Hot Toys is well-known for producing some of the most realistic 1/6 scale collectible figures out there. But they also have a rather large following of 1/4 scale bust collectors. One of the most recent releases comes to us from the Iron Man 2 movie. Featuring light-up functions, let's take a closer look at the Iron Man Mark V Collectible Bust.
Thanks to Wikipedia, I've learned way too much about the Iron Man Mark V suit:
“(I)ntroduced in the second film is the Mark V travel armor, a portable suit developed for emergency use. This armor is shown to be durable enough to withstand the focused repulsor energy of (Ivan) Vanko's energy whip attacks, though it sustained heavy internal and external damage. The Mark V armor's look was likely inspired by the Silver Centurion armor in the comics.”
Iron Man Mark V Collectible Bust
Series: Iron Man 2
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Dimensions: 9.5” tall
Points of Articulation: One (neck)
Features: Light-up features include the Eyes and Arc Reactor
The Iron Man Mark V packaging features a plastic windowpane on the front of the box. The back has an angled photograph of the entire bust. And, inside, the figure is secured between a pair of interlocking plastic trays.
I'm pretty sure that this is probably only the second review of a collectible bust that I've written...and the first one that's been posted on Plastic and Plush. So, I'd consider myself a novice on the bust front.
Hot Toys has taken the Iron Man film license and run with it. In addition to releasing a number of 1/6 scale figures, they've dropped a series of 1/4 scale bust collectibles. This one is the Iron Man Mark V bust from Iron Man 2.
The bust features the Iron Man suit from the stomach up. The arms are cut off above the elbows. And while the figure's head swivels from side to side, it's a fairly limited range of motion.
The bust sits upon a black base. The base has the Iron Man 2 raised logo on the front, as well a label to signify it's the Mark V suit. The battery compartment, as well as the on/off switch is located underneath the base. IT doesn't come with the 3 AAA batteries needed to operate, so you'll need to supply those.
As far as quality goes, I'll start out by saying that the figure is predominently made of hard, injection molded plastic that's been assembled. The suit plastic has a sleek look to it. The base is fairly average, but it does its job and doesn't distract from the actual bust.
The best feature is, obviosuly, that the Mark V bust lights up. The LEDs that light the eyes and Arc-Reactor and very bright. I'm pretty sure that if your house lost power, you could carry Iron Man around to light your way.
OVERALL: If you're a big Iron Man collector, but – like me – have found yourself tending towards collecting 1/6th scale action figures rather than busts, I would have to suggest giving one of Hot Toys' Iron Man busts a look. There are several others out there with the light-up feature, so if you're particular to one make of the Iron Man suit...Hot Toys probably has you covered.
You can pick one up at the following:
Sideshow Collectibles: $74.99 (Wait List)
Iron Man Mark V Collectible Bust Grades
Figure Quality: 9/10
Fun Factor: 9/10