Hot Toys Sneaky Iron Man Retro Armor Review & Photos MMS 396

Given that Tony Stark has 42 different Iron Man armor permutations on-screen just in the Iron Man 3 movie, you might think Hot Toys would never have to release an armor not seen in the movie again. But as it turns out, there’s a concept art version of one of the armors in a different color scheme that was just screaming to be made… and Hot Toys heard the call loud and clear! The limited Hot Toys Sneaky Iron Man Retro Version figure is available for order exclusively through Sideshow Collectibles–and trust me, die-hard Iron Man fans are gonna want to order this before it sells out…

Retro Armor Sneaky Iron Man Hot Toys Review MMS 396

[Spoilers: This is another virtually perfect Hot Toys Marvel sixth scale figure, so I’ll be forgoing the traditional “Right” and “Wrong” sections of this review. I’ll still have a couple of nitpicks sprinkled into the review–but there ain’t many, that’s for sure…]

[Disclaimer: Also, as it’s my philosophy that toys–even Hot Toys–are meant to be played with, many of my photos were taken outdoors. I know seeing a high-end action figure out in the rocks and grass and dirt may disturb some collectors, so I apologize in advance if anyone is offended. Anyway…]

Exclusive Hot Toys Iron Man Mark XV Retro Version Figure ReviewI was totally thrown when Hot Toys announced the Retro Armor Sneaky Iron Man figure edition a few months ago out of nowhere, but that’s because I had forgotten in my old age that the dark-colored Iron Man Mark XV armor was red and gold in some of the concept art for the movie.

Back of Hot Toys Retro Iron Man Sneaky Sixth Scale FigureWith that in mind and with no other authentic uses for the tooling for the Sneaky armor permutation, it makes complete sense for Hot Toys to give us a limited exclusive repaint ¬†of Sneaky Iron Man (especially with the original version selling out super-fast) that’s not only beautiful, but also relevant. Brilliant choice.

Hot Toys Iron Man Retro Version Sneaky Figure Brown Mailer BoxThe box for MMS 396 comes shipped inside of the usual brown mailer box, which is as sturdy and functional as ever. Inside the shipper, however, is the real prize…Hot Toys Sneaky Iron Man Mark XV Retro Armor SlipcoverThe metallic slipcover covering the Retro Sneaky Iron Man box is absolutely stunning. The bright, shiny slipcover is so resplendent and attractive that a lot of collectors (including me) are going to want to find a place to display it even once the 1/6 Sneaky Iron Man figure is out of the box. Love it.

MMS396 Retro Armor Iron Man Hot Toys Figure BoxUnder the slipcover is the actual box containing the Retro Armor Sneaky Iron Man MMS396 figure, which has the usual plastic tray packaging inside. It’s a nice yellow and red, but otherwise a bit plain–that’s fine, though, as the flashiness of that slipcover more than makes up for it.

Hot Toys Iron Man Sneaky Retro Figure and AccessoriesThere’s not a ton of accessories here, but there’s also not anything else I can think of that would make logical sense to include with this armor. In total, there’s three pairs of hands (fists, repulsor blasting and palms), plus a figure base with bendable rod for holding Iron Man up in various standing or flying poses.

Hot Toys Retro Mark 15 Iron Man Display Base StandAs this figure is technically outside the House Party Protocol series, it has its own unique display base that differs from the standard HPP ones. It looks quite nice, in my opinion, though I imagine some folks might prefer the typical bases.

Hot Toys MMS 396 Iron Man Retro Version Flying StandThe bendable pole and clip are quite sturdy (as usual), and easily facilitate most flying poses you’d want to put Retro Iron Man into.

Retro Armor Sneaky Iron Man InstructionsAs with every Iron Man Hot Toys figure, detailed instructions for battery installation and handling of the figure are included. This is far from my first rodeo with an Iron Man MMS, but I still read the instructions fully every time to ensure I don’t needlessly damage the toy, and I highly recommend doing so.

MMS396 Hot Toys Iron Man Retro Version Sneaky Sixth Scale Figure ReviewIf you’re familiar with the regular edition Sneaky Iron Man 1/6 figure that shipped in 2016, there are no surprises here as far as the sculpt goes. Personally, I love the sharp angles of this armor, especially on the chest plate and the thick lower legs.

Hot Toys Iron Man Sneaky Retro Ver. Figure on Flight StandThe main thing that sets this figure apart from last year’s original release of Hot Toys Sneaky Iron Man is, of course, the color scheme. The entire armor has been totally changed up from the colors of the original release–and in my opinion, the new gold and red color scheme is a huge improvement over the drab greys of the original.

Chrome Paint on Hot Toys Iron Man Retro Mark 15 Armor ArmFive areas of the figure: the faceplate, forearms and front of the thighs are all covered in super-shiny, metallic gold chrome that looks incredible.

