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Avengers Age of Ultron Hulkbuster S.H.Figuarts Mark XLIV ReviewAvengers Age of Ultron Hulkbuster S.H.Figuarts Mark XLIV Review

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For this review, I'll be looking at a figure that I've been waiting a long time to get! I wasn't sure which version of this figure to get, but after seeing the product page online; I knew it had to be this one! This is going to be a very long review...




From the very popular movie sequel, "Avengers: Age of Ultron", this is S.H. Figuarts Mark XLIV Hulkbuster Armor Iron Man figure:




(Each photo can be clicked on to give a full-size view of the image, even if the image itself doesn't display).




Here's him in the box, outer most box, front:

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Well, this figure is a little overkill on boxes. The outer most box (not including the box it was shipped it, which this was inside) is a plain cardboard case. It has some text about the figure inside, as well as a barcode.

Back of the outer most box:

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There's not much to the other side, as to be expected of the outer most protective box. It's just plain cardboard too, so that only adds to it.

Inner box, front:

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It's a bit hard to tell which side is the front and which side is the back of the inner box; but once you pull the inner box out of the cardboard outer box; this is one of the sides.

Personally I love this side; as it really shows off the figure in a great pose, as well as all of the important information on the figure itself.

It also has a nice finish on it, with part-matte and part-gloss as well! This figure is made by S.H.Figuarts and Chogokin/Bandai, and shows the name of the armor ( Mark XLIV / Mark 44 ).

Inner box, back:

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The other side of the box is just as impressive, with a really menacing close-up of the armor done in silhouette form! The text is also a prism (might have the wrong word there, sorry), reflecting colors off of it from different angles. The movie's logo is also featured on the bottom as well as the company's logos.

Inner box, sides:

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The side of the box carries over the image from the back, showing off more of his shoulder.

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The other side is the same thing, but the other shoulder this time.

Inner box, top:

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The top of the box is pretty nicely done; with the same white text as the sides had. It doesn't need to have much to be rather impressive looking, as the box is designed to look very professional and high-grade in appearance.

There is even an embossed "A" symbol for the Avengers logo as well!

Inner box, bottom:

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As it has to be put somewhere, this is where all of the figure's legal information is. Another bar-code as well as all of the important legal info is here.

Inner sleeve:

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There is one final box layer to this figure; this time it's just a sleeve, though. This sleeve is plastic and goes over the inner most packaging for the figure; the foam core.

This layer is just as impressive as the outer box, as it shows the close-up of the armor in full color this time, but still with shadows to seem menacing.

Foam core:

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The foam core is even decorated, having an embossed "A" Avengers logo on it, as well as the word, "HULKBUSTER" across the middle (though it's hard to see in the photo).

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It comes in two pieces; splitting down the middle. It's not sealed shut, but still holds together firmly.

Foam core, opened:

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Once opened up, even the inner core looks imposing just with the shape of the armor! This is actually the backside of it, but the front looks just as good!

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The figure sits inside a plastic inner casing; held together with pop-together points (as with most Japanese figures). The plastic casing itself is very thin; thin enough to be wedged between the foam outer core pieces.

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The figure can be held in either side of the foam core without the need of the other side, but it is harder to do with the back side. There is a set of instructions, but it was simply slide into the outer sleeve.

Instructions:

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As the figure comes pre-assembled and ready to go out of the box, the instructions are there to show how to pose the various joints on the figure as well as how to change the batteries and use the only accessory included with him; a small plastic tool.

Out of the package, front view:

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The Hulkbuster Armor comes ready to go once taken out of the plastic casing. The figure is very heavy, weighing 1.75 lbs (0.79 kg)! This is because it's partially made out of die-cast metal!

The figure doesn't come with a base; but it doesn't even need one as its so heavy and stable that it can stand just fine without the need of a base at all!

Most of the metal is in the torso and feet, but it's a bit difficult to tell where all of it is for sure.

Out of the package, back view:

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This figure looks amazing from either side; with the back view looking just as impressive! The level of detail on this figure is incredible; with detail on his legs including the pistons and inner workings of the armor, details on the Arc Reactors on his back and legs, and excellent paint applications throughout the entire figure!

Electronics:

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One of the main features on this figure is that it is electronic! It's highlighted in the instructions, and fortunately this figure does come with batteries included!

As shown in the photo above; each battery compartment (the leg, in this case) has a small plastic tab that needs to be pulled out first in order to get the electronics to work. This is to prevent contact between the battery and terminal during shipping, and can be discarded after removal.

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There are a total of 4 electronic lights on the figure; with each section having a separate battery compartment. To show how it works, the back panel is already in place on the figure as shown above. Then...

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...the back panel is popped off; simply by pulling down on a small fingernail-tab on the top of the back. This exposes the inside, where there is a small "On-Off" switch. It can be difficult to get at it with your fingers, so you may need to use a pin or tweezers or other such device to turn the switch on and off.

