Out of all the artists that I have met not one ever matched up to the graciousness and spirit of who was the seminal Hulk artist of all time, Herb Trimpe. It is with great sadness that I report that Herb passed away Tuesday. I will never forget meeting and talking with this great artist and man who talked about his past with such great enthusiasm.
The world lost a true talent. He will be missed.
These Eaglemoss pieces seem to get bigger and bigger! The company that just released the chess pieces also released a large figure along with “fact files” which is a decent take on the magazines that they released with the lead figures. Even though the lead figures are much smaller they are so much heavier! Of course, that shouldn’t be surprising since the lead figure is… well, lead and this new figure is solid resin.
Still hand painted and well sculpted we are served up a raging Hulk screaming with raw power! The full color magazine contains the history of the Hulk up to recent times – which is awkward since there is quite a bit of recent stuff I’d like to forget.
If there is one thing that keeps me loyal to a company it’s when release after release is full of quality and has a commanding presence. Even the lead figure is small but is attention grabbing. The best part is that these are affordable. Usually ranging around the $30-$40 range these figures don’t break the bank!
This was worth the wait – seriously – I can’t express just how excited I was not only to find this figure but also on just how well the figure is done. I will address the two slight issues that people seem to have in a bit – but first let me just gush over this great release just a little longer. When the original Avengers was released we were served with a 3″3/4 figure that wasn’t high on detail and had tan pants… which, granted, was obviously movie accurate but still didn’t sit right with most pure Hulk fans.
The pants still aren’t the “classic” purple but they are, again, accurate. This time, they are darker and look better and I am sort of intrigued on what they are all about. When first seeing the new Hulk it struck me as being reminiscent of the Marvel Select Avengers Hulk – which was a breath of fresh air after the “3/34 figure – it is a great figure and to have the new Hulk remind me of that – well, I was ecstatic. The snarling and ape-ish face feels authentic to the power that the Hulk displays in the movies.
This figure hits a 10 on almost every scale that people rate action figures on. The articulation, the paint job, the sculpt and the pose-ability are all top notch. The issues I’ve heard from people is that the chest doesn’t match the arms completely. The paint color isn’t off by much if at all so it’s barely noticeable. The other slight complaint I’ve heard is that the ball joints in the hips give him a bow-legged look. This, again, is barely noticeable and the ball joints really give the figure versatility that you just don’t get otherwise!
Not to mention – at the time of purchase – Target was offering a Buy one Get one 50% off for all Marvel figures. So, that was a major plus!
Grade on this figure: A
Keep an eye out peeps! I just scored the new Marvel Legends Hulk – review coming sometime this weekend – from the Avengers line – it is pretty great and should be easy to find. They are case packed with 2 Hulks, 2 Iron Man and then 1 of everyone else… but like I said – KEEP AN EYE OUT!
I told you I was going to step up my game here – and it looked like it worked this time around! No one guessed that this was from The New Avengers: Fireline #6
If no one guesses the answer by tomorrow I will post the answer! Good luck!
Eaglemoss was the company that released the lead figures. The Marvel Universe line was beginning to scrape the bottom of the obscure barrel as more and more unknown characters were being produced. A smarter route might have been to save some of the more popular characters and space them out between the obscure characters through out the year. Either way, one of the statements made by Eaglemoss was they were not going to re-issue characters. While this was great news that we weren’t going to end up with 15 different Spider-Men – we also didn’t get the different personalities of the Hulk.
They did release the Leader, Abomination (on a different base, which still drives me nuts to this day! WHY? Why did you so this to the anal collectors like myself!) Valkyrie, Doc Samson, Absorbing Man, Constrictor and more – all of which I have and love. Problem is… where do you go from there? Well, we have the answer:
Chess pieces! True to Eaglemoss’ word they never re-released a character in the lead form, instead they started a new (and somewhat ingenious) line of chess pieces. For one reason or another they decided to release the Hulk and She Hulk together. This is not a problem – as I most likely would have picked up both anyways – but other people don’t even have the choice!
The best part, as usual, is the collector book it comes with covering the history of the two characters – but I will say I was disappointed with the choice of art for the cover. Why cut and paste these two together when we already have a fantastic piece of art that contains both of these characters? The Adam Kubert masterpiece from Marvel Vision #18 which is absent from the whole book.
Marvel did release a chess set a while back but the pieces are not up to the standard that these pieces are. The original set had the Hulk and Abomination squaring off – which was cool – but the She Hulk companion piece here is so amazing looking! Another set was released in 2003 with a Hulk piece as well – but the Eaglemoss figure still blows it away!