Free Comic Book Day is an event that happens on the first weekend of May. Comic book retailers giveaway designated books from these publishing companies to draw new readers into the fold. Not to be left out, WizKids created an exclusive HeroClix figure for this event as well with Unique Iron Man for its Marvel HeroClix: Mutations and Monsters series to help promote the Iron Man movie in 2008.
Iron Man has always been underpowered in these games so it's nice to see a solid game piece for a change. Even though this Iron Man only has seven clicks of life (out of twelve) he is still able to do sufficient damage to his opponents.
On his Speed dial, he is able to do Running Shot on his first two clicks. It only makes sense that he has the ability for he can fly and attack at the same time. It also helps that he has a great range of 10 squares to hit his opponents from afar. So using this in combination with Running Shot gives him a total range of 15 squares to attack his opponent (5 for movement which is half his speed plus a range of 10 squares). He loses this power for the next two clicks before gaining Charge for only one click.
His Attack Value is pretty decent starting with +11 and three clicks of Energy Explosion. It's best to attack a group with this ability, as it will ricochet off one opponent to the next if they are standing next to each other. He then receives Super Strength for the next three clicks allowing him to amplify his Damage output depending on the weight of the object he is carrying.
His Defense starts off with a solid 17 and slowly works its way down to 15 in the end. His abilities fluctuate on this dial as he also gains a special power for himself. On the first click he has the special ability of Invincible. Any damage dealt to Iron Man is reduced to 1. So if someone whacks him hard for 6 damage, Iron Man will still only take 1 damage as a result. It's not called Invincible for nothing. His next click is Invulnerability, which reduces any damage onto him by 2. If someone hits him for 4 damage, he will only take 2 damage as a result. After that click he switches to Energy/Shield Deflection. This ability is great against long ranged attacks as it adds +2 to his defensive stat. Iron Man has 16 defense at this point. If someone attacks from afar that 16 defense now becomes 18 instead. After one click of that, it goes back to Invincible for one click, Invulnerability for another click, and ends with two clicks of Energy/Shield Deflection. I love how Iron Man's defensive capabilities rotate and change frequently like this giving him an advantage against oncoming attacks.
Iron man dishes out some pretty decent Damage. He starts off with a natural 3 damage for three clicks. It then changes to 2 damage with Close Combat Expert for two clicks. This ability boosts his attack output by +2 when making hand-to-hand attacks. After that it's Ranged Combat Expert for two clicks. It's the same as Close Combat Expert only for ranged attacks. These abilities give Iron Man an edge and hopefully enough to survive.
An interesting twist is his team affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D. After the events of Civil War, Tony Stark became the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. I would have expected some sort of gained ability of Leadership or Outwit on his dial as a result of this promotion but that seems to be overlooked. It's a shame, as this would have made this Iron Man figure more formidable.
Unique Iron Man is a decent figure for only 100 points. He comes with a character card outlining his abilities for quick reference. The best part about him: he was free. I hope WizKids continues to support Free Comic Book Day by giving away figures like this one at future events.
Set: Marvel HeroClix: Mutations and Monsters
Point Value: 100
Collector's Number: 200
Rarity: Free Comic Book Day Exclusive
Team Affiliation: S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Amount Paid (US$): free
Type of Toy: Game
Age Range of Child: Kids to Teens