With his Netflix series underway I figured now was a perfect time to look at my new Iron Fist figure. Based on the early episodes, even before I open it, I knew I’d like the figure more. But even if the rest of the series doesn’t pick up, I’d rather have a great figure than a stellar Iron Fist show.
Packaging: Iron Fist is a curious addition to the Doctor Strange line. Sure, we could loosely consider his powers magic based, but it is probably a stretch. The more important thing is he gets released, not in which lineup.
To help him stand out more compared to the other wave mates, Iron Fist’s classic comic logo is on the front. He also has a dedicated standalone package setup and a dragon logo at the top.
Besides the Build-A-Figure Dormammu along the top left, it’d be easy to mistake Iron Fist for a standalone exclusive Marvel Legend figure. I really liked the inner lining with the Iron Fist logo. The bios continue to be laughably simple, which isn’t helped from Hasbro cramming in four languages on the card.
Likeness: My preferred take on Iron Fist is his original 1970s costume with the flared ‘Destro-collar’ and slippers. That just screamed martial artist to me and I’ve always found it a cool outfit. This more modern costume choice actually is a pretty good second choice. It has the classic color scheme and makes sense for a lithe, martial artist.
The head sculpt is fiercely determined. I like it as it’s easy to envision Danny channeling his chi to make his fist like unto a thing of iron. This is a superb head sculpt and one of my favorites of the modern Marvel Legends era. There’s even some nice sculpting in the eye portion so the paint crew doesn’t have to do all the work.
Scale: Iron Fist uses the Pizza Spider-Man buck, which makes a lot of sense with this character. I’m hoping this is the year Hasbro finally gives us an updated modern Luke Cage figure. The only requirement being that he’s taller than this mold.
Paint: Maybe to give me a reason to hold onto the BAF Odin Father figure, Hasbro used more of a yellow orange shade of yellow instead of the yellow gold of that previous version. The BAF figure really popped with its color scheme thanks to that dynamic yellow.
This yellow shade is more subdued, but it looks good. You’re going to want to pay close attention to the dragon logo and the eyes for paint flaws. Mine had a slight scrape on the logo, but the eyes turned out fine.
Articulation: The Pizza Spidey buck is great for flexible poses and is ideal for a martial artist. There’s no shortage of great poses you can accomplish even with the lack of shin/boot cuff articulation.
Find the right spot and Iron Fist can do a reasonably solid side kick unassisted. This is why Marvel Legends have remained such a popular line over the decades.
Iron Fist has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Iron Fist doesn’t come loaded with an assortment of hands like the Odin Father version. Here, we only get the regular glowing pair of translucent hands and non powered-up wrapped fists.The wrapped fists are a bit looser than I’d like and pop off with little movement. Not a huge deal since I like the glowing fists better anyway, but it’s something to be aware of with the extra set.
I would have swapped the wrapped hands for a set of karate chopping hands. I really like the attached hands since they convey Iron Fist’s power just fine. The pegs from the old version don’t look like a perfect match so these might be the only options.
Additionally, Danny gets a pair of fireballs/power surge effects. They’re translucent and look fine although I see myself getting more use out of them with fire based characters.
Finally, Danny has the top torso to the BAF Dormammu. I’ve got the SDCC version so I’m not worried about building him.
Worth it? Call it the price of having a new TV series. Iron Fist hasn’t fallen to clearance prices and still ranges at $20.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
This is a very strong figure with great movement, sculpt and paint job. With additional hands like the previous version this would easily be a 10.
Where to get it? Amazon is probably your easiest bet, but I’ve occasionally still seen him at Toys R Us.