Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years Iron Man 3 Pepper Potts, Iron Man Mark XXII, & The Mandarin figures are exclusively available on Amazon.com, and this set is currently listed as in stock. This set is part of Hasbro’s The First Ten Years collection and is priced at $69.99 for the set.
For ten years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been bringing the mightiest and most beloved characters to life on the big screen. In commemoration of this incredible cinematic collection of the world’s greatest super heroes and super villains, Hasbro has partnered with Marvel Studios to create the Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years line for Marvel Legends, including premium figures from across the MCU’s most patriotic, mystical, Hulk-busting, and dance-worthy blockbuster hits. Collect Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years Marvel Legends figures to build the ultimate MCU collection! (Each sold separately. Subject to availability). Imagine the race to stop The Mandarin from using the Extremis virus to terrorize the world with these 6-inch figures, featuring premium articulation and highly detailed design inspired by the 2013 hit movie, Iron Man 3.
Availability: September 2018
The Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years Iron Man 3 Pepper Potts, Iron Man Mark XXII, & The Mandarin Figures are packaged in a window box and features artwork form the film and a bio of each of the characters on the back. This particular film, while not one of our personal favorites of the Marvel Movies, introduced the Mandarine, one of Iron Man’s biggest enemies in the comics, and starred Ben Kingsley portraying this iconic villain.
Over the years, Hasbro has offered many Iron Man figures in the 6″ Marvel Legends line, and while this character has mostly been offered in his iconic red and gold armor, some variations have made their way into the line. Fans of the comic series, and if you’re familiar with Iron Man’s Hall of Armor, you will know that he has an arsenal of suits. This particular armor is the Hotrod, War Machine 2.0 Prototype Suit, and one that Hasbro never offered before. This figure uses the same sculpt as an earlier War Machine figure, and is given some new deco showcasing the Hotrod deco on his legs, with orange and red flames on his ankles and going up his legs. The red has a metallic finish that is features on his legs and arms. The rest of the figure has the standard dark grey and silver deco, which looks great with the red, and this paint and sculpt resembles the one shown in the movie very well. His articulation includes a ball jointed neck, swivel-hinged shoulders, double-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, swivel shoulder pads, ball jointed torso, swivel-hinged hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, and swivel-hinged ankles. The figure has some limited range of motion in his ankles, which causes some of his possibility to be limited as he can’t stand in many positions do to this.
The Mandarin has a great facial likeness to Actor Ben Kingsley, and the digital sculpting here is spot on. The head sculpt has a light wash over the skin on the face, and his hand includes a long beard with textures, a mustache, a shaved head and a ponytail in the back. The outfit is also inspired by the film, which is painted a dark green, with gold, brown a lighter green, black and camouflage pants. The clothing has textures and patterns, including the back of the cape, gold parts going down the sides of the front, and various other parts of the sculpt. The pants are painted in the same dark green as the cape, with a light brown wash over them that looks like camouflage. His sleeve have some great deco including hold stripes and patterns going around them, which is a nice touch. The 10 rings are also sculpted and painted on his fingers, and are in silver. While the movie version of the Mandarin didn’t live up to our expectations especially if you’ve read the Iron Man comics from the 1990s (which you should do so now!), the figure has a great likeness to the film. His articulation includes a ball jointed neck, swivel-hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, double-hinged knees, hinged and rocker ankles.
As nice as the War Machine and The Mandarine figures are, Pepper Pots is the best offering from the set in terms of character selection. Her head sculpt has a good likeness to Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and she has paint applications on her face including makeup on her cheeks, red lipstick and eye liner. She also has long blonde hair with a wash over it. Her neck shows the hinged joint as part of the sculpt, as the head is articulated with a swivel-hinged joint compared to ball jointed, being able to see this hinge joint in a Marvel Legends figure of today is somewhat disappointing as Hasbro has been doing a fantastic job on figure sculpts lately. She is sculpted in a black top and black pants as seen in the film, which has some sculpted detail in the clothing. Her articulation includes a swivel-hinged neck, swivel-hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, hinged and rocker ankles. Pepper Pots also has an interchangeable arm, that is an Iron Man arm painted in metallic red and gold, and there is also a blast effect piece. The top of her shoulder has silver deco, showcasing how the arm is connected to the remaining parts of her human arm.
Overall, this is a great set with excellent likenesses, detail, sculpting and paint applications that fans are sure to love. Hopefully, Hasbro will offer additional Iron Man suits from Iron Man 3 to complete the Hall of Armor collection, just like they are doing here with the Hotrod War Machine suit.