Finally, Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS120 "Iron Man 2" 1/6th scale War Machine Collectible Figure is HERE and it is FANTASTIC!!! This is NOT a toy - this is a piece of ART and the engineering that went into making it is simply AMAZING. Hot Toys 1/6 War Machine is a thing of beauty :p--- (drool)
In the "Iron Man" films, James Rhodes has the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and serves with the U.S. Air Force as the United States military's chief liaison to Stark Industries and their weapons division. Rhodes is forced to don the Iron Man Mark II armor to intervene when an intoxicated Stark in the Iron Man armor endangers the lives of all the guests at his birthday party. The confiscated Mark II armor is reverse engineered into the heavily armed War Machine armor at Edwards Air Force Base by the U.S. Air Force.
Hot Toys 1:6 scale War Machines comes in a box with a slipcase cover (sleeve) which is printed on a card with a shiny metallic surface, similar to their Black Widow packaging
Remove the slipcase cover (sleeve) and you find War Machine and all its accessories in a tray, all ready to be assembled for battle but WAIT! don't do anything until you have read the instructions thoroughly
Hot Toys has included a very detailed "Iron Man 2: War Machine" Instruction Sheet in English on one side and Japanese on the other covering almost everything from the magnetic removable mask, LED light-up eyes, LED light-up Micro ARC reactor on chest, articulated shoulder-mounted cannons, flying jet system at the calves, articulated shoulder-mounted gatling gun, deploying air flaps and flying jets on the back, repulsor palms, mounting the machine guns on the arms etc
In short, READ before you FIX otherwise, BROKE before you PLAY and CRY you will (click on the picture to get a bigger and better view)
And here are roundabout views of Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece "Iron Man 2" 1/6th scale War Machine Collectible Figure straight out of the box with his armaments / weapons. I wanted to see the basic War Machine figure without the add-ons. And it is AWESOME!
I like the bulkiness of the War Machine armor versus the sleekness of Tony Stark's Iron Man suit. The reverse engineering gave the suit a whole new look, more tank than machine and I like the contrast.
Hot Toys War Machine from "Iron Man 2" has red LED light-up eyes and ultra-bright white LED light-up Micro ARC reactor on its chest, not to mention repulsor rays on his palms
And this is a headless War Machine, showing how the light-up is being done, at the neck post. I took off the War Machine head / helmet to put on the alternate head / mask
This is the Hot Toys alternate 1/6 head with authentic likeness of Don Cheadle as Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes in the movie "Iron Man 2". Terrence Howard portrayed James Rhodes in the 2008 "Iron Man" film but due to a contract dispute, the part of Rhodes was recast and Cheadle was selected for the role.
I like how when they first introduced Don Cheadle as Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes in the second Iron Man movie by showing his back to the camera and the following conversation:
Tony Stark: "I didn't expect to see you here..."
Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes: "Well, it's me, and I'm here, so get over it and move on!"
The alternate head with Don Cheadle as Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (the resemblance is amazing and the paintwork makes it look life-like) has a movable chin cover which is like the lower jaw of the helmet
And this is the removable faceplate / iron mask that belongs to War Machine, seen from the inside - pretty cool details if you ask me
The coolest part of the face plate is that it connects to the head via a built-in magnet. The magnetic removable mask stays on the top of War Machine's head like the way a Medieval Knight raises up his visor without any hassle
The mask / faceplate stays on the face via the same magnets without any problem and you can almost make out Rhodey's eyes under the mask. Not so for the light-up head which seems hollow underneath when viewed through the eye slits.
These are the extra hands that come with this Hot Toys War Machine Collectible Figure - One (1) pair of open palms with light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated) and One (1) pair of relaxed palms with light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated), besides the One (1) pair of fists that are already on the figure
The COOLEST 1/6 scale hands of all is this pair of hands with movable fingers which have individual articulation for each joint and light-up repulsors (click on the picture to get a bigger and better view). The thing that the hand is holding is the bunker buster missile, or as Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) described it: "It's capable of busting a bunker under the bunker you just busted. If it were any smarter, it'd write a book, a book that would make Ulysses look like it was written in crayon. It would read it to you. This is my Eiffel Tower. This is my Rachmaninoff's Third. My Pieta. It's completely elegant, it's bafflingly beautiful, and it's capable of reducing the population of any standing structure to zero. I call it "The Ex-Wife."
With this pair of hands, you can forget about the rest. This one will do it all
"Iron Man 2" War Machine's external armaments: dual arm-mounted FN F2000 Assault Rifles and a M134 7.62 mm minigun to be mounted on the right shoulder
Click on the picture below for a bigger and better view of War Machine's multiple external weapons
NEXT: War Machine fully loaded, functional and operational!
REVIEW III: It's all in the details - close-ups and more close-ups
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