Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sci-fi Revoltech Iron Man Mark VI Part 1

Number 6 is also Number 1

Another superhero-type collectible to appear on this blog, but unlike Kotobukiya's ARTFX+ 1/10 Catwoman New 52 reviewed in mid October, this one is an action figure. ^^

Sci-fi Revoltech No. 024 Iron Man Mark VI
Production company: Kaiyodo
Release date: Early March 2011
Price: 2,715 Yen (exclusive of tax).
Official link

Mark VI is Tony Stark's final Iron Man suit in "Iron Man 2" (2010), but interestingly for the Sci-fi Revoltech series, it was actually the first of the Iron Man lineup. ^^ As the figure was released in March 2011, less than a year after the movie came out, I always thought that Kaiyodo was really fast in scooping up the merchandising rights for the Iron Man suits to be included in the Sci-fi Revoltech series. ^^ However, I'm also very appreciative of their effort, since it wasn't easy to get a small-scaled, or lower-priced Iron Man action figure back in the old days. ^^; That may sound extremely very strange now, given the sheer popularity of the franchise, with many toy companies joining the rank in producing Iron Man action figures. Four years back, there were either smaller-sized action figures from Diamond Select, and Hasbro that are mostly unavailable through hobby websites, or super large 1/6 scale action figures from Hot Toys that are extremely pricey for regular collectors who aren't avid fans of large-sized collectibles. Releases from Kaiyodo sort-of filled in that market gap, allowing folks who are more familiar with Japanese releases (like me) to get some decent-sized, decent-priced Iron Man action figures. ^^

For me, getting this Mark VI was more for the novelty of seeing an Iron Man action figure in the Sci-fi Revoltech line, instead of actually liking the armor design. ^^ As mentioned in its review, Mark II is my favorite of Tony Stark's suits. I really like the first War Machine as well, even though it's technically a separate suit from Stark's Hall of Armor. ^^ So, in essence, instead of fancying a Mark VI action figure because of its own design, I'm more interested in seeing how Kaiyodo blends detailing, and most importantly, posability for an Iron Man action figure in its Sci-fi Revoltech line. I got the answer for that when I reviewed Mark II, and War Machine in the past, but it's going to be interesting to see how the design worked on the first of the lineup, on a hot-red-shiny-golden Mark VI. ^^

Front view of the box.

Mark VI with its iconic entrance pose as the box art. ^^

Product label, Marvel's logo, and the Avengers Assemble emblem on the front cover.

Preview of Mark VI's posability on the front side sleeve band.

Standard Revoltech design style for the sides, top and bottom of the box.

Preview of releases from other Revoltech series on the right hand side of the sleeve band.

Introduction of the figure on the back of the box.

More preview of releases from other Revoltech series on the sleeve band behind the box.

The hard cover that allows the package to be opened like a book, which gives the box a higher collection value. ^^

Introduction of the character and movie behind the paper cover.

The figure itself and almost all its accessories can be seen clearly through the front window.

Closeups on the content.

Box open.

Box content. Everything fit on one plastic tray.

Tray content without the top cover.

Closeups on the content.

Rear view of the plastic tray.

A promotional pamphlet for the Sci-fi Revoltech series.

Front cover of the pamphlet.

Rear cover of the pamphlet.

Prototype preview for Sci-fi Revoltech No. 024 Jack Sparrow, which came out a month after Mark VI.

A straight out-of-box Mark VI..

Plastic wrappers between the head and neck, chest and waist, ankle and feet need be removed.

Strings that were used to secure the figure to the tray.

As usual, an introduction of all the accessories and more images of the figure coming up next. ^^

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