Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Iron Man

It’s Toy Review Tuesday again and this week I’m reviewing the Marvel Legends Infinite series Guardians of the Galaxy Iron Man 6-inch figure. This series features a Build-a-Figure accessory with each of the 6 figures noted below along with a part to complete a 9-inch Groot figure if you collect them all. I’ve typically be a Marvel Select fan, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to dive into a different series, but you’ll see the price I paid for this was a no-brainer to at least try the line out to see just how good/bad they are.

  • Character: Iron Man
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Series: Infinite
  • Dimensions: 6
  • Weight: 8 oz
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $21.99 | Paid: $7.79
  • Part Number/SKU: A7909000

Articulation – ★★★★★

All my hesitation went out the window when I pulled Iron Man out of his box and checked out the POA’s. There are so many options for posing this figure. At such a low price point, even at full price, there are tons of POA’s. More than the typical number on a Marvel Select figure. As I’ve done more research, it appears the Marvel Legends series is geared towards “Play” and the Marvel Select series is geared towards “Display.” This legends figure has tons of play-ability, but the actual mold isn’t up to par as you’ll read later.

Total POA’s = 27

  • Arms – There are a total of 5 POA’s on each arm. For such a small figure 10 POA’s for just the arms is awesome.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint with full 360 rotation as well as a pretty good amount of outward motion. (Just note that Iron Man’s shoulder plates will likely pop off if you’re not careful with the rotation, but they snap back on very easily)
    • Upper Arms: Peg Joint allows for full 360 degree rotation.
    • Elbows: Double Pin/Hinge joints allow for nearly 150 degrees of rotation. There are joint grooves to allow the elbow to remain in position. The elbow joints are somewhat flexible and if you’re not careful feel like you could accidentally force the arm to bend in the wrong way causing the plastic to crack so be careful with these joints.
    • Wrists: There are 2 joints per wrist. One is a standard peg joint allowing for a full 360 degree rotation. The other is a Pin/Hinge joint allowing you to create the iconic Iron Man pose with him pointing his hand blaster at his foe. Great articulation in the wrist.
  • Legs – There are 5 points in each leg/hip area. The number of joints in Iron Man’s legs is on par with his arms. He is capable of so many poses that most Marvel Select figures only dream of. From crouches to flying positions, he seems to be able to do all.
    • Hips: Ball Joint with full 360 degree rotation as well as out/in and forward/backward motion.
    • Upper Legs: Peg Joint allows for full 360 degree rotation of the upper leg.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge Joints in each knee. These joints allow Iron Man to perform some great kneeling and running poses. Each joint has grooves to assist in holding the position.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. The first is a Pin/Hinge joint that allows for a large amount of forward/backward motion of the foot which is great for those flying poses as well as the crouch and run poses. The second joint is a ball joint which allows the foot to remain flat on the ground which keeps Iron Man solid on most surfaces and makes most poses look realistic.
  • Body: There are 2 body joints.
    • Chest: Hinge joint allows for a fairly large range of motion. Iron man can hunch over a decent amount, but his backward motion is quite impressive, almost to the point of uncomfortable looking.
    • Hips: Peg Joint allows Iron Man to rotate his upper torso 360 degrees.
  • Head: Ball Joint allows for full 360 degree motion as well as some tilt. It would have been nice to get a little more tilt backwards for those flying poses, but that apparently can be remedied by popping the head off and re-positioning the head not entirely on the joint in the position you want. I haven’t done it, but I’ve heard it can be done.

Mold – ★★★★☆

Overall the mold of this Iron Man figure is pretty good. They managed to mold him to look like a robot exoskeleton but still retained some very human features. I’m not entirely sure why you would need to make robot legs have muscle definition, but then again, I’m not Tony Stark, or a billionaire.

Some of the mold features I really liked were the kneecaps that were molded into the knee joints. This little detail is just great. It masks the joints just enough to make the knee look believable. I also think the hands were excellently executed. The detail of the fingers captures exactly how I imaging Iron Man holding his hand up to prepare to fire.

The one thing I don’t like that much are the shoulder plates. They attach to his shoulders via two small plastic pegs and are prone to popping off. When you take them off, the figure doesn’t look too bad. Putting them on, if you don’t position them just right, they look a little out of place. This is especially true because it seems they are made with a different type of plastic.

The quality of the plastic used is definitely not up to the standards of the Marvel Select figures. He’s a very light figure and the plastic feel just a little cheap. This is more evident in the plastic used for the joints. The joints feel a little too flexible.

In the end though, the mold of this figure is pretty good. Good enough to warrant 4 of 5 stars in my book.

Paint – ★★★☆☆

The only paint on the figure is mostly the gold highlights as well as the power core in his chest. It wasn’t poorly done, but it does seem the paint is easily scratched off. So if you’re going to play with your figure a lot, expect to lose some of your paint.

Accessories – ★★★☆☆

Iron Man comes with no accessories, though he does come with the right leg of the Groot Build-a-Figure. It would have been nice to have had something, though I don’t know what.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

I really like the Marvel Legends Infinite series packaging. If you’ve read any of my other toy reviews, you’ll know I’m not a huge fan of the blister/bubble packaging. I prefer the boxed style of packaging which is what this figure comes in. It provides the option to display your figure in box if you like.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Overall, I gave Iron Man 4 of 5 stars. The articulation points on this figure alone would have given him 5 stars. The rest was so-so which brought him down that one star. Since I really like Nova, I’ll likely buy him at some point as well, which means I’ll have to get all 6 so I can get the Groot figure too. I don’t want to have a couple random body parts laying around I can’t do anything with now do I? For the price I paid, I couldn’t pass this figure up. I don’t know that I’d be willing to pay full price for this figure, but to complete the series I would have given up to $15 for it.

Do you have any of these figures? If so, do you have a review to share? Please share in the comments or link to your review.


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