Monthly Archives: October 2017

Can You Keep Your Fluids to Yourself?: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Confusion – Week 43

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A possessed Hulk is bad – but an confused, angry possessed Hulk?  Take my word for it – it’s probably better to stay home, under the covers on that day!  Spidey has been able to do some impressive things with his webbing over the years – but wrapping the Hulk completely in it?  Well, let’s just see how that goes:

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The Hulk just tore right through it.  Shocker.

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Que?: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Confusion – Week 42

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Submitted without comment – mainly because I’m not sure what this says.

Thor: Ragnarok Hulk Mystery Minis (2017)

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Just when you’ve reached the end of your rope with the Hulk pieces from Thor: Ragnarok all being exclusives and limited or even worse… really freakin’ expensive, we’re finally dealt a break by Funko in the form of the Mystery Mini.  Before we continue with the review here – will you take a look a the size of that first sentence?  Let’s move on.  Like I mentioned seeing the distribution of the characters it’s a relief to see that the Gladiator Hulk is actually one of the more readily available.  With a 1/6 chance to score this little guy it’s also a relief to know how easy he is to find IN the mystery box.

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If you lightly shake each box you’ll notice certain figures don’t move as easily as others.  Now, with a few larger figures you’d still be stuck getting figures you’re not trying to obtain if it weren’t for the fact that the Hulk’s not only one of the bigger figures but also the heavier!  With that 1-2 combo discovering the boxes that this guy is hidden in isn’t a challenge at all!

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I had narrowed it down to 2 different boxes that could possibly the Hulk when I discovered my instincts were spot on!  With both boxes opened each one contained the Hulk I was looking for!  Can I just say, the sculpt on this figure is awesome!  I again wish that Funko was not locked into having to make these figures bobbleheads but it’s something I can live with when the pieces come out this cool!  I mean, look at his little oversized helmet and alien hammer!

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After discussing this with a good friend he informed me that Hot Topic also has a variant with the Hulk in his gladiator leisure wear. I was a little dejected thinking I spoke too soon with the Mystery Minis being an easy score but have no fear Hulk fans!  The Hot Topic exclusive is also has a 1/6 chance!  The weight and size of the figure still applies so with just a little patience you can narrow it down to the exact right box!

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Again, I had it narrowed it down to 2 boxes it could be AND…: BOOM goes the dynamite!

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I Might Have a Problem…

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Whenever I see the Spider-Man Mystery Minis and I can tell there is a Venom in the box I feel as though I have no choice but to buy it!  I can’t stop myself!  I know exactly which boxes have the Venom figures so I buy it up!  I have now taken to buying both Venom AND Rhino!  It’s like a virus that I can’t shake!  I see the boxes and tell myself not to even go near them because I don’t need anymore Venoms.  Then, like I knew I would, my self-control fails me and I find myself in the toy aisle shaking these damn boxes again!  When I come to the Venom I tell myself I will not buy it.  Guess how that works out?

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If it happened once or twice I’d say it wasn’t a sickness – but look at this disaster that keeps spreading!  Count them!  This has happened 9 times!  I’m like an addict with no support group, man!  I have more Mystery Mini Venoms than I know what to do with!  The real kicker is knowing that the next time I find myself in the presence of these boxes I will definitely be shaking those damn boxes to pick out the Venom… and, most likely the Rhino.  At least the Rhino has a past with the Hulk – but Venom?  They’ve met and fought, what?  Once?  Ugh… someone help me!

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Aquon Forever!

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My good friend Dave sent me a link a while back to an ebay action for the art pictured above.  If you are a fan of this blog at all than you know my fondness for the Hulk foe Aquon and his premiere issue The Incredible Hulk #165.  This page features the work of the celebrated artist Herb Trimpe – whose recent passing has made his original art even more expensive.  This was a curious page as I was interested but knew it would reach, at the very least, a grand.  Amazingly enough, this is the second time he posted this page as the first time the auction ended just south of $1,600.  Apparenty, the auction winner has second thoughts and did not pay.  With that the owner of the art has to relist it and this time the auction ended just over $1,000.

That’s still just slightly over what I would have paid for it – so congrats to the new owner – but the price is still pretty impressive if you consider this: The art doesn’t feature any heroes!  Well, sure, that’s the back of the Hulk’s head – but you can’t see much of the jade giant at all – and that’s the very cool Captain Omen – but again, his presence in the MU these days is negligible.  Still, you can’t deny owning Hulk art from Trimpe is amazing in itself.  As for me, don’t feel too bad about me missing out on this art.  Truth is, I already own a original Trimpe Aquon drawing.  You can see it here: 165 Review

Gladiator Hulk Mini-Mates (2017)

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I find Mini-Mates fascinating.  This is a toy line that by all means should not really exist.  I’ll explain: Most of the time when a toy or figure line comes out they will run their course and leave plenty on the table for rabid fans complaining they never got to their favorites.  Mini-Mates has been around for a while – at least 7 years and counting.  They have released a staggering amount of figures – even beyond the Marvel franchise.  So many Hulks in fact, take a look at this tally.  I don’t think I even have the complete line up!  There maybe 1 or 2 I am still missing.

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One that hasn’t hit that website yet is the new figures for the Thor: Ragnarok line which, of course, features the Gladiator Hulk!  The figure is certainly worth the pick up as Mini-Mates continue to impress with the amount of detail and articulation in such a small package.  Hulk is teamed up with the Valkyrie this time around – which makes sense and I love!  I don’t have a extra to open yet – but hopefully soon!

A Name like No Other: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Confusion – Week 41

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The great thing about the Hulk is that he doesn’t need to understand what’s going on in order to smash it.  His ability to fight beyond what he even comprehends is one of the Hulk’s endearing qualities!