Hot Toys: Iron Man Mark VI (DieCast Edition)
Updated: May 12, 2019
My first Hot Toy review on this blog! Right off the get go I want to point out that these reviews are mostly just all about letting the pictures do the work since it's really hard to do the figure justice just with words. But obviously I'll be putting my opinion as well as geeking out with how awesome this figure is! With that said, let's just get right into the review of Hot Toys Iron Man Mark VI Die Cast Edition.
I don't normally put a big picture of boxes but Hot Toys boxes are a different breed. The design is just something to admire. Much like the figure itself inside, the color schemes are dominantly red, highlighted with gold, and a touch of grey. Of course a nice image of the product that wraps around the box is something that completes the aesthetics.
And if the sleek looking box isn't something to admire before getting to the figure inside, do know that this is a heavy duty beast. It serves as a protection for the pricey investment within.
Credit to the people who are responsible for this figure. I wish I can name them all in every single paragraph.
Taking extra precautions, Hot Toys puts their figures inside stylophone cases, which I can't complain about. With an engraved 'Mark VI' etched into it, one can never forget which figure is on hand!
Taking the top off the stylophone, here is Mark VI in all its beauty. Clearly it's obvious to see what it comes with. Four pair of hands, an alternate chest piece, and swappable heads might be a lot for the common retail figures, but not for a Hot Toy. And the great thing is that it's not all it comes with:
Underneath the stylophone itself are more accessories, the batteries, and the stand. So for anyone not familiar with Hot Toys, expect more than a few goodies to help with photoshoots and display options.
Now what can be said about this handsome figure without being so redundant? First let's talk about all the sculpted details that are visible and non visible. Everything from the lining, the armor plates, each separate pieces, every one was given care and attention to ensure that it organically feels like an Iron Man figure--an expensive Iron Man figure, that is.
Nothing about this figure from base perspective looks short handed. It looks and feels (it's die-cast after all) like high-end collector's item.
The marvelous attention are consistent throughout the figure. Just looking at this backside, Iron Man still has the finer details.
Speaking of attention to details, there are functional flaps that we see Iron Man use throughout the Cinematic Movies. They are all well sculpted and definitely detailed. They are also well hidden so they're not so obvious and marring to the overall look of the figure.
Functions and details that they didn't necessarily have to put in, they did, so for that, I can't help but really geek out at all this additions.
Paint wise, there's not much to say but continue my appreciation of it. The dominant red is dark, metallic, and definitely suiting of an Iron Man armor. It's clean and well painted and for those who notice the 'scuffs' and gashes, it's all part of the overall theme of the armor. But that's mostly on the red and a little bit on the silver. The gold and grey that help give the character contrast; something that is credited to the Cinematic portrayal of Tony Stark, but it's still Hot Toys' fantastic job of replicating it to figure form.
I know I've mentioned details and being well sculpted a million times, but that's something that I can't help. To piggy back on that, look at Arc Reactor. And to some, the intended wear and tear may be a bit off-putting, but honestly, it adds something to the figure.
Taking off the chest plate, we are once again treated to the many things that makes me geek out. I mean, just look at all of that!
Now the reason why someone would take out the chest piece is because of the option of putting the battle damaged version. Both the chest piece and the helmet get their own worn out pieces. And while the rest of the armor gets the scuffs and gashes, the alternate mask and chest pieces get the treatment of getting mauled by Iron Man's foes. They look convincingly real and it mirrors how he looked in Iron Man 2 after the battle with Whiplash. The details underneath with the wiring and what not really plays well with the open gashes on the chest; and those bullet holes!
The alternate head is the Robert Downey Jr. face. This is my third Iron Man Hot Toy and the Mark VI is the second one in those three that gives us the alternate head of the iconic actor of the MCU. And just like everything else with the figure, they do not shortcut anything! It looks like the Tony Stark actor!
It's slightly nerve wracking just how accurate this figure is to RDJ. I wonder what he'd say if he was holding one of these? Heck, if I was him, I'd own all of them!
And if the sculpted work wasn't enough, light up features are available (as they are in all Hot Toys from my knowledge). I'll have to mention that it's a pain in the butt getting the batteries in the tiny slots that they are meant to port to. At least they are included with the figure and not a separate purchase.
There's a light up feature on his eyes, Arc Reactor, and both his Repulsors, but I had problem with his right hand so that won't be functional.
Next we'll be showcasing the many artillery that comes with the Mark VI. He may not be as 'vocal' with his weapons like War Machine, but he does pack a few hitters. The first of the ones that are worth mentioning are the lasers that we saw in Iron Man 2 that annihilated the Hammer Drones. A pair of fisted hands can be used so that Mark VI can imitate that weapon in Hot Toy form.