Toys Box 1/6 Scale Circular Hall of Armor ReviewJose Lopez
IN THE BEGINNING
Sixth Scale accessories can be an odd animal to get right. They obviously have to be big enough to accommodate the larger scale figures that companies like Hot Toys or Toys Era produce. However, they also have to be cost-effective in a way that makes them attractive to a customer price-wise while also worth it to produce from a company’s perspective.
I’m not sure how they did it, but Third Party manufacturer Toys Box, maker of many popular 1/6 scale accessories, have given collectors an exceptional and reasonably-priced Hall of Armor. Not only is this thing big enough for your Spider-Man and Iron Man figures, but it comes with motorized opening/closing doors and a light-up feature, all controlled by remote.
Let’s jump into this impressive piece.
This Hall of Armor is based off of a very brief yet memorable scene from the film Spider-Man: Homecoming in which Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark presents Tom Holland’s Spider-Man with a new Iron Spider armored suit as he invites the hero to join the Avengers. Despite its brevity, the scene is a popular one since it offered fans the first glimpse at a new suit that Peter Parker would eventually don in the later installment, Avengers: Infinity War.
Simple is the name of the game here for Toys Box’s, er, box. A very striking red and black color motif accompanied by a blueprint-style artistic representation of both the inside and outside of the “Circular Hall of Armor” on the front and back of the packaging tells you everything you need to know. I wasn’t expecting a tour de force on the art box for this thing, but this bare bones design actually works in a very minimalist way. Everything is collector friendly, with the piece stored securely between two styrofoam sections which allows for easy removal.
I’m all-around impressed with what Toys Box has achieved here. The sculpting of this Hall of Armor is a fairly faithful recreation of what was seen in the movie with only a few artistic diversions in order to make the piece work for Sixth Scale.
While there might not seem to be much to mention, it’s the little things to be found here that stand out. The interlocking design of the doors “meet” together great, not leaving too much space between them when in the closed position. The sculpted outline of the doors themselves keeps the unit visually interesting when in the shut position and the actual texture of the doors, full of tiny horizontal lines, subtly breaks up what could have been a big piece of gray plastic.
Inside, the sculpting is top notch but simple, allowing for the lights to take center stage.
The quality control of the plastic isn’t perfect, specifically around the edges, but for the price I can’t complain much. There is no paintwork to discuss here really, but the flat silver of the plastic does a serviceable job.
There isn’t much included with the Hall of Armor, but there truly doesn’t need to be. We of course get the remote control, which is the only way to use the mechanical features of the Hall. The design is slick and has a black and red Spider-Man motif on the face of it. There are five buttons, the topmost of which is the power button. The two below that control the opening and closing of the doors, while the lower two control the lights inside the Hall. A power supply is included, though you’ll need a USB brick of some sort to plug it into.
Also included is a figure arm that plugs into the inside base of the Hall in order to secure whatever figure you decide to place in it. They also saw fit to give you a cloth that you can use to clean the plastic screen with, which we’ll mention in a bit.
The doors open well, with no stuttering or problems once you initiate the process. The motorized “whirring” sound is pretty loud, but you get used to it and I actually feel it adds to the effect. Directly inside of the doors is a sort-of clear plastic screen which you can slide out of the way, though it is not removable. If you’re overly concerned about dust, I suppose it’s a nice option to have.
This is going to be the main event for some and I’m happy to report that this light-up feature is excellent. Using the remote control, you can turn on the lights individually. There are three in total, one each on the top, bottom, and back, respectively. The bottom light has two modes, allowing it to be either solid or have a sort of “breathing” effect.
The backlight, which looks amazing with all of the tech detail in front of it, has a blue tone. The top remains solid while it’s on. While I am very happy with every facet of this Hall of Armor, it’s the lights that really seal the deal for me.
IN THE END
A simple, but well-executed piece. The shelf appeal alone of this will push your Spider-Man or Iron Man collection into the next level. The electronics work well, the design and sturdiness is solid, and the fun factor is through the roof. Sure, there were some minor nicks on mine, but even that couldn’t ruin my enjoyment of this huge diorama piece. All in all, well worth the price of admission and definitely recommended for MCU fans.