It seems the wave of the future may just be seeing exclusives everywhere. Figures and toys that are only available to purchase through a single retailer or company. This is noting new, of course, but we’re certainly seeing more and more of website and retailer exclusives. Some are real hits (pretty much anything Hulk gladiator) and others you question why (While I liked the TRU Bruce Banner Pop figure I’ve heard many more people complain). Well Disney has thrown their hat into the ring with their very own line of stylized Marvel, Disney and Star Wars figures!
I was excited to see this line – it reminded me of this never released animated Hulk figure from the Fantastic Four line:
So imagine my surprise and delight to have this Hulk figure show up! It seems to be more in the vein of the Infinity figures released for the games – but with actual articulation! Then I looked at the back of the packaging and noticed this:
This is one of those times they should never have shown us what we could’ve had. The prototype figure looks so much cooler with his teeth baring scowl! I mean, the Hulk delivered is still very cool – but compared to what was it’s certainly a step down!
I am happy with the Hulk but also disappointed for a few reasons. Let’s go over the good stuff. First, he is, as he should be, huge! Not huge like 12″ or something, just huge compared to the rest of the figures in this line. He has some mass for sure but he’s pretty light. I’m not counting his weight as a negative – just an observation. There is plenty of articulation on this figure so his pose ability is pretty high.
I even like the accessory – his little crushed pipe – that he sports! It’s no bent bar/boulder a la 80’s Toy Biz Hulk but it’s something new I have yet to see included with a Hulk figure. Most of the Hulk figures released now come sans any accessories at all, in fact. So getting one was a nice surprise!
The problems with the figure begin with the little pipe not fitting into his gripped fist! The pipe could only fit into one hand as the other is completely closed but the one that is slightly open is too narrow to fit even the skinniest part of the pipe inside! The other issue is the hardly sculpted face the Hulk sports. It’s hard to even get a decent pic because of the shallowness of his lip fold.
Overall, I still like the Hulk that was released but I sort of remain disappointed when I see the Hulk displayed on the back of the packaging. We could of had a classic, purple pants, savage Hulk, bent and ready to attack! While I give this figure a solid B- the prototype would have been an easy A.