Iron Man Super Hero Squad Review: Iron Monger Attacks!

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No one expected Iron Man to do as well as it did. And with good reason, the recent attempts at Marvel movies had been less than stellar. The ill-received Spider-Man 3 and X3: The Last Stand meant fans of the character were apprehensive at best. Plus, Iron Man was a nobody before the movie came out. Hasbro seemed to agree with that because it took until the 3rd wave of the Iron Man Super Hero Squad to actually get something based on the movies.

Every piece of technology in the Iron Monger battle suit is stolen from Iron Man, and it looks like the armored villain wants to upgrade! He’s smashed into Tony Stark’s lab, intent on stealing the original armor. Luckily, Iron Man and War Machine are on the scene, and they’re armed and ready to blast Iron Monger into scrap!

Wow, that’s actually a decent explanation as to why there are two Iron Man armors in this set. Sure, it didn’t happen in the movie, but it seems like something that could have happened. The Mark I Iron Man suit is a stylized version of the First Appearance Iron Man suit. Just made of iron and some forging gloves, it’s looks bulky and clunky just like it should, after all there is supposed to be a guy in there.

The Mark I moves at the shoulders and waist. It has wrist mounted weapons and the arms and legs are asymmetrical, which matches the movie design. The paint looks good on the figure too with it looking like metal. The only other paint are his black gloves, face holes, his white arc reactor and some belts on his legs. Everything is painted perfectly.

Iron Man Mark III is the classic red and gold suit of armor that Iron Man is most recognized for. The figure feels bigger than average, which again works since he’s a guy wearing a metal suit of armor. Like the Mark I, this suit is appropriately intricate but in a different way. Instead of feeling like a mish-mash of random parts, it looks sleek and thought out.

Iron Man is posed with his left arm stretched out ready to fire his repulsor while his right hand is kept back in a fist. His legs are bracing for the impact, while his head is cut at an odd angle so it only looks right when it is looking over his left shoulder. Iron Man moves at the neck, shoulders and waist.

The paint on the Mark III is a mixed bag. The actual application of the paint is well done, but the colors used seem weird. The eyes and repulsor are a very light blue that doesn’t cover the maroon paint well enough while his arc reactor is a faded shade of pink. Even the red used on his armor feels too dark, like the whole figure just needs a little bit more lightness.

While War Machine didn’t appear in Iron Man (though it was alluded to when he looked at the Mark II suit), James Rhodes did. In this case, War Machine is wearing a modified version of the Mark III suit. It’s slightly bulkier and far more armed. War Machine has forearm mounted guns along with a shoulder Gatling gun and anti-air missile battery.

Like the Mark III, War Machine’s design is appropriately detailed and they share very similar poses.

War Machine has his right hand pointing while his left is out with his repulsor ready. Unlike Iron Man, War Machine’s neck isn’t cut at an angle but his massive shoulder pads prevent him from looking where he’s aiming. War Machine moves at the shoulders, waist and neck.

War Machine’s got some great paint and is decked out in black and silvers as a nice contrast to Tony Stark’s suit. His eyes, arc reactor and repulsors are bright blue, which is a tad off since they should be red, but are much better looking than the Mark III.

The big bad in this set is none other than Obadiah Stane wearing the Iron Monger armor. An advisor and business partner, Stane was secretly using Tony’s technology to sell weapons to arms dealers and terrorists behind Tony’s back. After recovering the Mark I armor, he went about to create his own version of the suit.

Iron Monger follows the traditional plan in super hero movies where the hero just fights a bad guy who is a bigger version of himself. Not the most original, but it happens. The Iron Monger suit is a massive suit of armor with hands and feet twice the size of Iron Man, but could even benefit by being bigger. It’s covered in interlocking plates and pistons and looks really good.

Except it doesn’t really match up with how Iron Monger looked in the movie. This version of Iron Monger looks like he’s made out of bronze, not iron which kind of defeats the purpose. He’s sporting a giant red arc reactor (because he’s evil or something) and sunken black eyes instead of the light blue he should have. For some reason, Iron Monger looks sad too while Iron Man and War Machine look angry. Iron Monger moves at the shoulders, waist and neck.

All of these figures look good but suffer from the same thing: they’re almost too detailed when compared to the other Super Hero Squad figures. The intricate costume designs feel too over the top. The scale also seems kind of weird, where Iron Man and War Machine feel too big but Iron Monger doesn’t feel big enough. It’s a great pack based on the movie, but it just doesn’t mix well with the others.

Iron Man Super Hero Squad

Wave 1 – 4 Packs
Hall of Armor
First Appearance Iron Man, Silver Centurion Iron Man, Tony Stark & Hulkbuster Iron Man
Iron Man Face Off
Iron Man, War Machine, Crimson Dynamo & Titanium Man

Wave 2 – 4 Packs
Crimson Dynamo Attacks
Crimson Dynamo, Desert Armor Iron Man, Assault War Machine, Classic Iron Man
Genius of Tony Stark
Ultimate War Machine, Iron Spider, Hulkbuster Iron Man & Second Appearance Iron Man

Wave 3 – 4 Packs
Iron Monger Attacks!
Iron Man Mark I, Iron Man Mark III, War Machine & Iron Monger
Danger of the Dreadknight
Iron Man, Stealth Iron Man, Dreadknight & Zhang Tong, the Mandarin

Written by jestergoblin

August 21st, 2010 at 12:00 am

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