Monthly Archives: April 2017

Locked Up Without a Key: A Year of Hulk Confusion – Week 16

There might be times where we are all a bit confused – and this year we will explore the times that the Hulk has no idea what is going on. Even the times when he isn’t sure what to do or where to go… It’s a year of confusion!

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It’s never a good idea to lock the Hulk up – and it never ends well for the captor.  Still, they try and try to confine the Hulk – but it usually ends how it usually ends:

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Hulk Lunch Tin (2016)

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Sometimes you see something in the store and you can’t help but pick it up.  I have had an iron will with certain items but something about a lunchbox that is just the entire face of the Hulk screamed “Bring me home!”  There isn’t much else to say about this other than you should totally pick this up.  I’m psyched to see what Marvel has in store for us as far as merchandise goes when Thor 3 comes out.  A lunchbox like this with the gladiator helmet?  Just take my money!

WildCATs Daemonite (1994)

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Truthfully, early Image did not really have much as far great reading for me.  I loved Spawn and I loved WildC.A.T.S.  I had yet to really indulge in the brilliance of Savage Dragon.  Of course, as most of us know, WildC.A.T.S. didn’t last through the years – but I still think the original team had a ton of potential.  Grifter was great, as well as VooDoo and Zealot.  Ultimately, even Alan Moore couldn’t keep the readers with the title was cancelled.  Reboots didn’t fare much better – but I still remember the original dozen or so issues was a blast.

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I remember when the figures hit shelves back in 1994 and how excited I was to snag the only figure I thought looked cool enough to buy – the Daemonite.  His four eyes and four arms – including the two stubby T-Rex arms – as well as the rows of sharp teeth that reminded me of Critters – everything was perfect for an evil villain type.  Well, on my trip to NJ in March I came across this figure at Zapp Comic Con for a fantastic $2.  Money well spent!  This figure should be on everyone’s shelves!

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Hulk Pop-Up Book “Trapped” (1982)

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People make fun of the 80’s a lot – and mostly for good reasons – but there is some amazing stuff that came out of the 80’s that we should cherish.  I’m not talking about the seemingly endless barrage of characters from random shows that people are now clinging to in a desperate attempt at some nostalgia.  *cough strawberryshortcake cough* Characters that have lasted through the test of time have some great pieces left over that any collector should consider themselves lucky to find.

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Personally, some of the more gimmicky pieces are the ones that make me the happiest.  Glow in the dark covers and pop-up books are easily in the top of the list of pieces I will always be excited to find.  A month or so ago I was with my friend John, owner of Saturday Morning Collectibles, and saw this in his display case.  I was psyched for two reasons – one, I needed to add this to my collection and two, it was super affordable.

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I know there are a few of these that Piccolo released and I am on the hunt for the others.  If you’re interested in the story check out this website.  I was hoping for more Hulk popping up from this Hulk Pop-Up book but either way – glad this is now in a collection that really appreciates it!

Blackout: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Confusion – Week 15

There might be times where we are all a bit confused – and this year we will explore the times that the Hulk has no idea what is going on. Even the times when he isn’t sure what to do or where to go… It’s a year of confusion!

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I can’t imagine the great guilt that Bruce Banner must feel every time he comes down from his Hulk transformation.  He immediately questions what he did or what kind of destruction he caused.  The fear you live with is nothing compared to knowing that you are one temper tantrum away from wiping out entire cities.  It must be like hearing stories about what you did the night before after a drunken bender.  Except with the Hulk… he usually doesn’t defecate on a police officer’s car right before getting tasered.

Marvel Legends Onslaught (2016)

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It was one of the things I tried to convince myself I wanted.  I love the story line – even with all of it’s faults – but I never took the plunge in buying any of the earlier figures.  Finally, I had a second chance at grabbing an Onslaught Build a Figure.  I still am on the fence about the first release – which it is articulated like crazy it’s also very awkward.  I am trying to look at the bright side as the best Onslaught figure is the 1997 offering… and that one is insanely high in price.

This new figure might be based off the new Red Skull character from the very disappointing AXIS event but that matters very little to me.  I grabbed the classic head from Kitty Pride and I now have the Onslaught figure I’d been looking for!  What do you guys think?  Which is the best Onslaught figure?

Old School Ads 4

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I don’t think the Hulk spends very long fussing over his hair – but he might have wanted to run a comb through it on this day so he doesn’t look Beiber-ish.