What you will see is the collection of the classic Mego Hulks in all their glory. I have been able to amass all the carded versions that this classic toy was released on. Next up is getting all the 12 inch versions (I just need one more) and then onto the Pocket Heroes. But, there is something extra special about the 8″ Mego Hulk – and all the cards that he was released on. The one piece I am missing from this amazing figure collection is the Mego boxed version. A quick search on eBay and you will see that there are more reproductions available than there are actual original boxes – so they don’t come cheap if you want the real thing.
Another thing to note, before we delve into each carded figure, is that the Hulks in this collection are complete and 100% in tact. That in itself is a huge deal – you see, the Mego Hulk’s have a tendency to lose limbs due to the pin that holds the joints together falls out. Even a figure, never touched, still in sealed package, can lose a leg or arm. I have friends telling me that it’s an inevitability that you can’t avoid – it will happen sooner or later to all the Hulk figures – but I am still hopeful they they are wrong. But another quick scan of eBay and you will discover that, yes, in fact there are quite a few Hulk figures that are without a limb or two. Even my loose figure came with a replacement screw…
The first card released was in 1975-1978 and featured rough drawings of the Marvel crew including Cap, Spidey, The Invisible Woman, Thor and Mr. Fantastic. The easiest to note the difference in appearance of the two Mego cards is Thor. On the back you will see the famous Sal Buscema Hulk. My punched card has a little damage at the top but the figure is completely mint. The rarity/availability of this card is an easy 3/10. While it is harder to find it’s not impossible by any means.
Next up is the 1979 Mego Hulk card. My unpunched card is absolutely beautiful and you can see that the hero images on the card have been replaced with cleaner, brighter, more friendly versions of their former selves.
This card is the easiest to find of the bunch – but combined with trying to get an undamaged, without the seal broken, and the Hulk in pieces this one can still be a tougher find than you might think. Rarity/availability on this one gets a 1/10. You might also note that the image of the Hulk on the back has been changed (and the only one to change, I might add).
Get ready to start plunking down some major cash for these next two. First up, the Canadian Parkdale Novelty card – my favorite of the bunch!
This card features the Buscema Hulk we saw earlier on the back of the 1975-78 card. You might also remember this guy from some of the corner boxes in the earlier 200’s of the Incredible Hulk. This card (also featuring a swinging Spidey) has a second variant (sort of). If you look here you will notice that the card featured doesn’t have the white sticker on the bottom like mine does. With how infrequently I see this card pop up on eBay – and the price attached to it – I didn’t think both variations were needed to complete the set. Others may argue otherwise but truthfully, it’s all about how you, the collector, feels about it. Personally, I am just happy to have snagged such a nice example for myself. Rarity/availability for this card is 8/10. Happy hunting!
Lastly, we have the Palitoy Card from the UK. The overseas version is absolutely beautiful – and the best part of the fact that Hulk takes center stage – not having to share the spotlight with any other character!
This card is strictly Hulk-tastic! Palitoy issued Mego figures overseas and gave the most recognizable heroes their own unique cards – known as Green Cards – the Hulk initially didn’t make the cut but after the 80’s television show hit big the Hulk found himself getting his own UK card. Not green, like most of the Palitoy Super Hero cards were, Hulk was most likely not lumped in with the Super Hero line – but a series onto himself. This is most apparent with the graphics at the top not being the same as the rest of the “green card” line. Rarity/availability on this guy is a little tricky. It doesn’t pop up on eBay all that often – but if you are a Mego enthusiast you’ve seen this version quite often being traded and sold between collectors. It is an easy 6/10.
If you’re interested – I posted about the above Hulk figure before on this blog right here – you should read and enjoy! The comments below are also extremely interesting as it’s pointed out that the back image is a Jim Starlin illustration but they replaced the original head with a John Romita Sr drawing.
Whatever your pleasure – where ever your collecting heart lies, be it with comics or figures – or the vintage stuff, there is no denying that the charm of the toys from yesteryear can never be replaced. Happy Holidays everyone! Hope it was a fantastic day!