Iron Man 2 Super Hero Squad Review: Iron Defense Squad

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The Super Hero Squad has been avoiding making figures of civilians, which explains why we haven’t gotten a classic Tony Stark in just a suit. But for figures based off the movies, omitting Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan just seems wrong. This pack kind of remedies it and kind of doesn’t.

On the run from a powerful, worldwide organization bent on his destruction, Iron Man must rely on his friends for help. Captain America can always be counted on to do what’s right for his allies. Meanwhile, Pepper Potts, in armor designed specifically for her, hits the skies as the new hero Rescue!

For some unknown reason, Iron Man is wearing his Hulkbuster Mark II armor. The second time this piece has been repainted, but it’s done in classic colors. So now he’s just red and gold and sporting black eyes. The figure is still massive, has weird articulation at the shoulders and moves at the waist.

The new paint job isn’t terribly exciting, but then again, a lot of Iron Man’s paint jobs aren’t that exciting. He’s gold and red and really just looks like the Mark II Hulkbuster done in the Mark I Hulkbuster colors. There is a weird bronze line on Iron Man’s head, which is made even weirder by the fact that nothing in the pack has that color of paint.

Captain America is another repaint. A repaint of his wave 9 figure that originally came with Red Skull, his colors are darker and more saturated than ever. The shade of red used on his boots and gloves is perfect and a vast improved over the weird shades used in the Secret Wars pack.

Cap is posed like he’s about to throw his shield or just caught it. And to make this look work, his vibranium shield is its own accessory. This also means he sometimes can’t hold it well. But this is a version of the character that hasn’t been seen much, so getting him out instead of his original sculpt is fine by me. Captain America moves at the shoulders and waist.

The only brand new figure in the pack is Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor! Wearing a suit of armor that evokes Tony’s Silver Centurion suit, Pepper is an odd figure. She’s unarticulated, but wearing a full suit of armor while holding her helmet in her hand like she’s about to recite Hamlet. So we’ve got a figure that isn’t really Pepper and isn’t really Rescue, which is just really kind of odd.

Rescue’s armor looks amazing. It’s a great female take on the Iron Man suit that doesn’t end up looking too flimsy or make her too skinny. The helmet in her hand looks accurate too; it’s just a shame that there isn’t a way to make her wear it.

Pepper’s unmasked head looks great and very different from all the other girls in the Super Hero Squad. Her hair is well sculpted and her green eyes look good too. Sure, she looks nothing like Gwyneth Paltrow but it works very well. One odd thing is my figure has a line below her right eye that looks almost like a scar.

As a three pack, the only real draw of this set is Pepper as Rescue, but even that figure isn’t anything super exciting. I would have much preferred either Pepper or Rescue, but the fact that we got her at all says a lot. As for Iron Man, it’s a weird repaint but kind of makes sense and beats getting just a straight repack. But it’s been over a year and a half since Captain America appeared on the shelves, so getting him out isn’t a bad idea at all with his upcoming movie.

Iron Man 2 Wave 1 – 3 Packs
Iron Man 2 – Armor Wars I

Iron Man, War Machine & Iron Monger
Iron Man 2 – Armor Wars Part 2
Iron Man, Iron Monger & Crimson Dynamo
Iron Man 2 – Armor Evolutions
Iron Man Mark I, Iron Man Mark II, & Iron Man Mark III

Iron Man 2 Wave 2 – 3 Packs
Iron Man 2 – Final Battle
Iron Man Mark V, Ivan “Whiplash” Vanko & Armor Drone
Iron Man 2 – Hi-Tech Showdown
Iron Man Mark VI, War Machine & HAMMER Drone

Iron Man 2 Wave 3 – 3 Packs
Iron Man 2 – Iron Defense Squad
Rescue, Captain America & Hulkbuster Iron Man

Iron Man 2 – Armor Vault
Iron Man, Torpedo Armor Iron Man & Hulkbuster Iron Man

Written by jestergoblin

September 6th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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