Here are some pictures of the very limited Hot Toys and Milk Magazine collaboration for Milk magazine's 10th Anniversary: a special edition Hot Toys Iron Man 2 1/6 scale War Machine collectible figure. This is the classic color scheme as seen in the Marvel comics. Celebrating Milk Magazine’s 10th Anniversary, Milk X Hot Toys proudly presents the upcoming Iron Man 2 War Machine 1:6 scale action figure.
Now you can officially say that Hot Toys is really MILKing it :D haha. Hot Toys has done so many different variants of Iron Man that I've lost count altogether and now they have even gone and made variants of War Machine when all they did is repaints on the same molds and then sell them for a handsome profit. And there are people who will go out and pay the exorbitant price for this limited edition Iron Man 2: War Machine figure because they want one of everything that Hot Toys has to offer, thus proving once again to Hot Toys that as long as they dare to price it, there will be people who will be foolish enough to buy it!
So Hot Toys will keep churning out all these Iron Man repaints as variant figures and forget about their other unfinished licenses which they have acquired because this Iron Man series of figures alone is enough to make them laugh their way to the bank at collectors' expense.
I am most happy with my regular movie-accurate version of the Hot Toys Iron Man 2 War Machine (see my reviews HERE and HERE) so this is an easy pass for me. If we keep feeding the cash cow, it'll only keep growing bigger and more bloated and all we're gonna get is bullshit and cow dung :( There have been a lot of quality issues with Hot Toys products lately as seen in the forums and facebook (Indiana Jones that look nothing like Harrison Ford, Superman with crooked 'S' and cracks plus other issues with Captain America) and who do we blame for all these? Scalpers who see the opportunity to make a quick buck from buying and reselling at a much higher price to desperate collectors who just want a piece of everything as long as there's a Hot Toys EXCLUSIVE sticker pasted onto the box AND Hot Toys for not caring about genuine collectors but only want to rush out as many products as possible so that they can quickly fill up their big fat bank accounts. They are just encouraging the crazy grabbing and snatching because it only jacks up the price and perceived value of their products. Who loses? We genuine collectors who only collect out of passion, not caring about investment value. Those who buy at X amount and hope to sell at Y amount are NOT collectors, they are investors. They buy low and sell high. Some of them don't even look at what is inside the box. They prefer MISB (Mint In Sealed Box) and they hog the product till the price is high, then they sell.
My maxim is: Collect what you LIKE and ENJOY what you have :) Just be HAPPY with what you've got NOW. Don't live life with regrets (Questions like: "Why didn't I buy that version?" "Why did I buy that older version and now a newer version / re-release is out?" "Why can't I ever be satisfied?") As long as we are always chasing after something, we'll never be satisfied because there'll always be something else to chase after. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Life's like that! So stop chasing and start enjoying.
This limited edition Hot Toys x Milk Magazine 1:6 scale War Machine figure is certainly nice to have if the price is right but since it's not going to be the case, I'm not going to be miserable or empty my bank and wallet just so I can have this figure, it's just not worth it. Life is full of many other things worth having and the most important ones are intangible :)
Enjoy the pictures all the same. Maybe we'll see a Gundam version Iron Man or War Machine very soon. Or perhaps a Joker Iron Man / War Machine. I've seen it done on facebook and the result is pretty amazing so you never know. This is certainly an interesting treatment to War Machine in keeping true and accurate to the Marvel Comics version.
Something nice to look at and not altogether movie-accurate. First reaction when seen by people who don't know Hot Toys or the exclusivity of this product will be: "What's that supposed to be? That isn't the War Machine we all saw in Iron Man 2. That's totally wrong. WHAT?! How much did you say you paid for it? Did you add another zero to the price by mistake because all I see is a WRONG-looking War Machine and I think you paid way too much for a cheap knock-off of War Machine. Doesn't even look like the one I saw in the movie."
You can explain all you want that this is a very limited edition and one-of-a-kind but most people wouldn't understand why you fork out so much moolah for something that doesn't resemble what it is supposed to be i.e. Iron Man 2 War Machine! Aren't we so caught up with all the exclusives that we forgot why we first bought a Hot Toys figure? It was because it was a MOVIE MASTERPIECE and the best looking movie-accurate figure there was!