Ultron is one of those fan requested characters that took forever to get to. Marvel Legends DID actually have an Ultron, but it was probably only by name because the mecha-rabbit-kind-of-Ultron they released didn’t really cut it for anyone. You will even notice from this review that I still have that figure. It’s not because I love it dearly, but because I have been unable to sell it for more than I bought for: six dollars. Ultron makes up the only single packed villain of the wave; the other being the Iron Monger build-a-figure. I suppose you could also make a stretch and say that
Iron Patriot can be a villain … for reasons I will not discuss this week as not everyone has seen the movie.
Are you a fan of paint? Well then don’t get too excited about this guy because he has two colors: red and silver. The figure is molded in silver and then we have a few spots painted red on his mouth, eyes, and shoulders. Now this news may cause PTSD flashbacks of when Hasbro first got the Legends line, but I assure you for this figure the lack of paint actually works. I’m not giving Hasbro a free pass on it though because they could have done a little bit more. But of all figures to have a lack of paint, Ultron certainly wears it the best.
I’m not extremely versed on all of the Marvel Legends “bucks” but I assume that this Ultron is a completely new sculpt. One thing Hasbro is willing to do is develop new bodies when needed. This is also one of the things that drives me nuts with the Mattel DC line, I feel like they have used the same body for almost six years. Hasbro usually builds a new body if needed which helps avoid having their toys look like retail kit-bashes.
Ultron’s body looks good and the articulation is up to par as well. He even boasts articulated shoulder pads which help with posing his arms above his head. The Ultron head is spot on and what we would have expected (but didn’t get) when the Marvel Legends series 11 version came out. I’m still a little perplexed by that “Legendary Riders” series because for the most part the wave was terrible. On top of the either bad character choices or poorly done figures, the whole giving the figure something to ride was pointless. It didn’t fit the theme with any character in the wave. On top of it all we got something that was labeled “Ultron” but I assure you that thing was not Ultron. It was similar to when an old man pulled up to my bus stop when I was young and told me he was my friend’s dad and I needed to get in. That guy definitely wasn’t my friend’s dad. Thankfully that guy also hasn’t been sitting in a storage bin stashed away in my basement for six years.
I actually found a great place to get these Iron Man Legends action figures for a great price. My local FYE had them for $12.99 each, and this wasn’t even a sale! Otherwise Target has them for $14.75 this week or you could go with the Amazon option which changes far too much for me to document. When considering getting Ultron you will be tasked with deciding if you want to finish Iron Monger. I’m not going to lie to you, the decision is tough. I had no intention of making him until I fell in love with the entire second series … I’m now seeking out the first, which isn’t very hard because every Target, Walmart, and Toys “R” Us has cases of the first series.
I did the Iron Man 3 Mark 42 armor a few days ago, so now with Ultron we have the left arm and head of Iron Monger. We’ll see if we have a completed Monger by the end of Iron Man week. Dare I go after series one? Dare I review it? Probably. But who really knows?
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