Toy Fair Exclusive 2013

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Mark XXI AKA ‘Midas’ was one of a large number of Tony Stark armour suits featured in Iron Man 3 when Stark activates his “House Party Protocol” in order to combat Aldrich Killian and his Extermis soldier forces. During the final battle Stark uses a number of his armour suits to help himself in one way or another to defeat Killian.

Midas was released in 2013 as a “Summer Exclusive” figure, meaning it was pretty much an additional Toy Fair exclusive for 2013 and limited by a certain number for each country. When I saw the pictures of Midas put up on Hot Toys’ Facebook page, when they announced it. I knew I needed to have one. Something about the gold finish elevated it above simple Mark 7 repaint to me. Plus it’s also a great homage to one of Iron Man’s first costumes.

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Name: Midas (Mark XXI)
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 208
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2013
Price: Then: $260.  Now: $550 MISB Minimum.
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Two open hands, two articulated hands, two forearm rocket attachments, two shoulder missile launchers and one display base

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LIST OF PARTS

Inside the box you get the following items:

One Midas figure
One removable chest armor
One pair of interchangeable forearm rockets
One pair of articulated hands and light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated)
One pair of forceful fists
One pair of repulsor palms
Two sets of interchangeable shoulder armors
One circular figure stage with transparent pillar

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SCULPTING

One thing Hot Toys always does a great job on is sculpting, sure they have their share of hits and misses, but most of the time they hit it right out of the park! Midas is no exception! The figure is beautifully sculpted with perfect smooth surfaces, plenty of small details and looks very screen accurate – with the exception that apparently we never saw Midas on the screen during the battle scene. Either way, it’s instantly recognizable as an Iron Man armour suit that’s incredibly detailed and that ticks all the boxes for me as I’m more of a casual Iron Man fan.

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PAINT

The other thing Hot Toys does really well is paint application; they aren’t called “high end” figures for nothing! The paint apps on the Iron Man suit are pretty much flawless. There are a number of gold tone variations and they all work great together to make Midas look awesome! There’s also a little bit of silver here and there. But like the name implies it’s mostly gold. I really can’t see any faults with the paint and with Hot Toys it’s pretty much a given the paint apps will be close to perfect every time.

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ARTICULATION

Midas has a lot of articulation, so hopefully I don’t miss anything; you have a ball jointed head, neck, shoulders, hands and hips. Hinge arms and double hinged knees what appear to be rocker ankles and an ab crunch as well as hinged toes. All in all, you have an outstanding amount of articulation and it makes putting Midas in most Iron Man type poses a joy to do. Midas also balances quite well as there are and heavy pieces on the figure. One thing I wasn’t sure on was if the elbows were double jointed or not. They don’t seem to be and I wasn’t going to crack open any other Iron Man figure to find out if they are all like that. So besides that one little nit-pick I am very happy with how easy it is to pose Midas.

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ACCESSORIES

Midas is a bit light on accessories you get a few different hands and some weapon attachments, no second head or battle damaged parts though. Personally this lack of accessories doesn’t bother me too much as I can get all the poses I want out of what’s here, but If I wanted anything extra included, I would have liked to have seen a second head with Tony Stark’s face squished inside of it. The display stand included is pretty damn impressive too! Quite large and attention demanding, it really stands out due to its size and part of this stand has already been seen before with the Tony Stark workshop set. I would have also liked the standard Hot Toys black display stand included too, but the stand in the box does its job well.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Some parts on Midas felt a little weak and I didn’t want to force anything too much. So I would say just watch out for the normal things with Hot Toys figures, like not being too forceful when posing it, not trying to put it in any extreme poses, taking out all the batteries from the figure and reading the instructions, you can’t go too wrong! Expensive figures need to be handled with care after all.

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PRICE

I paid $550, shipped, for mine from a great seller who is in a Facebook group for Australian 1/6 scale Enthusiasts, One Sixth Oz. I was very happy with that price seeing all other outlets, like eBay for example, had it for much more. Midas is pricey, but funnily enough Midas still isn’t the most expensive toy in my collection (Vintage Japanese exclusive Transformers take that cake and eat too!) so Midas is my most expensive Hot Toys figure at least, the cheaper you can get Midas the better, as I think it’s not worth anymore than $550 considering it is a repaint of Mark 7.

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OVERALL

Midas was one of those figures I needed to have in my collection; I didn’t rush to get him and waited until I could pick one up for a decent price. For some collectors I can understand it’s not a priority to have this figure in their collection and that’s perfectly fine. Midas’ appeal is really only to die-hard Iron Man collectors or I think, people like me who are the casual Hot Toys Marvel fan – as far as buying the figures go and want something a little different Iron Man wise in the display cabinet. So with that said, Midas won’t appeal to everyone, but on its own merits it’s an excellent figure and is another great effort from Hot Toys.

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The “Star Spangled Man” version of Captain America appeared during the Captain America: The First Avenger film.  After Steve Rogers was given the super soldier serum,  he was then dressed up as “Captain America” to sell war bonds and this figure was taken from those scenes. It is also one of the three 2013 Toy Fair exclusive figures available this year and therefore also limited in number per fair.

