Japanese Iron Man Variant by Square Enix

Japanese Iron Man II - Variant by Square Enix

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Anyone who pays even the slightest attention to Japanese sci-fi should be well aware of the long-running powered robotic suit fetish. In many cases, the suits themselves are almost like characters. Given such a legacy, it's no surprise that art has inspired life and Japan is far and away the global leader in developing actual robotic suits for force amplification and rehabilitation.

Such themes from other countries catch on here, too, like Marvel's Iron Man, the robotic suit of armor worn by fictional character Tony Stark. Iron Man first appeared as a minor character in 1963 in the United States, but outside of cult circles, the character was never very popular here in Japan. But oh boy has that changed.

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The introduction of the wildly popular movie franchise has put Tony Stark into overdrive in Japanese pop media, and Tokyo Otaku Mode has the latest action figure - something brand new with a fresh, uniquely Japanese take on the old character (for the second time in just a few months):

Marvel Comics Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man 
TOM’s character figure description:

“Yes, Iron Man has made his way into a new group as the latest addition to Square Enix’s Variant Play Arts Kai lineup of classic pop culture figures given a Japanese twist. In his iconic powered suit with black, red and yellow highlights, Iron Man’s ninja-like bodyline has been fully reproduced, and you can even open and close the air brake flaps on his back and legs. He also comes with his leg jets, effects parts for his hands, missile launchers for his legs and a selection of interchangeable hands you can use for achieving all those classic Iron Man poses. Another essential addition to any Marvel team, this excellent Japanese-infused take on fan-favorite superhero Iron Man is one no fan will want to let escape their grasp!”

Figure Specs:

  • Manufacturer: Square Enix
  • Included: Iron Man figure, Thigh missiles, Leg jets, Back flaps, 4 interchangeable hands, Effects parts, Custom display base
  • Dimensions: Approx. 230 x 100 x 300 mm | 4.3 x 3.9 x 11.8 in
  • Release Date: June 2015
  • Pre-Order Price: $129.99
  • Link: Marvel Comics Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man

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