Monthly Archives: January 2020

Venomized Hulk MiniMates (2018)

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A few years ago a variant from the third volume of Incredible Hulk #4.  This variant was the fist time we saw a venomized Hulk!  This variant is now insanely expensive but the character itself never really appeared in the Marvel Universe… that is until Absolute Carnage.  The event finally gave us a Hulk bonded with the symbiote although the moment was short lived and a bit dull.  That being said, MiniMates still produced the venomized character.  It is pretty awesome and looks real good.  Every time they give us a Venomized Hulk they have it with the symbiote still wrapping around the huge hero but the addition of the purple, lashing tongue, as odd as that is, is a nice touch!

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Thor: A Year’s Worth of Hulk Nicknames – Week 3

These two heroes have met so many times the Hulk has multiple names for Thor

  • Thor is Thunder Man

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Outside the Box

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Granted the Hulk should not be able to lift Mjolnir – but this is just crafty thinking!

Match Made in Heaven!

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The Hulk doesn’t have a lot of repressed feelings – he usually let’s them all out.  But it would still be gold in the hands of the right writer!

One:12 Collective Thor Ragnarok Hulk Figure (2018)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

Grade: B+ 

Spider-Man: A Year of Hulk Nicknames – Week 2

Spidey and Hulk have always had a rocky history.  Sometimes as teammate and other times as an opponent – but the best times is when the Hulk would call Spidey by his favorite nickname:

  • Spiderman is Bug Face

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Friday Review! Avengers * Defenders Tarot #1 (2020)

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Writer: Alan Davis
Artist: Pencil/Inks Paul Renaud
Artist: Colors Paul Mounts
Cover Price:

Secondary Market:

$4.99

$3.85 – $12.99

Variants: 2
  • Alan Davis Variant
  • Diablo Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Who doesn’t love a good Defenders story?  Especially from Alan Davis who gave us the excellent, underrated and short-lived Savage Hulk series.  This time around he hands the art over to Paul Renaud who gives us some really exciting scenes and makes this gorgeous comic that much more enjoyable.

Back in the 40’s, with Namor, Cap and the original Human Torch forming the Invaders, lending a hand in fighting back the Nazis in WWII the trio of superheroes are faced with some mystical magic.  A man named Okkults uses his magics to  bring the stone statues to life and fight our heroes.  In this moment when the statues overwhelm the trio suddenly Captain America Hulks out. Seriously – he Hulk’s out, green skin and anger issues and all!

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After taking out the horde of stone people Steve reverts back to human form with no memory of what happened.  We join the Defenders some time later with Namor spacing out thinking back to that moment in time all while they are about to take out another bad guy who has amassed an army of people possessed by evil magics.  Namor recognizes the runes that have formed on the people in said army as the same runes on the statues from years before.

The current situation isn’t as dire as it seemed as Strange was actually feigning weakness in order to trick Cyrus Black in gathering his troops so that Strange can take the evil magic, Ichor, back and cure the followers.  All goes well except that Strange can’t banish the magic from the Earth since there is another source of the same magic elsewhere on the planet.  Where exactly?  That would be the Avengers Mansion!

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The Marvel Non-Team transport to the mansion but arrive at an obviously bad time as they witness Vision kicking Iron Man’s ass.  Cap let’s the quintet know that Vision has had a malfunction of sorts and they have to bring him down.  The only one with the ability to take on Vision is Scarlet Witch who does so and knocks the android out.

At this point the Avengers split the Defenders up having the Hulk and Valkyrie help fix the damage done to the mansion, the Surfer help take the Vision down to the medic bay and Strange and Wanda heading down to the containment area to locate the rest of the Ichor magic.

Namor takes Cap aside to ask about the memories he had in the beginning of the issue but Cap doesn’t have a clue what Namor is talking about.  He gives access of the files to aquatic king to research as much as he’d like.  Stark has Norrin Rad helping him try to figure out what happened to the Vision while Thor is conning the Hulk into doing the heavy lifting – but all is a ruse!  As Strange enters the containment area he’s confronted by Diablo who has collected the Ichor and are in control of the entire Avengers team!  The only member who he wasn’t able to control was the Vision which is why they were all trying to kick his ass!  Diablo then uses the rest of the Avengers to take out the certain members of the Non-Team and uses the Ichor to take control of Strange as well!

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The end of issue #1 is quite exciting with quite the cliffhanger ending!  I think we’re in for quite the ride!  I question whether or not it would have been just as good to know what was happening at the Mansion before the Defenders show up, knowing the entire team was heading into a trap, and rooting for the team to figure it out before crap hit the fan!  Overall, this is an excellent start to a new Defenders adventure!

 

Villains:
  • Diablo
  • Avengers (sort of)
Grade: Bag and Board It

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