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Info

Name: Captain America (Star Spangled Man Ver.)
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 205
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2013
Price: Roughly $215 depending on country
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: display stand, shield, machine gun, handgun, belt with pouches
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List of Parts

Inside the box you get the following items:

One Captain America Star Spangled Man figure
One left palm for holding shield
One left palm for holding machine gun
One right palm for holding gun
One pair of relaxed palms
One pair of fists
One bullet belt
One brown strap for shield
One pistol holster
One green belt with pouches
One machine gun
One pistol
One shield
One shovel with sheath
One figure stand with Captain America nameplate and the movie logo
Three pieces of notes and tapes to be stuck on the back of the shield
One set of instructions

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I haven’t really purchased many Captain America figures myself as none really caught my eye, but this one I thought was the one for me. It probably helped that I had dressed up as Captain America for a costume party previously and looked somewhat similar to this figure, so it spoke to me on more of a personal level then the previous releases – not to mention its classic Cap and that’s never a bad thing either.

Sculpting

With this figure we have a newly sculpted head/mask/cowl combo it’s very nicely done. The work on the fabric looks fairly realistic; there are nice folds and the texturing is quite good. The face sculpt looks like Chris Evans to me – comparing it to the other figures from Hot Toys it looks up to par with the previous attempts, so no complaints from me there. I know some people will nit-pick the hell out of some of Hot Toys attempts of certain actors, but I can’t fault too many of their figures because they look so good! If I could say anything bad about the mask, it’s that there’s a fairly noticeable difference before the costume and the mask, but, that’s to be expected.

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Paint

The paint application on the figure is typical of what to expect if you buy plenty of Hot Toys; very life-like and expertly applied. It’s very hard for me to fault anything paint wise from Hot Toys, because they do such a great job, time and time again and there are very few companies that can match it too. Great job as usual from Hot Toys on the head and sculpted clothing, weapons etc.

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Articulation

Articulation for Cap is as follows: double ball jointed neck/head, swivel/hinged shoulders, hinged arms (up to 90 degrees motion) swivel/hinged wrist, chest pivot, swivel waist, swivel/hinged thighs, double joined knees, and double ball jointed ankles. The good news is that you get everything you expect from a Hot Toys body – but here’s the bad news: the torso articulation is hindered a bit by the foam body suit underneath, if that wasn’t bad enough, Cap has wolverine style muscle arms underneath his clothes. I don’t know why they chose these arms, but it was a big mistake in my opinion, it makes posing Cap a real problem and a chore at times, so much so, I actually opened Cap up and changed the arms to more articulated ones – that’s how much it annoyed me!

I would not recommend doing this unless it’s really going to bother you, like it did me. It was a lot of work to change them but now he’s got a combination “regular”  AKA Advanced truetype shoulders/ biceps and Wolverine – X3/Joe Colton Forearms. Now that I’ve modified Cap I’m much happier with him; he now has added articulation and can achieve a lot more poses and stances easier then before.

The other articulation issue is Cap’s boots: zero ankle articulation, so standing poses only. This is understandable, considering the style of boots and that its sculpted. I’m not really bothered by the boots as my Cap doesn’t need to be in a running pose. Also, the cowl can restrict the posing of the head too. These issues hurt the overall posing ability and options of the figure.

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Accessories

The main accessory here is of course the comic themed Captain America costume. It’s very nicely made. Expertly tailored and fits the way it should. It’s worth noting that Cap had padding on his shoulders and around his stomach to help fill out the suit. Also those stars on the front and back of the suit are stuck into the body, so they wont move around much if at all.

Cap comes with a small number of guns his shield and other small things like his ammo belt. The weapons are what we come to expect from Hot Toys: very detailed, moving parts etc. I don’t think we have gotten this type of machine gun from Hot Toys before, but it looks excellent.

The Shield Is great – it’s not metallic, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing any flaking issues like those reported with the previous Captain America figures. I think I prefer the round shield myself, but that’s just my personal preference.

The gloves and boots look good, nice texturing and well done, as expected.The ammo belt I feel could have been made from a slightly softer material as it’s a bit stiff and if you are not careful the ends of the bullets can catch on the material of the suit.

Another thing is the material used to cover the wrist pegs between the gloves and hands can get damaged fairly quickly if swapping hands a lot like I was when I was taking photos for this review

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Potential Problems

Besides the possibility of breaking the wrist pegs (always take your time and take care when changing hands over)  there are some parts that can be a little brittle or delicate, but otherwise fairly few as long as you handle the figure with care and ALWAYS read the instructions that come with the figure first before anything else. Cap is made to the usual standard from Hot Toys, but he’s not unbreakable.

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Price

I paid $233 Shipped AUD for Cap. I’m happy with that price seeing it’s not technically a normal release. If you can get a better price then, more power to you – anything over $233 and I would say you are paying too much.

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Overall

I’m fairly happy with the “Star Spangled Man” version of Captain America. There were a few issues with this figure compared to other releases that disappointed me –  mainly those arms. Besides that it’s a great figure, sporting the classic Captain America look from the comics. He’s not going to be for everyone, but you do get the normal quality expected from Hot Toys with this figure. I think only huge Cap fans or completists will want to add him to their collection.

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The new and improved Captain America….

Good Bye old arms.....

Good Bye old arms…..

Hello Articulation!

Hello Articulation!

 

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