An interesting juxtaposition
here. The Lava Armor figure was to be released as another Tony Stark
creation of sorts: the Vault Guardsman. As simply the Guardsman, this
character was an Iron Man villain. However, through the miracle of modern
comics, we now have a legion of these armored drones guarding a top
level prison in the Marvel Universe. The original Iron Man figure for
the unreleased Series V was done in black and red; a stunning difference
to the nearly neon yellow and green combination for the Vault Guardsman
figure that was to appear in the Spider-Man: Techno Wars line up.
Although a nice try, the figure doesn't quite completely capture the
essence of the Vault Guardsman (and looks more like the character with
the armor pieces removed than with them on). This is the most nearly
complete release of a Series V figure. Strangely, the Vault Guardsman's
head is actually that of the Radiation Armor Iron Man.
Armor picture came from the Toy Biz Products Reference Guide.