Being an avid collector often requires a leap of faith. When a manufacturer announces a new license or product, it may be months or even years before the item actually ships. If the quality meets or exceeds expectations once its ultimately in the hands of collectors, most will happily concede that the final product was worth the wait. Such is the case with the Sideshow Collectibles Iron Man Mark VI Legendary Scale Bust.
Originally listed for pre-order nearly two years ago, this massive sculpture is a painstaking recreation of the Iron Man Mark VI armor as it appeared in the blockbuster movies, Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. Rather than delivering a straight-on render, Sideshows artists have mixed things up a bit by presenting the lightly battle-scarred Mark VI with its right fist clenched and its head subtly tilted (in an intimidating pose) that looks as if it was pulled from the big screen or comic book pages.
Given that the Iron Man Mark VI bust is part of Sideshows Legendary Scale series of collectibles, its no surprise that its dimensions (and $350 USD price) are colossal compared to similar offerings. Although only the upper torso, head, and right arm/hand are depicted, this 1:2 scale bust stands roughly 16.5 tall, 13.5 wide (measured shoulder-to-shoulder) and tips the scale at over 16 lbs. With its sturdy feel and faux metallic finish, the Mark VI bust truly looks more like something that was snatched from Tony Starks vault rather than a limited edition collectible.
Beyond its massive presence, Sideshows Mark VI bust bears a handful of impressive features that Iron Man fans are sure to appreciate. With the flick of a switch on the rear surface of the busts stand, internal LEDs bring illumination to the eyes, chest piece, and repulsor of the right gauntlet. Sideshow has further extended the options by making the Mark VIs chest plate removable, allowing for inspection or display of the authentically fashioned arc reactor beneath it.
The Sideshow Collectibles Iron Man Mark VI Legendary Scale Bust is an essential addition to the stash of any Iron Man or Marvel Comics collector. Its a superb complement to the vast assortment of similar, limited edition offerings from manufacturers like Hot Toys and Gentle Giant, and yet another craveable Sideshow piece to splurge on.