#2012 / S.H.Figuarts / Iron Man (Avengers: Tech-on)

Product Line / S.H.Figuarts
Scale & Class / Non-Scale Collectible Figure
Manufacturer / Bandai Spirits / Tamashii Nations
Release Date / 2021
Appearances / Avengers: Tech-on

In the last couple of years, both Tamashii Nations and Sen-Ti-Nel have been releasing collectible figures of Marvel Comics characters with essentially the same concept. Take the designs and power sets of these characters and create Iron Man armors based on them. Sen-Ti-Nel created the Fighting Armor line for these figures while Tamashii Nations kept them under their long-running S.H.Figuarts brand. Tamashii Nations then took things one step further and collaborated with Marvel Comics to produce the Avengers: Tech-on six-issue miniseries where The Avengers essentially become a sentai team thanks to Tony Stark’s armor technology. This is where we get those Iron Man derivative armors for the other super heroes and, of course, they had to start with Iron Man.

For starters, Tamashii Nations went on a different direction from Sen-Ti-Nel in that the armors have minimal similarities with each other while still looking Iron Man armors all the same. This allows each armor to have a distinct design and stand out, which is also the case for Iron Man. This Iron Man also has the classic colorway plus with all the nuances of from Eiichi Shimizu. Sculpt and paint work are excellent, with the reds using a two-one matte finish and gold paint we’ve come to expect. In its standard configuration, Iron Man is fun to put into dynamic poses thanks to abundance of articulation points. Then we have the DH-10 (for “Do Hatsu-10”) Mode which requires connecting the large Repulsor backpack unit, and replacing several panels. It looks okay, albeit a little busy. I do want to highlight how loose the DH-10 replacement part for the Arc Reactor. You technically don’t need to but it has all those effect pieces that complete the look, which would look great if it isn’t a little too loose for my liking. Fortunately, the joints don’t share the same looseness and it can stand on its own when in DH-10 Mode, though you’ll definitely need the included flight stand for those dynamic poses. Lastly, it has an assortment of effect parts that, along with the figure itself and accessories, keep you busy for a good while.