Monthly Archives: November 2017

Disney Exclusive Marvel Select Planet Hulk (2017)

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I have to say, I was expecting a bit more diversity in facial expressions in all the Planet Hulk figures we’ve gotten from the new Thor movie.  This is more comic accurate though – not movie accurate at all. You know why?  The freakin’ OBEIDIENCE DISC!  How hard would it be to… no, nope.  I will not get into this again.  I will just focus on the fact that we have a great representation of the Planet Hulk storyline!  The Marvel Legends is still a fun and great figure but horrendously inaccurate.  The brown pants, the exclusion of the obedience disc, the missing sandals – it just wasn’t a perfect representation of the Hulk from the last classic Hulk story in the past decade.

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Like I mentioned, I would of liked to se amore rage filled face, a snarky scowl or something – but we get another Hulk with a slightly annoyed face.  He looks more like he has to watch his little sister’s dance recital than he’s being forced to fight for his life in an arena against alien beings.  I don’t have an open one yet so I can’t speak of it’s poseability, articulation or even a complete paint app because the shield covers his armored arm but from what I can see it looks pretty darn impressive!

Anyone out there buy this and open it?  What do you think?

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Foe Unknown: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Confusion – Week 46

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The Hulk’s name was attributed to him because it was the first thing that popped into a soldiers mind when he saw him: “It’s some sort of… Hulk!”.  Well, it turns out the Hulk has the same affliction when naming his enemies.  Whatever he sees is what he names them!

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New York Comic-Con Exclusive Gladiator Hulk Pop (2017)

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This acquisition did not prove to be as difficult to pick up as I thought it would.  Turns out, thanks to Amazon, you didn’t have to take a trip to NY or even reduce yourself to eBay.  Not that Amazon is much better – but for some reason it is.  I don’t make the rules you guys!  Anyways, I received this guy quite a while ago – if your on my Facebook page then you know just when it arrived because I posted it right then.  In fact, you should totally like my FB page because it gets updated more frequently with my Hulk findings then my blog does!  Sad but true.  It’s only because it’s easier to post on there than here.  I will never abandon this page though.  I think we’re tethered till I’m dead.

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As I’ve already made my thoughts known about Thor: Ragnarok, I do have to say, this is a great Pop figure!  I mean, look at this!  Hulk!  In gladiator lounge wear!  It all works too!  The pooka shells – or Sakaar pottery, whichever works, necklaces, the loin cloth, everything!  I actually may like this better than the Gladiator Hulk himself!  I’m not sure – it’s pretty close.

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Wood Warriors Hulk Figure (2017)

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Seeing new Hulk merchandise in the stores is always a thrill – but sometimes the thrill of a new Hulk acquisition overpowers common sense or even good taste.  This may not be the perfect example of what I’m talking about but when I brought this guy home and began to examine just what I brought into the Hulk room.  While it isn’t the worst figure in the world, really we’re just left with painted wood connected by string – and let’s be real here – the back of the package boasts WAY more fun with this figure than I think anyone who will ever buy it can have.  If you see it and decide to purchase be ready to plunk down 2 bills.  NO! Not $200 – just $20.  so the two bills I assume you’re going to use are $10.

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Stating the Obvious: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Confusion – Week 45

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It’s never a good idea to tell people that you have no idea why you’re fighting.  That, of course, never stops the Hulk from doing just that…

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Marvel Toy Box Hulk Figure (2017)

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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!

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I was excited to see this line – it reminded me of this never released animated Hulk figure from the Fantastic Four line:

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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:

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Catching Up With… Thor: Ragnarok!

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I usually just review the comics I’m reading but why not share my thoughts on the latest Marvel blockbuster gracing the screens right now?  A little setting of the scene here: I refused to watch any trailers (other than anything shown in a theater before a movie), I did not read any articles or click on updates and leaked news or scenes – I like to go into movies like this completely fresh.  I have found it makes my viewing sessions a lot more pleasurable.  So, other than knowing that the Hulk fights Thor is an arena battle scene (a la Planet Hulk), and that Hela is the big bad, I knew nothing of the story.

I also learned a little too late that my theater was 1 of 2 theaters in MA that was having a Hulk premiere event, handing out collectible Ragnarok cups and coins.  I was bummed I did not learn this earlier as I would have gone to the earlier show… as it was I ended going to the 10:00pm show – the last show of the evening.  Just my luck though, when walking through the doors I asked the man behind the counter if there was anything left over from the premiere event and he smiled and said “You want some free stuff?  I’ll get you from free stuff!”  He came back with a coin – one that I will post tomorrow – but you’ve most likely seen on the web already.  It features a Thor helmet on one side and a Hulk helmet on the other.  I was glad to get anything – even if the cups were all gone I still had the coin I could go home with!

Now, I’m probably going to speak freely about the movie so if you don’t want to know anything about it or have yet to see it you should probably not read any further.  I will say this – I’m not going to give any real plot points away or the ending – just my thoughts on the character portrayals themselves.  Let’s start with Thor.

Thor: I really liked how they handled Thor in this movie!  They made him a lot more powerful and finally gave the character some depth – something two solo movies and two group Avenger movies had yet to do.  Hemsworth really seemed to enjoy playing Thor this time around and I think it effected the movie in a positive way.  That being said:

Humor: Something that has been said over and over on the various chat rooms is that Thor: Ragnarok has a lot more humor in it than earlier installments.  While that is true the debate is really on if it makes the movie more enjoyable or not.  Now, I have seen the movie twice already.  My first viewing I felt all the laughs were more of a distraction than adding to the movie’s overall experience.  A second viewing had me feeling a bit differently though… it really did not bother me too much at all.  I was looking forward to certain scenes

Hela: She pretty much makes this whole movie!  Cate Blanchett is both sexy and scary as hell and poses a real threat that makes you wonder how the heroes will defeat.

Valkyrie: I did not like the actor chosen for the part nor did I like the way she portrayed the Valkyrie.  A warrior turned slave trader?  That was too much of a stretch for me.  Especially when she learns who Thor is – how she could go from fighting on the side of Asgard to imprisoning and selling beings to be killed for sport is absolutely beyond me.

Hulk: Speaking of characters that Thor: Ragnarok got wrong – Hulk was a HUGE disappointment!  All they needed to do was add in one little piece of the Planet Hulk lore to make things right – but the neglect to add it in pretty much ruined the Hulk inclusion for me.  That piece?  The obedience disc.  In the movie the Hulk doesn’t have one!  That means Hulk has been on Sakaar, beating and killing alien beings for sport – and doing so of his own free will.  That certainly contrasts the image they have been portraying in the movies and in the comics for years.  That they Hulk would take innocent lives – and do so happily – was too much of an insult for me to ignore.  Otherwise, the Hulk/Thor dynamic was played off fantastically.

Korg: Ugh.  Talk about missing the mark on another Planet Hulk character.  Korg might’ve been a bigger disappointment than the lack of an obedience disc!  Korg is treated as a clueless buffoon of sorts.  A simple prop for comedic effect and therefore not to be taken seriously at all.  His “matter of fact” delivery gets old real quick and his aloofness is grating at best.

With all of that being said believe it or not I really did like the movie.  I didn’t love it – but I did like it.  I would recommend seeing it – it’s really good.  But it’s not great and it misses the mark on some essential and even not essential characters.  Other great additions I didn’t mention was Skurge, Loki and Miek.  All which were just fine.  I was a but bummed that the Warrior’s Three were dispatched so easily but hey, at least Heimdall was back kicking ass!

So, what did you guys think?  Anyone feel the way I did?  Anyone look past it and just enjoy the ride – or did you hate it?  Let me know in the comments!