Monthly Archives: March 2009

Marvel Universe Green Hulk Figure (2009)

Marvel Universe Green Hulk

Marvel Universe Green Hulk

This was one of the hardest figures to track down.  Even on the web this figure has shot up to $15 – $20.  That’s not a price I was willing to pay because… well, that’s just ridiculous!  But then I considered how much gas I’m using driving around to every toy store in a 50 mile radius – and, well, 1+1 = buy it off the web so I can sleep well at night!  But then, after a pretty exhaustive search, I found a great Internet toy shop that sold these figures for a VERY reasonable price – and while I thought the shipping was pretty high – I got it in 2 days in perfect condition!  Check out the toy store here: Chandler’s Toy Shop

Hulk has bug eyes!  AAAAAUUUUGGH!

Hulk has bug eyes! AAAAAUUUUGGH!

The only unfortunate thing about buying off the web is that I don’t get to pick out WHICH paint job is the best.  I am stuck with getting the one I ordered – and here it is – much like the other Hulk it’s pretty well sculpted – but the paint job really leaves something to be desired.  Not to mention – the price point is still a killer.  Marvel!  Listen!  Stop ripping off your fans!  Ugh…  I can’t believe I’m going to say this – but this is an area where DC does it right…

Back of Package

Back of Package

Anyways… I also just found out that there is going to be a Red Hulk figure for this line – coming out soon.  I wouldn’t bother seeking this out on the web – but if I see it in the store… I’ll weigh my options. 🙂

MU Red Hulk - Coming Soon...

MU Red Hulk - Coming Soon...

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Biggity BAM! Maestro Painted!

Maestro - of green Santa!

Maestro - of green Santa!

Click on the image to check out the fully painted Maestro statue!  This one is a must have!

Is anyone else going?

I will be attending the Boston Comic Con on Sunday (I tried to get there Saturday too – but couldn’t make it work out – so I will be there all day on Sunday!)  Who else is going?  Let me know!  If anyone else is going – maybe we can actually meet face to face!  Should be a good time – and one of my favorite artist is going to be there – Wamester!

Rampaging Hulk (1998) – The Review – Part 2

Rampaging Hulk #3

Rampaging Hulk #3

So, I will try to recall as much as I can here… in 1998 there were die-hard Hulk fans who were none to happy with the direction Peter David was taking their beloved hero.  Marvel’s answer to this was to bring back the Savage Hulk persona in a new series called The Rampaging Hulk.  While it didn’t do terrible by today’s standards, in 1998, in the midst of Marvel’s bankruptcy, it wasn’t considered a success and it was cancelled after 6 issues.  Too bad – it was actually pretty darn good.  I have gone back and given each issue a separate rating – so if you’re interested you should go back to Part 1 of the review 🙂  On to Part 2!

We join Ross and Talbot as they survey the damage that was caused from the Hulk / Ravage fight (from issue #2)  They have the freeze ray ready to go.  Elsewhere, we join Bruce Banner searching for Prof. Crawford in a residential area.  He finds him, half naked and unable to walk, and he asks Bruce for help.  Bruce gets him back to his house.  Bruce discusses trying to find a cure before sunset when Crawford will most likely turn back into Ravage.  Crawford lets Bruce know he has no intention of curing himself – he loved and longed for the power that he felt as Ravage.  Ross and Talbot show up looking for Bruce – Crawford gives him up pretty quickly and they shoot Bruce with a tranquilizer dart.  Without Bruce there to stop him Crawford wants to figure out how to be Ravage all the time! (Thrilling, intense music should be played at this part)  Bruce is being held, sedated, by the army.  Betty tries to talk to Bruce but he just asks her to leave.  Next, Thunderbolt Ross shows up and tells Bruce that there is a green monster destroying everything in his path.

