For some reason – maybe I just wasn’t paying attention – but I thought we were getting full sized Muggs again. So I was a little disappointed when I saw what we were actually getting. That being said – I had to change my perspective and review what we have rather than what I thought I was getting! So:
The Positive: I know these muggs aren’t exactly known for their sculpts because they all come from the same mold (that’s part of their charm, IMO) so these little guys have to be based solely on their paint-ups. One of the best things is to see that they didn’t double dip. Each little fig has a new design!
For a second I thought that the Hulk that came in the Hulk/Abomination 2-pack was the same as the Hulk that came in the Avengers 5-pack – but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is a new paint up as well. They gave the new Hulk angry eyes rather than the wide open “What did I just eat?” eyes.
Similarly, the singular Hulk has sort of a classic, Kirby feel to it. The troglodyte, inquisitive look on his face screams silver-age to me. The olive color isn’t exactly my favorite – but it looks good on this little guy.
Abomination has a decent design as well – believe it or not they did paint on ears – he looks very Killer Croc-ish – but without adding to the sculpt there wasn’t much they could do to avoid that. I am psyched about these 2-packs because it gives us an enemy for the Hulk – something the original Muggs never gave us.
The Negative: It seems like I have been complaining over and over about the prices of things these days.. and… well, this won’t be any different. While the singles are $6.99 the two packs are $15.99. The math doesn’t add up there – if one is $7 shouldn’t 2 be $14? I think the singles should be $4.99 IMO – but I can accept the $6.99 price but the two packs? That’s harder to swallow.
Nevermind the price for a second, I like these new additions to the Muggs collection – the smaller size makes them cuter – I just really wish they were able to add ears onto the Abomination rather than just painting them on. Painting them on doesn’t really help distinguishing the Abom from some other monsters – and it gives me a strange unfortunate deju-vu feeling from the ear-less Abomination from the 2008 movie.
Conclusion: If you don’t mind being fleeced on the price – which obviously I did not – then these are definite pick ups! Grade: B+