With the year coming to a close it’s the perfect time to reflect and discuss this year’s Hulk items! What was a disappointment? What was an unexpected winner of this year? Let’s begin with some of this year’s Hulk toys!
Who else can admit that they loved the Hokey Pokey Hulk? When it was first announced it was sure to be a hit! Although the price was a bit steep, with the year closing you can now find these guys for a better price. Everything about this original Hulk toy was unique. The box design – cracked in half in the back – is just as important as the toy itself! The Hulk bends, he punches in the air, he dances! Screw that stupid dancing Elmo doll! The Hulk sings the classic Hokey Pokey song – but wait! What is this? Right hand in? Right hand out? Then SMASH it all about? Oh Hells yeah! With the Hulk smash hands being the breakout hit of the 2003 movie – I thought this was sure to be the hit of this one! Maybe “hit” is a strong word – but I really liked it! Speaking of those Smash Hands…
In 2003 the Hulk smash hands hit the shelves and an amazing new toy was born! Toys that you could punch your brother in the face with? And he would only mildly get hurt? Sweet! Fast forward to 2008 and we start getting pictures of the NEW Hulk Smash Hands – and they look awesome! Then they hit the shelves… and… well, they are cloth rather than that spongy material. Strike one. Only one of the hands actually makes Hulk sounds. Strike two. They are made for child’s hands – adults are having a hard time slipping their paws inside! BIG strike three! Uh-Oh… trouble on the horizon… these hands sat on the shelves. People just weren’t happy. People wanted the old Hulk hands back! I was one of them. But speaking of smash hands…
Well here’s something we haven’t seen! Abomination Smash Hands! Now they are still made of cloth, Boo. But the coloring, the size, the Abomination sound clips! This is a little more like it! Can you imagine these puppies being made back when the first Smash Hands appeared? I swear that they would have been the most highly sought after toys ever! Even these, being Wal-Mart exclusives, were pretty hard to find. The Wal-Mart near me didn’t even get these in yet. If you were lucky enough you got a pair.
I know many people are fans of the Transformer series. The whole idea of taking other properties and turning them into Transformers themselves seemed like a pretty great idea – but then you see them. The Hulk turns into a tank? A tank? He spends his whole life running from the army – who uses tanks! I guess you could look at it like it’s an ingenious plan really – hide amongst your enemies – but then you have to STAY with your enemies! Logistics aside, the Transformer itself is very clumsy. People have reported that it’s difficult enough to transform back and forth but the Hulk really doesn’t look too much like the Hulk when he does change. This toy does get kudos for having the green and grey variant – with no red variant in sight – but that’s not enough to help this toy into the best category.
The Mighty Muggs came on the scene this year with a vengeance! And early in the run we got our little green Goliath! Thank goodness we got him early because the later series seem to have muscle detail on their bodies – which doesn’t fit with their little pot bellies. These simply designed toys are extremely easy to customize – which is nice since we don’t get any paint variants with this series. I’d love to see a Fixit customization – but all I have seen is the Red Hulk. Boo. Come-on people! Pay tribute to what paved the way!
Tune in for Best and Worst Part 2 later this week!