Friday, January 30, 2009

Hot Toys Iron Man Mark III - Part I

It's still Chinese New Year and I finally got the red "packet" I was anticipating for for a long time now. In Chinese society, a red envelope or red packet/red pocket (known as Hong Bao in Mandarin, Ang Pao in Hokkien or Teochew) is a monetary gift which is given during holidays or special occasions, such as Chinese weddings or on holidays such as the Lunar New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits.

The red packet I got was a BIG one :)

I usually don't dwell on boxes but this time round, Hot Toys packaging deserves some mention for the way it was thought out and designed. It adds up to the overall excitement. Opening the cover flap held together by magnets reveals the inner chest.

The cover flap unravels to reveal...

A very nice product shot of Iron Man Mark III - simply beautiful!

Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece 1/6 scale 12-inch Iron Man Mark III out of box

There's so much to cover about this Iron Man that one post will not be sufficient. I haven't even began to scratch the surface of this wonderful masterpiece! Here's a close-up shot of Iron Man Mark III - head shot

His beautifully sculptured armor - amazing synergy of materials, some soft and hard plastic combined to perfection. You can't tell them apart unless you touched it.

Let's not forget the legs. Overall, this figure is really stunning to behold and cannot be truly appreciated unless it is held right in front of you. Finally, a 1/6 realization of one of Marvel comic's greatest superhero.

Let's not forget the man behind the iron mask - Tony Stark, played to perfection by Robert Downey Jr. He brought a depth to the character as only he could as his own troubled past made him an appropriate choice for the part.

Again, Hot Toys head sculpt is spot on as Robert Downey Jr made Tony Stark a "likeable a$$hole", which was what the director Jon Favreau was going for. (Head sculpt by Hot Toys, body and suit by Saturday Toys)

In the Marvel comics, Iron Man is supposedly Tony Stark's body guard so that he can keep his true identity secret. Not so in the movie version - he's too proud of who he is and what he has become.

"It's a bit dark in here, Iron Man. Lights on, if you don't mind!"

Yup! One of the many surprises (well, not really a surprise since we have already seen preview pictures but still, the WOW factor kicks in - your own personal torchlight for those blackout moments)

Well, it's lights out for me till the next post where more of Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Iron Man Mark III is revealed... I can't wait.

Part 2 review of Hot Toys Iron Man Mark III

Part 3 review of Iron Man Mark III


Joshua said...

congrats on your new figure ALEX!!!

do post more about it!!!

Kenny said...

Looks good man.

supekudx said...

Maybe this will be the Best Figure of 2009.

alex teo said...

Thanks Joshua, I definitely will :)

It's not just good, Kenny ;p it's DAMN good!!

So far this figure looks untouchable, supekudx. It just may be Best Figure of 2009 but that's too early to say - ha!ha!

D@isy said...

hi darling, i never notice much of your toy collection cos i am overwhelmed by it every way i turn in the house, but i must say this particular iron man is quite a beauty to behold, something about the sculpting, its very well done.... :) glad u got it to hold on to, just don't forget me...:)

alex teo said...

Wah, my better half posting a comment on my blog - that says a lot ;> really glad you liked it enough to tell me, very encouraging words from the most important person in my life ;p you always come before everything else!!!

Jason said...

Does Ironman's face has a line around the mouth area?

Man... my Ironman has a stuck missiles, broken right feet part, spots on his crotch, and a line on his face.

alex teo said...

hey jason, i looked at your pictures and found the same blemishes on mine i.e. the line around the mouth area and the spots on his crotch, all of these i did not notice before as i was overwhelmed by the overall figure. i still think it doesn't distract from the overall look of the figure which has the awestruck effect on people.