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REVIEW: Tony Stark Mech Test Version

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Background

If you're a fan of the Iron Man films, you've probably come to realize that Hot Toys is the company producing all of the high-quality Iron Man collectibles. They've worked with Sideshow Collectibles, who distribute the line in the US, on various figure busts as well as the popular 1/6 scale line.

While Hot Toys has released several versions of the Iron Man suit in 12-inch format, we'll be taking a look at the Tony Stark – Mech Test Version. This figure is based on the first Iron Man film, when Robert Downey Jr.'s character was developing his Iron Man suit.

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The Facts



Tony Stark - Mech Test Version
Series: Iron Man
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Authorized Likeness: Robert Downey Jr.
Material: Hot Toys' True Type articulated body
Dimensions: 12” tall
Points of Articulation: 34 points
Outfit: LED-lit heart device, hand gauntlet and boots (batteries included); Mechanically wired gloves and boots; Belt with pouches; Knee pads; Pair of faux leather shoes; Gray sweater; Brown striped pants
Accessories: Two pairs of interchangeable hands; Articulated mechanical robot with fire extinguisher; 6" x 6" square black figure stage; Cardboard backdrop imitating Tony Stark workshop setting from the Iron Man film

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Packaging

The downright enormous black box features a mechanical schematic on the front, with everything packaged inside. It's designed more for keeping everything in place, rather than to be a nice display piece. There are three layers: figure; robot and base; cardboard background.

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Our Opinion

I thought the original Iron Man film was fairly entertaining. I wasn't going in looking for an Oscar contending film, just something fun with good special effects. If you're looking for some great collectibles, Hot Toys has produced figures based on both Iron Man films.

The Tony Stark Mech Test Version is a little different from the other Iron Man figures. First of all, Tony Stark's not in his Iron Man suit. This is when Robert Downey Jr.'s character was testing and assembling his suit. So, the face sculpt is much more important on this version.

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It's some very good sculpting work. I wouldn't say that it's the best I've seen from Hot Toys, but that's only because a large portion of their sculpts are simply stellar. But it is a good likeness of Downey. They've done some interesting little things on the head, like the hair falling down onto his forehead.

Also, a sculpt is nothing without excellent paintwork. And Hot Toys is very consistent with their 1/6 scale Movie Masterpiece Series figures. They regularly produce some of the best painted sculpts, with the Tony Stark being among them.

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Hot Toys is going with quality over quantity when it comes to the accessories. They include Stark's robotic pal, as well as a base stand and cardboard background. This works great for taking photos or displaying. There is also an extra pair of hands and a pair of black shoes, but why would you remove those great mech boots?

But what will keep you entertained are the various lights. There are switches on the figure's back, the bottom of the boot and in the pouch on his back. There are LED lights that shine through the hands, the boots and the chest.

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OVERALL: Sideshow has the Tony Stark Mech Test figure available via Wait List for $159.99. Usually it's difficult to justify that price on a 1/6 scale figure, but with the light-up ability, the included accessories and the overall quality of the product...I think Iron Man collectors would be willing to pony up that type of money.

You can pick one up at the following:

Sideshow Collectibles: $159.99 (Wait List)

Tony Stark Mech Test Version Grades

Figure Quality: 9/10
   Sculpt: 9/10
   Paint: 10/10
Accessories/Outfit: 9/10
Packaging: 8/10
Durability: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 7/10

Overall: 9.3/10

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