Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why does the Tony Stark minifigure in this Lego set have one red arm?
Dear Always Following Ored Leaders,
Great random question! It looks like Tony is only partially wearing his suit in this Lego set. According to one description, "Stark wears a plain black outfit and wears part of his Iron Man Mark 8 suit. The chest is printed with a trapezoidal chest plate from the Iron Man Mark 8, along with some printed silver armor and muscle detail. Stark also comes with one dark red armored arm and an Iron Man helmet."
Not really sure why they decided to go with the half-and-half instead of the full suit.
-guppy of doom
Dear Adult Fan of Lego,
Okay, so guppy is right—the arm is red because the minifigure is supposed to be in partial armor.
But like she says, it's kind of unclear why. My first thought was that it was just trying to capture Tony's transformation into Iron Man, like in this scene. There are lots of cool transformation scenes in the Iron Man movies, so that would make sense. Allen "Tormentalous" Tran on thebrickfan.com seems to have the same idea, saying that the figure is "Tony Stark in a mid-transformation."
There are also a few times in the movies when Tony ends up with just the arm of an Iron Man suit on, like at the end of the "House Party Protocol" battle in Iron Man III, so I also thought the partial armor might be referencing that.
However, what doesn't make sense to me is why the description guppy referenced, as well as Allen "Tormentalous" Tran, would say that it is the Mark VIII suit. According to the Iron Man fandom wiki of Mark VIII, the Mark VIII suit was basically just in storage from the time it was built until it was activated with all the other suits for House Party Protocol. Then at the end of the battle (while Tony is lying on the ground with the arm of some other armor on), Mark VIII targets Pepper Potts because of her Extremis heat signature, so Pepper destroys it by punching it with her Extremis-induced fire hands, puts one of the arms on, and uses it to kill Aldrich Killian.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is that if anyone should be wearing just one arm of Mark VIII, it is Pepper Potts.