Kotobukiya Hulk Movie Statue (2008)

Koto Hulk Statue

Koto Hulk Statue

I look like this with my shirt off... holding a Hummer.

I look like this with my shirt off... holding a Hummer.

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.

Are Hulk's gums bleeding?

Are Hulk's gums bleeding?

Base - shot 1

Base - shot 1

Base - shot 2 - didn't get any better, did it?

Base - shot 2 - didn't get any better, did it?

Did Hulk have an accident?

Did Hulk have an accident?

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.

You can see the seam - can't you?  I know I can

You can see the seam - can't you? I know I can

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.

Side view

Side view

Back

Back

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.

Koto Hulk vs SS LSB

Koto Hulk vs SS LSB

Koto Hulk vs. SS Green Scar

Koto Hulk vs. SS Green Scar

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.

14 responses to “Kotobukiya Hulk Movie Statue (2008)

  1. hey Ratch-Hi fromN.J.-I have this statue and I kinda like it,what I’m not happy with is the companion piece to this,the ABOMINATION(I hated his look in the movie-and the statue is worse) he’s to lanky,the way his left arm is posed up and his right leg is kicked out in the back it looks like he’s in a ballet rather than a battle!Also I tried putting the two bases of these figures together and there’s no way they go together(to form a battle scene)…even the white stripe in the road doesn’t line up so having them face each other doesn’t really work out,the only good thing about this piece is that it came with the “alternate” HULK battle head,which shoulda came with the HULK piece.(I know I’m being picky).I also just got today SideShow’s GREEN SCAR vs. the SILVER SAVAGE-the detail is INCREDIBLE-but the SURFER is hard to see-it’s like he’s hiding under his board-I know he’s using it as a shield,but it covers him up a bit too much(I know being picky again)-what do you think?-Mike

    • Hey Pup – I was just in NJ this past weekend! Saw Corry at Zapp. Will be heading back over there not this weekend but the next.

      Anyways, I love the SS dio – I will be posting that on Friday – I found a way to pose the Surfer so that you can see him but it still looks like they are in a battle. The best thing that SS did was they seperated the bases so that you can do what you like with each piece.

  2. I have this piece too and I’m not 100% happy with it either, but I seen worst renditions of the Hulk in toys so I’m OK with it. I also have that Hulk bust you have and I’m not crazy about the mouth either, it’s all wrong. Too much teeth and gum ratio.

  3. with a half decent paint job it could be passable….with a push. send him over to me and ill fix him up for ya 🙂

  4. Hey 465–I’m totally with you on the teeth-to-gum ratio on Sideshow’s Legendary Scale Hulk bust. It’s alarmingly Arsenio Hallesque. But–when you realize that it is based off of Carlo Pagulayan’s Planet Hulk, it does kind of resemble it.
    But, yeah–too much teeth and too much gums.

    And Ratch–don’t you think the skin on the Koto was an attempt to replicate the tissue-thin look of the Hulk’s skin in the movie? The 2008 movie Hulk was so vascular that you could see every single muscle striation and vein.

    • You know, it could be – I have to say though… I like the LSB. When you see it in person it looks a lot better – yes, the teeth are 75% of his face – but it does look better in person…

      • I agree 100%. It does not photograph well. Same for the Mike Hill/Alex Ross 1:1 bust. Both look better in person…but even the Sideshow promotional photos of the LSB (which their photos are usually top-notch) didn’t look as good as the bust in person. But, alas, as any boob-man can tell you, busts always look better in person…

    • Boob man… HA! We are one in the same fiddy!

  5. 5150- GOOD TO HAVE YOU ON BOARD, FINALLY! HA!

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