Seriously how much more can Hot Toys do to differentiate the 2 versions?
The most they could do was to improve the head sculpt or add some more accessories...which was basically what they did. They could even squeeze in a special edition...talk about milking it dry.
However it is great news for people like me who missed out on the first version and now we can get a Mark I for a reasonable price.
Opening the flap reveals the figure
Just like the 1st version you do not get a extra head. You get one, with a removable/liftable face plate. Underneath that face plate is the new sculpt.
If you are doing a new version, the head sculpt will be an area to improve on and this is exactly what Hot Toys did.
To me the sculpting has improved significantly over the first version. The expression is more intense and shows a man who has been kept against his will in a cave, with a car battery rigged up to a magnet stopping his heart from being pierced by shrapnel lodged in his body...
There is more texturing to the skin and the painting of the eyes with the 'wet' look effect makes the overall sculpt more realistic as compared to the first version. I am also happy that they did away with sculpting the loose strands of hair on the forehead to make it look like hair being plastered on the forehead with sweat. Not a fan of it and by removing it, it greatly improves the sculpt.
Sculpting Iron Man suits gives a great company like Hot Toys the opportunity to showcase just how good they are in the job.The details on this machine are insane and Hot Toys is able to translate all these details to 1/6 scale.
I think every time they do an Iron Man suit, they will be rubbing their hands in delight and saying..."Ahhh another opportunity to show off...hahaha"
Articulation of this figure is slightly limited due to the suit. Inside the suit you still get the standard TrueType figure.
Moving parts which reveals a rocket (removable) in his left arm
Like all Hot Toys Iron Man suits, there is the light up feature. For this figure, I like where they placed the batteries. Pretty cool and practical idea.
Mark I all light up.
Like the 1st version the Mark I is pretty short of accessories.
However since this is supposed to be an enhanced version (2.0), hence Hot Toys did try to add on more accessories to ths figure.
First let's start with the accessories found in both versions:
You get an extra set of hands, both in fist poses.
There's also the liftable face plate.
Now the improvement:
Replacing the basic black display stand, you get a display base featuring the scraps of weapons and stones from the Cave. It is not too big so it can be used to enhance the display without taking up too much space.
There is also the flamethrower implanted in wrist which gives the extra flame-effected part. This is actually a very nice piece, makes the figure oh so cool!
Overall, a great figure for those who missed out on the initial version. If you already have the 1st version, I think it is better to stick with it.
There is a special edition for the Mark I figure and so what do you get extra?
One Holographic Mark I collectible (approximately 3 inches tall). It is one solid piece with no articulation. I guess it will make a nice prop for an Iron Man diorama.