I want to buy something to put on my desk" kind of way, and I like the poses I'm getting from it.
This set is recommended with a few caveats. One, it's been on and off clearance since late 2017. I got mine for $5.98, I've seen it marked down $5-$10 and then back up to $20 frequently. Two, Mega Man X does fall apart somewhat easily. It's a good display piece but not a good toy. With that in mind, Hasbro's only Mega Man figure is a must-buy just for the curiosity of it. I'll buy any Capcom figures Hasbro sticks in its Marvel lines, and if they do it in 6-inch I'll start giggling and buying them all. (Confidential to Hasbro - Strider Hiryu, please and thank you.) For $20, it's a good set. For $10, it's a bargain. Anything less than $10 is practically stealing, even with the aforementioned imperfections I would say I got more than a little entertainment out of this set and it certainly made me happy that Hasbro has a few - possibly very few - more of these in the marketplace.
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