It was just a matter of time before they made the Abomination – with the Hulk, the grey Hulk and the Leader all present it’s only fitting that they released the Abomination here in the States before the year is through. I say here in the States because these figurines, all painted in lead paint – yes it’s harmful – but only if you digest it, so keep these out of your mouths, are actually made and released overseas. Only specialty comic shops carry these, so you most likely won’t find them in any major chain stores.
They are obviously taking a little more interest into making bases for these figures – I like bases with a little more pizazz – I like figures that tell a bit of a story rather than just standing there. As you can tell comparing the Hulk’s standard black base to the Abomination’s rocky rubble base. Abomination holding the steel pipe ready to knock the be-jesus out of someone is a perfect pose. The Leader was posed in his classic pose but the Abomination doesn’t have what we can call a “classic” pose – so just showing aggression is as good as any.
The great thing about the little collectible booklet that comes with these figures are the time lines of their story in the comics. You can follow their every move – like, for example, I wasn’t aware that immediately following his debut in comics he went to Thor’s comic and then right back to Hulk’s. The later 80’s and 90’s had Abomination popping in and out of a bunch of comic heroes. West Coast Avengers, Hawkeye, Spiderman, Namor, X-Man, X-Men – and then of course came the Betty saga. I wonder if Peter David meant for the Abomination to kill Betty? I wonder if he laid the groundwork for such a memorable moment in Hulk history.
UPDATE: I emailed PD and he in fact confirmed that he always intended for the Abomination to be the one who killed Betty. Kudos to Peter David for emailing back fans with such silly questions…