Iron Fist is the next character to get the spotlight from Marvel’s Netflix endeavors and I’m pretty excited about what I’ve seen so far. It seems only natural to keep him in the spotlight on the toy aisles to, and so Hasbro dropped Iron Fist into this Doctor Strange Wave. The mystical connection is certainly there, but I could think of a few more appropriate figures that they could have slotted into this wave. I would have particularly loved a wide release of Magick. But then I think… hey, it’s Iron Fist… he’s cool!
There’s no actual Doctor Strange branding on the package and Iron Fist actually gets his own logo down at the bottom. If you’re getting a twinge of Deja Vous from this release, it’s because we just saw Iron Fist (in his white outfit) about a year ago in the Allfather Wave. But don’t roll your eyes just yet, because…
If you were grumbling about getting a straight repaint of the last Iron Fist, you should be pleasantly surprised, because this one is all new. I liked the last release a lot, it’s an incredibly fun figure, but it did use that carry-over body from Hasbro’s old Legends line, which included those terrible ball hips, but I’ll get back to those when I talk articulation. This body sculpt strikes me as more fluid and natural, and less like one of those pose-able artist’s anatomy dolls. It’s just a lean, mean kung-fu-fighting machine.
Of course, the costume is achieved mostly through a painted buck, and even with that having been said, the paint is minimal. You get a mostly green body with yellow painted boots and his emblem printed on his chest. The fists and wraps are new sculpts and the belt is sculpted as a separate piece.
The previous Iron Fist head was passable, but this one is excellent. Granted, it’s a very different style. The exposed lower half of the face features some sharp detail and the mask looks great and features the long, loose ties streaming off the back.
This is the Pizza Spidey buck, so the articulation is both familiar and excellent. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, double hinged elbows, and swivels in the biceps and about halfway through the forearms. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have double hinged knees, swivels in the thighs, and both hinges and lateral rockers in the ankles. The torso features a swivel at the waist, an ab crunch hinge, and those wonderful lateral crunches in the shoulders. The head has both a hinge and a ball joint.
While this version of Iron Fist doesn’t include the plethora of extra hands the last release had, you do get a pair of glowing fists, achieved through translucent yellow plastic. You also get two translucent yellow effect parts, which can be used over either pairs of fists to give him flaming fists of fury!
So, some may cry foul at getting another Iron Fist so soon, but it’s hard for me to argue when the figure is this good. And, boy is he good! Throw in the fact that I relate to his green costume a lot more than his white one, and this figure is actually a very welcome variant-slash-do-over. Next Monday I’m going to wrap this wave up with a look at both variants of the MCU Doctor Strange and follow it up with Dormammu himself!
And now is as good a time as any to declare that my new posting schedule is not working out so well, so next month I’ll be changing it up, hopefully for the last time, and going to a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday rotation. Yes, it’s only adding one more Feature a week, but I’m afraid I was going to fall too far behind if I continued with just three. Hopefully this will be the happy compromise I’m looking for I have been getting a lot more time in on my backlog of video games and comics, and I think the one day off in the middle of the week will be enough to keep that going.
And no, I haven’t forgotten about the occasional Anime Saturdays, I’ll have another one of those ready for the end of this week.