S.H.Figuarts Avengers Age of Ultron – Ultron Prime
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ultron is an artificial intelligent peacekeeping program created by Tony Stark. It was designed to protect Earth from domestic and extraterrestrial threats but deemed humanity to be the greatest threat to peace on Earth, so it attempted to create a technological singularity by committing genocide against humanity. It appeared in the 2015 MCU Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Name: Ultron Prime
Series: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Material: PVC, ABS
Release: May 2016
Original Price: ¥7,020JPY
Height: 170mm / 6.69inches
Ultron is a Web Tamashii Exclusive so it comes shipped in the Web Tamashii brown shipping box. The actual packaging itself is very slim with a viewing window in the front that wraps around to the right to allow a sneak peak at the figure. Inside that packaging Ultron is sandwiched between plastic trays, with his optional hands on either side of the figure. Like all other S.H.Figuarts packaging, this one is collector friendly and doesn’t take up too much space.
Ultron comes with very little in terms of accessories, all he gets is 2 extra pairs of hands and they both look very similar. One pair is relaxed open palm hands and the other is a pair of slightly more tensed up but not quite grabbing open palm hands. I would have liked a few more accessories with Ultron, especially being an Exclusive figure, or at least optional hands that were different enough to actually be useful.
The sculpt of Ultron’s body looks decent with sharp details and complex design just like his on-screen counter-part however I thought the head sculpt detail was a bit lacking in definition. The material used on the head feels like a softer PVC which is why the sculpt detail doesn’t appear to be as sharp as the rest of the body. I also feel that Ultron is lacking in shelf presence, he is taller than the S.H.Figuarts Iron Man figure but overall he looks skinnier and lacks any die-cast parts, making him feel very light in the hands.
Articulation is a bit of a mixed bag for this toy, the upper body is mostly rubbish while the lower body is quite well articulated. Let’s start with from the top, the head is on a double ball joint so it has decent side to side and up and down movement, it has a hinge joint at the neck with a very small amount of movement, the shoulder joints are on a pin and hinge joint with a small pull out extension but it does not help much due to the shoulder design of Ultron completely interfering with the articulation, there is no bicep rotation, it has double jointed elbows, the wrists has a pin and hinge joint with the hands attached to a ball at the end. There is an ab crunch ball joint that also allows some side to side rocking movement but it has no waist joint at all. Moving down to the legs the hips has the usual pull down extension and is on a ball joint, there is no thigh swivel but it does have double jointed knees, hinge and pivot ankle joints with ankle rockers and hinged toe joints. The problem with Ultron lies mostly in the shoulders, even with the shoulder extensions pulled out he cannot raise his arms up to the sides at all, and with no bicep swivel it really limits what you can do with his arms. I excepted much more from Bandai’s engineering, surely they could have designed the shoulder joints to work better without compromising the aesthetics of the design.
I feel that Ultron is a little too monotone with this toy, I know his body is supposed to be mostly silver and gunmetal but in the movies he has a red glow coming from inside his body in various spots, which Bandai has attempted to replicate but I don’t feel like it’s enough, especially for a high end import toy such as this one. The silver also looks a little dull for someone that’s supposed to be made from Vibranium, it needs a bit more gloss or sheen to really make the figure pop. Execution wise, the paint app is tidy but I don’t think there is enough there to make you say “wow”.
Compared against the Marvel Legends BAF Ultron, The S.H.Figuarts Ultron looks tiny in comparison but he is slightly taller than the standard 6″ Marvel Legends Ultron. From a design stand point, I have to say the S.H.Figuarts Ultron looks 100 times better than the BAF Ultron.
When compared against the S.H.Figuarts Iron Man MK45, Ultron does look a little small and skinny. Height wise I think Ultron’s shoulders should be at the same level as Iron Man’s head which is pretty much the scale used by the Marvel Legends line.
Lastly a size comparison against the rest of the S.H.Figuarts Avengers lineup, again I tihnk Ultron is too small, hardly looks like the formidable enemy he’s supposed to be.
I kept putting this review off because I really don’t have a lot of good things to say about this toy. I find it harder to review something I don’t like, than if I am excited about a toy which is to say Bandai really dropped the ball with this one. Articulation is pretty horrid, you can’t pose Ultron in any meaningful dynamic poses due to his arms being pretty much useless, the toy itself is too small in my opinion and doesn’t scale well with the rest of the S.H.Figuarts Marvel lineup, it doesn’t come with enough accessories for the price and the silver is too dull. The one good thing I will say is that the design is quite faithful to his on-screen appearance, so if you like the design of Ultron and want a stand alone figure that looks good in a standing pose, then this might be okay for you, otherwise I’d suggest looking into the Revoltech offering (which I don’t have unfortunately).
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