HASBRO 2023 Marvel Comics Avengers IRON MAN Action Figure Model 01 From Marvel Legends Series.
We take a good look at the ALL NEW HASBRO 2023 Marvel Comics Avengers IRON MAN Action Figure Model 01 From Marvel Legends Series. This is the original proto-type suit built by Tony Stark in his first appearance as Iron Man in issue 39 of Tales of Suspense published in March of 1963 featuring an Iron Man cover by Jack “The King” Kirby and interior art by Don Heck. Examined in this video – the packaging – box art, accessories, and the 6″ action figure itself.
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I’m a sucker for old school silver age Marvel comic book superheroes. I love all the original designs for the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The Hulk, and of course, Iron-man. The original characters drawn by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, the latter who co-created Spider-man with Stan Lee, had a unique proto-type, crude look about them that I find visually satisfying to this day. These characters have gone through so many changes over the years with mixed results depending on the artist but those original creations remain popular with many comic book fans.
I have a grand total of 8 action figures, so it take a lot to get me to fork over money to buy one, but once I saw this new Iron Man model 01 figure from Hasbro, the money flew from my wallet!
I have made a video so you can see the Iron Man action figure in action! First, let’s take a look at the box and packaging. The box art and layout is very attractive, featuring the action figure on the front and left side while on the right side a close up of the cool Kirby artwork from the March, 1963 issue #39 of Tales of Suspense. The back of the box shows another nice shot of the action figure along with the accessories which include clenched fists, jet flames, and jet smoke. (pics of box and accessories)
Now for the main event, the Iron Man action figure – Here he is out of the box with open hands. Comparing this to the original Kirby and Don Heck art, it is very slightly streamlined but I think it’s a very close approximation of the original prototype model 01 from the comic book. The figure itself has a nice solid weight to it and seems to be of good construction.
It appears that there are 14 points of articulation on this figure beginning with the boots that move from side to side, the knee joints, thigh joints, hands, elbows, shoulders that swivel off the ball joint, the head and the torso.
We all know that with the fantastic first Iron Man movie starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, that when Stark is making the prototype in a cave in Afghanistan, we see more detail on the construction than was previously drawn by Kirby and Heck. That being said, this action figure is based upon the original Tales of Suspense art, and in that respect, I think Hasbro has succeeded.
I also recommend reading the original Tales of Suspense #39 if you have already done so. It is interesting to compare and contrast the original Stan Lee story with the film adaptation released in 2008. In the original comic book per the Grand comic book database, “Playboy industrialist and weapons designer Tony Stark is injured in Vietnam and captured by communists. While pretending to build a weapon for his captors he builds a suit of battle armor to keep his injured heart beating and uses it to escape and beat the communist commander.”
In the 2008 film, they updated the geo-political situation to take place in war-torn afghanistan where tony builds the prototype in a cave. While making his captors think he’s building a super destructive weapon, he secretly creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.
So you can see that the same basic premise was maintained from comic book to movie adaptation making the first Iron Man film one of the best Marvel movies ever made.