This is the one I was waiting for! Out of all the Hulks released by BD – this was the one I knew I had to get – no matter what! And BD really has outdone himself with this one! Earlier Hulk statues have had a rocky base – and while that makes sense to the Hulk – and display wise it helps that they are all similar – but this time around Bowen went crazy with the bases. First off, the Retro Green Hulk had pretty normal base – it was unique in it’s own way – but similar to the others, but then the Grey Hulk came out and blew me away! The desert base just rocked beyond anything I had ever seen – and that was just the beginning…
The Maestro shows up and completely blows me away in a new way! All of the characters that appear on the base is outstanding! So, now we get to the Planet Hulk base. I want something that tells part of the story – and this does just that! The spikes tentacles, the alien skulls, the rocky, desert scene – all straight out of the comic! Can you tell I am excited about this statue? Even better? All the options available to display it. See, the shield is held on by magnets – so displaying without is easy – but so is the HUGE ax that the Hulk comes with. It can attach to his back but ALSO – the axe fits snugly into the base and looks bad ass near his feet.
One of things I look for is accuracy – and with the Hulk it’s not too hard to get it – usually you are looking for purple, ripped pants, sometimes a ripped white shirt, and a green (or grey) monster looking to kick some butt. But the Planet Hulk isn’t as easy as that – with Planet Hulk he really needs to be shown in his gladiator get-up – helmet is a must, the mace or axe and shield should be included, but the most important is the obedience disc.
The disc is what makes the story fit into continuity so well – because the Hulk would never be able to be contained without something holding him down. The disc is what kept the Hulk fighting. The Hulk is a survivor, no matter what, and he will do what he needs to to live. In this story, the Hulk almost started to enjoy fighting everyday against a new enemy – only waiting to get his shot at the Red King. And then, when he was freed from the disc – the story got a whole lot more interesting! So, yeah, the disc, to me, is pretty important!
Now, I have all 4 of the “real” Hulk statues that Bowen has realeased this past phase – and I can’t say enough good things about them! The killer is, is that Bowen has already been asking around for what people might be interested in if he has a NEW Hulk statue in the upcoming phase. I think more and more people have been saying Fixit – to which I say, yes please! That or a merged Hulk would make me a very happy fellow!