Eaglemoss was the company that released the lead figures. The Marvel Universe line was beginning to scrape the bottom of the obscure barrel as more and more unknown characters were being produced. A smarter route might have been to save some of the more popular characters and space them out between the obscure characters through out the year. Either way, one of the statements made by Eaglemoss was they were not going to re-issue characters. While this was great news that we weren’t going to end up with 15 different Spider-Men – we also didn’t get the different personalities of the Hulk.
They did release the Leader, Abomination (on a different base, which still drives me nuts to this day! WHY? Why did you so this to the anal collectors like myself!) Valkyrie, Doc Samson, Absorbing Man, Constrictor and more – all of which I have and love. Problem is… where do you go from there? Well, we have the answer:
Chess pieces! True to Eaglemoss’ word they never re-released a character in the lead form, instead they started a new (and somewhat ingenious) line of chess pieces. For one reason or another they decided to release the Hulk and She Hulk together. This is not a problem – as I most likely would have picked up both anyways – but other people don’t even have the choice!
The best part, as usual, is the collector book it comes with covering the history of the two characters – but I will say I was disappointed with the choice of art for the cover. Why cut and paste these two together when we already have a fantastic piece of art that contains both of these characters? The Adam Kubert masterpiece from Marvel Vision #18 which is absent from the whole book.
Marvel did release a chess set a while back but the pieces are not up to the standard that these pieces are. The original set had the Hulk and Abomination squaring off – which was cool – but the She Hulk companion piece here is so amazing looking! Another set was released in 2003 with a Hulk piece as well – but the Eaglemoss figure still blows it away!