Monday, February 22, 2016

Sci-fi Revoltech Iron Man Mark V Part 1

Iron "Suitcase" Man

The first Revoltech review in 2016. ^^

The model number of Tony Stark's Iron Man armors is pushing close to 50 after "Iron Man 3" (2013) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015), and I'm just starting to review Mark V from "Iron Man 2" (2010). XD

Sci-fi Revoltech Iron Man Mark V
Production company: Kaiyodo
Release date: December 2012
Price: 3,334 Yen (exclusive of tax).
Merchandise link

Mark V, or the "Suitcase Armor" made its first and only appearance at the beginning stage of "Iron Man 2" (2010) when it was used by Tony to fight Ivan Vanko.

The debut of Mark V in "Iron Man 2" (2010).
Video clip is from Youtube. Follow this link to the website if you can't see anything.

Personally, Mark II and War Machine are still my favorite designs out the many Iron Man suits that appeared in the movie universe, but I do like the concept and transformation of the "suitcase armor". ^^ How the suitcase unfolds, connects to Tony's body and limbs and forms all the armor parts (including the helmet) is for nerds to explain I suppose, but the whole transformation looks amazing in the movie. ^^

Would any company like to attempt an action figure featuring a transformable suitcase for Iron Man Mark V? ^^ With the constant updating of Iron Man suits for the movie universe, there are always new products to be pushed out to the market. ^^ Having more products based off Mark V is no longer a priority focus for the market I suppose. Furthermore, "Iron Man 3" (2013) pretty much turned the tap completely loose on Tony's suit design and gave us a House Party legion of Iron Man Armors, and I know many companies are still keeping up with the effort in releasing merchandises based off some of those lesser known models. ^^

Unlike all the Sci-fi Revoltech sets previously reviewed on this blog, like T-Rex, Iron Man Mark VI, Alien Warrior and Alien Queen, the separate hard cover is no more for Mark V.

A simple image of the figure, product label, Marvel's logo and the Avengers Assemble and Sci-fi Revoltech series emblems on the front cover.

As compared to his earlier suits, Mark V is simpler in terms of color scheme but features much more elaborate mechanical details on its exterior. The two reasons are directly tied to the armor being an "expansion" of its special suitcase no doubt, but I really like the combination of the various design factors. ^^ Like Mark II with its all silver color scheme and War Machine with its heavy weaponry, there's a sense of simplicity about Mark V's overall design that I really like. ^^

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

Closeups on the content.

The design has been renewed for the simplified package, but the overall style is still standard for the sides, top and bottom of the box.

Introduction of the figure and content on the back of the box.

Comparison with the "traditional" package design as seen on Jason Voorhees, with the separate front cover being the biggest difference between the two boxes.

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.

Straight out-of-box Mark V with plenty of plastic wrappers between the head and neck, chest and waist, ankle and feet to be removed.

I initially thought that the figure was not placed on the tray properly when it was first packaged, causing it to look offset to its right side when viewed from the front window. It turns out the tray was designed to be elevated on the left side of the figure, for some unknown reason. ^^;

All the plastic wrappers between the figure's body parts are removed.

The "clean" version of the figure. ^^

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

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