TONY STARK & HEARTBREAKER
Hey, look! It’s review number 42! And it’s doubly funny, because the not only is 42 the answer to life, the universe, and everything, but it’s also a significant number in this year’s Iron Man 3. Today, I’ll be taking a look at another selection from my large Minimates collection. This set once again comes from the Marvel Minimates line. It’s Tony Stark and the Heartbreaker from the Iron Man 3 tie-in Minimates.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as a Toys R Us exclusive set in Diamond’s Iron Man 3 wave.
Tony is depicted in his workshop gear from the film. He’s built on the basic Minimate body, so he stands just over 2 inches tall and has either 14 or 12 points of articulation, depending on which pair of feet you decide to display him with. He features sculpted hair, boots and gloves. The hair piece is a generic piece that’s been used a few times before, but it’s accurate to Tony’s look from the film, so it works. The boots and gloves are reused from the Mark 42 armor from this same wave of figures. It’s a sensible reuse, given that they were just the boots and gloves from the Mark 42 in the film anyway. Tony also includes a spare set of hands and feet. They’re the basic Minimate pieces, molded/painted in the appropriate colors. The rest of the detail on the figure is conveyed through paint. The face is an okay depiction of RDJ, and is unique in that it has him wearing his control visor. The detailing on the torso is also really cool, especially the texturing on the gray parts of the shirt. Tony’s rounded off by a clear display stand.
The Heartbreaker armor is one of the many armors shown during the climactic battle in the film. It’s a unique look, and one of my favorites from the film, so it was a good choice for the line. The figure’s built on the base Minimate body, but with newly sculpted upper arms and legs. He stands about 2 inches tall and has 12 points of articulation due to his sculpted boots. Heartbreaker features a sculpted helmet, torso-cover, waist-armor, gloves and boots. As far as I can tell, everything but the boots is a new sculpt. The sculpt is nice and clean, if a bit bulky in places. The paintwork is a bit less detailed than most Minimates, relying mostly on the sculpted pieces. Heartbreaker also includes a hair piece to trade out with the helmet to show the Tony head underneath. It’s the same piece as the one featured on the Tony in this set which makes for good consistency. Like his pack mate, he’s rounded off by a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
These were yet another TRU.com purchase. Like many TRU purchases, it was far from smooth. In fact, if it weren’t for a very helpful poster on the Minimate Multiverse, who posted the SKUs for each set in the wave, I wouldn’t have been able to get this set, because TRU.com had every set in the wave labeled “Iron Man 3 Minimates Assortment”! I’m really glad that I did get this set because I think it might be my favorite from the Iron Man 3 line. In fact, one could say not getting this set would have been …heartbreaking!(Badumsh)