Greetings HeroClix Fans!
We continue our series of previews for the Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set by checking in with the financial backer of, and a founding member of the Avengers, he is the Invincible Iron Man!
Iron Man #009 begins play taking the fight to your opponent with Running Shot. Iron Man can do his printed 3 damage, or opt to use his 7 range with two targets with Incapacitate. Outwit will deprive an opposing figure of a key power, while Invulnerable will provide him some protection from counter attack. On his second click, the only changes on Iron Man’s dial are a reduction of 1 for his attack value, and swapping Invulnerability for Toughness.
Mid-dial, Iron Man has another power that works well with his 2 targets as he picks up a decent run of Energy Explosion. Three clicks of Force Blast will keep opposing figures at bay. This power will be handy as Iron Man is primarily a range combat piece, as he has Energy Shield Deflection to make him harder to hit at range, and Range Combat Expert to hit harder from range.
Iron Man has the Armor, Avengers, and Scientist keywords, so he will fit on a few popular theme teams. At 101 points, Iron Man is a solid secondary attacker on any force, and should be able to take advantage of his Avengers team ability.
Like the other classic versions of characters in the Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set, Iron Man has a Battlefield Promotion trait which allows him to transform into a Modern Age counterpart: “Battlefield Promotion: Iron Man When Iron Man hits one or more opposing characters, after actions resolve, place a Promotion Token on his character card. You may then roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled and add 1 for each Promotion Token on his character card; on a result of 8 or higher, you may replace this character with Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary #009 Iron Man on the same click number.”
Our more modern Iron Man possesses a trait called Adaptive Armor, that lets him ignore damage dealt by a figure assigned a resource or relic, and roll a d6, and on a result of 1-3, Iron Man is dealt 1 unavoidable damage. This ability can’t be ignored.
Iron Man #009, can be played at either 225 or 125 points, and like his predecessor, begins play with Running Shot. Iron Man can either use his printed 4 damage to target up to two opposing figures, use Energy Explosion with his 8 range and two targets, or use the Pulse Wave given to him by his damage special power, called The Futurist, that also allows the use of Perplex! If you can’t decide which power to use this turn, his Indomitable combat ability will allow him to act next turn with no fear of pushing. Impervious will allow Iron Man to reduce damage, if not ignore it completely.
On his second click, has mostly the same power set, but Iron Man gains more penetrating damage with a click of Penetrating/Psychic Blast. His third click sees Impervious give way to Invulnerability, and Iron Man loses The Futurist, but picks up a new special power in his attack slot named for his most recent company, Stark, Resilient. This special power allows Iron Man to use both Outwit and the Sharpshooter combat ability.
Mid-Dial is where we find Iron Man’s 125 point starting line. At this point, Iron Man has his last click of Running Shot, and Impervious returns for one more click. On both this and his next click, Iron Man has Penetrating/Psychic Blast and standard Perplex. At this point in his dial, Force Blast shows up for the rest of his dial, and Invulnerability returns for a couple of clicks.
At the end of his dial, Iron Man continues to be able to push foes away with Force Blast. But, having an opposing figure adjacent to Iron Man isn’t necessarily a bad thing as he regains his Stark, Resilient allowing the use of Outwit and the Sharpshooter combat ability. On his last two clicks, Iron Man has Toughness to provide him some damage reduction.
Iron Man #009 has the ability to fit onto many theme teams as he has the Armor, Avengers, Celebrity, Illuminati, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Scientist keywords. Iron Man also has the Avengers team ability. With a great selection of powers, and aggressive combat values, Iron Man will be a valuable addition to whatever team build you choose to include him on.
That’s all we have for today, but be sure to join us later in the week as we continue to spotlight even more exciting upcoming HeroClix releases!