Thursday, June 24, 2010
The 3rd Dimension: "New" Toy Roundup Part 4!
This is the 4th installment of my roundup of "new" toys which I have been working through here on the Bunker. Today we're looking at someone who should have been in the last post, the Mandarin from Iron Man: Armored Adventures!
IM:AA Mandarin -- Based on the heavily armored version from the cartoon, the Mandarin does not resemble any version of the Mandarin I remember from the comics. But that's alright, because this is a nice take our favorite Asian conqueror. The colors are pretty muted, a contrast to his normally bright robes, but the gunmetal color works well thanks to gold and silver highlights. The twin swords are oversized, which is a disappointment, but for toy accessories they are not bad. The action feature (a twist and release waist) doesn't interfere with posability too much -- at least, not as much as balancing the figure with the two swords in his hands. All in all this is a solid little toy, on display with my other 3 3/4" Iron Man badguys. Although I have to wonder, why does a Chinese supervillian wear Japanese samurai style armor? Ahhh, nitpicks.
Pretty sweet, all told!