Yes, I finally got it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to so early – I thought I would be waiting a year for the prices on these to drown – but I was able to talk an ebay seller, who was selling the busts he had at an already ridiculously low price, down another $10 to a price I was happy to pay. It’s not that this is a bad piece at all – but it is not, IMO, worth the retail price of $95.
The Positive: The sculpt is classic. I am not sure how many times Bowen can sculpt Hulk and come out with something amazing – but I have a feeling this is not the last time we will see it! The ripped shirt adds on a bit of substance to the top – which is WAY better than Red’s bust – but in comparison to the original Hulk bust – this one tops it. While the original is still exciting because it is the piece that started it all, every piece since has been somewhat better – from intricate bases to larger pieces to adding arms and almost the full torso – the original piece looks archaic. But it seems like, with this new release, we’re going backward – which brings us to:
The Negative: I think these were experiments – something Bowen was trying to see might catch on. Consider this experiment failed because I don’t think these pieces have moved very well at all. My LCS is still holding on to both pieces with no end in sight. The problem? Well, like I stated before, it’s not the sculpt. The issue is the base. The fact that it is at least 80% of the whole piece makes this look like a chess piece rather than a bust. The more unfortunate thing is that the base is nothing to scream at. It’s a very plain, very ordinary base. But overall, the busts are somewhat unique – if not for the price – I think these would have sold very well!
The Conclusion: If you can get this bust for a really great price – then do it – I don’t see this piece ever really catching on but it’s a really great sculpt. But whatever you do – DON’T pay retail on this – it’s just not worth the price. Check ebay – some sellers are giving decent deals already. Grade: C+
P.S. – As you noticed, I did not post yesterday – I was still mourning the Pats loss in the SB – and this may the only post this week – sorry – but I am getting a very big delivery for the Hulk room (not Hulk related) and yes, I will post pics when the dust settles. If I can find time to post, I will, but if not – no fear - I will be back next week!
One more shot – a comparison!