I’ve been hopelessly infatuated with chrome on high-end Marvel toys and products since the days of the legendary Bowen Designs Chrome Silver Surfer statue and Chrome Ultron mini-bust, so adding chrome to a high-end collectible is an easy way into my heart.

Sneaky Iron Man Hot Toys Retro Edition Chrome vs. Paint on LegI had some concerns that the chrome portions of the Sneaky Iron Man Retro Armor Edition would make the plain gold painted areas look bad, but the effect is actually the opposite: the chrome and the painted areas complement each other wonderfully and add a depth of color to the piece. Masterful design!

Hot Toys Retro Armor Iron Man Sneaky Leg Flaps OpenedThe rear leg flaps can be opened up to show off the sculpted inner-workings of the leg armor. It’s actually really fun having the flaps opened, so I might be keep Retro Iron Man Mark 15 displayed in this manner.

Retro Armor Iron Man Hot Toys with Chest Armor RemovedThe chest plate on the armor is also removable to show the mechanical parts underneath, although I love the aesthetic of the chest on this armor that I never really want it off.

Removable Chest Armor on Sneaky Iron Man Retro Version Exclusive ArmorThe paint on the MMS 396 Sneaky Iron Man Retro Armor Version is as expertly chosen and applied as ever. Hot Toys is the undisputed king of high-end action figure paint deco for a reason, and the vibrant colors and perfect applications are it. Paint-wise, this is perfection.

Poseability on Retro Iron Man Mark 15 ChromeIn addition, note that the shoulder and hip joints can all be extended in order to allow more flexible posing potential that lessens the possibility of scratching the paint on the figure.

Hot Toys Retro Armor Version Sneaky Iron Man LED LightsAs with all Iron Man MMS figures, Retro Sneaky Mark XV has various LED lights all over his body. You’ll have to install the 12 included batteries into his arms, head and back to make this functionality work, but it only takes about 5 minutes to get him fully set up for his electronics.

Lit Up Hot Toys Iron Man 3 Sneaky Iron Man Mark XV Figure in DarkThe back plate is actually really difficult to get off without the help of some sort of tool to pry it off, as there’s no easily accessible place for a finger to pull out from, so that was a little frustrating. The other three panels can be popped off easily in under a second each.

Lights on Hot Toys MMS396 Iron Man Sneaky Retro Chrome Figure

All of the lights are nice and bright (maybe too bright for those with extra sensitive eyes), although the repulsor blasting left hand couldn’t get nearly as much light into it as the other hands due to the shape of the hand. It’s a bit jarring when you have that dim light next to all the other bright lights.

Notice that the left and right arms of the Iron Man Sneaky armor permutation are actually unique from each other–this is an interesting aesthetic, and the blue light on the left arm makes it stand out even more.

Close-Up of Retro Hot Toys Iron Man Sneaky Armor 1/6 FigureOverall: A gorgeous, limited-edition Hot Toys Iron Man figure repainted in classic colors with extra chrome pieces for the same price as the sold-out regular version of the figure…? Yeah, I had a few trivial nitpicks–but this is another excellent all-around entry in the Iron Man 3 Movie Masterpiece Series. As this color scheme of the Mark XV Armor doesn’t appear in the movies, MMS396 won’t be for everyone. But if you’re a hardcore Iron Man fan and this toy appeals to you, you will not be disappointed when you get this figure in-hand: it is downright phenomenal.



Hot Toys Sneaky Iron Man Retro Armor Review & Photos MMS 396 — 6 Comments

  1. Man you got yours fast. My flex pay got pushed back a month because it wasn’t ready to ship. At least that’s what the email said.

  2. My objection to you taking an expensive toy out there is more specifically about this one, because it’s sooo shiny. I wouldn’t care about you taking out a Hot Toys figure with a fabric outfit, or even most Hot Toys Iron Men. But this? This is way too shiny to be taken outside, I feel. But whatever, it’s your toy, do what you want with it.

    • Seriously just imagine it sliding off that rock now it’s the battle damaged version.

      • Don’t go giving Hot Toys any ideas. They’ll drop a few on the floor or muck up the paint job & call them “Battle Damaged” & charge twice the price!

        No sir your collectible hasn’t been dropped, scraped or badly painted & electroplated, it’s Battle Damaged.

  3. I was on the fence about buying this version due to the grey colour of the original Sneaky mark XV looking so dull & boring.

    After seeing you photos & reading your review, I’m now off the fence, order placed & I even splashed out for a revolving light up display case just to really finish it off.

    If only they made a 1:1 scale sized Iron Man helmet that looked like this new Retro Armor version!

    Thanks for your review.