Medicom’s Latest MAFEX Iron Man MK XLV Keeps Things Civil During the Age of Ultron
There's a new Marvel movie on the way, so that means Medicom's timing for this all-new MAFEX Iron Man is on point. Well it would be if this Iron Man were based on the upcoming Captain America: Civil War incarnation. Instead, the company is just slightly behind the times with this Avengers: Age of Ultron MK XLV armor. Unlike the import competition, Medicom's decided to focus on the last iteration of Iron Man's armor, but given how few figures actually captured this suit from the final half of Age of Ultron, it's not all that disappointing.
The MK XLV armor is one of the best-looking suits from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and affordable versions of this suit have been few and far between. While Hot Toys has had the market cornered on the high-end spectrum, only Figuarts has really devoted any attention to the AOU Iron Man in 1/12 scale. Medicom might be playing a bit of catch up with this release, but it might be the better of the two import options if the final release ends up looking as nice as this prototype.
While the overall armor design is one of my favorites from the films, it's really based on the intricacies of the back of the armor. There's some really great detailing in the spine and rear rib cage that make this armor stand out about the previous suits. I love the smoothness of the rounded edges, too. For too long Tony's armors have looked incredibly bulky despite being so (supposedly) form-fitting. That it took 40 some variations before Tony started introducing less angular machined parts is surprising. His love of cars alone should have had him introducing more of automotive design elements earlier on, but I digress.
Medicom's also got a very good Robert Downey, Jr likeness under that helmet, which is more than you can say for most of the competition at 1/12 scale. It doesn't look like it's an alternate head either, but rather that the visor will lift up to reveal Tony underneath. There will be additional hands and some repulsor blasts for posing, too. This figure should have plenty of flexibility too, as you can clearly see it in the now-overused three-point stance originated by Adi Granov way back when.
The Medicom MAFEX Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man MK XLV figure will be available this fall in Japan for ¥7800 (~$65). It will like find its way stateside this winter.
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