...It was billionaire industrialist Tony Stark's OTHER addiction that inspired the colour scheme for his most famous Iron Man specialty armour...




In the Marvel Comic limited series Iron Man: Hypervelocity #5 of 6 it's suggested that Tony Stark got his colour scheme for his armour from his elementary school colours.


Fair enough! They'd know. But a while back I saw a terrific picture that fellow Iron man fan ElDave posted in his photostream:


(Ta ElDave, this one's for you and your Invincible Iron Legion!)


Anyway, that got me wondering where Tony REALLY got his signature colours from.....


Well, okay, ya got me. It's supposed to be red & gold, but, strewth, what's a variant foil cover between fans, y'know? That's the eternal decision that faces us Shellheads, yellow or gold?


Well, until they make metallic M & Ms (or I spraypaint some gold!) for the sake of the gag it's yellow, mm'kay?


I suppose, to be patriotic, I should have used Smarties, the chocolate treat that pre-date M & Ms, that have been popular in Australia since the 1930s, and upon which the U.S candy is modelled. Somehow, Iron Smarty doesn't quite have the same ring to it.... ;)


Anyway, my sculpt of an Iron Zombie action figure proved a little more complex than I initially thought, the Super Sculpey not being tough enough to articulate without breakages I've had to make moulds of my sculpture and am casting it up in strong thermosetting plastic. So, while I'm pottering away with that I wanted to build something that would take a little less time and this is what came to mind.


Bemusingly, I know precisely how much time it took to sculpt Iron M & M since I whipped him up whilst watching an episode of the new British Robin Hood series, a fantasy time travel show called Life on Mars and a cracking good documentary on Atheism by the courageously rational Richard Dawkins. So, around two and a half to three hours, all up. Since I didn't need to articulate this wee bloke, the Sculpey was perfectly up to the task. Yes, I know Tony doesn't have his moustache and eyebrows on the outside of his face plate! It's a caricature, right?


Painting took a bit longer, since I used the Humbrol range of model kit enamels, which I thought would adequately replicate the toy/chocolate candy gloss that I wanted.


Yes, the back is detailed, and I even got carried away with the boot jets, but you'll see that in another photo soon.


The biggest problem with the photoshoot (which I wanted bright and comically lit) was making sure that nobody ate the bloody M & Ms (me included!). As it was, I ended up with one less red one than I needed to spell out TONY STARK, but then, that's what Photoshop is for, eh? Of course, I can stop eating these things any time.

Any. Time. Soon. Justonemore. 'N one after that for the road.....right?


Now, I wonder what a War M & M Machine would look like done like this? Hmm!






  • ROB JAN 8y

    Ta for the fave RodyNung!
  • Matt West 8y

    Sweet. Now that's what I call candied camera. If only the movie's producers would hire you to oversee the script-writing... ;O)
  • ROB JAN 8y

    LOL. I'm confident I could iron out the flaws Matt! Cheers! I'd offer you an M & M but I'm afraid they all gave their lives in the course of the post photoshoot wrap party....
  • LinBow 8y

    I find the image and the making of it very fascinatiing,another fantasy favorite!

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  • ROB JAN 8y

    Thanks very much LinBow, 'twas lots of tasty fun!
  • Pockafwye 8y

    You are a wizard of sculpey!
  • ROB JAN 8y

    LOL pockafwye, the Wizard of Oz or just plain Odd?

  • Ann Riggleman 8y

    I just like it OK? I think you should add a few more tags tho! *LOL*
  • ROB JAN 8y

    Ta very much Eowyn831.....

    I'd add more tags but Flickr won't let me! :)
  • ROB JAN 8y

    Ta for the fave Tama Leaver!
  • yeuxrouge 8y

    Bonjour, je suis un administrateur du groupe bikini bottom club, et nous aimerions beaucoup que vous ajoutiez votre photo à notre groupe.
  • ROB JAN 8y

    Thanks yeuxrouge, I've done that!
  • Krakitt 8y

    ha ha ha - the facial hair ON the mask is such a great touch :D :D :D
  • ROB JAN 8y

    He's obviously been drinking chocolate milk Krakitt! :)
  • ROB JAN 7y

    Cheers for the fave ecatoncheires!
  • ecpica 7y

    Such a fun photo! I'd like to take a nibble...on second thought, maybe I'll just pop him in my mouth :)
  • ROB JAN 7y

    Thanks ecipa!

    I bet you can't stop at eating just one! ;)
  • ROB JAN 7y

    Thanks for the fave gofaga1!
  • ROB JAN 7y

    Ta for the faves:






  • edward night 5y

    Truly art, can i eat it. This sir i say is thoe to be one of the treasures of the candy universe.
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