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Here we have the ZD Toys Iron Man Mark 85. I really have no idea if this is some sort of official China merchandise, but it has an authenticity logo silver sticker as seen in the picture above beside Iron Man’s head.
The packaging itself looks great from the front. It has the Figuart-ish look. The alternate hands, clear figure stand and back weapons are displayed neatly. It really looks good in the box.
There’s an option to buy additional accessories, and I decided to buy all the available extra accessories which are the lightning effects (set of 4 pieces) and a pair of canons that can replace the hands. The extra accessories are in a separate plastic bag, which was placed in the box behind the clamshell (yeah they unsealed one side of the box).
There’s a new extra accessories which is the finger snapping infinity gauntlet hand. It wasn’t available when I bought it. Boohoo. I would have gotten it if it was available back then.
Check it out here: ZD Toys Iron Man Mark 85
Here’s a shot of the figure with all the accessories laid out. There are three pair of hands. The ones attached on the figure above are the fists. The other two pairs looks similar, but the holes that are supposed to join wrist ball peg are at different position, so they look different when attached. One pair will have the palms facing forward when attached as if to shoot a repulsor blast, and the other is for a relaxed position when his hands are straight down by his side.
The stand has the Avengers word printed on the base of it. The stand itself has 3 joints.
Here’s a shot of it with all the accessories attached. The lighting effect is actually a pain in the @$$ to make it stay on the back weapon. There is no proper way to attach it securely, I just kinda hung it and wrapped it around the back weapon as much as I could to make it stay in place.
The arm cannons attaches to the figure easily and securely.
Here’s a comparison of the ZD Toys Mk 85 with Marvel Legends Mk 85. Although the ZD Toys Mk 85 is bigger (around Marvel Select size), it’s actually more hollow, and therefore lighter than ML Mk 85. Since it’s hollow, I actually feel it can break into pieces if I were to accidentally drop him.
The design of the two figures are very much familiar. However, I prefer the paintwork on the ZD Toys, it’s red and gold is simply more shiny than the ML Mk 85.
Points of articulation are also the same, except for the missing thigh swivel joint on the ZD Toys Mk 85. For the range of articulation, however, the ML Mk 85 is definitely better, especially the wrist and foot joints. ZD Toys Mk 85 hands and foot can only rotate and has very little range up and down. The mid-torso joint is also almost useless. I had to force it to be able to rotate around. It feels like it’s gonna be break.
The paint work on both figures are quite on point, and there is no obvious paint bleed at all for both of these figures.
You can see that the back part of the two figures are similar. The ZD Toys Mk 85 do have more silver parts though.
Side view of the figure. Nothing much to say here lol. More silver parts on the ML Mk 85 this time round.
Surprisingly, even with no thigh swivel joints, the ZD Toys Mk 85 is able to pull off this landing pose. However, I had to force the rotation of the mid-torso joint.
The head of the ZD Toys Mk 85 also can’t look up and down much. Same for the ML Mk 85.
Anyways in the pic above is one of the alternate pair of hands that can be used for repulsor blast shooting or in flying poses.
Here’s the flight stand in action lol. It’s kinda too short for him, as you can see the figure is only just above the base of the stand. If you want to use this stand for a more dynamic flying pose, you’ll need to be creative in using it.
Above you can see that it’s actually a separate piece that helps to cover the three holes. The holes are meant for attaching the back ‘star-shaped’ weapon.
ZD Toys Iron Man Mark 85:
+ Taller than Marvel Legends (more to Marvel Select height)
+ Better paintwork than ML in my opinion, with a shinier red and brighter and shinier gold
+ No paint bleed
+ Comes with alternate hands, weapons (to be attached at the back), and optional weapons (hand canon and blue electric effect)
+ Able to do a landing pose
– No calf swivel joint
– Poor articulation on wrist and foot
– Almost no articulation on mid-torso joint (unless by force at the risk of breakage)
– Unsightly shoulder armour which need to be flapped up if the arms are raised horizontally
– Figure feels hollow and light (might break/crack if you drop it)
Marvel Legends Mark 85:
+ Slightly better articulated than ZD Toys Mark 85 (has better mid-torso joint, has ankle rocker joints)
+ No paint bleeds
+ Comes with blast effects and alternate hands
+ In scale with Marvel Legends (duh!)
– Red paint work is not shiny
– No back weapons
Left: ZD Toys Iron Man Mark 85 Middle: Marvel Legends Iron Patriot Right: Marvel Legends Iron Man Mark 85
Although the ZD Toys Iron Man Mark 85 is taller and not in scale with Marvel Legends, it still looks good. I really like how it looks when the weapons are attached on the back and hands, and the electric effects. The fact that it can do the landing pose actually surprised me.
I’m definitely keeping the ZD Toys Iron Man Mark 85! It even looks good in the packaging.
Above is a size comparison with Iron Patriot. You can see it’s almost as tall as Iron Patriot, which shouldn’t be the case (as this version of Iron Patriot is meant to be bigger than Iron Man).
Left: Marvel Legends Iron Patriot Right: ZD Toys Iron Man Mark 85
However, having said that it doesn’t scale well, I guess it’s a matter of perspective when doing toy photography; he looks ok beside Iron Patriot in the above pic. Heh.
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