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REVIEW: Iron Man 3 – Series 2 Cosbaby (S)

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Background

Iron Man 3 was the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first film following the enormously successful 2012 film – The Avengers. Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, it was just as successful at the box office as the first two. And like the first two films, collectible and toy tie-ins were readily available.

Hot Toys, which has produced toys based on the first two Iron Man films, has released sixth scale, collectible busts, and Cosbaby figures based on the Iron Man 3 license. For this review, we’re taking a look at Series 2 of their Iron Man 3 Cosbaby (S) figures. Featuring six Iron Man Cosbaby figures, this series gives us a different spin on how we think about the Cosbaby line.

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The Facts



Iron Man 3 – Series 2 Cosbaby (S)
Series: Cosbaby (S)
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Material: Plastic snap kit
Dimensions: Approximately 3” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Mark XLII, Mark XLII (Battle Damaged Version), Mark XLII (Pepper Potts Version), Tony Stark, Iron Patriot, and War Machine Mark II
Accessories: Each Cosbaby will includes a special diorama base
Pricing: $69.00 set

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Packaging

The Iron Man 3 – Series 2 Cosbaby (S) set comes in a long rectangular box. This comes packaged as a set, so you won’t need to purchase individual figures to complete your set. The box features a plastic windowpane front with minimal Iron Man artwork highlighting it.

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Our Opinion

The second series of Iron Man 3 Cosbaby figures features six new designs. We’ve seen most of these characters – one form or another - in some of the previously released Iron Man Cosbaby series, although I can’t remember seeing Pepper Potts released in any of them.

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In addition to Pepper Potts (in a Mark XLII suit), there are two additional Iron Man suits – that same Mark XLII in a nice and shiny mask-down version and a battle-damaged version showing Tony Stark’s face. There’s also a Tony Stark Cosbaby sporting a pair of his faux Google Glass. This is the first Cosbaby, that I can remember, that had this crossed arm sculpt. Finally, there’s the Iron Patriot and War Machine Mark II with flames and smoke shooting out of their feet.

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There are a few differences between this Cosbaby series and other. Usually, Hot Toys doesn’t include bases with their Cosbaby figures. In the case of this series, every single figure comes with a display base. The Mark XLII, Mark XLII (Battle Damaged Version), Mark XLII (Pepper Potts Version), and Tony include a base that resembles Tony’s workshop. The Iron Patriot and War Machine Mark II come with a flight landing diorama base.

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I like the addition of the base. A lot of the time, I find that there are some Cosbaby figures that have slightly curved feet. This calls for some strange poses in order to get them to stand correctly. With a base that the figure locks into…that’s been eliminated.

Also, the Iron Man 3 Cosbaby figures don’t have any articulation. In all of the other Cosbaby series I have come across, they’ve been extremely articulated. Since they’re pretty delicate, and not really meant to be played with, I don’t see a huge disadvantage to the lack of articulation. Like I said before, sometimes I had to struggle to position other Cosbabys so they wouldn’t fall over.

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Overall, I’m satisfied the Iron Man 3 designs that they’ve released. I think some version of The Mandarin would have been a nice addition, over the various versions of the Mark XLII. But I like the transition of the Cosbaby line to being a little more collector friendly.

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: $69.00 per set

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