I have a to make sure I love expensive pieces. Hot Toys, a lot of times, ultimately disappoint. The rubbery skin puts me off – I like the hard plastic feel of an action figure. When the 12″ line appeared in toy stores I was very intrigued to see what a Hulk figure would look like. The Iron Man and Cap were extremely well sculpted and looked impressive – the price tag was a bit steep though. My only hesitation would be shelling out $50 for a figure. I still remember the 12″ Icon figures from Toy Biz in 2006 that only ran a very reasonable $20. Well, I just found the new ML Hulk this past weekend.
The price tag still took me by shock – it was just a tweak above the already expensive $50 figures regularly – but I could not take my eyes off how well this figure was done. The sculpt is absolutely top notch. The expression on the Hulk’s face was so perfect – with an alternate head that rivals the 6″ Face Off Hulk’s likeness to the Classic Buscema image.
The box is even superb with the prism images of the Hulk adorning the sides and back. The images show just how great this new line is in both size and articulation. I can’t say enough great stuff about how well done this figure is – with the understanding that I have yet to see it out of the box. I like keeping my figures in the package and if I want one out of the box I will buy a second. Well, I am not sure just how easy/hard this figure will be to fins so for now, this one is staying minty fresh inside the window box.
The size is certainly one of the highlights of this piece, The fact that it is larger than the rest of the figures in this line was a great addition. Hulk should be huge and should be imposing! The heft is perfect – it’s actually heavier than some of the later released Bowen statues.
I will keep an eye out as I have seen other retailers offering this figure for less and closer to the $50 price. Wal-Mart had these posted for $54 in pre-order. They were sold out pretty fast. I would be surprised to see if this piece don’t stay on the shelves. I know Target puts these 12″ figures on clearance after a while but I’d be really surprised to see these dip below a $50 price tag.
Kohl’s had this without a tag in the clearance section. Clearance sections are hit and miss these days as it takes a while for most things to hit an affordable price again. I asked the lady at the counter how much it was and she replied “I have no idea” I swear I stood there for a good 15 seconds with neither of us saying a word. It was real awkward. I then asked how we go about finding out so that I may purchase it. She huffed and grabbed the phone. She asked the person on the other line how she could find a price. When she hung up she looked at me and said “How much do you want to pay for it?” I responded with “How’s $3?” She said – and I swear this is true – “I don’t care. How’s $1?” I literally had to go to my car an get 4 quarters since I don’t usually carry cash on me. I paid $1 for this little forgotten Hulk piece in the clearance section by a woman who clearly hated her job. And maybe her life.
Can you name them all? They cheat a little with initials – I could do it without the cheat sheet – but can you? No googling!
Given away with copies of Wizard, Wild Thing is a product of Wolverine and Elektra – let that sink in for a minute. Man, she must be so hairy! Anyways, Rina – or Wild Thing – has psychic claws that cannot actually cut or tear. I know what you’re thinking: What they hell good are they? Apparently, not much. They do little to the Hulk when she encounters him in the Canadian woods.
Also, it looks as though Jeph Loeb wasn’t the first to use the horrible idea of a thousand Wendigos crawling all over the forest. At least this time they give somewhat of an excuse for how this event occurred. This curse effected an entire boy scout troop and they come face to face with the likes of the Hulk, Wolverine and his little girl Wild Thing.
Thankfully, Strange comes to the rescue to restore the boys back to their human form but not before the Hulk knocks the hell out of one of them. It’s funnier when you remember he just punched a kid most likely still in Elementary School.
|Hero vs. Hero
It’s no wonder why this series didn’t even survive 6 issues but it’s funny going through the old 90’s comics and seeing the Marvel now retreading to what they created 20 years before. Things have gone better than they did back in 1999.
All I was able to find is the Hulk that looks suspicious of everyone. Not angry, not annoyed, but more like you just told him that he needs to watch his little brother on Saturday night so he won’t be able to go to the football game with his friends. He’s looking slightly confused to see if you were talking to him or not.
I also found the buzzed Rocket and high AF Groot. These guys make an amazing threesome. Like the “See no evil, hear no evil speak no evil” monkeys – but ones who refuse to play their respective parts.
“Damnit, Mom! Louie was going to borrow his Dad’s Chevelle!”
Funko has managed to take over the world of actions figures. I can’t imagine any other company that rose as quickly and dominated the market as fast as Funko. They’ve done so mainly with simply sculpted small figures in covered boxes. The biggest selling pieces they offer are, of course, the POP figures. They do branch out here are there with some other products including these mugs based on the heads of the POP figures. Pretty cool and fun.