Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hot Toys Mark I (2.0)

I was pretty surprised that Hot Toys decided to do a 2.0 version on the Mark I.
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 about milking it dry.

For those who already got the 1st Mark I, I don't think it will be worthwhile to get this. The extra improvement just does not justify paying for another Mark I.
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.

The 1st version's packaging is much more detailed and better looking compared to this.
This version is much more simpler.
It still has an outer sleeve which shows the armour design of the Mark I.
Taking out the sleeve, you get the main box. It is super simple and I am not sure what the design is supposed to be.
It does look like a wooden box but on the other hand it does also look like the brown suit Tony wears underneath the Mark I armour. I tend to go with the latter since the outer sleeve represents the Mark I armour.

Outer Sleeve

The Main Box

Opening the flap reveals the figure

People involved in the making of this 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.

Insane details

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! 

Display Base

Extra hands
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. 


desmond said...

Bro, I saw the comparison between old version and new version in the toy forum. The old version is heavier, taller and there are lots of wires attached to the armour and lots of weathering. The new version is lack of weathering details but it has a better sculpt, additional flame prop and a very nice display stand. Overall, I feel the first version is more sincerely made..

Little Plastic Man said...

Thanks Des for the comparison! It is very helpful. As I dont have the first version it was hard to do any compaison.
Thanks for the input!


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