Would you believe me if I said Iron Man wasn’t always so iconic? Before Robert Downey Jr. killed it on the silver screen in 2008, Iron Man was a B-list comic superhero. I only knew the guy because my aunt bought me an Iron Man comic anthology. I can’t even remember the name of it now, but that’s not super important. I remember loving the book and entering a slight Iron Man obsession from that point. I got toys and video games, and I’ve come out of it knowing the best Iron Man toys and why.
Bottom Line Up Front
There are a lot of really cool Iron Man toys to buy. No thanks to Iron Man and the MCU’s startling popularity. But the toy that stands above the pack is definitely FIGLot’s Toys Iron Man Mark 3 Mark III 7″ Action Figure. There’s something really unique about its sheer quality. It’s super detailed and sizeable at 7-inches. For the price, it’s super good. It comes with a stand, so if you’re a collector, throw on one of your favorite comic book poses and show it off in all its majesty.
When looking at the best Iron Man toys, I’ll be using three things as the key deciding factors as to why they’re good.
- Their Availability: there are a lot of great Iron Man Toys. He’s been a thing since the ’60s. However, that comes with the downside of a lot of the toys just flat out being discontinued at best and collector’s items at worst. The discontinuation makes them not only hard to find but horrifyingly expensive. I know just as well as anyone else that money doesn’t grow on trees, so the price is something I’ll keep in mind.
- Their quality: I love going into a Dollar General and buying whatever discount, two-bit, 3-dollar garbage toy I can find, but sometimes it’s nice to have something that won’t break if you look at it too hard. Outside of that, there’s the physical appearance of the toy. How detailed are the painting and molding? How moveable are its parts? Is it suitable for display or good for use?
- Their Serialization: By serialization, I mean is the toy a part of any series. From a user’s standpoint, series tend to have weapons or accessories that can be mixed and matched, pulling a bit more use out of your toys. Serialization means getting a nice set going if you’re a collector. A bunch of well-organized toys looks nice on that shelf, don’t they?
The Invincible Iron-Man
He first showed up in 1963 in Tales of Suspense #39 and got his own title in May of 1968. He was Tony Stark, a genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist. He enjoyed some pretty decent popularity for a comic book character who was so young. Yet, he never quite managed to match Spider-man’s popularity. Let alone any of DC’s big boys like Batman or Superman.
Then, in 2008, Robert Downey Jr. stepped into the role of Iron Man. The character exploded. He went from a few people’s comic favorites to one of the most recognizable in America. And with the popularity came the never-ending flood of toys to tie into the Marvel Universe with Movies like The Avengers Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War.
Best Iron Man Toys
Let’s start with ol’ reliable. The classic costume Iron Man mask. It’s something that has been remade repeatedly, so you’re not at any hardship when trying to find one, but this one is perfect.
- Availability 9/10: This product is pretty recent, being a part of the Avenger’s Endgame era of MCU toys, so it’s not hard to find in the slightest. You can still buy the new product in the packaging without issue. It’s also cheap, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank too much when you buy it.
- Quality 8/10: What’s most notable about this mask is that it’s not just the exterior shell. There are interior goggles that light up with a user-interface design to make it even more reminiscent of the actual Iron Man suit. It’s a level of detail I’ve never quite seen on a lot of other masks. You can even lift the face plate itself, which is pretty neat. However, it’s not as good as a collector’s item for display, so it loses some points there.
- Serialization 6/10: While super cool, the mask appears to be a one-off. There are different products you can buy that could finish it off, like light-up gloves, but there’s nothing to go with the masks that have the same style, make, and quality. You’re just buying the mask, which is kind of unfortunate.
- Not an expensive toy.
- It’s cool when it lights up, like in the movies.
- The standalone item doesn’t light up when just displayed.
Everyone loves action figures, but this one is special. It’s stylized after the Mark III from the movies, which may disappoint some hardcore comic fans. Still, the sheer quality of this piece is evident in its appearance and sheer customizability.
- Availability 8/10: The item isn’t hard to find, especially new, but it does kind of lean on the expensive side of things, but you can easily find more costly items.
- Quality 10/10: This one is a stellar piece of work. Incredibly detailed and maneuverable, you can set it into any pose you want. It comes with various parts for you to enhance the pose at your leisure and pleasure. It even comes with a stand, so you can easily get it affixed if you want a flying action pose. It’s honestly one of the best figures I’ve ever seen.
- Serialization 9/10: This isn’t the only one in its series. FIGLot has made three other versions of this figure featuring different suit designs. The customizability remains between them all, alongside the stellar quality. I wish other companies could invest in their sheer quality because these are some of the best.
- Excellent craftsmanship and detail on the figure.
- You can pose the figure and display it however you want.
- It’s not the most expensive thing I’ve ever seen, but still kinda pricey.
3. LEGO Marvel Avengers Iron Man Mech 76140 Kids’ Superhero Mech Figure, Building Toy with Iron Man Mech and Minifigure
- Availability 10/10: The product is easily available on Amazon and found in Lego stores. I haven’t been able to find any news or word of a product line shortage either. The price is kind of up there, but it is actually under what I would have expected for Legos.
