Just because there's not a new movie on the slate for a few years doesn't mean you've seen the last of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Avengers, my friends. Aside from guest-starring in each others movies at an increasingly exponential rate, there's still an endless array of collectibles based on these silver screen heroes coming, too. Kotobukiya's been steadily putting out Avengers: Age of Ultron collectibles to bolster its already impressive Marvel line-up, and next up the company will be bringing Iron Man's latest armor to life in 1/6 scale.

While there have been a multitude of Iron Man pieces over the past seven years, the collectible market is always just a tiny bit behind when it comes to the most recent incarnation of Tony Stark's armor. Very rarely are the most current suits available when they first appear on film. However, just as the Age of Ultron is about to hit home video, Koto has announced pre-orders for its Iron Man MK XLV ArtFX statue. Even though it won't be actually available until January 2016, this first look at the piece does show plenty of promise in Iron Man's new duds... which will be outdated just a few months later in Captain America: Civil War.

Sculpted by M.I.C., the latest Iron Man from Kotobukiya comes in at 12" tall, which is just about 0.9" taller than the MK XLIII released earlier this year. Why two different Iron Man statues at the same scale have different heights is beyond me, but that's the way Koto wanted to go, so that's the way it is. It's not like Tony Stark magically grew another half-foot taller over the course of the film. At least with the Hulkbuster, the size discrepancy makes sense. That thing is a massive brute. Here though, I'm actually a little disappointed it's not the same size as the earlier Iron Man. They look strange standing next to each other, almost as if they're not part of the same line.

That problem aside, the statue is shiny and clean. I really dig the Mark XLV design, which only made a brief appearance in the film. The rounding of the edges is a nice iteration on the standard suit, which had been a bit bulkier and blockier since the first film. The pose shows off the technical machining quite well, too, and the paint app does reflect some slight variances in the palette between armors. You don't realize just how dark the MK XLIII is until you see it next to another suit.

The Marvel Studios Age of Ultron Iron Man MK XLV ArtFX Statue is available for pre-order from Kotobukiya's store for $139.99.

 

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