Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas!
Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Merry Christmas!
A fellow Hulk collector – who was generous enough to let me show his collection here – by the name of Jade Giant has had some bad luck befall him. He had some original Artwork stolen. The art was taken right out of the mailing packages. So please, Hulk fans keep an eye out for these pages – if anyone notices them pop up on ebay or something – please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave the link right below in the comments. I know Dave is a frequenter of this site so he’ll see it. Thanks Hulk fans!
It’s Christmas Eve! It’s time to rejoice! Well, I have two Hulk stockings to show off – the first, at the top, is kind of cool – a huge Hulk face! Hulk seems to be screaming “HULKY CHRISTMAS!” I’m not sure what the purple tip is supposed to be. I found this at Newbury Comics next to a Spiderman/Wolverine Santa hat. I searched all over for a Hulk Santa hat but didn’t find one. Bummer. I like the stockings of course but I don’t have a Hulk Santa hat and now I want one!
The second stocking is the better one – it actually has a little Hulk head poking out from the top and his hands coming out from the side and… are those his abs ripping through the stocking front? Wow. His abs actually ripped through the cloth in the front of the stocking? Mine could do that… maybe. He even has a little Hulk ‘fro that isn’t green, isn’t brown – it’s a color that I have never seen before. Merry Christmas everyone!
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!
I probably screamed like a little girl when I got my copy of #181 – but I’m not sure if this guy is happy about the comic or if he’s upset because he lost his chin!
I picked this up at the Boston Comic Con back on Nov. 2nd. (if that doesn’t show you how much I am backed up in showing stuff…) I picked it up from Norman Lee – who is also the person who signed it at the bottom. The Hulk image itself is great – there was too many to choose from – but I loved this one. Talking with Norman Lee, he seemed like a nice guy, pretty easy to talk to and willing to do commissions and such – it just seemed to be a bit pricey for my taste. So I am happy with the print. If you’d like to check out his other works you can go here
What If…? The series that can tell the stories without the pesky problems of continuity and such. And this story takes place during one of the greatest Marvel events ever! The Infinity Gauntlet! Thanos has just wiped out half of the living beings in the universe to impress Death. As Kang is on Earth fighting the heroes he disappears – more than that – he dies, along with Ghost Rider and a few other heroes. That explains why Iron Man is part of the new FF rather than Ghost Rider. Before I go on – everyone knows of the storyline where Spiderman, Hulk, Ghost Rider and Wolverine took over the FF, right? If not, go check out some back issues because it’s a great story. Anyways, is this reality Dr. Strange and Warlock and the Surfer show up to the Baxter Building to explain the situation. The new FF laugh off the idea of Thanos being so powerful. Suddenly, they find themselves face to face with him. They threaten and talk big all while Thanos explains why he did what he did. Real quick, Thanos? he wouldn’t have even bothered with these heroes. They would be like flies that he’d swat off. The fact that they even are allowed to talk to him was a stretch of this story. But hey! We go on…
Thanos struts his stuff once again, killing off half of the entire Milky Way. He also separated Banner and the Hulk – one of the best lines is where the Hulk says “Big Deal, I had a tape worm” Great stuff! Wolverine notices the interaction that Mephisto has with Thanos just as Thanos sends the heroes back to their homes. The FF argue with Warlock and company as to what the best next move is. The FF decides to use Reed’s technology, with the aide of Bruce Banner, to build a portal back to where Thanos is. They get back just in time to see the Celestials ready to take on Thanos. Wolverine steps up to talk to Thanos. As the heroes all attack Wolverine talks Thanos into getting rid of Mephisto. None of the heroes attacks even come close to helping – but Iron Man has Hulk take Galactus’ armor and put it through the portal. Bruce and Tony make it so that it becomes a HUGE Iron Man that successfully lands one blow to Thanos. But just one. Wolverine meanwhile tricks Thanos into wanting to touch Mistress Death. Just as Thanos is about to – Wolverine hacks his whole arm off and takes the Infinity Gaunlet while Hulk knocks him out. Handing the Gaunlet off to Spiderman who reverses all of the bad that Thanos had done. And Thanos ends up just as he did in regular Marvel continuity.
Overall, it’s a fun story. If you don’t take a lot of the stuff in it as true to the Marvel universe then the story is a really fun read – worth picking up! B-