Welcome to Flashback Friday: The MCU. In this series you’ll get a review and discussion on some of your favorite Pops and Dorbz from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here, we really appreciate the shared universe so the figures will come from film, television, and streaming.
Surprisingly to some, Captain America is not the only “Patriotic” superhero sporting the red, white, and blue colors in his costume. Audiences were first introduced to another superhero in an Iron Man type of suit in the 2013 hit Iron Man 3. The character of James Rhodes who normally dons the War Machine suit switched to a new suit for the film. The military sort of rebranded the War Machine armor into the Iron Patriot armor which was fully supported by the President. This new suit exhibited very similar colors to Captain America’s costume. As of the Doctor Strange film at the end of 2016 fans have only seen Iron Patriot in Iron Man 3. He has not appeared in any other MCU film.
Funko released the Iron Man 3 set into stores nationwide in 2013 which is the same year the film debuted in cinemas around the world. This Iron Man 3 set would be the first time that an Iron Man film would get pops specifically related to the movie. Iron Man and Iron Man 2 received no love from Funko. The set featured Iron Man, War Machine, Iron Patriot, Deep Space Suit, and an Iron Patriot (Metallic) Hot Topic exclusive which is the pop I’ll be discussing shortly. There were also two San Diego Comic Con variants which I’ll review later this year.
Iron Patriot looks like it’s an exact mold of the War Machine from this set but painted differently. The face of the Iron Patriot is silver which includes the sides of the forehead, around the eyes, and the nose and mouth area. The eyes are painted white which gives the illusion they glow when the suit is powered on. Starting from under the chin and protruding outward the armor spreads across the rest of the head. It envelopes the sides and back of the head. It also comes over the top of the head and rests around the top center of the forehead. The armor around the head is blue and there’s a red outline which traces the blue.
The body of the armor is mostly blue with some red and silver throughout. The chest armor is blue. There are two red straps the come down over the collar bone. They seem to be connected to the upper chest piece. The center of the chest piece has a white star used for symbolism. Inside the star there is an oval shaped arc encircled with red. It looks like the arc is lit because the suit is powered on. The majority of the lower abdomen armor looks like an upside down triangle. There’s an odd shape in the middle which resembles the Superman symbol. It’s outlined in red and a red line goes across the middle of a silver area.
The arms are painted red from the shoulders to the hands. There’s some silver on the inside of each arm. Blue armor wraps around the bicep area and covers the wrist and most of the forearm. The legs and feet are covered in blue armor. A red streak engulfs the area right below each knee. On the bottom of the boots you can see a small red stripe. The paint used for red, blue, and silver is metallic. It makes the pop really shine outside of the box under a light. It’s a unique paint job for a cool looking pop.
The Iron Patriot metallic pop looks pretty good. I think the paint job on the normal Iron Patriot from the set has better definition. The centerpiece of the chest, the star and arc don’t stand out as much in this version. As far as metallic Marvel pops go it’s not my favorite but a solid first try from Funko.
Iron Patriot is numbered 25 in the Marvel series of pops. As mentioned previously, it was a Hot Topic exclusive back in 2013. You won’t find this pop in stores anymore. This has caused the price to skyrocket. It looks to be going from $70.00 – $100.00 on eBay and Amazon. You’ll definitely need to spend some money if you want this in your collection. You could check our Facebook group. It’s a large community of Funko fans and I’m sure a few people in that group are looking to trade or sell it. Of course if you’re looking to get rid of your own Iron Patriot pop you can sell it on our page and avoid those pesky eBay fees. You can find that page through this link.
Do you like the Iron Patriot metallic pop? Would you like it in your collection? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.
Check back next week for another MCU flashback. Excelsior!