Building Fanhome’s Iron Man Is a Fun and Lengthy Process

FanHome's Iron Man
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Iron Man has become a cultural icon thanks to his many appearances in comic books, TV and film, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now you can own a piece of Iron Man thanks to Fanhome, a monthly subscription service where you can collect figures or build models. With the Iron Man subscription, fans will be able to build their own Mark III Armor, which is 24 inches tall and is fully articulated and detailed. We’ve been receiving boxes from Fanhome to build the Marvel superhero, and it has been a fun yet lengthy journey.

We previously covered the first shipment where we built the helmet and foot. (You can read about it here.) Just knowing that each box contains many different parts of the armor already feels like a long process, and it really is. As of now, we’ve been able to build the helmet, right arm, left arm, arc reactor, and left foot. That’s 8 shipments so far, and there’s plenty more to go with a total of 100 assembly stages.

The Shipments

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The first shipment is discounted and includes the helmet and foot, costing a total of $8.49 with free shipping and no tax. The second shipment also has a discount and the total came out to be $38.98 plus shipping/handling and tax. The third shipment and onward will cost $51.96 each plus S/H and tax. These boxes can rack up in price overall, but remember that you’re building a 24-inch tall Iron Man made of metal and high-quality injected ABS plastic with 52 points of articulation and LED lights for the eyes, hands, arc reactor and feet. The subscription also comes with an illuminated base and extras like an Iron Man backpack, power bank, t-shirt, baseball cap and posters. With the price point and the 1:3 scale of the armor, it is definitely for the serious hobbyist.

Fanhome Iron Man Shipment 2

Shipment 2 of Fanhome’s Iron Man Mark III Armor included parts for the right hand, arc reactor, and right elbow. The below photo is of the different parts of the right hand.

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As we go further, you’ll see the completed arc reactor, right elbow and right hand.

Fanhome Iron Man Shipment 3

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The third shipment of the Iron Man model contains pieces for the right forearm and elbow. Additionally, it came with 4 mini-posters.

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The mini-posters show off Iron Man in all his glory, and one of them features the tech genius alongside members from the Avengers.

Below, the forearm is slowly taking shape.

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Here’s the elbow and forearm attached.

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Next up is applying the elbow plating parts (below) to the elbow joints (above).

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Once that’s done, it should look similar to the image below.

A tricky thing is joining the hand to the forearm via the socket. You’ll definitely have to use some pressure, and depending on the parts, applying pressure means really trying to hold and jam the two parts together.

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As you can see, the details and articulation are already shaping up nicely, and the shiny metal is looking fantastic.

Fanhome Iron Man Shipment 4

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The fourth shipment contains parts of the right shoulder and the upper arm.

The shoulder joints were a bit tricky when I tried to use a tweezer to hook the spring. After some trial and error, I decided to just use my fingers to hook the spring, and it was way easier compared to using the tweezer as instructed. (It also helps if you have long fingernails.) Simply have the open ring of the springs go over the pins instead of using the tweezers to hook to the side, and voilà!

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Next up is joining the shoulder joint with the upper arm.

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It’s looking beautiful so far. After that, apply the shoulder plates to the joints.

With the fingers, hand, forearm, elbow, shoulder and upper arm combined, we now have the completed right arm.

Fanhome Iron Man Shipment 5

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In this shipment, we begin to build the left elbow and forearm. After putting it together, it should look like this below.

Fanhome Iron Man Shipment 6

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The sixth shipment contains parts for the shoulder joints and the upper arm for the left side. This process is easier after getting a feel for building the right arm.

The left arm is almost there.

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Shipment 7

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The seventh shipment contains finger parts for the left hand and shoulder parts for the left arm.

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We’re getting very close to finishing the left arm.

Shipment 8

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The latest shipment we received contained parts for the left hand and the final parts of all the fingers.

Building the left hand is similar to the right one. However, since we didn’t cover it before, this is what the inside looks like below. There’s a battery compartment that’s placed inside the hand, and you have to make sure the wires aren’t in the way when placing the two halves together.

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Here’s the completed left hand below. Lifting the plate on the top side will reveal the battery compartment, and there’s a button you can press to turn on the LED light.

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Here comes the toughest part of the process. (Your mileage may vary since the parts can be loose or tight depending on how it was manufactured.) I had a hard time trying to insert the left arm into the socket of the left hand. The instructions simply said to apply pressure. However, applying pressure causes the ball of the joint to move away from the socket, which makes it very difficult. In the end, it took determination and a lot of pressure.

Once this is finished, we can finally celebrate the completion of both arms.

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After working on the arms for a while, it’s exciting to finally start construction of the left leg. The shipment included parts of the knee, and it really feels like just the beginning.

Additionally, the package comes with the Iron Man t-shirt.

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Here’s what we have so far for Fanhome’s Iron Man armor.

FanHome's Iron Man arms, helmet, arc reactor, foot
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With the helmet, left foot, arc reactor and two arms finished, the next phase will include the torso, pelvis, and legs.

Final Reaction

Before I started on Fanhome’s Iron Man Mark III Armor, I thought it would be a faster process where the pieces would be more simplified. However, I was completely wrong, and there are so many moving parts in creating the model. The process has been a lot of fun, and for the most part, it was easy to assemble. We still have ways to go in completing the whole Iron Man Mark III Armor, and it’s definitely bad for impatient people who have to wait for monthly parts. Here’s to another long and fruitful journey.

You can visit Fanhome’s Iron Man page to learn more.

Fanhome provided Nerd Reactor with the Iron Man subscription for review purposes.

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