Hasbro seems to have a lot of trouble placing Iron Fist. Why? Well, the guy’s now gotten two different figures from their re-branded Marvel Legends line, and in both cases, he was the one figure in the set whose connection to the overall theme was tenuous at best. I’m not complaining, mind you. I like me some Iron Fist. And, since he’s got his own Netflix show on the horizon, it’s not exactly a huge surprise that Hasbro opted to get out another figure of him sooner rather than later. Now, if someone can explain to me what he’s doing in a Dr Strange set, we should be all good to go!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Iron Fist (who, like so many figures in this line, gets that “Marvel’s” possessive added to his name, just so you don’t mistake him for someone else’s Iron Fist) is part of the recent Dr. Strange-themed Dormammu Series of Marvel Legends, where he’s figure 8 in the lineup. He’s seen here in the green jump-suited look he had during Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker’s defining run on the character. It’s one of those modern updates I can get behind, where it takes all of the important elements of the character, but also removes some of the sillier, more dated bits, like the huge collar, deep, deep, (deep!) neckline, and slippers. It’s also nice to see it here because, despite being the character’s main look during a very popular run on his series and for some time after, it hadn’t yet gotten the Legends treatment (it got the Marvel Universe treatment, but the less said about that, the better). The figure is about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Iron Fist is built on the Pizza Spidey body, a choice that surprised a few people. Generally, Iron Fist is depicted a little larger than this body (it’s been a story point that he can convincingly double for Daredevil, who was on the Bucky Cap body). That being said, this body allows him a wider range of posability, and it’s not too far removed from the build David Aja gave him when he first started wearing this costume. Danny gets a new head sculpt and sash, which are similar to those seen on the prior Iron Fist, but notably improved in a few ways. The head in particular is less boxy and smooth than the last one, which is a definite step up. He also gets a new set of forearms, with two sets of swappable hands. Sadly, he doesn’t have the huge selection of hand poses that the last figure possessed, but he does get a pair of translucent fists demonstrating his power, as well as a pair in thick wraps. I prefer the wrapped look myself, but both sets are pretty cool. Iron Fist’s paintwork is pretty solid. The colors match up pretty well with those seen in Immortal Iron Fist, especially the slightly muted green. In addition, everything is pretty solid in terms of application, and the wrapped fists even have a nice wash to bring out more of the details. In addition to the previously mentioned swappable hands, Iron Fist also includes a pair of flame effect pieces, which can easily fit over either set of hands, as well as the shoulder pads of Dormammu.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t 100% sold on this figure, since I already had the Allfather Series version of the character. When I found Mordo at the store, I also found this guy, but I had planned on leaving him there for a later time. Of course, Super Awesome Girlfriend wouldn’t stand for this and ended up buying him for me anyway. I’m actually really happy I got this guy. In hindsight, I’ve realized that the last Iron Fist was already pretty dated when he came out and has become even more so in the last year and a half. Plus, this costume is more linked with the character for me, and the new choice of body is pretty solid. Now, if only we could get a decent Luke Cage to go with him…