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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Alun » Aug 27 '14
Picked up the new 1:24 scale Iron Man kits from Dragon recently and here is a quick review of them.  They are available for around the £12/13 mark on places like eBay at the moment.


There are 4 kits available at the moment and they are labelled up as Series 1, so I assume that if these are successful then there might be a Series 2.  Boxes are all the same for them:




It`s not until you turn them over that you can see which one is which (note the small dot next to the image on the back).




But these aren`t like some of the smaller Japanese kits which hide what is inside until you open them.  You buy the ones you want and don`t have to buy 10 to get all 4.


Inside the parts come in a small tray which will be familiar to anyone who has built any of the Dragon figure kits.




Better picture with the cellophane removed.




They are made from the same vinyl material as the 1:9 scale kits (such as Captain America, Thor etc, but not the other Iron Man kits which are regular styrene and come on sprues) and the part breakdown is the same for all the kits.  Because of the material some of the detail is a little soft but this is not a major issue.


Assembly is pretty straightforwards and the arms, legs and head slip into the torso and the back of the torso holds everything in place.




This needs to be compressed together to remove gaps and little bit of superglue will hold everything tightly.


Assembly is therefore very simple and these went together very quickly.  Each comes with it`s one distinct base which is "based" on the last battle scene on the boat.


So here are the 4 kits.


Mk 42: The main suit from the movie.  Not sure about the pose on this one as it is very off balance.




Probably this is more obvious from the side.




Mk 40 "Shotgun Armor": Quite a dramatic pose but quite static.




Mk 35 "Red Snapper Armor": Very chunky suit.  Like this one.




Mk 16 "Nightclub Armor": Like this pose the most of all of them.




As for size these are about 3" although I didn`t measure them.  Here is one with item to scale to:




Overall these are nice kits and if this release is followed by others there might be opportunities to build them into a large scene.  It`s a shame they didn`t create the bases to interlock though.

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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Ellenbethsdad » Aug 27 '14
What`s the plan then.....junk the bases and build one for all of them?.
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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Alun » Aug 27 '14
Nah. Going to keep the bases, at least for the moment.

Will start the builds tomorrow night.

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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Mark » Aug 28 '14
They look good -at least that scale gives you lots of options for diorama accessories, especially workshop/garage stuff.
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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Alun » Aug 28 '14
Got the price wrong in my post and these are actually around the £8-10 mark and not the higher figure stated.  Those are the prefinished version.


Might be interesting to see what they`re like though as the difference is quite small.


Noticed that there are hardly any builds about for any of these kits so if you find any on your web travels do let me know as would be good to compare notes.


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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Alun » Aug 31 '14
Cracked on with these over the weekend and over 2 nights I got 2 of the figures completed (all bar a little bit of touching up).  One thing that is a bit of an issue painting them is that the box art is really small and the instructions only give you 1 view for painting and the call outs for what gets what colour are pretty well absent.  So bit of internet trawling and a bit of making it up.


Apologies for the frankly pretty terrible pictures, which I had to take with flash to get them to come out.  Will do better in natural light in the future.


So here is Shotgun.  Colour called for a bluish tone, so went with a dark metallic blue. Little bit of a drybrush to bring up the details.








And Red Snapper. Tamiya Clear Red over silver for the body colour and a little bit of a wash to bring out the details.





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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Ellenbethsdad » Sep 1 '14
Nice......what`s the possibility of re-posing them?.
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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Alun » Sep 1 '14
It`s certainly doable but it would involve a fair bit of cutting and rebuilding, plus some of the joints might be tricky to redo (like where the arms and legs join). I`d treat them as fun builds rather than get too involved in reposing to be honest.

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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Ellenbethsdad » Sep 1 '14
Just thinking about the possibility of a group build/ show display piece with a robot "army"....but if it`s hard work to repose them then having multiple poses all the same would look naff....never mind...
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Re: REVIEW:1/24 Scale Iron Man kits by Dragon

Alun » Sep 1 '14
You could certainly do it mate.  You should go for it!
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