Boy, my TRU is just filling up with Avengers stuff! While I picked up the figure and Minni Muggs last week, I walked into my TRU today and they had this big guy! Well, “big” may not be the right word. He’s certainly bigger than the regular figures but it’s much smaller than the 12″ roto-cast toys we had in years past. In fact – he’s the same size as the Wal-Mart exclusive 8″ that we had in 2008 – just with a lot less articulation and detail but WITH a voice box.
The Positive: Well, like I stated – this guy comes with a voice box! He says “Hulk smash… Hulk smash Thor! (Crash!)… Let’s go smash!… Hulk ready for fight!” Now – look where the quotation marks begin – and where they end. That’s right – he says all those things – one after another – with one press of his poorly defined abs. He also says “You want more?”, “Avengers Assemble!”, “Nothing can stop the Hulk!” When you squeeze his legs together he growls – then there is more smashing and car alarms (car alarms?!? Yes, car alarms) and after a moment he says “Let’s go smash!… Hulk ready for fight!” I do like the voice – it’s better than ony of the talk toys we got with the 2008 movie.
Also – the head sculpt is really nice looking. The expression isn’t full of rage – but they didn’t make the mistake of sculpting him with an open “screaming” mouth. I think the body could have been a little more defined – and the larger figure has ll these little lines scored all over the body. I am not sure if that’s better or not – but it certainly isn’t a negative.
The Negative: I think the toys for this movie are more aimed toward children than they are collectors. The best toy lines are the ones that toe that line perfectly – this toy line is leaning too much to one side. These toys are less detailed, less articulated and over all less impressive than the lines of the past.
The body on the Hulk is a little soft – not ripped enough – and on some spots look downright flabby. Hey – I get that this is a different Hulk – but why are we getting a Hulk who’s a little out of shape? Not to mention – this figure – you can’t really pose him except standing there. Both of the arms move together, you can’t twist him at the waist – you can’t even bend his knees! The price, again, a little high, is $22.99 for an action-less action figure. But hey – at least we’re not getting another “light up cross-eyed” version of the Hulk!
The Conclusion: So far the best thing we’ve gotten from the Avengers line is the Mini Muggs. If you are not a fanatic like me – don’t bother picking this guy up. Grade: C