The Avengers toys are now hitting the shelves! I was lucky enough to walk into my local TRU and pick up a few figures – all Hulk related. The original figures I saw only had Iron Man and Cap – and those figures were all on vehicles – but the stand alone figures are now on the pegs and the first Hulk figure released is called the Gamma Smash Hulk!
The Positive: Well, one of the things I really like on this figure is that the neck joint allows you to actually swivel the head from side to side rather than only letting you turn the head to a degree that signifies puzzlement:
The sculpt is rather unique to the Avengers movie – which is nice to be able to recognize where your figure is from simply by a quick glance – but other than that we move onto:
The Negative: Let’s start with the tan pants. Tan? Really? Would be so hard to throw some purple pants on this bad boy? Or even blue? I would settle for blue! But that’s just me being nit-picky – let’s move onto a more substantial grievance. The MU line seems to pride itself on giving the customers as much detail and articulation as possible while raping them on the cost – but the same can not be said about the Avengers line. Avengers Hulk has 10 points of articulation to the MU Hulk’s 16. That’s a whole lot LESS posing you can do with this figure.
The 3″ figures also cost MORE than the 2008 6″ figures did. At least at TRU where they are retailed for $9.99. Ten bucks for a small figure seems unreasonable – am I the only one who thinks these prices are getting outrageous?!?! So – to recap in the slightest – We get less detail, less articulation, less figure (as in size) and we pay more… something is off here.
The Conclusion: Sadly, this line is not getting high praise but, thankfully, if you are only looking to get the Hulk items it won’t be too hard as most of the figures seem to be dedicated to the Cap and Iron Man. Grade: C-