Iron Man 3 Marvel Legends Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes (Iron Patriot)
Name: James Rhodes
Series: Iron Man 3
Line: Marvel Legends
Material: PVC, ABS
Release: April 2013
Original Price: $18.99USD
Height: 164mm / 6.46inches
To my surprise the packaging of this toy is actually very nice, a big improvement on previous Iron Man releases in my opinion. The overall design is more square and clean and the illustrations and artwork are now in a comic style which suits perfectly.
Iron Patriot doesn’t come with any accessories, but being a BAF (Build A Figure) collection it comes with the left arm to form the comic series Iron Monger figure.
Looking objective at this, the sculpt of the toy is actually not too bad. It represents the movie character very well but somewhere along the production line things went horribly wrong. There are a lot of imperfections in the mold, bad part lines and even worse flow lines in the plastic which I’ll talk about in more detail later, but all of this distracts from what could have been a great looking toy.
For the most part, articulation is okay. Shoulders, elbows and knees are ratcheted with a nice feel. Head, hips and upper torso are on ball joints. Swivel joints on the biceps and thighs rotate all the way around. The wrists rotate and the hands can only be turned inwards. Unfortunately the feet does not have any amount of movement in them which mean when ever you place Iron Patriot in a neutral standing position he will fall over backwards unless you tilt his upper body forward slightly resulting in a semi-bowing stance.
I can appreciate what Hasbro was trying to do with the paint app on this toy but in my opinion it has failed miserably. The overall quality is very poor, paint app is messy and inconsistent with the reds looking too pink. As mentioned earlier the blue of the plastic is molded with a metallic effect causing visible flow lines throughout the figure, some people call this “marbling” but that’s just a pretty way of saying it’s messed up. I would much rather have a clean and tidy flat blue finish as shown on the prototype photo which appears on the back of the packaging. Honestly, it looks like Hasbro hired a bunch of 5yr olds to paint up these figures…
The only notable feature on this toy is that you can position the back cannon on either side by way of detaching and plugging back on the other side. Slight step backwards from the Iron Man 2 War Machine figure where the mini gun can slide along the back without the need for detaching.
In terms of scale, the new Legends Iron Patriot stands slightly taller than the Iron Man 2 toys, which I don’t actually mind so much.
I am quite disappointed with this release, especially because of how awesome the movie was. This toy doesn’t do the character any justice at all. Maybe I’m being too picky for a toy which costs less than $20, but that’s $20 I won’t be able to spend on other potentially good toys. The fact is, this figure is a step backwards from the previous 6″ Iron Man 2 movie releases in terms of both design and execution and it costs more which is what makes it so disappointing. I would skip this, unless you really must have a 6″ Iron Patriot in your collection, oh wait there is always S.H.Figuarts (hopefully)!