Surprisingly even the interior of the panels have details; something even I wasn't expecting! The attention to detail on this figure is really quite something to behold!

With lights activated:

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Each section of lights can be turned on individually, so any combination of 1-4 lights can be on at a time. For the photo above I turned on only his eyes; which are activated by popping off the head (on a ball joint) and flipping the switch underneath.

It's a bit hard to see in this photo, but once you activate the other lights and turn out the lights in the room; the figure really is stunning:

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Turning on and off the lights is very easy, speaking you can reach the lights (as mentioned before with the finger issues). The lights are very bright too, and look great with or without the lights in the room on!

Articulation:

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There is an astonishing number of joints on this figure! For such a massive figure; this has an incredible range of motion too!

The joints include the shoulder panels, shoulders (up and down as well as forward and backward), rotating biceps, elbows, jointed punch-mechanism, rotating and bending wrist, 4 fingers with 3 joints each, fully rotating head, neck (up and down), waist, hip, upper legs, knees and feet (with toe guard)!

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Some of the detail under the head and on the neck can be seen here; looking very accurate to the movie and very impressive at the same time!

He can do pretty much any pose, including firing his hand blasters (which are represented on the figure in great detail):

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As well as recreating the classic Iron Man landing pose (or ready to push the Hulk in the face repeatedly, telling him to go to sleep):

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He can even have some fun, like this laying down for a painting pose:

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There are even details that are hard to see right away, like the electric zappers on his punching mechanism's underside:

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And the thrusters on the bottom of his feet!

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There was so much articulation with this figure that I felt that showing it off in photos wasn't enough, so I did a short video for this as well:

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Close-up:

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Even up close this figure really shines (and not just because of the paint finish)! It's really amazing just how good this figure looks!

With the Hulk:

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Any Hulkbuster wouldn't be complete without a Hulk to "bust", and fortunately I have one! I really didn't like the look of the S.H.Figuarts Age of Ultron Hulk; so I ended up getting the U.S. "Marvel Select" Hulk from AoU instead. Luckily they are in scale with each other, so it works quite well for battle scenes like this one:

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Unfortunately when I tried to have them go hand-to-hand; it ended up looking like they were dancing:

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He can even defeat the Hulk:

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The pose options is virtually limitless, thanks to the impressive articulation on the Hulkbuster and the decent articulation for the Marvel Select Hulk.

Accessory:

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There was only one accessory included with this figure, as I mentioned before. It's very small:

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It's made out of plastic and has a small hook on the end. This is only used once the battery compartment has been unscrewed and opened, and is used to take out the batteries. That is it's only purpose.

With the other Avengers:

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I also decided to get this version of the Hulkbuster armor because I figured that they would never make a Figma version of it.

But, as I do have the other Figma Avengers from the first movie (except for the Hulk, which isn't out at the time of this review), I can include and compare then to the Hulkbuster armor.

For anyone who's seen the movie, you know that Iron Man / Tony Stark is inside the Hulkbuster armor; it's a suit of armor to go around his regular armor. Because of that, this can be done:

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It is a bit difficult to do, as the head has to be taken off of both figures and VERY CAREFULLY balanced! But it is do-able; and looks great once done!

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Even though all of the figures in this photo are done by different companies, they are all in-scale with each other (or close enough where it won't make much of a difference). That means the full Avengers team can now assemble:

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That completes the team, thanks to Iron Man actually being inside the armor (of course he can be shown separately too, with them all together for completion sake):

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Overall:

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This figure is amazing in every way! The attention to detail, the paint apps, the die-cast metal construction, the articulation, the range of motion, the number of poses possible...this figure has it all! Even the box is amazingly well done...even if a bit overkill.

The only real drawback to it is the price. It's VERY expensive; 32,000 Yen (over $300 USD) PLUS shipping! It was actually CHEAPER for me to get this by express EMS mail for some reason, so I got mine right away! But still...this is well worth the price, if you do get it!

(( EDIT: After some consideration, I may have been a bit rushed on giving this a perfect score. I had not considered that it is missing the VERONICA probe; which would have been a great accessory, as well as the ability to see inside the figure's neck to have a small Iron Man head/torso inside; which was seen in the movie. It's minor details; but something that, if included, would have truly made this figure perfect all-around. ))

Highly recommended for everyone, IF you can afford it. Virtually unlimited display and play value.

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Maakie (2 anos atrás) #6731758I have never seen foam core with logo's related to the figure, so that was nice to see! And the figure has amazing moveability, but that price! o.O Thanks for the review!

Yeah...he's really, really expensive! Probably mostly due to the metal content and electronics. XD But he's missing a couple key accessories, so the MAFEX one might be better in the long run (have to wait and see how that one is). I can't afford 2 of these; so this is the one I will be keeping, regardless.

