Figma EX-026 Iron Man Mark XXI (Midas)
The Mark 21 (XXI) is a high altitude suit which appeared in the Iron Man 3 live action movie when Tony initiated the “House Party Protocol”, but to be honest I don’t remember seeing it at all. Midas is a figure from Greek mythology who was granted the power to turn anything he touched to gold, hence the nickname for this gold colored suit.
Name: Iron Man MK21 Midas
Series: Iron Man 3
Manufacturer: Max Factory
Sculptor: Masaki Apsy
Material: PVC, ABS, POM, PP
Release: Aug 2015
Original Price: ¥8,148JPY
Height: 1656.49mm / inches
The Midas armor comes packed in a very premium looking Figma format box which has a large window at the front for a sneak peek at the figure itself as well as the accessories included. On the back there are photos showing various posing options with various accessories attached. Overall a very collector friendly box worth keeping in my opinion.
The Midas armor has a whole bunch of accessories included, it actually has everything that came with the Figma Full Spec MK 7 armor except for the Tony Stark head, which is a shame as they are actually the same price at retail. He comes with swappable shoulder missile pods, air brake flap part for the back, missile pods for the thighs, missile pod forearms parts, flight / repulsor effect parts for the hands with matching hand parts, flight effect parts for the feet, standard Figma stand, rack of hands which includes open palm hands and closed fist hands with an opening for holding stuff. Also not shown in the photos is also a spare wrist joint as they are very small and can be misplaced quite easily.
In terms of sculpting I couldn’t really ask for anything more. The proportions are spot on with really nicely detailed and sharp sculpting on all the armor plates. The only things that really sticks out is the Figma joints in the elbows and knees but I can’t really fault them for this as they are a part of the feature of this toy line but I suppose they could have color matched it better to blend in more with the rest of the toy. Plastic quality feels solid, as does the build quality, no hollowness in this toy as far as I can tell.
The Figma joints are known for their smooth and buttery feel, and it’s no exception on the Midas armor. The neck is on a ball and hinge joint with another double ball joint at the base of the neck. The shoulders are also on a ball and hinge combo joint, biceps swivels, single hinge joint for the elbows, wrist hinges and swivels. The diaphragm feels like it’s on a big ball joint, the stomach has a hinge joint, waist is on a ball joint as are the hips. There’s a thigh swivel, single hinge joint for the knees, ankle pivot and rocker as well as hinged toes. All the joints hold their poses well although in a horizontal flight pose the lower body does tend to droop at the waist ball joint due to the weight of the legs as the flight stand pegs into the lower back.
The paint job on the Midas armor is immaculate, there isn’t a single drop of overspray or untidy paint that I could find on this guy. The bronze and gold colors have been matched very well, they don’t contrast too much but enough to keep the figure from looking one colored. The Arc Reactor on the Midas figure has incredible internal detail which was missing on the MK7. Overall I actual prefer this color scheme over the standard red and gold of the MK7.
When the figure is placed in a horizontal flight pose, the head can pivot high enough so that it’s looking forwards but this in itself presents another problem, namely the huge gap in the neck. I’m sure they could have resolved this area by adding a soft flap or add an additional curved section to the bottom of the neck. It’s a minor nitpick but after all the great things Max Factory has done on this figure it seems odd that they left the neck as it is. I did like that Max Factory decided to used a soft flexible plastic for the wrist flap, they also used this for the ankle covers.
A couple of comparison shots between the Midas and the standard MK7 armor. The Midas armor is 100% a repaint of the MK7 armor but it’s amazing how different something can look just by changing the colors. The accessories that came with the Midas armor will fit on the standard MK7 figure, although the difference in color scheme is a bit much.
Few more comparison shots with other 6-ish inch Iron Man figures in my collection to give you guys an idea of the size of the Figma offering. Compared to the Sentinel Armorize Iron Man, the Figma stands about half a head shorter. Compared to the S.H.Figuarts offerings, the Figma stands about half a head taller. Compared to the Marvel Legends MCU Iron Man, they are pretty much the same size so you can use the Figma Iron Man toys as a stand in for your MCU Marvel Legends collection if you so choose. Compared to the Marvel Legends Bleeding Edge Iron Man, Figma is just a touch taller, still works fine in terms of scale I think.
Lastly a couple of shots with the newly released S.H.Figuarts Captain America and Hulk figures from the Avengers Age of Ultron movie, scale wise I think the Figma is a little tall but if you imagine having to fit an actual person in the suit, I think the scale is not too bad. For the last picture I’ve put a Marvel Select Hulk together with Marvel Legends Thor from the Amazon Exclusive 4 pack, S.H.Figuarts Captain America and the Figma Iron Man and I think this works quite well. My point is, it’s an awesome time to be a Marvel collector with all these different companies producing Marvel character toys, you can mix and match to your hearts content depending on your own preference for scale.
The Figma Iron Man MK21 Midas armor is an absolute treat to look at and play with. The design and sculpt is absolutely spot on and the paint job is stunningly immaculate. If it weren’t for the conspicuous Figma joints in the elbows and knees I would almost go as far as to say this is a miniature version of the Hot Toys offering minus the gimmicks and electronics. Within the 6-ish inch Iron Mans in my collection at the moment, this is definitely my favorite. I hope Figma continues to release more Iron Man suits, I could easily replace all of my S.H.Figuarts suits with Figma versions if they were available, that’s how much I like them and I love my S.H.Figuarts stuff!