Iron Fist / Daredevil ( Daniel “Danny” Rand-Kai, Marvel Prime)

While Marvel first tried their hand at getting into the Kung-Fu movie phase of cinema with the asian Shang-Chi, it was Iron Fist that was the break out character for that genre. Introduced in Marvel Premiere #15 (1974) by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane and Bill Everett, Daniel Rand was the son of wealthy business man Wendell Rand, who used to live in the mystic city of K’un-Lun. Wanting to returned there, Wendell took his wife, Heather, young son and business partner to try and find the city. However, his partner killed him which caused Heather to flee with Danny. They tried to return to camp but were attacked by wolves. Miranda held off the pack in order for Danny to flee where he was discovered by people of K’un-Lun. He was taken in by the people and trained in their ways.  Having completed his training, he fought and defeated the dragon Shou-Lao the undying. During the fight, Danny grappled with the dragon which caused the dragon symbol to be branded to his chest. After the defeat, he repeatedly pounded his fist into the dragon’s molten heart which cause his hand to become harder then iron when he focus chi into it.

He would later return to the US where he confronted his father’s business partner who gave himself up to the police out of guilt. Instead of taking over the business, he instead left it to be run by a trusted employee while he took to the streets as Iron Fist. After teaming up with Shang-Chi and fighting other villains (like being the first to fight Sabretooth), he eventually met, fought and teamed up with Luke Cage. The two became the best of friends and teamed up to expand Luke Cage’s Hero For hire business into Heroes for Hire. During this time, he met and fell in love with Misty Knight. The HFH eventually broke up with Luke leaving for Chicago. They eventually teamed up again and expanded their roster when the Heroes For Hire came under Namor’s Oracle INC onwership. Iron Fist was believed killed then but was replace by an impostor and was eventually rescued.

When Daredevil identity was leaked, Danny took to being his bodyguard with Luke and even replaced Daredevil during the Civil War when Matt went to France to hide. He also became Luke’s daughter’s godfather, who she was named after. It was during this time that he also helped Cap with his anti-registration team. After Cap’s death, he remained part of the renegade Avengers team under Luke’s leadership.  After the Siege saga, he gave Luke the money to buy the Avengers Mansion, officially becoming a member of the Avengers. He also took the new Power Man under his tutelage as well as setting up a new Heroes for Hire enterprise. He later joined Luke’s Mighty Avengers team before that team was disbanded. After the Secret War, he asked Luke to help track down a former Heroes For Hire member who had turned evil as well as becoming a member of the new Defenders team.

Unlike his best friend, Iron Fist has gotten quite a few figures over the years. TB released one in the Apocalypse series. (The red variant figure is a different person, the impostor that replaced him). When Hasbro relaunch the line in the Infinity series, they released the white costume in the Odin wave. (It was previously supposed to be a swapped with Protector in the Hit-Monkey wave). He a second figure in the Dormammu wave and that was repainted into the Defenders box set.


Haves

Classic

01

Recommend Figure: Toybiz Marvel Legends Apocalypse Series Iron Fist

  • Background:
    • When Danny came to the US he brought with him the tradional clothing of K’un-Lun warrior. The design was inspired by Buddhist monks. This is the costume that he would become famous with.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • While I would say wait for Hasbro to do this, if want a classic version of Iron Fist straight away then this is the only one available.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes, the figure is now really out of date and could seriously use an update. I expect Hasbro to make it soon as he is starring in his Netflix series.

Daredevil

02

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Hobgoblin Wave Daredevil or Hasbro Amazon Exclusive Marvel Legends The Defenders Box set Daredevil (with Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jewel).

  • Background:
    • Before the Civil War, Matt Murdock identity as Daredevil was leaked to the press. To distance himself from Daredevil and to stop reporters harassing him, he hired Iron Fist, Luke and Jessica Jones as bodyguard. He also had Iron Fist pose as DD so people would begin to think he was a different person. When Murdock went to France during the Civil War, Iron Fist remained DD until Murdock returned.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • Unless you are a hardcore fan of Iron Fist, then you should only get this figure for Daredevil not for Iron Fist. But I would say to have a DD figure for your Iron Fist allies collection
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Immortal Iron Fist

03

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Dormammu Wave Iron Fist

  • Background:
    • After his run of DD, Iron Fist returned to running Rand Corp. He was then visited by a man claiming to be the previous Iron Fist. While he may have had a inkling, Danny learnt that he was the 66th Iron Fist not the first, each with their own way of fighting. Both were attack by the Steel Serpent and his clan of ninjas. The older Fist was killed and Danny had to take his place in the Celestial City tournament.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This is a fan favorite design. It is also the one I recommend getting as it is the most affordable and one of the best figures of 2016. If you don’t have the classic version this is a extremely nice stand in for it.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No. This one is perfect.

Immortal Weapons

04

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Amazon Exclusive Marvel Legends The Defenders box set Iron Fist (with Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jewel)

  • Background:
    • Iron Fist then learnt that K’un-Lun was one of several Celestial Cities, each with their own warrior with their own fighting style. They were made to fight in a tournament but plots by both Mother Crane and Hydra cause the warriors to team up as the Immortal Weapons with Iron Fist as their reluctant leader.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • Unlike Luke Cage, if you have gotten the Dormammu wave one or the Odin Wave one, then this could be skipped. I would say if you get the set for Luke and Jewel, then this and DD are a nice bonus.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Agamotto Empowered

05

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Odin Wave Iron Fist

  • Background:
    • Dr. Strange, who had given up the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, was being attack by forces unknown. He went to the New Avengers for help but Iron Fist was captured by the enemy and taken to the realm of the Vashanti. There he was empowered by Agamotto who wanted his amulet back. After finding out the truth, Iron Fist kept the costume for a number of months before the Secret War.
  •  Why you need it for your collection?:
    • This is a nice figure with a load of different hands that work with the other 2 Hasbro figures. It is a nice buy if you can get it MOC. Otherwise, it was a short lived costume so it might not be for everyone but is does look nice in displays.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No, except for remaking him on the new Iron Fist build.

NEEDS:

Below is a gallery of costumes that still need to be made. Click on the image to see chances of it being made. Please note that this is my personal opinion and not fact. If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below.


Teams:

The Avengers

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