Thursday, May 30, 2013

#33: Marvel Legends Iron Man - Lt. Colonel James Rhodes

Hasbro decided to take a new direction for Iron Man 3 toys. For the 3 3/4 inch scale, they went with cheap, underarticulated figures as well as figures with swappable limbs. So basically nothing I was interested in. Fortunately, there was also a Marvel Legends series affiliated with the movie's release. The first half had comic figures, while the second had movie figures. And Ultron. Friend of the blog AJ found them and bought the movie Iron Patriot for me as an early birthday gift.

I'm not sure if this is accurate to the movie or not, but this figure is a new sculpt rather than a repaint of the Iron Man 2 War Machine. It's possibly a reuse of a different suit's sculpt, but not one that I have. Because the first half of this series has the comic version of Iron Patriot, this figure is labelled as Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes, although in the movie the suit is Iron Patriot. I'm not sure if that would make it more or less confusing to the kids or those shopping for kids. While War Machine was more about raw destructive power, Iron Patriot has a more PR role with less overt weaponry. As such, he has one accessory, a shoulder cannon. It folds up and swivels and can also be removed. There are two spots on his back for it to plug into, so perhaps he had a second weapon planned.

Since this is a Marvel Legends build a figure series, Rhodes includes the left arm of Iron Monger. That's the Iron Monger from the Iron Man 2 line for size comparison.

See, not just a repaint. Also, now with added height!

"Hey, Rhodey, I think I've got the patriotically themed armor angle covered already. Take ten."

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