This statue was doomed from the beginning – starting with the fact that they chose to make half the statue a freakin’ hummer rather than a bigger Hulk. They also made this statue with a change-o-head feature that was disastrous from the very start. I mean, really, how are you supposed to hide the seam on a neck when the character doesn’t even wear a shirt? And the pose? How uncomfortable must he be holding that pose? His head is tilted, knees bent, holding a hummer… this looks just plain bad.
Let’s get to the base of this statue, shall we? Here we have the opportunity to make a decent street base – but instead it looks fake – it doesn’t even look like an actual road! The paint job is strange to say the least. There seems to be a “dirty” wash over his entire body. And don’t even get me started about the skin texture! Can someone introduce this guy to a pumice stone? So, here I am complaining about this statue yet I have it in my collection… why, why you ask? Well, it’s actually a simple story.
See, my LCS is a decent place to get some products – but without even asking they purchase Hulk items thinking I will just buy them. I am a maniac when it comes to the green Goliath – but I also have taste – which means that I refused to purchase this statue for full retail. Full retail, by the way, is $175. Crazy, right? It’s scale compared to other statues alone makes it undesirable – let alone paying $200 for it. But okay – when it was released and I was pressed to come up with a reasonable price that I would pay for it I said $50. I thought I was being generous with that amount. Well, this past week I went to my LCS and saw this guy in the clearance case with a big sign that said 65% off. Some quick calculations and I figured out that the statue would run about $60 – not far off my buying price – so I took the plunge.
Funny enough I was close to buying the Koto Hulk movie bust at another store until the guy there told me the price – keep in mind it generally goes for $30 on ebay – yeah, well, this guy was asking $80. Without even thinking I laughed out loud when he told me the price – then I felt a little embarrassed… for him – and left store.
Let’s leave this post with a positive note. I’m glad I picked this piece up because I have something from the 2008 movie that I will display with my high end collectibles. Also – the scale isn’t far off of SS latest Hulk dio – but let’s remember, that comes with another whole figure. That’s about it.