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    REVIEW: Hot Toys Iron Man 3 - IGOR MKXXXVIII (MMS215)

    The (Large) Cherry on Top of Your Iron Man Collection Cake...

    For those trying to complete their Iron Man 3 "House Party Protocol" in one sixth scale form, Hot Toy's Igor has been a long anticipated release. While far from the final Iron Man suit featured in the climactic scene, Igor's immense size certainly stands out from the crowd. This figure is in-stock and available for order now through Sideshow Collectibles. There's a price to being a House Party Protocol completist, however, Igor setting you back a cool $509.99. To help ease the pain, Sideshow has a payment plan available for as little as $255 a month.

    The precursor to the far superior Hulkbuster armor, Tony Stark's Igor served duty as a heavy lifter. Think of the armor as a forklift on legs. At the time, this was Stark's largest Iron Man suit and the action figure - in scale with the rest of Hot Toys' 1:6th scale series - reflects that size measuring a monstrous 16.5-inches tall and featuring a seriously wide girth. Holding Igor is like cradling a newborn baby, though the figure feels surprisingly light for it's size. As one can image, the box for this beast is huge, the entire package and its contents clocking in at 10 pounds shipped. It'd be best to pick this fella up at a comic book shop to save you on shipping charges.

    Sculpt is what we saw oh so briefly in the film. Don't recall? Yeah, all those Iron Man suits buzzing around at the end of Iron Man 3 left my head spinning too. Regardless, Hot Toys saves us all from remembering with a movie-accurate sculpt that is to die for. I absolutely love Igor's turtle-like head.

    Primarily blue, Igor is painted with tons of weathering effects, the type a machine like this would receive from lifting heavy metal objects. There's scratches all over this figure, all expertly done. Aside from dinged up blue armor, Igor stars pops of white in the form of hazard stripes on his arms, and small stenciling on various body parts. The latter is printed exceptionally well, each bit of micro text realistically scratched, but legible.

    Hunched over, it's quite apparent where Igor got his name, the figure featuring two back plates that slide out and lock up. The gimmick allows Igor to haul heavy items - such as a large steel cargo container - on his back.

    Similarly, Igor features a two-pronged flap that flips down on each arm, just like a forklift. Hot Toys even sculpted rails on the back of Igor's arms that simulate the forklift being able to move up and down. Unfortunately, that feature isn't functional on the figure. Like past Iron Man figure releases, Igor's fingers are each individually articulated, in case those arm lifts and back lifts aren't enough to get the job done.

    Another nice feature, albeit an unnecessary one, is the ability to move each individual spine plate. To do this, you'll want to start at the top and work your way down, as articulating an armor plate in the middle proves difficult. It's a cool effect, as is the entire sculpt on Igor's back. It's all very mechanical and operational looking. In fact, the Igor figure is completely operational - the figure, despite its bulk, being pretty well articulated. His head can rotate all around, and like a turtle, can even extend and retract a little. There's all those back plates that move, arm lifts, individual fingers, hinged shoulder pads for added flexibility with the ball-jointed shoulders, the list goes on. Stability wise, Igor stands rather solid - in a hunched over pose. Displayed fully erect causes some balancing issues, but I don't expect many fans to pose him that way.

    Igor doesn't include anything in the way of accessories, no interchangeable hands and certainly no display stand. He does, however, feature the requisite light-up Iron Man armor. Once activated, Igor's eyes, chest and hand repulsors all glow a brilliant white.

    Aside from the price, there's not much not to like about Igor. Folks will be buying this guy up primarily because he looks so dang cool. He's certainly my favorite House Party Protocol suit. That and he is BIG. Large 1:6th scale action figures like this really hit all the right geek buttons. For completists, Igor is a must-have. Those cherry picking Hot Toys' Iron Man line will also find much to love with this figure. He'll certainly be the (large) cherry on top of your Iron Man collection cake.

    Photos by Jeff Saylor

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