One of the biggest announcements that came out of the recent San Diego Comic Con has got to be the revealing of the next Avengers movie title, Age of Ultron. For a diehard comic book geek like me, I got to say that Ultron is my favorite Avengers villain since I first read The Avengers #161 and #162 decades ago. “Ultron” was even my online nick in a comic book forum. And now, to finally get to see him on the big screen is just one gigantic nerdgasm for me.
Now instead of looking at the recent Age of Ultron mini-series, I thought I’ll look at the 6-inch Ultron action figure that came out a few months ago as part of Hasbro’s Iron Man 3 Marvel Legends Series 3 line-up. But for starters, just who or what is Ultron? Well, the first Ultron was a highly intelligent robotic lifeform created by Avenger Henry Pym back in the 1960s. After becoming sentient, Ultron hypnotized Pym into forgetting that Ultron ever existed. The evil android then went on to form the Masters of Evil to fight the Avengers. Of course, he failed but since then he has returned in several upgraded versions to continue his vendetta against Pym and our heroes. Ultron was also responsible for creating the Avenger known as the Vision and was the big bad of this year’s big Marvel summer event, Age of Ultron.
So back to the action figure, does it look as good or accurate as depicted in the comic books? Hell yeah! I can’t imagine it looking any closer than this. While his body may have changed in one way or other in almost every appearance, Ultron’s head has almost always been the same. And this figure pretty much nails it. It’s the classic Ultron head that Marvel fans would immediately recognize and appreciate.
The body is actually a decent repaint of an earlier Titanium Man figure. It looks all right, no major complaints there. An excellent amount of articulation including the ones at the head and neck, ball jointed hips, wrists and shoulders as well as a swivel waist. You can definitely have a lot of fun posing Ultron in all kinds of crazy scenes.
I know there’s a Marvel Select version of Ultron that I don’t own but from what I have heard, Hasbro’s Ultron features better articulation and is more in scale with the other 6-inch Marvel figures. If I have to nitpick about this figure, it has to be the paint color. It’s a little too dull and I would prefer a more metallic look.
This is a mighty fine addition to any Marvel action figure collector and the series also contains the head or helmet to the huge Iron Monger Build-A-Figure. Ultron and rest of the Iron Man figures in the series are still available at most stores so clear a little shelf space and go get it if you can.