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Iron Man's oldest armored adversary was Anton Vanko, the Soviet scientist who invented the original battlesuit. The USSR sent Vanko to battle Iron Man, but when Tony Stark showed Vanko that the Commies planned to eliminate him, Vanko defected and became an employee of Stark's! Many other have taken the name since. This was the latest version of the armor.

Probably the most popular figure of this series, and the most surprising thing is that it took Toy Biz so long to get to Iron Man's chief armor-wearing villain. The only puzzler is why they made him with a big hole in his chest that shoots a fireball. Here's an easy tip to make it look a tad better on display: put some aluminum foil behind the hole, and it looks just fine.



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