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Happy Hogan & Iron Man Mark XXI

Iron Man 3
by yo go re

If you're going to celebrate Marvel Studios' success, it only makes sense to include the guy who started it.

Stark Industries' new Head of Security gets caught in the middle of the battle as Iron Man gears up to face an all new powerful threat.

Yes he does. And if, as it seems, this Infinity Saga line is only going to be doing a handful of releases from a couple of the films, then the existence of this set means we will still not get any action figures of said threat. Yes, we did get The Mandarin in the Marvel Studios: The First 10 Years line, but we still don't get the real threat. Threats. Imagine if they did a two-pack of Aldrich Killian and Maya Hansen, just to really rub it in Ike Perlmutter's arch-Conservative face. "Oh, you refuse to allow a female villain because the toys 'won't sell'? Well here's the Moira MacTaggart body with a Rebecca Hall head. Suck it, you backwards-minded butthead."

But on the plus side, our first 6" Happy Hogan! Did Stan Lee know somebody in real life who was just a downer all the time? First we've got Harold "Happy" Hogan, whose ironic nickname covered the fact he was always frowning. Then there's Hogun the Grim, whose name and personality are nearly identical. What's going on, Stan? Who hurt you?

Although Jon Favreau didn't return to direct Iron Man 3, he has continued to play the character. He'll be appearing in his seventh MCU movie later this year, tying him with Patrick Stewart as Professor X. (He'd be one ahead, but his scene in Endgame got deleted. Count it if you want.) Johnny Favs is a normal-sized guy, 6'1", so while he's wearing a suit, he's not built on the suit body - at least, not one of the existing versions. This one is still dressed in business clothes, but it's larger and stockier than all the existing ones. Good for you, Happy! Way to be an original.

It's a new body, but it has all the usual articulation: swivel/hinge ankles, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, swivel waist, hinged chest, swivel/hinge wrists, double-hinged elbows, swivel biceps, swivel/hinge shoulders, and a barbell neck. This body doesn't even have the feet sculpted pointing weirdly inward! Wow! He's only got one accessory, his phone (complete with little squiggles of white to simulate incoming call text on the screen), but what else could he have? This set is based on Iron Man 3, not Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Well, you might be able to count an empty suit of armor as an accessory, but it'd be an expensive one.

Mark XXI, codename "Midas," is a fully loaded high-altitude suit built by Stark that's outfitted with enriched gold titanium alloy.

High-altitude? Guess he solved that icing problem. Any other time, this would just be a review on our blog, because this is simply the Mark VII armor, done in new colors. ["He gold." --ed.] It's not immediately obvious which existing mold they used, but those aileron flaps on the back give it away. He's got the flexed-back hands and some medium blue repulsor blasts that contrast againt his golds nicely. You read that right, "golds," plural; he's not just one color, Hasbro used a couple different shades of the stuff to keep the figure looking interesting.

If you look at all the movie armors, there are plenty of interesting designs they could have put in this set, but Midas isn't a bad choice - it's not like this is another Disco Armor or anything. And more importantly, we finally get a Foggy Nelson to go with our ML3 movie Daredevil. Just like everybody wanted!

-- 08/30/21

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