Coming up next is my review for S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mk 45. This particular suit appears in the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron and it first appears towards the end of the movie during the evacuation of Sokovia. Also of note is that this suit’s Artificial Intelligence system is not J.A.R.V.I.S. as per usual, but a new A.I. called F.R.I.D.A.Y.
Compared to Tony Stark’s previous Iron Man suits, the Mk 45 appears to have a much sleeker/streamlined figure. If there was a sports car version of Iron Man, then this would be it. Underlying a clean and anatomical silhouette is a collection of fine details and panel lines. It features a nice and clean sculpt and is a very accurate representation of the character.
Included in the package with the figure are left and right closed fists, left and right open/flat hands, left and right open hands and left and right splayed hands. Also included are effect parts that can be attached to his hands and feet. 2 different sets of repulsor blasts for his hands and 1 set that can only be applied to his feet to show flight. An instruction sheet is also packed in the box.
It doesn’t seem like a lot of accessories, but then again Iron Man doesn’t use a lot of other weapons or equipment outside of his suits.
The Mk 45 suit moves very well and has a good range of movement. The joints feel solid and are able to hold poses as you would expect.
His head can look up and down to a good degree and has a good left and right turning range (the neck piece can limit this however). He also has a good left and right tilt.
The arms are able to move freely and have double joints at the elbows to allow a fairly decent bicep curl. The shoulders are able to come out of the torso slightly to allow for more movement and the wrists also have good range. The shoulder pads are attached to the arms instead of at the torso.
He is able to tilt forwards and back slightly at the waist and is only able to turn a little bit around the upper torso. The hips move well but due to the design it is easy to rub parts together which may damage the paint work. Knees are double jointed to allow more movement and the feet (die-cast!) are flexible enough to allow for some nice posing. The addition of die-cast metal in the feet is a nice touch, although the left foot on mine has become a bit wobbly while the right foot is still fine. I’m not sure if it’s an issue inherent with using die-cast for joints or if it’s due to my Mk 45 having quite a bit of play time. 😀
This is what it’s all about. Can he do “the pose”? In a word – yes. (The true sign of a good Iron Man figure)
Iron Man Mk 45 by S.H. Figuarts is a very nice figure and will make a very worthy purchase. It’s a nice, clean design, there’s enough interchangeable hands to suit most situations and the added effect parts are the icing on the cake. On the subject of the effect parts though, I will say this – I don’t approve of the way that they’ve handled the attachment system. I don’t like how the palms of the hands have a prong for the effect to plug onto rather than having a hole in the palms where the repulsor sits and having the effect plug into that. It’s a waste of a set of hands that could have been used for something else since you’ve got 2 sets of open hands for the same effect.
However, if you can look past this issue then you won’t be disappointed. Iron Man Mk 45 can be found at the link below along with other figures in the SH Figuarts range. (I look forward to collecting the rest of the Avengers 😉 )