Ravage is taking all sorts of pleasure in destroying whatever he can – and then the army shows up and starts to shoot him – but with little effect.  Ravage takes a helicopter down and then takes off.  Meanwhile, Bruce and Thunderbolt Ross are inspecting Crawford’s lab – where Ravage shows up and destroys his teleport pods.  Bruce tells him that he has ruined his chances for a cure – not to mention that he will return to being Crawford at sunrise.  Ravage says that there are prototype pods hidden away – and this pisses Bruce off pretty good.  He Hulks out and they begin to battle again – but this time Ravage is amazed at the Hulk’s strength.  The lab begins to crumble around them and the Hulk takes Ross to safety.  The classic moment comes outside of the lab when Ross and Hulk just stare at each other – Ross realizing that the being that he has hunted to destroy for so many years just saved his life.  As Ravage comes out of the building the army is there and hits him with the freeze ray.  As they are about to hit the Hulk they tell Ross to get out of the way.  Thunderbolt actually hesitates… before stepping aside.  But the Hulk jumps toward the freeze ray and destroys it, then he leaps away.  Talbot tells Ross at least they were able to get Ravage.  Ross continues to wonder if he had let the Hulk get away by hesitating.

This is a pretty decent issue – I actually enjoy the art very much – and the story gets better as it went along.  B-

Rampaging Hulk #4

Rampaging Hulk #4

In issue 4, we have a guest penciler – I really liked Rick Leonardi’s pencils but Dave Ross does the Hulk justice – even though there are certain shots that he makes the Hulk look like a retarded child.  The Hulk sits a top a mountain thinking about how he hates everyone.  Or, more to the point, how he just wants to be left alone.  We join little Danny and his Father as they are cooking dinner.  Danny hears the Hulk’s screaming which his father mistakes for the wind.  Hulk begins to have a tantrum and jump around which causes an avalanche (hence, the cover)  The avalanche covers the cabin that Danny and his father are in, trapping them.  Meanwhile, back at Gamma Base Betty and her father argue about him spending his life searching for the Hulk rather than spending it with his family.  They continue to examine Ravage for clues to how to get the Hulk while Talbot spends time with Col. Reeves, a visitor from the Pentagon.  Reeves is unimpressed with the new cell claiming that no cells have held the Hulk yet – what makes this one different (he is so right!) and tells Talbot how he’d deal with the Hulk once and for all.  He’d wait till the Hulk transformed back into Banner – and then he’d shoot Banner in the head. (Which is actually how Frank Castle handled the Hulk in The Punisher Kills Off the Marvel Universe)

Danny and his Father, whose name, we find out, is Mitch Bennett, have a new visitor – a half naked Bruce Banner comes tumbling into the cabin.  Bruce and Mitch notice the cabin starting to crumble under the weight of all the snow – they decide they need to try and get out – but Bruce also remarks on how much Mitch loves his son – not like his Father, a jealous, rage-filled man who hated Bruce for needing love and attention from his Mother.  As the cabin continues to crumble Bruce, Mitch and Danny start to head up the tunnel that the Hulk left behind.  As they travel higher and higher Bruce gets more and more worried.  They make it to the top – but just as they do Danny slips and falls and knocks Bruce down behind him.  Mitch sees the Police and Rangers looking for them – he calls them over to help.  The Hulk bursts from the snow with Danny safely tucked under his arm.  As the Police are looking through the snow Bruce shows up with Danny – Mitch scoops him up into his arms and thanks Bruce for saving his son.  And then the Police begin to cuff Mitch.  Bruce asks what’s going on – and Mitch confesses that he kidnapped Danny from his Mother because of a custody battle he didn’t think was going to go his way.  Bruce is stunned.  Meanwhile, back at Gamma Base Talbot and Ross have called in a few recruits to help locate the Hulk – The Fantastic Four!

Dave Ross - is this the Hulk or a Green Sloth from Goonies?

Dave Ross - is this the Hulk or a Green Sloth from Goonies?

This is a classic type story complete with a twist ending you don’t see coming – and to throw the FF into the mix?  Pure gold!  A-

Come back tomorrow for… I will give you a hint – he’s green and 3 inches tall…

What If?… #45 (1984) – The Review

What If?  #45

What If? #45

What if the Hulk went berserk?  Doesn’t the Hulk go berserk on a regular basis?  That’s like asking “What is Spiderman used sarcasm?”  That’s like asking “What if Wolverine had no memory of his origin?”  That’s like asking “What if Power Girl had huuuugge boobs?”  Hulk goes berserk – that’s what he does! 

