Iron Man 2 is the 3rd most hyped movie this summer behind Shreck3 and Toy Story 3.  I got to an early show and even still I wont be the first one to tell you it wasn’t as good as the first movie.  Lets be honest = we’re not looking or working for Oscars here… we’re looking for the minds/hearts/souls of comic fan boys (and a few fan girls). First let me say this is completely spoiler free.

The movie does a great job of picking up right were the first one left off… it introduces some key characters without a hiccup.  I guess we should touch on the quick recast of a major character is just smooth – you really dont notice the difference unless you just watched the first movie.

This movies keeps the hints of all the future movies right there – from a shield, some witty banter, to even the extra after the credit scene. Sure you could find most of this movie on YouTube clips at this point but its totally a popcorn movie and worth the price of admissions (unlike some recent superhero movies).

This cast reads like a who’s who of modern day cinema Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Garry Shandling, Jon Favreau, and Samuel L. Jackson. Its a great line up and back in the directors seat is king of fanboys everywhere Jon Favreau.  Jon makes movies fanboys want to see, mainly because he keeps the storyline intact to the comic book.  I don’t see Iron Man having a kid anytime soon! (I’m still a little upset about the Superman movie).

The pace is set rather quickly and you’ll be a little lost without seeing the first Iron Man.  I don’t know if I would take a younger child to this as there is plenty of firepower and fight scenes but then again if the only way I was getting to see this movie was to take an 8 year old – I probably would just to see it in the theaters.

With all great comic book hero movies there are great toys…  we’ve got two amazing prize packs to giveaway one from Hasbro and the other from MegaBrand.

Featured in the Hasbro prize package

(Approximate Retail Price: $6.99; Ages 4 & up; Available: Spring 2010)
As fans know, TONY STARK’s armored suit’s technology hinges on drawing its power from the one-of-a-kind arc reactor in his chest.  Now, all kids can pretend to draw their IRON MAN role-playing energy from the light-up IRON MAN 2 ARC CHEST LIGHT, which features power-up sounds and easily clips onto shirts.

(Approximate Retail Price: $7.99; Ages 4 & up; Available: Spring 2010)
The IRON MAN 2 3 ¾” COMIC SERIES ACTION FIGURES bring classic characters from the franchise’s long-time comic book history to life in super-articulated, highly-detailed action figure form.  The 2010 lineup will include 17 IRON MAN action figures, including CRIMSON DYNAMO, HULKBUSTER IRON MAN and TITANIUM MAN.  Each figure includes a display stand and three collectible “Armor Cards.”

(Approximate Retail Price: $9.99; Ages 3 & up; Available: Spring 2010)
For the younger generation of IRON MAN fans, Hasbro proudly presents the
IRON MAN 2 SUPER HERO SQUAD 3-PACKS!  A wide variety of favorite characters from the IRON MAN franchise, including IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, and NICK FURY, are offered in this wildly popular, cute and fun action figure expression.  This line of figures is a great way for kids to discover IRON MAN for the first time!

(Approximate Retail Price: $9.99; Ages 4 & up; Available: Spring 2010)
These 3.75” scale vehicles feature pop out weapons or a pull back motor with an Iron Man action figure.

(Approximate Retail Price: $7.99; Ages 5& up; Available: Spring 2010)
Find out what it feels like to be your favorite hero! Put on this awesome mask, place the elastic band behind your head to hold it in place and get ready for adventure. With your Iron Man character mask on, it’s your job to defeat the “bad guys” and fight for justice all over the world — or at least in your living room!


Featured in the MEGA Brands prize package

Tri-Armor Suitcase
When Tony Stark realized that one armor wouldn’t do the trick in fighting against evil, he created multiple armors for specific uses. The Tri-Armor Iron Man set includes three sets of 6” buildable armors – Mark II, IV and V – that contain a total of 46 magnetic pieces. All pieces are conveniently stored inside Tony’s iconic suitcase replica right out of the movie. With its revolutionary magnetic design, each of the three Iron Man armors can be built and taken apart in seconds. All armor sets are compatible with each other, allowing you to build your own custom armors for any situation! The fully poseable characters are great to build, play and display! This set contains three different armours and one skeleton.
Age: 6+  SRP: $19.99  Available: Now

Hall of Armor
Welcome to Tony Stark’s top secret Hall of Armor, a 170-piece buildable playset where all of his armor designs are kept safe from prying eyes. On display are images of the armor suit designs and a sophisticated building and repair area, complete with a multidirectional repair arm run by Tony’s faithful computer A.I. “Jarvis”. With a cool movie themed sticker sheet for accurate film detail, this playset includes a buildable Mark II and Mark VI, with repulsor flames and 2 fly-wires, one integrated into the playset and a 3ft fly-wire for free flying action. This buildable Hall of Armor playset provides endless hours of building action like a moving repair arm and secret trap door.
Age: 6+   SRP: $29.99  Available: Now


How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. May 16, 2010.

You must comment telling us your favorite Iron Man 2 character or cast member and which prize pack you’d like to win, please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email)

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You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner! Also 1 prize pack person (no one can win both packs)

Disclaimer: MEGA Brands and Hasbro are providing these toys for the raffle.