When it comes to discovering subtle movie spoilers, action figure fans have learned to turn to toy shelves. That's why when these "Iron Man 2" toy images surfaced, it was worth taking a close look to see if the plastic articulated any new information about one of 2010's most anticipated super hero films.
Marvelousnews has a look at the toys, revealing Iron Man Mark I and Iron Man Mark II as the first action figures ready for public view.
Both armors appeared in Iron Man's cinematic debut in 2008, meaning that while they're not likely to make an active return to the franchise, they'll help flesh out Tony Stark's armory.
The new toys don't appear to reveal many details about the plot of the upcoming sequel, but the box art does seem to cement the subtle changes in Stark's Iron Man armor – namely the new triangular chest piece. While the circular chest piece from the first film fit around Stark's life-sustaining arc reactor, the triangle shape might suggest the movie presence of the armored avenger's signature "uni-beam" laser weapon.
Standing at just under four inches tall, the movie franchise's smaller scale coincides with Hasbro's recent line of Marvel Universe action figures, meaning that Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark suit won't clash with his comic book counterpart's in terms of size.
Hasbro hasn't released further official character announcements, but if the "Iron Man 2" trailers are any indication, Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Don Cheadle as War Machine seem like shoe-ins to receive the toy treatment. Whatever the case, Iron Man toy collectors will face plenty of potential plastic purchases in 2010.
Are you into the smaller scale "Iron Man 2" action figures? What do you think of the upcoming box art? Would you dig seeing Stark blast away with his uni-beam? Iron out your thoughts in the comment section.