Monthly Archives: January 2016

Super Hero Mashers Hulkbuster vs Hulk (2015)

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It wasn’t long ago that these first hit the pegs and I wondered if they were going to go the way of the Mighty Muggs.  Then, I saw these kitschy figures keep spreading throughout the isles and continue on, series after series.  It was obvious that someone high up loved the idea of these figures and they were going to permeate every pop culture toy line we love.

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I picked up the Hulk, and regrettably… the Red Hulk.  The robot Hulk with A-Bomb pieces.  I even picked up the Whiplash figure that sports the Planet Hulk figure head.  How could you not?  It’s Planet Hulk!  This post highlights the Hulk vs Hulkbuster  set.  The Hulkbuster reminds me of the original Marvel Legends Hulkbuster figure and the one that was designed in the Hulkbuster’s first comic appearance.

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Ummm… Part 46

What is I told you there was a website with images of the Hulk riding a bike… all done with the paint application.  Don’t believe me?  Click the image above.

Just a Reminder…

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Look at these two.

With all the blogging I do about my love for the big, green, fictional character it pales in comparison to the real joys of my life.  These two that make my whole life worth waking up.  My daughter and son can be so funny together as well as so infuriating.  I can’t imagine waking up one day, when they’ve grown and moved out, and not hearing their sweet little voices wishing me a good morning.  My son, Antone William Banner, is such happy boy.  My daughter, Alexandra Olivia Lee, is one of the most caring, sweetest and thoughtful little girls there is.  I adore them.  The best part will be sharing Hulk stories and reading old issues out of the back issue bins I keep in the Hulk room with boy.  My daughter and I read old Captain America issues – that’s her favorite (so she’s already a lost cause) – so hopefully it’s not too late for Antone!

Happy Birthday Sal!

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One of the greatest artists to grace the comic industry and one of the top Hulk artists ever!  The great man is now 80 years young!

Talking Plush Hulk and Hulkbuster (2016)

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I might have a problem.  My plush Hulk collection is going to outgrow my current container.  There are so many and I can’t help but buy one when I see them.  Especially plushes with shaggy, black hair.  This little guy has a step above his other soft buddies – this guy talks!  He has a few phrases and the voice is an adorable grumble that gives out the warning “Don’t make Hulk angry!” and “No one beats the Hulk!”

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The other fantastic difference with this line is the fact that they chose to add a plush Hulkbuster!  A first, in this scale, which is why I couldn’t resist.  If you ask me, there is no way you can have one without the other.  By the way, did you guys out there read the reason the satellite carrying the Hulkbuster armor was aptly named Veronica?

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As Whedon explained, Robert Downy Jr. and he were discussing this scene – and I can’t exactly remember who thought of the idea – but my money is on Downey Jr. – he said that since Banner is so in love with a woman named Betty – his Hulkbuster satellite should be named Veronica.  You know, Betty and Veronica?  From the Archie comics.  Anyways, here is a shot of the two new plushes.  Go out there and get them!

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Thunderbolt is Back!: A Year of Cringe-Worthy Hulk Moments – Week 4

Let’s have a little fun and discuss some of the more graphic, violent, sad, or just plain awkward moments that have plastered the Hulk history.  Be it a passing meeting between spouses of a gruesome scene that nobody saw coming – this year I’ll have you squirming in your seat!

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What would you do to your worst enemy?  What if your worst enemy was already dead?  Would you wish another sworn enemy to take his deceased body, reanimate it and turn it into a mindless killing machine?  Because we find out that’s what happened to General Thunderbolt Ross.

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In The Incredible Hulk #400 with Rick Jones searching for a cure (for death) for Marlo… who died.  From being stabbed.  To death.  He finds the Leader willing to help him – and as proof that he has done this type of thing before he has his Redeemer assassin lift his helmet to reveal a catatonic (and certainly not dead) Ross.  I shocking and depressing revelation to one of the oldest Hulk foes.

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Marvel Universe Korg Figure (2016)

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How in the world did it get to the point where we were served with a Korg figure?  I mean, granted, they had the body from the Thing so all they really had to do was sculpt a tiny little Korg head and stick it on there – but still!  We were given a Korg figure!  Korg, who, arguably, was the Hulk’s right hand man during Planet Hulk – one of the greatest Hulk stories of the new century!

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I have said this before and I will say it again but one of the greatest (funniest) moments from the Planet Hulk storyline was when the crew of Kronans came out to battle the Warbound and Hulk realizes that the only thing hard enough to crack a Kronan outer shell is another Kronan.  So, much to Korg’s horror, the Hulk picks up his teammate and starts swinging. When the rest of the Kronans were a pile of rubble the Hulk stood victorious and Korg sat crying.  I know it doesn’t exactly sound funny but for those of you who read it you know that Pak wrote it infused with a sense of hilarity.

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The only thing we can hope for now is a Marvel Legends line with Korg.  Maybe even another Hulk Marvel Legends line – one featuring the Red King and even a Harpy… and Aquon!  Holy hell that would make me happy.