Thor: Ragnarok Hulk Key Chains (2017)

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I was pretty happy to happen upon two of these three figures in my local TRU.  The two helmet-less Hulks are available retail but the helmeted Hulk?  That little guy comes courtesy of the Marvel Collector Corps.  If you have yet to order this bad boy then you are missing out!  Go and order it now!  This is the littlest and not even close to the most awesome piece the MCC box has to offer!

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These tiny Hulks are as detailed as the regular (and even oversized) Pops but come in a tiny little package.  You’ll notice the hilarious little mistake that happened while packaging.  The Hulk in “leisure” wear comes in the Loki package.  Not sure how these little snafus happen but they are unique enough to be interesting.  Very rarely do these kind of mistakes make the piece more valuable – but they are still kind of cool.

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Go out and find these figures now as a lot of the Thor: Ragnarok merch seems to be disappearing out of the stores.  Having the Gladiator Hulk being such an integral part of Thor: Ragnarok’s success was a thrill – even if I wasn’t all that excited about how the Hulk was portrayed – because seeing the Hulk all over the place and offering up some of the more exciting toys is always the best!

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Marvel Legends/Universe Spider-Man 2099

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IMG_0656 (2)I’m glad that Miguel O’Hara had a second (and third, technically) series – and I’m even more excited that it was Peter David hired to tell his stories once again. Peter David wrote the original 46 issues of the first series and they had him continue his exploits (a mere 18 years later!) in the new series.  I always thought Miguel was a complex and entertaining character.  This is one of the few characters where I have every issue of his appearances.

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I don’t think they will ever do better than his original costume but the new threads weren’t so bad either.  I am in the camp of “new costume designs don’t make the book more exciting”.  I remember years ago when Spawn’s costume was redesigned and I laughed as it seemed like such a silly way to pump up readers.  This costume is pretty similar to the original – but I am a fan of the darker colored suit.

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Hulk and Banners – Over the Years

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I am still curious what it would have been like if Ed Norton continued on being the Hulk.  The man is an amazing actor and I think he did Banner right.  I’d be more upset of Ruffalo wasn’t killing it himself!  Either way, we get more Hulk coming our way this year in Avengers: Infinity War!  May can’t come soon enough!

Target Exclusive X-Large Gladiator Hulk (2017)

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I have been extremely impressed with Target when it comes to exclusives this past year.  I am also extremely impressed with my wife who found this humongous and impressive beast! She regaled a story of how she called every Target in the area until she found this big guy in stock.  She packed up my stuffy little son – who was staying home from preschool that day – and drove about an hour away to snag this monster!  She wrapped it up and stashed it under the Christmas tree.

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The crazy part is yet to come though… I told Olivia that I had heard many times that these huge Pop figures are arriving to Target with busted hammers.  If she were to come across a broken hammer Pop to snag it anyways and I will gladly glue the hell out of it.  She then drove the hour commute BACK to the Target the following day and found one with a broken hammer.  She was able to get it for a discounted price and when I arrived home that day she surprised me with it!

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These Pops are absolutely stunning and the perfect character to release in the over-sized ________.  Target released a 10″ Groot before this which was very cool and regularly sells for twice the retail.  I feel like the Hulk could possibly appreciate in the years to come – especially since there are quite a few showing up to the stores damaged.  If you’re a savvy shopper these guys should still be in the stores – but desperate people can find them on the bay just be prepared to pay $40-$60.

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So needless to say, my wife won major points this Christmas.  Not only did she find me a couple of 10″ Hulks (that sounds a little dirty) but she went the extra mile to get them.  Collecting all the Hulks from Thor: Ragnarok seemed a little daunting when everything was announced but ultimately I had fun tracking all the great stuff this time around.

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Add More Iron to your Diet: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Gluttony! Week 3

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That’s right – We’re dealing with more beans here! This time one of my all time favorite throw away Hulk jokes!  For the record – the Hulk is right.  Beans DO taste way better without the metal prongs of a fork!

Metal Hulk Figure (2017)

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More and more metal figures are being brought out and while it’s a fun and sort of different from the norm I don’t think metal figures aren’t really here to stay.  While still they are fun sculpts and brightly colored there isn’t any articulation and as you get the bigger figures they get heavier and heavier.  The tiny little figures like this might be affordable and cool enough – but other than adding to the collection of littles – there really isn’t much you can do with the Hulk.

Seeing as these little guys were buy one get one free I decided  snag a Spider-Man 2099 as well.  Not the classic costume (which is way better) but it’s still a cool piece.

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Marvel Collector Corps Exclusive Pops (2017)

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I’ll admit up front that these Pops aren’t in my collection anymore.  While I enjoy the subscription service I don’t usually need – or want – every Pop they offer.  I sold off most of them but these little guys ended up at my LCS.  I still like the service – although, I will tell you, if this next box doesn’t impress as much as the Hulk one does I will probably quit it.  Are any of the readers out there subscribers as well?  What do you guys think of it?  These Pops weren’t that bad – just did not fit into my theme at all.

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