Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. – A Quick Review

As much as I wasn’t looking forward to this cartoon, it’s the Hulk, so, of course I watched it.  There is a few positives to this new series – the first, and most obvious, being that the Hulk is front and center in his own show again.  The Hulk being in his own cartoon will hopefully get the kids watching and the more exposure of the Hulk to the new generation the better.  I liked the cartoon being geared towards kids as well.  I know that many adults are watching these shows and are probably disappointed that they went in this direction – but I think it’s a good thing.  That is unfortunately where the good points end…

The characters in the cartoon are so far off of what the comics provide I have this problem believing that this cartoon is a good thing for the comics themselves.   Instead of working the characters into the show the way they appear in the written series they have them as sort of a non-team that comes when Hulk calls for it (not that he wants to).

The Red Hulk and real Hulk play off each other like an unfunny odd couple (but I do have to give credit to the producers for not calling the Red Hulk the most moronic, fan boy christened name for any character ever: “Rulk”) and She Hulk is just sort of there – the biggest disappointment is how they have portrayed poor old Rick Jones and his new persona… A-Bomb.

As bad as it was in the comics – it is 10 fold here – with A-Bomb being the sole comic relief on the show.  I felt myself cringing with every bad joke or Seth Green-ism that A-Bomb released.  Even worse was the constant reminder that this character really has nothing to do, other than being a mistake, as he constantly is either in the way or getting himself in trouble for Hulk to come and save him.

I did like the sort of twist ending – providing us a peek at the real villain pulling the strings – and also am interested in seeing how they explain how and who Skaar is.  I will keep tuning in, I mean, my daughter found it very entertaining.  I just worry that she will start to think the Hulk on the show is how the Hulk should be… that is scary enough to give me nightmares!

Grade: C-

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Avengers Assemble Gamma Fist Hulk (2013)

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So, this must be the line taking over for the MU series.  This Hulk figure is leaps and bounds better than the one I posted Saturday.  Like I said – I think the other was geared more toward kids while this one certainly is more toward the collector’s liking.  It has way more articulation – 12 points in all (including the ball joints at the legs) and the sculpt is a lot better as well.  I wish I could say it was better in all facets – but the paint application is still pretty dull and cheap looking.  Overall though, this figure gives me great hope for the future of the Avengers Assemble line.

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While I was out I did find the latest wave of MU figures and picked up not only the newest Rhino but the really great Mysterio figure.  I am really hoping to be able to find the last few figures in this line – like the Abomination and the Leader – this is a line I will miss.  It’s too bad that Hasbro’s choices sort of nose dived the whole series.

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You should absolutely pick these up if you are lucky enough to find them – especially the classic Rhino figure which is a lot better than the Rhino we got in the Spider-Man 2-pack.

Grades:
AA Hulk – B-
MU Rhino – A-
MU Mysterio – B

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Here’s a quick comparison:

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Avengers Assemble Smashing Hero Hulk (2013)

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Man, I have been busy.  Since deciding to retire this blog – and then deciding to un-retire it – and trying to find a good way or time to start posting things I have been picking up a bunch of new, cool Hulk items!  I think the frustration comes when I saw so much Hulk merchandise making it’s way out and the prices getting heftier and heftier – there is no real way to realistically keep up!  I moved forward though – deciding to focus on the things that really matter to me, what I enjoy the most in the collection.

One of the things I like the most are the action figures – the little sculpted plastic characters are, most of the time, outdoing the last release.  Marvel Universe continued to up their game… that is until Hasbro decided to drop the line altogether.  So, we have 2 new lines out – both called Avengers Assemble – one is an obvious continuation of the MU line – the other (the figure in this post) seems to be a more kid-friendly and more affordable line.  Each figure is priced about $5.99 – but for this new, cheaper price we sacrifice quite a bit – like articulation (this figure taps out at 5 joints) and paint application.  The sculpt is just fine but the paint job makes it look cheap and dull.  If you like your new Hulk figures then pick this little guy up – but if you like ACTION figures then leave this one cooling on the pegs.  Grade: C+

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Boston Comic Con!

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Had a blast again!  My only acquisitions were from the very generous and über nice guy George Perez and the quiet but very talented Aaron Lopresti of Planet Hulk fame!

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Scans of the commissions coming soon – but for now enjoy pics of the con!

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