#2008 / S.H.Figuarts / Iron Man Mark 3

Product Line / S.H.Figuarts
Scale & Class / Non-Scale Collectible Figure
Manufacturer / Bandai Spirits / Tamashii Nations
Release Date / 2016
Appearances / Iron Man (2008)

Since Tamashii Nations began producing S.H.Figuarts figures of MCU characters in 2013, they’ve made it a point to release them around the same time as the films in which they appear. For Iron Man collectors, this meant having to wait until they got to the original seven armors, from the Mark 1 in Iron Man up to the Mark 7 in The Avengers. Fortunately, that wait didn’t last long as Tamashii Nations launched the S.H.Figuarts “Hall of Armor” project in 2016, with the intention of releasing these armors as solo figures or sets with Hall of Armor displays. The project opens with S.H.Figuarts Iron Man Mark 3 from Iron Man.

Whether you got just the figure by itself or the set with the Hall of Armor display, you have a fairly standard S.H.Figuarts Iron Man figure and all the bells and whistles that come with it. It has great proportions and excellent sculpted detail topped with a coat of candy red paint you’ll never get tired looking at. Articulation is also standard with the expected double joints and the shifting hip assembly to allow that signature ‘superhero landing’ pose. For accessories, the Mark 3 comes with the same set of effect parts that come with other S.H.Figuarts Iron Man releases. The included replacement back parts with open flaps can also be used to display the Mark 3 in flight, albeit there are no details underneath, which breaks the illusion a little. And, in Tamashii Nations’ infinite wisdom, this figure has the annoying feature of requiring you to swap parts every time you need to change hand parts, which is carried over to all later Mark 3 recolors.