The basis of this story replaces the regular origin of the Hulk with the scenario where Bruce is just a little too late in saving Rick Jones.  The Gamma-Bomb goes off a second earlier and BOTH Bruce and Rick are caught in the blast.  This, for some reason, makes Bruce still turn into the Hulk – but now Rick and the Hulk are psychically linked.  Rick is fine, mind you, no Hulk-outs – just linked to the Hulk.  So the Hulk knows when Rick is hurt – and the army does hurt him.  First they give him a shot – which he cried like a baby about – and then they electrocuted him to lure the Hulk back to the Army Base.  Well, it worked, the Hulk did come back – but only after they electrocuted Rick… to death.  Thunderbolt Ross feels bad – but Talbot is there to tell him that Jones was a casualty.  (What a softy) 

Without Rick in Hulk’s head all of a sudden the Hulk goes on a destruction bender!  He begins to throw missiles at the helicopters – and Ross decides that they need some outside help.  That means the FF comes in to help.  The Human Torch tries to take him out – but Hulk literally blows him out.  Like a candle.  It’s kind of awesome.  Hulk takes the FF on – but then when the Thing battles with the Hulk they land near a ICBM silo.  The missile goes off and out of the fire comes Bruce and Ben – IN HUMAN FORM! – But Bruce becomes the Hulk suddenly and snaps Ben’s neck.  The Human Torch comes blazing in – only to have the Hulk swat him away like a fly, killing him.  Iron Man and Thor come to help out.  Hulk destroy the circuits that keep Tony’s heart beating – and he dies.  Man, this is horrific!  Thor comes in to save the day.  They tussle for just a bit before Thor snaps the Hulk’s neck.  As the Hulk turns back into Banner, Thor gives him a honorable death and burns him up with lightning.  Ross tells Talbot that they have much to atone for.

It’s a pretty decent issue – but let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room – Thor snapping Hulk’s neck?  WTF?  While I am glad that they used Thor to beat him – because let’s be honest here – if someone is going to beat the Hulk it should be a god.  But man, it just seemed too easy!  Ridonkulous!  Ricockulous even!  Issue: C

Hulk Hopper Ball (2003)

Hopper Ball!

Hopper Ball!

I really prefer to find Hulk items that aren’t from the 2003 movie.  So much crap was made sometimes it’s hard to sort through.  That being said – this thing is awesome – not so much because of the Hulk image or the fact that Hulk is on it at all – but because these toys absolutely ROCK!  Who didn’t love these bad boys?  I’ll admit it – without any shame – I totally tried to bounce on this.  I also found out that I’m a little too large.  My niece and my nephew freakin’ love riding this toy around the den – but I just fall backward.  Who cares though – with the upcoming papoose I need to horde these kind of toys so that my little one will be able to have the kind of childhood that EVERY child should have!  Filled with comics, Hulk Action figures and Hopper Balls!

Yellow Hopper Ball - What up now?

Yellow Hopper Ball - What up now?

Hulk Window Cling (2008)

Hulk Window Cling

Hulk Window Cling

Here is why ebay is so great.  I would never have been able to snatch this Japanese import up if ebay wasn’t around.  Tis’ true – ebay as of late is pretty sparse of any real deals to be had – seems like the only auctions on there right now are from ebay stores.  Or they are just plain crazy, like this guy, but this seller not only offered this for a cheap price but also offered Free Shipping!  Woo-Hoo!  Who remembers the when those stuffed Garfield window clings were all the rage?  Man, I hate that stupid orange cat.  But back to this item.  If you look at the head it looks exactly like the first ML Hulk’s head.  But this is a midget Hulk – can you imagine is they created the Hulk as a midget?  Man, that would have been kind of cool!  Maybe not…

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Side View