Yep, I’m already trying to decide which Hot Toys Avengers: Endgame Iron Man figure I want, but it’s long past time to take a look at the Hot Toys Avengers: Infinity War Iron Man Mark L figure.
This was an armor I liked a lot the second I saw it show up in trailers. There’s enough differences from the Mark L and the Mark 46 armor from Captain America: Civil War to warrant adding this to my collection. And with Infinity War being one of my favorite films — apologies Mr. Scorsese and Coppola — I want a comprehensive collection of Hot Toys representation for my display.
Packaging: I really like the look of the Avengers: Infinity War packaging. It really captures the expansive feel of Infinity War with the starry backdrop and slight foil embossed elements.
You’ll slide the main package up/down, but with the Iron Man figures make sure to have the package on a flat surface as the inner package is two parts. I love the clean black and white detailing here as it sorta resembles blueprints. The base holds all the weight of the figure so be careful when removing it. I tend to just keep the bottom portion on a flat surface and lift the inner Styrofoam packaging up from the back.
Once that’s done, lift the smaller Styrofoam lid and behold the Golden Avenger. Iron Man is snugly in place so you won’t have to worry about him falling out and breaking.
Likeness: Going with the die-cast metal makes the figure more expensive, but in hand it is so worth it. This is a clean looking figure. It’s sleek and looks like the high-end toy version of a souped-up Iron Man armor. All of the sculpting is faithfully captured and it looks like it’s ready to start whipping up some weaponry via nanotechnology at any moment.
Scale: The Mark 50 armor is broader and bulkier than some armors, which is ironic since it’s made of the more streamlined nanotech. Hot Toys has the figure appropriately bulky, but scaled him up way too tall. Since they have tended to make the Thor figures too small that doesn’t look right. Of course if you’re setting up a true Infinity War display, Iron Man and Thor shouldn’t be anywhere near each other.
This is one of my two issues with the figure.
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Paint: In typical Hot Toys fashion for Iron Man armors, there’s some wear and tear to show this isn’t a showroom model of armor. There’s some scuffs and scrapes to bring another level of detail into the armor.
The shades of red and gold used here really pops and there’s just enough silver and blue elements to make the figure stand out among even the deepest Iron Man armories.
Hot Toys did some cool paint technique with the panels to give them more of a lit-up blue shading even when the light is off. This is something that’s been lacking in other figures.
Hot Toys reused the Captain America: Civil War head for this one minus the black eye. Hard to blame them as this is an excellent head sculpt that works just fine for an Infinity War Stark head.
Articulation: The articulation on the Iron Man Hot Toys figures have always been surprisingly great. It’s in large part thanks to Hot Toys’ use of the die-cast and segmenting those pieces and creating panels for parts that would cause some problems in movement of a figure. This leads to some slight gaps, but I can’t see a better solution in achieving maximum poseability with a spot on perfect likeness in ever pose. For the display, the sliding panels aren’t an issue as you can line everything up pretty tightly.
I think this figure even improves on the Civil War figure in terms of poseability, which is impressive.
Iron Man Mark L has:
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Light Up Feature: As with most Iron Man figures there’s a bunch of light-up features and there’s a bunch of batteries to put in place. There’s always that uneasiness about pulling parts off, but the panels came off without too much effort. My least favorite to swap in and out to turn the switch was the silver portion under the bicep for the arm lights. Normally the batteries are a major, frustrating pain, but I have to give Hot Toys credit here — it really wasn’t that bad and I was able to put the in without getting frustrated.
The lights are fairly strong even in normal lighting. That’s important since Iron Man’s lights are always on when he’s in the armor. In this pic all three figures have their light switches on.
Accessories: As with every Iron Man figure, definitely read through the instructions before fiddling even if it seems obvious.
Iron Man has three sets of hands – fists, light-up repulsor hands and articulated fingers. That should cover all of your basic hand needs.
The Mark L also comes with the wings he used for a large portion of the fight against Thanos. These just look really cool and have a sharp amount of detail. They pop in and off without much fear of breaking something as well. And they’ve got blades that pop out as well. I don’t have a clue about their functionality, but they look cool.
If you really want the whole array of Iron Man Mark L weapons, Hot Toys made a separate accessory pack. That set includes the broken blade Thanos uses to impale Tony, the foot clamps, foot thruster, energy blade, battering rams, power mallet, hand blade and battle damaged mask. I didn’t need that much and definitely think for the price tag, Hot Toys should have added a few more pieces in the main figure.
He does come with the LED light-up nano repulsor cannon right arm piece. To put this on, there’s a socket to swap out the right arm from the forearm down. It locks in place with no trouble and lights up, which is a nice touch.
There’s also a cannoned left arm, which plugs in to the forearms.
Iron Man also comes with a small Infinity War base and flight stand.
Worth it? The Mark L is not a cheap figure as it clocks in at $407. The price on the die-cast figures keeps skyrocketing and this figure doesn’t really seem like it’s only $24 less than the mammoth Hulkbuster Iron Man even though that figure isn’t made of die-cast.
For this price tag, I’d like to see a few more features. The Civil War figure had all of these features and a good sized base. I was able to use some Sideshow rewards points so my figure was far closer in price to the Civil War version.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I’d knock the figure down to a 9 if I paid full price. Despite the scale, this is my new favorite Iron Man figure. Still, it really could have used more of Iron Man’s weapons for the price tag.
Where to get it? The Iron Man Mark 50 is still available, but you’re probably going to not want to wait too long especially with the Endgame armors coming relatively soon too. You can order the Hot Toys Avengers: Infinity War Iron Man Mark L now from LMF affiliate Sideshow Collectibles.
Check out my other Hot Toys Avengers Infinity Wars reviews here.
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