#2004 / S.H.Figuarts / Iron Man Mark 49 “Rescue”

Product Line / S.H.Figuarts
Scale & Class / Non-Scale Collectible Figure
Manufacturer / Bandai Spirits / Tamashii Nations
Release Date / 2020
Appearances / Avengers: Endgame (2019)

One of the many moments of awesome that made us cheer and shout during Avengers: Endgame was the much-awaited combat debut of Pepper Potts in full Iron Man gear (not counting that short bit in Iron Man 3). She used the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the “Rescue” armor and confirmed it to be the Mark 49, completing the first 50 Iron Man numbered variants. Hasbro was the first to release a Marvel Legends Series figure, but when I learned that Tamashii Nations is also releasing an S.H.Figuarts version, I immediately jumped on the pre-order button.

Overall figure details are quite accurate to its on-screen counterpart. Sculpt is sharp and paint application is vibrant, though my copy did have some blotches on the left thigh armor so mileage may still vary. Articulation is as expected but with some asterisks. While this is an Iron Man armor, Rescue doesn’t really fire her palm Repulsors. Each forearm has an armor piece that extends to the back of the hands that hinders Repulsor blast firing poses, not to mention the lack of Repulsor effect parts. This is compensated for by the main feature of this figure, the Autonomous Energy Displacers (or drones) and can be displayed in two configurations. They can be attached to the back through the replacement panel with open flaps or as autonomous units via any display stand with a 3 mm peg. Lastly, there’s the Pepper Potts replacement head. Recent S.H.Figuarts head sculpts have been a hit-or-miss deal, and the same is true with Pepper Potts. It’s a little off but still has an overall resemblance. Her hair is also solid plastic which limits head articulation to slight side-to-side swivels.