Welcome to the world of diecast....
From the looks of things, Hot Toy plans to release most-- if not all-- of their future Iron Man figures in a diecast format. So what does this mean for us, the buyers?
Well, first off, being a huge fan of diecast figures and robots, this is very cool news. If you've never seen the difference between a plastic robot and a diecast robot in person, then you are (hopefully) in for a surprise with these new Hot Toys figures.
But, of course this new design is not with out some problems. The first and most obvious is the fact that these figure will cost more. (Even though word is that using diecast is actually costing HT less than plastic.) The second comes from the amount of diecast that will be used-- which at this point is unknown. Diecast is obviously heavier than plastic and can quickly cause loose joints and a lot more shelf diving than a regular figure due to the weight.
I'm anxious to see this (and hopefully other) first diecast figure at Comic Con, where it will surely be on display. I want to see the visual difference between this and prior figures (although most of the fun in diecast is how it feels in your hands) and if Hot Toys is able to work the kind of magic with diecast that a company like Bandai is.
Personally, I have no real interest in this version of Rhodey/Iron Patriot. My hope s that we'll see him in his new War Machine version of the armor. What am I saying? This is Hot Toys and Iron Man is the license that they milk more than any other-- of course they'll be doing War Machine Mark II!!!
He's scheduled for a November release (which, with Hot Toys, means Jan-Feb 2014 at the earliest) for-- brace yourself now-- 309.99.
And yes, this will be the new minimal price range for these diecast Iron Man figures moving forward.