Here we have a figure that I figured I would never, ever think would be a part of the Hulk collection. It’s amazing, really, after all the years when an event can occur that totally offers you something you’d never expect to have. If you’re on the Facebook page for this blog then you might recall seeing a video at the end of March where I showed off an entire bag of Hulk figures given to me by a good friend, and a fan of this blog, Gammapup.
He had been clearing some space in his storage containers and came across these bags of loose Hulk figures. Trying t think of what he could do with them he had the generous thought of offering them to me. Anyone in circle I keep will tell you right off I am a sucker for Hulk swag. If anyone offers me some great Hulk pieces it’s hard for me to say no! Well, Gamma allowed me to take these figures off of his hands and I had a blast going through the bag seeing what was inside. One of the first things I noticed was the Hulk Dog.
Sure, the 2003 Hulk movie is pretty hard to watch in comparison to the masterpieces being released today, but one of the easiest moments to remember is the Hulk Dogs. There were 3 puppies in the movie that were “hulked” out and sent after our jade giant. One of the dogs, an odd choice but a secret delight for the director, was a poodle. But this was the only Hulk Dog put to plastic.
When these figures were released, predictably, the Hulk dog was a peg warmer. It clearanced out of the stores and it wasn’t until much later when collectors started desiring this piece to complete their Hulk runs. Unfortunately, these are so scarce that the puppies on or off card command a pretty steep price. That’s one of the reasons I never thought I’d have one in my collection – I wasn’t willing to pay the enormous price for a figure like this. Well, once again, my good friend Mike came through with pieces he was dumping from his collection, adding to mine the, admittedly, pretty cool Hulk Dog.
It is a rubbery figure that you must make sure not to damage as the skin can easily rip but if you squeeze the legs together you can make the dog growl. The neon green eyes – with an evil glow – captures the dog in the movie so well. The sculpt is done so well too – the bulging muscles actually make this dog more menacing looking than the creatures did in the movie itself.