Iron Monger’s from the first Iron Man movie toyline, of course. There’s quite a few versions of Iron Monger, and far as I know, that’s what they’re called. Not Missile Attack Iron Monger, not Jeff Bridges Custom Iron Monger and certainly not Good Iron Monger or Crap Iron Monger. So you’ll have to tell the difference by looking at the packaging. I believe the consensus is that you’ll want Iron Mongers with blue powery paint as opposed to red. In any case, this one’s pretty easy to tell. He’s packaged with Jeff Bridges revealed.
Iron Monger looks great. He’s big and round and primitive and heroic looking. This guy would make a great hero toy, like American Tetsujin or Big Guy’s Brother from Big Guy and Rusty. Sure, he’s supposed to be a villain, but let’s face it, even in the movie, Iron Monger turning out to be the bad guy was sort of out of left field because of what a nice guy Jeff Bridges played him as. If you know the comics or watched enough movies, you’d have known he’s the designated villain, but it was still quite forced with how he turned out to be the villain. Not to continue off tangent, but the Iron Monger character’s motivation seemed to have been less typical villainous greed and more the fact that he can’t stand what an asshole Tony is anymore.
So Iron Monger’s got a great presence. The sculpt is nice though not overly detailed. It’s got detail mind you, but nothing intricate and minute, which is fine, given the guy’s “primitive” look. Although the sculpting can be pretty indistinct in places, such as that forearm gun on his right arm not actually looking like anything in particular.
He’s very plasticy gray as well, but they’ve added quite a nice bit of dirty paint on him to give him that rugged look. Yet, he’s still nicely smooth and reflective, especially in the chest area, which furthers his heroic look.
Articulation is splendid. There’s no neck articulation, but otherwise, he’s way way way more posable than you’d think for a chunky designated villain character.
In all, despite having minor technical difficulties in the aesthetic department, I absolutely adore Iron Monger. From looks to playability. His scale is wonderful too. He’d make a decent 3.75″ figure, but his presence is so large, and there’s such a heft to the toy, he feels like he’s Iron Giant size.
The Ironman toys didn’t do that hot, from what I understand. So if you can find Iron Monger here, he’ll probably be fairly cheap. Maybe even on clearance. He’s definitely recommended either way.
Pros: Big and hefty. Acceptably detailed and surprisingly articulated.
Cons: Details can be a little indistinct here and there.
3.4 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent