Monthly Archives: September 2016

Toy vs Toy (vs Toy!) Friday!

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It is a rarity to have variants from two different sets right on top of each other like this but the latest Marvel Legends Abomination figures have been released – so let’s see which figure is worth the bucks!

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There is a Build-A-Figure in the latest Captain America Marvel Legends wave and it is pretty impressive.  This classic inspired sculpt is large, bulky and amazingly well done.  In the same breath Marvel also released a San Diego Comic Con exclusive Abomination in “The Raft” set along with Dreadknight, Enchantress, Purple Man, Sandman and, of course, a Spidey figure as well.  Which one is better?  Well, oddly it is the figure with a less detailed paint scheme.  While the BAF is very cool looking and I appreciate the fact that they tried to give the Abomination a distinct look it isn’t one we’ve ever seen portrayed in the comics.  The lighter paint on the belly, face, hands and feet certainly gives it a more reptilian look – which lends itself to a more obvious presence – but it just doesn’t scream out Abomination!

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The exclusive, which is darker without much paint variation at all, is the better of the two figures.  Even the lighter color on the nails – unlike the black nails on the BAF – looks better!  From there, the toys have very little difference.  I am shocked that both figures are relatively affordable on the secondary market right now.  The better figure of the two, the exclusive, is the less expensive one as well.  If you’re looking to just pick up one of them I throw my hat into the ring for the exclusive all the way!

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Now, the other question is: How do these Abominations compare to Marvel’s earlier releases?  The 2006 Abomination is larger by a hair, which makes the difference of being a bit taller than the Hulk – as he is supposed to be! You also have the option to form his claws into fists – a detail lacking in the most recent offering – not to mention the obvious articulation is far superior.  It also has a variant that cannot compare – a “melted face” version (pictured) that every Hulk fan out there should have on their “must own list”.  While I enjoy the face sculpt a bit more on the recent figure and I feel the old head mold is a bit too small for the humongous hulking body the truth is that the 2006 Abomination is easily the better figure.

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What about the Marvel Select Abomination, you ask – well, as big and heavy and impressive as that figure is the oversight of including a five toed foot rather than the trademark humongous two toed clawed feet.  That ONE reason alone disqualifies the figure from the running of best Abomination figure.  Sad but true because otherwise that would be the tops!

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Cat’s in the Cradle – A Year’s Worth of Cringe Worthy Hulk Moments: Week 39

We’re still chugging along with this freight train – is it possible to finish out the year?  Only I know the answer to that!  But this week we’re discussing the most shocking death of the Hulk mythos:

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Since we’ve known about Brian Banner he has been an evil bastard that tortured Bruce throughout his entire life.  In the -1 issue Peter David served up a fitting and deserving end to the brilliant but abusive prick.  Bruce and Brian final encounter happened in the cemetery where Bruce’s mother was buried.

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With emotions high the two scuffle and it ends with a nasty blow to the head that Banner Sr. doesn’t get up from.  Bruce was always a sympathetic figure but this time his past uncovered a disturbing secret that Bruce wanted to forget.

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Hot Toys Cosbaby Hulk (2016)

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A while ago there was a Hot Toys release – Artist Mix Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulk – which was a stylized version of the Hulk that, while really fun and unique, was slightly ruined with the inclusion of the bobble head that all Marvel solid figures are required to have.  We’ve gone over this before but for anyone who isn’t aware Mighty Muggs made it impossible for any other company to produce a figure like this.  Every subsequent figure – including all the Funko mystery figures and the Pop figures – have had a bobblehead feature.  I wish that stipulation didn’t exist because some of these figures would be perfect without the bobbing head.

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This figure is an interesting one and a bit different – it has a “baby” look to it – or more to the point, and what I think is more appropriate, an anime feel.  Mostly due to the absence of a nose and the oversized eyes.  The cartoony and gigantic hands are contrasted wonderfully with the short stubby legs and gives the figure a Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes) look.

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The bobblehead feature on this figure is so subtle that you can’t really even notice it.  I think this figure is a step above the Artist Mix piece – but mainly because I love the figures that stand out in a huge collection.  Both are certainly worth it – but if you’re going to buy just one I would go for this one.

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That’s Going to Leave a Mark – A Year Worth of Cringe Worthy Hulk Moments: Week 38

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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In the Hulk’s second bout with the awesome villain Speed Freak, the Hulk suffered a cut to the gut so bad that he was bleeding out.  Holding his open stomach shut with his own fist he was able to control the bleeding.  Of course his healing factor kicked in the close the gaping wound… right around his fist!

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She-Force Savage She Hulk (1997)

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I found this figure at Zapp Comics in Wayne NJ.  That store, I swear, is filled with so many treasures from yesteryear that being able to visit everyday would easily put me into the poor house.  It might almost be worth it though.  The Marvel Hall of Fame line was decent – famous for re-using body parts (more than other lines) – but the She Hulk was one of my favorites.  Not only was she a Hulk family figure but look at that hair!

One of the best things about the Marvel Hall of Fame line was the “real hair”, the accessories and the rare figures they offered – if you ever see Carnage, unmasked Deadpool or even unmasked Venom for a good price pick them up!  This figure sports a vinyl dress and a humongous gun.  I miss the days when Marvel offered some sort of card, comic or even a background set with their figures.

Grey Hulk Tsum Tsum (2016)

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It’s almost impossible to talk about these things without sounding like a little girl so I’m not going to even try to make them sound manly.  In the craze of little, useless, plastic figures to collect, ie: Shopkins and Uggly Dogs, Disney has thrown their hat in the ring with their Tsum Tsums.  What started with plush figures that ranged from cute and tiny to large and ridiculous they have now premiered these oblong pill figures that are hard and plastic and come in three sizes.  They are labelled as “Common”, “Lucky” and just to get the blood really boiling, the exciting “Super Lucky”.

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They have only released the Grey Hulk even though the package features the Green Hulk but it’s the medium sized Grey Hulk that is the “chase” figure.  The tiny and large sizes are pretty easy to find even though the large is considered “lucky”.  To tell the truth, these are darn cute – and my daughter loves them.  There are blind bags of them but we all know how much I hate those pesky blind bags!

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The Guest List – A Year Worth of Cringe Worthy Hulk Moments: Week 37

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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Who in their right mind would actually invite some of the most vile and dastardly villains in the Marvel Universe to the most important day in their life?  Apparently Rick Jones would.  Why?  Who knows, but the Hulk was ready to throw down to keep the Jones’ wedding incident free – but the violence was not necessary as Crusher Creel, Mr Hyde, the Wizard and the Living Laser all produced wedding invitations.  Even more amazing?  They allowed the ceremony to continue without any occurrence of villainous villainy… well, at least from them.