- Quality 9/10: As indestructible as a Nokia, with the versatility to go with any other Lego sets you own. While a bit fragile, final builds tend to look pretty good and have their unique aesthetic to them that I find really cool.
- Serialization 10/10: This “mech armor” line of toys includes things in and outside of the Marvel franchise. You can buy mech armor War Machine and two different versions for a red and gold Hulk Buster armor set.
- Easy to find in most retailers.
- Great versatility with other lego sets.
- You have to build it yourself.
- If the finished build falls over, it’s going to fall apart.
- Availability 9/10: Easy and cheap to find. These toys aren’t expensive either. It’s startlingly cheap, which is a nice change of pace regarding toys and collectibles.
- Quality 7/10: Rather than being a versatile collector and toy item, this one is just a toy. It’s not a bad one, though. It’s aimed at being a stress toy. You can squish the character, but primarily by messing with the bubbles. The toy even goes out of its way to show how you can make a game of pressing each of the bubbles with someone else to try and not pop the last one. It makes for a nice cheap gift.
- Serialization 7/10: This toy is a part of a series. You can get one for Captain America and Hulk, but the toys aren’t exactly meant to be mixed and matched with one another. They’re separate items in a product line, so you could buy them all up and display them together, but they’re not very easy to pose or re-adjustable.
- Fun to use.
- Make for a great cheap spur-of-the-moment gift.
- Not much of a collector’s item.
- A novelty item that quickly becomes boring.
Funko Pops! are known by just about everyone. You can find figures for just about anything you want for any series. No matter how old, and no matter how popular, it’s the popular ones that get something special. And this figure is one of them. Taken from the specific moment at the end of Avengers: End Game, it can glow in the dark for a bit more fun.
- Availability: 9/10: You might struggle to find it in stores, but it’s readily available on Amazon. It’s even better that they’re not expensive. It’s one of the cheaper options available, making it a very affordable gift for a collector.
- Quality 6/10: These are Funko Pops! truly and genuinely. They’ve got decent durability, and you can wash off any grime with a damp rag. My only problem with Funko Pops! is that, in my personal opinion, they don’t look that good. They’re overly stylized in Funko Pop’s style that some collectors may find off-putting.
- Serialization 10/10: You can find Funko Pops! everywhere, about anything. This isn’t even the only Iron Man Funko Pop! based on Avenger’s Endgame. If you want more, you can find Iron Man Funko Pops! for about anything he’s done recently.
- Easy to find in many retailers online and in person.
- Good for display and lights up in the dark.
- The Funko Pop! is a part of a huge line of similar toys.
- Not meant to be played with, but displayed.
- The unique visual style of the product means it isn’t comic or movie-accurate.
This one isn’t meant for collectors. It’s a pretty decent kid’s gift that can take a lot of abuse. The general gimmick of the toy is that it’s filled with a jelly-like goo, meaning you can squeeze, squash, and stretch it Makes for a decent stress toy, too.
- Availability 9/10: You should be able to find this in most retailers, including in-person and online. This one gets me extra points for being a pretty cheap option. If you’re looking to get a child a decent gift that won’t break the bank, then this is a pretty good one.
- Quality 7/10: The toy possesses some reasonable durability, so a child can mess with it to any extent it desires, but I wouldn’t recommend this for a collector. It has some nice detailing in the grooves but lacks most of anything else. The colors are flat and two-tone, and it’s not a super accurate representation of any comic or movie Iron Man suit.
- Serialization 7/10: There are other toys in this product line of squishy superheroes, but they aren’t Iron Man-related. Collectors should pass this one by because it’s more suited to be a toy rather than something put on a shelf.
- It’s a durable toy that can be played with.
- Not very good for display purposes.
A bit of a stupid toy, but a great one, nonetheless. Those giant foam Hulk hands are iconic for many reasons, so why not have more fun buying the same thing for Iron Man?
- Availability 7/10: These are easy to find, but I wouldn’t exactly call them cheap. They’re around the same price as the FIGLot stuff, and those are honestly better in almost every way. If you are looking to spend your money wisely, look elsewhere.
- Quality 9/10: While these foam hands have very little detail, and are probably no value as a collector’s item, even if they were to become super rare, they are excellent toys. It’s just fun to put them on and bonk things. That’s really it.
- Serialization 6/10: These hands are a part of a series. You can buy them for Captain America, Hulk, and Spider-Man. These are not collector’s items, though, so don’t waste time displaying them. Maybe you can buy them all for a party, but that’s about it.
- Very fun to just bonk things.
- The price is high for what they are.
- A Joke gift that’s not something you should seriously buy.
8. LEGO Marvel Nano Gauntlet 76223 Collectible Building Kit; Replica Iron Man Gauntlet for Adult Fans and Model-Makers
This is another Lego set, but of a very different kind than usual. Rather than being a kind of toy you can build for yourself, this is a display you can build for yourself. It’s not something you want to play with. The set doesn’t come with a single action figure. It comes with a stand and all the pieces you need to make the gauntlet and infinity stones.
