Figuarts Heads Back to the Testing Lab With Tony Stark
There have been a lot of Iron Man figures released since the armored Avenger launched Marvel's Cinematic Universe into the stratosphere. Strangely, there haven't been many Tony Starks released. Granted the guy hasn't changed all that much, save for his goatee styling, but you'd think there'd be more than just a few figures of the man behind the machined mask released over the past eight years. In fact, if it wasn't for Hot Toys, that number of plain clothes Tonys would be all but null.
But not for long, thanks to SH Figuarts. Finally, three years after Iron Man 3 hit theaters, the Japanese company will be bringing the test chamber version of Tony Stark to shelves. There are a number of different memorable looks from all the Iron Man movies, like Racetrack Tony, Rose Hill Cowboy Tony, Bootleg Hoodie Iron Man Tony, but the test chamber version is still a solid choice. Hell, I have the Hot Toys version, and I might double down on this one because I like the idea of that "in progress" armor so much.
The basic Tony head and body look good, and despite being nothing more than a t-shirt and pants look, Figuarts has done a nice job adding some detail to keep the figure from looking too plain. The Robert Downey, Jr portrait is pretty close, and it's actually much better than the heads for actors like Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson that we've seen from Figuarts.
For me though, this figure is all about the secondary attachments. In addition to the human legs and arms, Tony here comes with a set of MK XLII forearms and legs to swap in. I'm a little disappointed there's no augmented reality headpiece included, but this is still a fairly screen-accurate figure from that lab sequence in the movie. There doesn't appear to be any additional posing hands for the armor, which will limit posing options, but it looks like they might be interchangeable with existing Figuarts. If you already have an Iron Man in your collection, it shouldn't be too hard to get creative.
And hey, at least you also get a little display platform to pose him on.
The SH Figuarts Iron Man 3 Tony Stark should be available this October for ~$60. The MK XLII armor figure will be getting a re-release in September, and Figuarts is also planning a new MK III suit for the future. The original wasn't bad, so I'm interested to see how they're going to improve on that design from The Avengers.