Extremis Iron Man

Yea or Nay?
Absolutely beautiful toy with minimal (but still existent) Marvel Universe problems. If nothing else, he’d make a good display piece. Recommended.

Origins
Technically, Extremis Iron Man here is just regular old Iron Man in the Marvel Universe line, released in 2010 I believe.. But the bio and design makes it clear that this is the Iron Man Model 30 aka Extremis Iron Man armor.

Review
I’ll be blunt, I’m not a fan of the Marvel Universe line. They have a fantastic line-up of characters, and although some of the repaints are a tad underwhelming, my main gripe is the awful plastic used for the line, which results in a myriad, a MYRIAD of problems right out of the package. The joints are unacceptably loose and the toys just feel very easily breakable. I have a Spider-Man and Captain America from this line and let me tell it to you straight, they’re both pieces of crap, especially Captain America. Oh, and their legs were warped, especially Cap’s, and it’s hard to find one with a non-horrible paint application.

So why did I grab Extremis Iron Man despite my reservations about the toy line in general? In all honesty, it’s just that I saw Iron Man here and thought he looked real, reeeeal cool. I’ve resisted the MU line for a long time because of how bad my experience had been with them, but this Iron Man finally broke down my resistance. I told myself that if nothing else, he’d make a good display piece. But still, I had to brace myself…

And you know what? It wasn’t entirely necessary. This Iron Man is a marked improvement over other MU figures I’ve come across. Oh, to be sure, he still has some problems, but overall, he’s not that bad. In fact, he’s pretty darn good, and I think I’ve found my default Iron Man in this guy.

First off, his joints are all acceptably tight, and don’t seem like they’d weaken significantly over a short period of play. As opposed to Captain America, who’s a floppy mess straight out of the box. The torso joint feels like it might weaken over time, but overall, it’s all acceptable.

The plastic for the figure feels pretty sturdy as well. The arc reactor on his chest, which is a separate piece from the torso, is made of soft plastic, but that’s no biggie.

HOWEVER, what IS a biggie are his hips. Specifically, the ball joints, which ARE made of crappy soft plastic. The result is that Iron Man’s hips couldn’t even move until I applied a little hot water around the hips to expand the plastic there and loosen things up a little. It’s not advisable to just forcefully move the hips, as the plastic does feel like it’d break if you do so. And even with this hot water treatment, the hip movement is highly restricted on my Iron Man here. Unfortunately, this means that it’s not recommended to put this Iron Man in the iconic movie pose. You know the one. The one where he’s kneeling after making a high speed vertical landing. Technically you can probably manage it, but the pose places quite a bit of stress on the ball joints, which may make them prone to breakage in future.

Otherwise, despite the limited hips, Extremis Iron Man has decent articulation. Most notably, this guy’s neck has been specifically designed so he can look straight up. Which is a huge pro of this figure.

Next up, in terms of appearance, this is an utterly beautiful toy. The red is wonderfully glossy. And the gold is just… golden. This is a fantastic looking toy that in my opinion, looks better than most of the original art. He’s noticeably sleeker than other Iron Man armors, but that’s actually explained in-story, since the Extremis Iron Man is kind of a Cyborg Tony Stark, so a lot of the stuff that’s normally stored externally, is integrated into Tony’s body; thus allowing for a sleeker Iron Man. The only downside to the aesthetics is that he’s got a bit of a “thunder thighs” syndrome, but it’s not a  deal breaker by any stretch.

The paint, as mentioned, is vunderbar. Surprisingly, it’s applied very cleanly for a mass released toy. Any imperfections in the paint apps is only visible if you’re looking really really closely. However (yet another “however”), the paint looks like it’ll chip off relatively easily, so I’d suggest you take more care to not have this guy be scratched than you would other figures. It’s not as if the glossy paint’s flaking off or anything, but it does seem to be prone to chipping. Also, I tried tightening one of his joints with some clear nail polish, and found that even the application of clear nail polish can cause the paint to run. So buyer beware, as nice as the paint on this guy is, you’re going to have to take extra care to make sure it stays that way.

Iron Man comes with a display stand, a “TOP SECRET” little story blurb, an Iron Man art card, a useless code for FuryFiles.com (useless because they pretty much closed the site looooooong ago) and a clip-on energy blast. The clip-on energy blast looks neat, and is made of a hard plastic. Which effectively renders it useless for Extremis Iron Man. As noted above, Extremis Iron Man’s paint app is very “delicate”, so I wouldn’t recommend clipping on the hard plastic energy blast onto the guy, as there’s a good chance that’ll scrape his paint job off. Pass the energy blast on to your other Iron Man toys, Extremis is just gonna have to go at it, unarmed.

OVERALL
Extremis Iron Man is one of those figures who have their share of problems, but their pros far outweigh the cons. The majority of my problems with the guy are just nitpicks, the only significant problem laid with the unmovable hips. But once the hips were given the hot water movement and he’s got a limited range of movement there, this guy ended up as a pretty neat figure. His hips might be limited, but he’s got enough articulation elsewhere and he looks soooooo darn good that I find myself more forgiving of his flaws. This guy is definitely going to be my default Iron Man.

Pros: Beautiful toy. Able to look UP. Good plastic. Good articulation except for hips.
Cons: Plastic for hip joints suck. Paint prone to chipping.

Grade: B

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