Let’s start the year with a bang! I was very weary of picking up another expensive Hulk figure, after the huge disappointment of SH Figuarts, but I will tell you upfront that everything Figuarts did wrong is all the same things Mezco does right! This superbly detailed figure is worth the price tag whether or not you’ve paid full price or not. (I did not!) One:12 Collective is a line of premium action figures that use real cloth and give extra accessories – not to mention a stand and items to help pose these impressive new figures!
I will also tell you there is one very specific but obvious issue I have with the figure but I am having too much fun fawning over everything this company did right to focus on the negative yet. Let’s begin by saying just how expertly sculpted this figure is! The Hulk is usually not too difficult of a figure to land – green skin and purple pants and BOOM! You’ve got yourself a winner! Really, the most challenging aspect of a Hulk figure is nailing the facial expression! With the Gladiator Hulk there are so many more details that need to be addressed.
If you’re looking for a figure that is the best of the comic and movie version of the Gladiator Hulk than this may not be the figure for you. Really, this figure is super faithful to the Hulk presented in Thor: Ragnarok. While I would love to see a figure this highly sculpted that represents the comic version of Planet Hulk I truly enjoy this one! Mezco gives us two head options – a helmeted screaming Hulk, and an agitated head without battle gear. The helmeted version is my choice due to the obvious color discrepancy between the head and the body.
Here is the one thing that may stop people buying this great figure – and yes, it does look bad in the photos, but I think the flash makes it out worse than it really is. The unprotected head does make the paint changes a little more apparent so I choose to go with the helmeted head. The paints aren’t as obvious that way – even though it’s still there.
This brings me to the changes of the alternate head/fists. Another pet peeve of mine is making the extra heads and hands really difficult to change – either the posts don’t line up perfectly or the holes aren’t big enough and they make it really tough to pull off or put on a new head or hand. Mezco, for this figure, makes the replacing or changing of alternate heads and hands super easy! You can make the Hulk have two fists, open hands, hands made to hold the weapons all with ease!
I also enjoy the fact that there is a real restraint when it comes to the accessories. The axe and hammer are painted and made to look like they are made of stone. The leather and armored pieces do look like they are made of those materials!
Overall, Mezco gave me a rejuvenated faith that premium action figures are worth a higher price tag! Marvel Legends BAF is still a great figure – don’t get me wrong – but this figure is better! You can find this figure on the secondary market for between $70-$150 and if you get the chance to pick up this figure for the more affordable side of that range then you should totally go for it! Kudos to Mezco for this great figure! Anyone else buy this and want to share some thoughts? Let me know in the comments!