Here are pictures of the prototypes for the next round of 1/6 scale Iron Man related releases by Hot Toys. One thing is for sure – these will be die-cast Movie Masterpiece Series 12-inch figures! Since announcing that the upcoming Hot Toys Iron Man 3 1/6th scale Iron Patriot 12" Collectible Figure will be die-cast (see my earlier post HERE), it seems like these will follow suit.
Just check out the details on the Whiplash armor - simply mind blowing. But being diecast, it only means that it will cost more than one that's made of plastic. Question is: Is that really necessary? Sure, it's going to feel nice when you are holding it in your hands but most times, it will be on display and what Hot Toys managed to do with the previous plastic armor suits i.e. making him look metallic and armor-like with their amazing paint job was pretty good. Now that it's die-cast, it just means higher cost which will be transferred to the buyer / collector.
I know of many people / collectors in the forums who are giving these a miss based on their price point because it just costs too much for one figure when you can spread the spending to three or more figures and get more for the price of one. These are very nice and very detailed but truly for the hard core Iron Man collectors only. This is where I can say I'm glad I'm not a completist and only buy what I like at the price I feel is right. These look to be priced out of my range.
Comparing Armored Whiplash (Mark II) with Iron Man Mark XLII (Mark 42), I feel Whiplash definitely justifies the cost because of the amount of crazy details and layerings it has whereas Mark 42 is just sleek looking. Notice how the arms of the Mark 42 has no visible joints? It appears as if it will be hidden. That's a step forward for realism.