- Availability 8/10: Easily available off of Amazon, and this isn’t a new product, so it’s not subject to a buying craze. The real problem is that it is kind of expensive. More expensive than even Figlot’s Action Figure.
- Quality 9/10: The display is pretty good. It has that unique Lego aesthetic that makes it look uniquely cool. It also has hinges on the fingers, meaning they can all be bent to your desires. It’s also a reasonably accurate depiction of the gauntlet from the movies, which I really appreciate.
- Serialization: 7/10: This set is a part of a series; you can buy a Thanos version of the gauntlet, but this model doesn’t have any specific Iron Man-related follow-ups. If you want to have an Iron Man-specific collection, this gauntlet is all you’ll be getting in this series.
- It’s very fun to build with Legos.
- It comes display-ready with a stand.
- Moveable finger joints.
- The lego-build isn’t made to be played with, but dispalyed.
- It’s a complicated lego-build geared towards adult builders.
9. Avengers Marvel Legends Series Iron Man Nano Gauntlet Articulated Electronic Fist with Lights and Authentic Movie Sounds and Removable Infinity Stones
More movie merchandise, but this one is cool. It’s essentially two collector’s items in one. You get the Iron Man gauntlet alongside the Infinity Stones from the movie. They interact and light up, making for something pretty cool.
- Availability 6/10: While these are easy to find, there’s one very slight colossal problem. This thing is expensive— too much money for an everyday toy or a spur-of-the-moment gift. The money shouldn’t really be an issue for a collector, so ask yourself if this is the collectible you want or if there’s something more iconic.
- Quality 10/10: It’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect from it: lights, sounds, interactivity. Beyond that, the details on it are solid. It’s got the nooks and crannies you’d want from the gauntlet alongside the paint job. Even each infinity stone has more detail than I would expect, being markedly different from the others.
- Serialization 10/10: The gauntlet is a part of a line of items based on iconic things from the MCU. There’s Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamoto, Captain America’s Shield, and Thano’s Infinity Gauntlet. While they’re not all thematically focused around Iron Man, being able to have a set of all the iconic items from the movies is pretty sick if you ask me.
- This thing looks very cool on a shelf.
- Excellent build detail and quality.
- Pretty expensive at over $100.
- It’s an MCU toy, so comic fans may want to look elsewhere.
Let’s finish up with another Funko Pop! This one is based on the suit-up scene from Iron Man 2. While the movie may be less than stellar, this Funko Pop! captures one of the movie’s cooler moments. It captures the moment pretty well, and it can glow in the dark with the white parts on the chest and mask lighting up blue in the dark. It’s pretty cool.
- Availability 8/10: Funko Pops! are popular and easy to find. If you struggle to find this one in stores, you can also go search for it online. I will, however, be docking points for the price. As far as Funko Pops! go, this one is actually on the more expensive side, and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it has to do with using glow-in-the-dark paint, or maybe it’s a licensing thing. I couldn’t tell you.
- Quality 7/10: I don’t know how many times I can call a Funko Pop! a Funko Pop! They’re reasonably durable and make for great displays, but they are made in a specific style that can be a turn-off. They represent the movies and do that well enough, but the stylization means someone who wants a comic or movie-accurate product won’t want this.
- Serialization 10/10: Funko Pops! are everywhere for a reason. There’s an endless supply of them for every series imaginable and even more for popular things. This specific glow-in-the-dark line of Iron Man Funko Pops! has multiple pieces in its product line, so they’re great if you want to collect a full set.
- Very easy to find online.
- Funko Pops! aren’t very expensive.
- Part of a very large line of toys
- Funko Pops! unique visual style means they aren’t comic or movie-accurate.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: What Iron Man toy makes the best gift?
Answer: I’m definitely going to again go with FIGLot’s Toys Iron Man Mark 3 Mark III 7″ Action Figure. It’s just so versatile that no other product really compares. You can play with it and pose it. The fact it comes with customizable pieces is even better.
Question: What’s the most common Iron Man toy?
Answer: Definitely the action figures. There are a lot of them that are a part of a lot of different series. Some more cartoony, some more realistic. You can come across quite a lot of figure toys if you simply google them.
Question: Where’s the best place to buy the toys?
Answer: I’m going to have to go with Amazon for this one. They have a vast selection and are dependable.
There are more Iron Man toys than you can shake a stick at. As such, their quality varies significantly along with their purpose. The best example is comparing the Perkitok Iron Man fidget toy to the Avenger’s Marvel Legends Series Gauntlet. One item is cheap quality but made to be used, while the other costs money and is meant to be displayed. The toy would be suitable for a young child, while the gauntlet would be good for a gift to a marvel enthusiast. Figlot’s Iron Man Mark III Action Figure is a good choice, but the best Iron Man toy depends on who you buy it for.