When I first found out about this I was so excited to check out the prototypes of the Iron Man 3 movie replicas. I remember my very first Hot Toy was a Mark 2 and then I went on to get the Mark 3 and well as they say the rest is history. Today Hot Toys has grown so much and the life-likeness of the movie replicas they produce continues to wow fans all over the world.
One of their biggest sellers is their Iron Man series and of course with the 3rd installment of the franchise hitting theaters, what better time than the labour day week to unleash their entire collection for public display.
Action City, the official Hot Toys distributor in Singapore is having their Iron Man 3 Hot Toys Collectible Figurines Exhibit at Level 1 Hylam Street, Bugis Junction from 29 Apr till Sunday, 5th May 2013! I actually stood at this entrance for a while before I could get my shot because it was rather crowded. But I really wanted to show you what it looks like without people surrounding it, to give you that grand welcome to the exhibition.
Why was it crowded and what’s the big deal with that display you ask? Well here’s a close up of what everyone wanted to stop, stare and snap.
Pretty amazing huh? This was the goal I set out to achieve when I bought my first Mark 2 in 2007. I said “I gotta have a hall of armors of my own” and look now Hot Toys has even developed the individual “closets” for the the armors. Well this show piece needs to be paired with the Tony Stark Mark 42 armor testing collectable.
Here’s the money shot direct from the front. Anyway this is of course featured in Iron Man 3 during the scene where he’s testing out his Mark 42 for the first time. It is a brilliant display and would capture the attention of anyone who visits your house. Since I’ve already pre-ordered this, you can bet I’ll share updates with you when it arrives.
I’m quite pleased with the headsculpt which features Tony Stark’s updated hairstyle from Iron Man 3. It’s got better articulation so much so you can fully push his palm out unlike previous models.
Let’s move on. There was a bit of a movie promo piece that was released in conjunction with Iron Man 3. It’s a battle damaged version of the Mark 7 which was featured in Marvel’s The Avengers.
This was quite a popular piece as only 600 pieces were available for sale. Action City opened 300 pieces for ballot to their loyal customers and fans and then the remaining 300 was open to the public. Long queues formed as many wanted to get their hands on this and you guessed it, it was sold out within moments.
Ok here’s an armor I didn’t expect to see, the Whiplash mark 2 that featured in the final battle of Iron Man 2. Well that battle was kinda anticlimax so I don’t blame you if you can’t remember.
The Mark 35 also known as Red Snapper was on display too. This replica was released for pre-order sometime last week and features in the final battle scene of Iron Man 3. If you’re gunning to build a hall of armors like me then I’m sure this is already on your list.
This baby however is not under the MMS Series but the Power Pose one. It basically means that this series features figures that are more pose-able or flexible with better points of articulation.
The War Marchine 2.0 or Mark 2 was also one of the newer models that was up for pre-order. Now this armor was not seen in Iron Man 3 but did you know that there is a very good reason this armor exists? Well you see there is an Iron Man 3 prequel comic and in this comic it explains the whereabouts of Rhodey during the events of The Avengers.
By the end of the comic, Rhodey is asked by the President of the United States to get a new paint job and work for him as the government is slightly embarrassed that a bunch of superheros saved New york and not the U.S. Army. So Rhodey being the soldier that he is chooses the design below.
Hence the rebranding of War Machine to Iron Patriot. Well hard core fans will know that the Iron Patriot is actually Norman Osborn and of course Marvel doesn’t have film distributing rights for Spiderman characters. I thought it played out well in the movie though. I love this figure and you know what, the guys at Hot Toys have gone for die cast metal for the Iron Man 3 armors which is way cooler.
Here are 2 version of the Mark 42, the one above is part of the Power Pose series so you will notice it’s dynamic pose which is great for display.
The one below is part of their Die Cast series.
I must say that over the months I’ve been falling in love with the Mark 42. I used to think there was too much gold but the more I look at it i realise it looks great on screen and in person too. The armor looks sleek even though it’s made up of so many parts.
A life size Mark 42 stands tall at the back end of the exhibition and of course there were long queues of kids and big kids wanting a photo with this awesome figure. I wish I could buy it and bring it home actually, perhaps leave it outside my house, now that would freak the neighbors.
Curious to know the process of how Hot Toys are made? Well, Action City is delighted to share with you for the first time, over 300 parts of armors required to bring the amazing precision and movie-accurate likeness of Hot Toys’ Iron Man collectible figurine to life!
Well head down to Action City’s Iron Man 3 Hot Toys Collectible Figurines Exhibit at Level 1 Hylam Street, Bugis Junction from 29 Apr till Sunday, 5th May 2013 and be amazed and the beauty of these toys!
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