This acquisition did not prove to be as difficult to pick up as I thought it would. Turns out, thanks to Amazon, you didn’t have to take a trip to NY or even reduce yourself to eBay. Not that Amazon is much better – but for some reason it is. I don’t make the rules you guys! Anyways, I received this guy quite a while ago – if your on my Facebook page then you know just when it arrived because I posted it right then. In fact, you should totally like my FB page because it gets updated more frequently with my Hulk findings then my blog does! Sad but true. It’s only because it’s easier to post on there than here. I will never abandon this page though. I think we’re tethered till I’m dead.
As I’ve already made my thoughts known about Thor: Ragnarok, I do have to say, this is a great Pop figure! I mean, look at this! Hulk! In gladiator lounge wear! It all works too! The pooka shells – or Sakaar pottery, whichever works, necklaces, the loin cloth, everything! I actually may like this better than the Gladiator Hulk himself! I’m not sure – it’s pretty close.
Seeing new Hulk merchandise in the stores is always a thrill – but sometimes the thrill of a new Hulk acquisition overpowers common sense or even good taste. This may not be the perfect example of what I’m talking about but when I brought this guy home and began to examine just what I brought into the Hulk room. While it isn’t the worst figure in the world, really we’re just left with painted wood connected by string – and let’s be real here – the back of the package boasts WAY more fun with this figure than I think anyone who will ever buy it can have. If you see it and decide to purchase be ready to plunk down 2 bills. NO! Not $200 – just $20. so the two bills I assume you’re going to use are $10.
It seems the wave of the future may just be seeing exclusives everywhere. Figures and toys that are only available to purchase through a single retailer or company. This is noting new, of course, but we’re certainly seeing more and more of website and retailer exclusives. Some are real hits (pretty much anything Hulk gladiator) and others you question why (While I liked the TRU Bruce Banner Pop figure I’ve heard many more people complain). Well Disney has thrown their hat into the ring with their very own line of stylized Marvel, Disney and Star Wars figures!
I was excited to see this line – it reminded me of this never released animated Hulk figure from the Fantastic Four line:
So imagine my surprise and delight to have this Hulk figure show up! It seems to be more in the vein of the Infinity figures released for the games – but with actual articulation! Then I looked at the back of the packaging and noticed this:
This is one of those times they should never have shown us what we could’ve had. The prototype figure looks so much cooler with his teeth baring scowl! I mean, the Hulk delivered is still very cool – but compared to what was it’s certainly a step down!
I am happy with the Hulk but also disappointed for a few reasons. Let’s go over the good stuff. First, he is, as he should be, huge! Not huge like 12″ or something, just huge compared to the rest of the figures in this line. He has some mass for sure but he’s pretty light. I’m not counting his weight as a negative – just an observation. There is plenty of articulation on this figure so his pose ability is pretty high.
I even like the accessory – his little crushed pipe – that he sports! It’s no bent bar/boulder a la 80’s Toy Biz Hulk but it’s something new I have yet to see included with a Hulk figure. Most of the Hulk figures released now come sans any accessories at all, in fact. So getting one was a nice surprise!
The problems with the figure begin with the little pipe not fitting into his gripped fist! The pipe could only fit into one hand as the other is completely closed but the one that is slightly open is too narrow to fit even the skinniest part of the pipe inside! The other issue is the hardly sculpted face the Hulk sports. It’s hard to even get a decent pic because of the shallowness of his lip fold.
Overall, I still like the Hulk that was released but I sort of remain disappointed when I see the Hulk displayed on the back of the packaging. We could of had a classic, purple pants, savage Hulk, bent and ready to attack! While I give this figure a solid B- the prototype would have been an easy A.
I am really trying to post all the Thor: Ragnarok stuff I’ve added to the collection – something I was trying to accomplish last week but I ended up getting really busy. Anyways, the plushes released for the movie are pretty fun. One, released by Funko (above) is everything you’ve come to expect from the company. The other (below) is a slam and make noise kind of soft. Both are equally cute – and obviously both agree that the Hulk is nose-less. That’s not the facts I come away with after seeing the movie twice – but maybe the executives were shown an early cut?
Either way it’s still an amazing thing that we get Planet Hulk softs! Never did I think we’d see the day when we would see a mass produced Hulk plush in his gladiator garb! Now we have two! Both are worth picking up too – but if you’re just going to just choose one then I would say pick the noisy one. It may not be as accurate as the Funko one but it looks better made. Funko softs look as though they would fall apart if given some love from a child.
Funko made their helmet with actual fuzzy “feathers” which is vastly superior to the other soft that doesn’t even color the headdress correctly! Still, the eyes and patched on shoulder pad and overall look of the Marvel one takes the cake for me. What do you guys think? Did anyone out there pick either or both of these up?
Just when you’ve reached the end of your rope with the Hulk pieces from Thor: Ragnarok all being exclusives and limited or even worse… really freakin’ expensive, we’re finally dealt a break by Funko in the form of the Mystery Mini. Before we continue with the review here – will you take a look a the size of that first sentence? Let’s move on. Like I mentioned seeing the distribution of the characters it’s a relief to see that the Gladiator Hulk is actually one of the more readily available. With a 1/6 chance to score this little guy it’s also a relief to know how easy he is to find IN the mystery box.
If you lightly shake each box you’ll notice certain figures don’t move as easily as others. Now, with a few larger figures you’d still be stuck getting figures you’re not trying to obtain if it weren’t for the fact that the Hulk’s not only one of the bigger figures but also the heavier! With that 1-2 combo discovering the boxes that this guy is hidden in isn’t a challenge at all!
I had narrowed it down to 2 different boxes that could possibly the Hulk when I discovered my instincts were spot on! With both boxes opened each one contained the Hulk I was looking for! Can I just say, the sculpt on this figure is awesome! I again wish that Funko was not locked into having to make these figures bobbleheads but it’s something I can live with when the pieces come out this cool! I mean, look at his little oversized helmet and alien hammer!
After discussing this with a good friend he informed me that Hot Topic also has a variant with the Hulk in his gladiator leisure wear. I was a little dejected thinking I spoke too soon with the Mystery Minis being an easy score but have no fear Hulk fans! The Hot Topic exclusive is also has a 1/6 chance! The weight and size of the figure still applies so with just a little patience you can narrow it down to the exact right box!
Again, I had it narrowed it down to 2 boxes it could be AND…: BOOM goes the dynamite!
There is certainly no shortage of Hulk keychains. In fact, if there was an apocalyptic event that left us with very few resources I could safely say I would not worry about running low on Hulk keychains, like, ever! This one features a very classic Hulk stance made of rubber. It has some real great detail for something so small – but keychains like this would not last on my keychain rotation. It’s too big for my liking (that’s what she said) as I clip my keys to my belt loop (like a janitor) and… I don’t know, it’s just too big.
This is yet another one of those little Hulk figures that you have to buy a whole package of characters you don’t want just to get a Hulk figure that you do want. These little guys don’t even try to pretend to be detailed or even painted well. In fact, look at it from the side it sort of looks like one of those old wrinkly dogs where you debate if it’s cute or not.