Thanks again, Maakie! Glad you liked the review! ^^
2 anos atrás
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I have never seen foam core with logo's related to the figure, so that was nice to see! And the figure has amazing moveability, but that price! o.O Thanks for the review!
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FSLAR (2 anos atrás) #6371901Wow no accessories besides that red thing? I thought it'd come with more, like the VERONICA probe and the ability to use an Iron Man head in place of Hulkbuster's. It's still really cool, and came out near flawless from what I saw. The price is way too much for my taste though, I have no real interest in getting it along with others like MAFEX's and Hot Toys's though, but if it was cheaper it'd be mine in a heart beat. I do agree with Lexiy that Hot Toys made the best one by far, even though it is insanely expensive but I like what they did with it. Still, this is probably the best next thing.
Excellent review, I believe you covered just about everything I wanted to know, personally.


Yeah, that was the biggest issue with this one: Lack of accessories and options. It really should have come with both of those; that would have really made this a perfect figure all around! ^^

The MAFEX version does seem to be the best one from what I just saw in the photos, but that wasn't up for order when I placed my order for this version. But that's how it goes...a better one seems to come out down the road if it order it right away; and if you don't, then the older one gets sold out and you're SOL.

It does seem like the MAFEX version is cheaper because of the lack of die-cast and electronics (from what I could see in the photos), but I would gladly take an Iron Man head under the helmet and VERONICA over those any day! The Hot Toys version is amazing, but out of scale with the Figma Avengers and Hulk that I have; so that one wasn't really an option for me, personally.

Thanks though, FSLAR! I'm glad I could help you make a choice on this one, at least! ^^ From the looks of it, the MAFEX seems to be better...but we'll have to wait until September to find out. I'm not going to be getting another Hulkbuster (one was expensive enough), so I hope someone else will do a review on that other version for us!
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Wow no accessories besides that red thing? I thought it'd come with more, like the VERONICA probe and the ability to use an Iron Man head in place of Hulkbuster's. It's still really cool, and came out near flawless from what I saw. The price is way too much for my taste though, I have no real interest in getting it along with others like MAFEX's and Hot Toys's though, but if it was cheaper it'd be mine in a heart beat. I do agree with Lexiy that Hot Toys made the best one by far, even though it is insanely expensive but I like what they did with it. Still, this is probably the best next thing.

Excellent review, I believe you covered just about everything I wanted to know, personally.
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Lexiy (2 anos atrás) #6371755The figure is very cool but overpriced for the size and what you get. The Hot Toys one is double the side with much more functionality and despite the price on that one, I think it is much better than this one. The fact that this figure is not even 2 pounds is disgusting. For the price, I would expect a figure close to 3 pounds (lol). Your review is really nice and detailed. Good work.

Well, in terms of size; I specifically wanted something that was the same size as the Hulk and Figma Avengers I already have. That alone was the main thing that drew me to this particular one and not the larger-sized Hot Toys version.

The weight issue is mainly because it's not a FULLY die-cast figure; only parts of it are. Which I can understand and forgive; honestly. A little more weight would have been nice; I do agree with that, though.

But after considering what you say; I do have to agree that there are a couple of important elements missing from this figure: The smaller Iron Man head/torso on the inside under the neck (not just the way I did it with a Figma Iron Man head) and the VERONICA probe/parts station shown in the movie with it. It might seem trivial, but those details are what separates an imperfect figure from perfection, especially the internal view of Iron Man. It was in the opening of the fight as the armor was assembling around Iron Man, so I feel it should be there. I can't expect it to have things like the alternate arm assembly after the Hulk takes out the original arm; as that would almost make it a different figure in a sense; but at least it does need some more accessories to make it truly perfect.

Thank you for this feedback; it was really helpful and made me re-assess my review. I appreciate it, Lexiy; that was really good, constructive feedback! Glad you liked the review and photos though!
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Lexiy The WCF Aficionado
The figure is very cool but overpriced for the size and what you get. The Hot Toys one is double the side with much more functionality and despite the price on that one, I think it is much better than this one. The fact that this figure is not even 2 pounds is disgusting. For the price, I would expect a figure close to 3 pounds (lol). Your review is really nice and detailed. Good work.
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PickyCollector (2 anos atrás) #6348659This was a very great review. That Hulk Buster looks amazing. I will certainly keep this one in mind for my Marvel collection. Thank you. ^.^

You're welcome! Glad you liked the review! ^^ It really is an amazing figure! There's really not much that could be done to improve it...like maybe give it sound effects and a Tony Stark hidden inside it? It could have had a few improvements, but not too much overall.

Nice username too, btw! Thank you so much again! The armor is a bit expensive, but worth it if you can afford it, IMHO!
2 anos atrás