Wonder why you have to pay so much more for Iron Man 3 figures from Hot Toys now that they've decided to go with diecast part? There reason is right here: Play Imaginative's Super Alloy Iron Man 3 figures.
When another 1/6 scale company (mainly HK based) comes up with am idea of piece that HT hasn't done yet, they will more than likely try to cut them off at the pass and grab as much of the pie as they can.
If Play Imaginative hadn't produced diecast figures, then it's more than likely that Hot Toys wouldn't bother. But one the gauntlet is thrown, HT will always pick it up.
But, enough about all of that. This post is about Play Imaginative's new upcoming Iron Man 3 figures. Slated for release is Iron Man Mk 42, Iron Patriot and War Machine-- all of which will be released in both a 1/6 and a huge 1/4 scale!
For those who really want these, the bad news is that they are made solely for the Singapore market. Of course, several online US sellers are likely to import these, but that's gonna jack up the price quite a bit for the rest of us.
Look for them to start hitting the market in Sept, but look to secure a pre-order for them ASAP! If they do make it to US shores, they'll be in a very limited quantity! Happy hunting!