Review: Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark 43

The Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark 43 figure makes its debut just in time for the U.S. release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, this Friday. While Age of Ultron is getting rave reviews in Asia after its opening last week, the Tamashii S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark 43 deserves high praises as well.

Based on Tamashii’s 6-inch Mark 42 Iron Man, the Mark 43 has a reverse paint scheme favoring crimson instead of gold, this time around. I prefer the color scheme of the Mark 43 to its predecessor as it makes a great figure the first go around even better.

The Mark 43’s articulation is incredible. When you think super-articulated you usually think sacrificed aesthetics, but not in this case. The figure looks great and functions perfectly. For example, the shoulders and hips on the Mark 43 unhinge, for lack of a better description, allowing for a wider range of motion and poseability. The ground punch pose, an iconic Iron Man pose, can be executed with ease and the figure doesn’t look contorted in the pose–something that can’t be said for other manufacturer’s Iron Man figures.

If the ground punch isn’t your stance of choice, the wide array of switch-out hands, booster effects or repulsor blast effects will help you get that desired pose. Incredibly, the figure is balanced so well it can even stand on one foot thanks to the weight distribution created by the die-cast metal in the legs and feet. Tamashii’s display parts such as the Act.4 stage for humanoids or impact ground effect also pair well in displaying the Mark 43 in flight poses or that aforementioned ground punch pose.

So what’s missing? I think the only thing missing with this figure is the inclusion of an unmasked portrait with Robert Downey Jr.’s likeness. Besides that, this is easily one of the better if not best Iron Man figures in the twelfth scale.

Unfortunately, the Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark 43 figure cannot be sold in the U.S. through Tamashii’s normal distribution channels with Bluefin, so you’ll either have to import the figure from Japan or pick it up through an aftermarket re-seller.

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