Toy Review: Marvel Legends | War Machine

Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hulkbuster Series War Machine. I managed to get a great deal on nearly the entire Hulkbuster wave, this figure included. Thank goodness for price matching at Walmart. Let’s take a look and see how this figure rates.


Figures in the Series

Figure Details

Articulation – ★★★

The articulation on this figure is not that great. It’s a repaint of the Iron Patriot figure from the Iron Monger series, which I do not have and would love to get. Let’s take a closer look at the articulation to see why I’m giving this figure only 3 stars.

Total POA’s = 29

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint. The shoulder joints are actually some of the best articulated shoulders I’ve seen on some of the Hasbro Marvel Legends figures thus far. You can very nearly raise the arms all the way up which is great for those flying poses. The shoulder pads even articulate (I don’t count those towards the POA’s of a figure) and when the articulation of the shoulder pads stops, they flex enough to allow for the remaining motion. This is a huge win.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint which is nicely molded to follow the natural bicep look. No standard cut joint and this makes it look much more realistic.
    • Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joints that allow for the arms to nearly bend all the way in half.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. The swivel is pretty standard and works well. The hinge will allow you to curl the wrist in but there is no motion out. War Machine’s hands are in fists anyway so you’re not going to do any booster shots of him flying that way. I’m on the fence with this. The reason for the lack of articulation is the armor plate on the top of the hand. It may be possible to pop those off as they may be glued on and you could either sand/file them down and reattach or simply leave them off. I’m going to leave them as-is since he’s just got fists anyway.
  • Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides decent forward and back motion. Where these joints really perform is on the outward motion. He can pretty much do the splits, though I don’t know when doing the splits is ever really something War Machine would be doing. Better forward and backward motion would have been more appreciated here.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint with a similar structure to the bicep joint. This joint is nicely sculpted to mask the ball joint in the hip area and has good range of motion.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for a nice, better than 90 degree bend in the knee.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints but they might as well have put none. The sculpt of the armor that covers the sides of the feet and back essentially nullify any articulation in the ankles. This then nullifies or makes the great knee, thigh, and hip joints somewhat less desirable and is the basis for War Machine losing 2 full stars. They could have easily changed the sculpt to accomodate the articulation without losing the ascetics, but they chose not to for some reason. Major fail.
  • Body – There is one joint in the body area. This is a what I can only assume to be a double ball joint. This provides a wide range of swivel and good backwards arch capability. The breast/sternum plate does hinder the ab crunch considerably, but the other range of motion more than makes up for it.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge disc that provides for good downward motion, but he can’t look up much, which is a bit disappointing for flight poses. There’s good side-to-side and even a little bit of tilt too.

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Mold – ★★★☆☆

I really like the sculpt of this figure, though I had to shave 2 stars off the rating simply because Hasbro chose to destroy the leg articulation by nullifying all ankle articulation with the armor. Had they not done that, this figure would have easily been a 4 or maybe even 5 stars for me. I love all the detail work they did with this figure. I’m usually not a tough critic of the sculpt work of a figure unless it directly affects articulation. In the end, the additional armor on the ankles looks dumb to me, which makes it even worse.

On the bright side, this is a really nicely sculpted figure otherwise. I’m simply being critical. I really like how this figure looks and would recommend it if you’re an Iron Man/War Machine fan.

The best part of this figure is the alternate unmasked head. The likeness to Don Cheadle is amazing. Hasbro really knocked this one out of the park.

Paint – ★★

There’s really not a lot to the paint job on this figure. It’s black plastic with some sparkle and grey with a little bit of red highlights in the eyes and power source in the chest, but they did a good job with it. Now, I did have to sort through about 6 at my local Walmart to get the best paint job I could find. Most of the figures had some paint splotches on the unmasked head or the eyes were a little “derpy” as they say, but I managed to find one to my liking that was done very clean.

The highlight of the paint job is on the unmasked head we get. As noted in the Mold/Sculpt section, they really got the likeness of Don Cheadle down.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

War Machine comes with his signature machine gun that mounts on his back shoulder. This is a cool accessory except for two gripes. First, the gun is articulated in two (three if you count the peg mount) places which is awesome, except it really needs to be articulated in three (or four if you count the peg mount). The lack of this additional articulation means you can only mount this gun on his left shoulder, even though he has peg holes on both shoulders. The second gripe is the articulation on mine is extremely loose. So the gun just flops around. I’m pretty confident this can be fixed, but it’s never fun opening a brand new figure just to find you have to fix it right out of the box.

As noted before, he also comes with an alternate unmasked head that is sculpted and painted to resemble actor Don Cheadle. This is the highlight of the figure. They really did a great job on this accessory.

I would have given 5 stars had it not been for the QA issues on the machine gun.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★☆☆

Overall, I’m giving this figure 3 of 5 stars. Namely because of the articulation debacle. Aside from that I would have easily given War Machine 4 stars, but I just cannot do it, also knowing there was a Toy Biz War Machine that really just looks so much cooler and has better accessories I couldn’t give this reboot too high of a rating. I don’t have that older War Machine, but if I had the choice between the two, I’d go with the Toy Biz one. Anybody wanna do a trade?

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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