I was pretty happy to happen upon two of these three figures in my local TRU. The two helmet-less Hulks are available retail but the helmeted Hulk? That little guy comes courtesy of the Marvel Collector Corps. If you have yet to order this bad boy then you are missing out! Go and order it now! This is the littlest and not even close to the most awesome piece the MCC box has to offer!
These tiny Hulks are as detailed as the regular (and even oversized) Pops but come in a tiny little package. You’ll notice the hilarious little mistake that happened while packaging. The Hulk in “leisure” wear comes in the Loki package. Not sure how these little snafus happen but they are unique enough to be interesting. Very rarely do these kind of mistakes make the piece more valuable – but they are still kind of cool.
Go out and find these figures now as a lot of the Thor: Ragnarok merch seems to be disappearing out of the stores. Having the Gladiator Hulk being such an integral part of Thor: Ragnarok’s success was a thrill – even if I wasn’t all that excited about how the Hulk was portrayed – because seeing the Hulk all over the place and offering up some of the more exciting toys is always the best!
I have been extremely impressed with Target when it comes to exclusives this past year. I am also extremely impressed with my wife who found this humongous and impressive beast! She regaled a story of how she called every Target in the area until she found this big guy in stock. She packed up my stuffy little son – who was staying home from preschool that day – and drove about an hour away to snag this monster! She wrapped it up and stashed it under the Christmas tree.
The crazy part is yet to come though… I told Olivia that I had heard many times that these huge Pop figures are arriving to Target with busted hammers. If she were to come across a broken hammer Pop to snag it anyways and I will gladly glue the hell out of it. She then drove the hour commute BACK to the Target the following day and found one with a broken hammer. She was able to get it for a discounted price and when I arrived home that day she surprised me with it!
These Pops are absolutely stunning and the perfect character to release in the over-sized ________. Target released a 10″ Groot before this which was very cool and regularly sells for twice the retail. I feel like the Hulk could possibly appreciate in the years to come – especially since there are quite a few showing up to the stores damaged. If you’re a savvy shopper these guys should still be in the stores – but desperate people can find them on the bay just be prepared to pay $40-$60.
So needless to say, my wife won major points this Christmas. Not only did she find me a couple of 10″ Hulks (that sounds a little dirty) but she went the extra mile to get them. Collecting all the Hulks from Thor: Ragnarok seemed a little daunting when everything was announced but ultimately I had fun tracking all the great stuff this time around.
More and more metal figures are being brought out and while it’s a fun and sort of different from the norm I don’t think metal figures aren’t really here to stay. While still they are fun sculpts and brightly colored there isn’t any articulation and as you get the bigger figures they get heavier and heavier. The tiny little figures like this might be affordable and cool enough – but other than adding to the collection of littles – there really isn’t much you can do with the Hulk.
Seeing as these little guys were buy one get one free I decided snag a Spider-Man 2099 as well. Not the classic costume (which is way better) but it’s still a cool piece.
I have a ton of stuff to show off from Christmas and Thor: Ragnarok but let’s take a look at this guy first. Playschool Heroes continues to release new figures for the younger sets. There is literally no reason not to love these little guys – especially when they continue to create new head molds to make each release look a bit different. The best part of this one? Well, the humongous, translucent fists that the Hulk sports! This is certainly a favorite from the whole line and well worth the $10 out of your pocket!
Night Thrasher was a real attempt at Marvel trying to create their own Batman – more than Iron Man ever was. Night Thrasher also had the added bonus of making the Marvel landscape a little more diverse. The problem was that it’s a little anti-climatic when the solution to a battle is “I’ll just buy my way out of it”. Case in point, this issue!
A depressed neighborhood with a building and a group of scientists working on the cure for AIDS is being protected by the Pantheon. Night Thrasher and his cohort Rage show up to also protect the building from the tenants being kicked out but a misunderstanding has The Pantheon – or more importantly, the Hulk – conflicting with each other.
After a barely impressive back and forth punches Night Thrasher finally reveals that he has paid all the back rent for the organization and everything is fine and that the fight in not needed. The issue is quite the snooze-fest to be honest. One of the worst Hulk guest-shots to completely honest. What a way to start the year off! Skip this issue unless you’re like me and what them all!
|Hero vs. Hero
The above Hulk pin is the Green Hulk/Red Hulk pin from the Marvel Collector Corps Showdowns box set. I would love to report how great that box set was but the truth is, as a Hulk fan looking for some real exciting Hulk swag, it was pretty much a dud. The Collector Corps subscription service is, sadly, I think, doomed to fail. As the boxes continue the amount of pieces in the boxes get smaller and more arbitrary. For example, the Thor: Ragnarok box was the smallest set yet and, unfortunately, stuffed with fidget spinners and playing cards.
The upcoming Hulk themed box should be a real game changer as far as if I’m going to keep subscribing to the service. I’m both excited and nervous at the outcome of the set. The pin, to its merit, is very well made. All the pins are – they are metal, heavy and quality pieces. The other pin, below, is a run of the mill tin pin that you can usually find for half a buck. Still, I liked the image so it’s with the rest of the collection.
This was another blind package Hulk piece – but thankfully the packages were somewhat translucent and mode seeing which character was on the inside all that much easier. I snagged a Hulk and also a Cap for my little girl. The puzzle erasers seem to be getting more and more popular – as of my count yesterday I have three in the collection – and that’s just what I’ve found and bothered buying! I’m sure there are more out there!