In the days before the internet you had to hope that any stores hosting exclusive figures (which first occurred to me in the 90’s with, of all things, Star Wars) was an easy car drive away. Now. of course, with access a computer, everything is just a mouse click away. Whenever I heard that Books a Million was going to have an exclusive Dorbz I had to just hope that it would be available online – and not “ebay” online – the secondary market be a blessing and a curse. Sure, it helps to be able to sell things when you can – but it also gives an outlet to people who are greedy opportunists, selling the more sought after toys for triple the retail price.
Luckily, I had the good fortune to come across some great deals where I was able to snag one – or two – of each. I never even heard of Books a Million but they certainly are more popular after this past winter! Having the exclusive that has the Hulk in his “off time” gear was a brilliant move. It’s one thing to have the Gladiator Hulk in his action gear with or without a helmet but it’s a whole different animal to have the Hulk in new gear. Especially when it’s the Hulk – who is not known for costume changes.
I don’t want to take anything away from the Walgreens Exclusive Hulk – it’s a great piece! Just slightly different from the regular (limited) Dorbz this figure has no helmet and a little axe – which I prefer over the alien hammer that the Hulk sported in the movie. Both of these exclusives are different enough to be worth the separate purchases.
Years ago, Funko released the second Pop figure of the Hulk and it literally was just a repaint of the first Hulk except he had tan pants. I chose not to get that Hulk because it seemed redundant to me. That was a mistake, of course, as that Hulk is now “retired” and really expensive. I sort of regret not buying it – but I also don’t. Again, it was just a simple repaint! Thankfully, these figures are all so different it’s not like buying the same thing twice!