The Marvel tumblers they release are certainly plentiful – I hate to admit that I am such a sucker for these things I snag every new one I see. Marvel seems to be getting smarter though as they are printing two different characters on one cup. This one features the Hulk and Cap – which is perfect – me and my daughters favorite characters sharing one cup! Even better the Hulk is a Sal Buscema! Who doesn’t love the sound effect ZUNG? Does anyone else try to make the sounds when presented in the issues? Only me? Well this is awkward…
Now, I have seen lots of great sales at TRU – usually if you’re patient enough sometimes you get away with a steal! in 2003 I nabbed a Hulk Christmas Tree for an amazing get of 10 cents. That’s a dime – that is it – for a tree they were asking $40 for. I knew things were not going to go well for Marvel’s Playmation line when it was released AFTER every other figural video game. After Infinity, Amiibo, Dimensions – out comes Playmation. Truthfully, I was ecited to get another Hulk figure – but when I saw the Hulk fists sets I was bummed.
Gamma Gear Mark II Set:
Gamma Gear Starter Pack Set:
There was no way I was going to pay $79.99 for a set of Hulk fists that I wasn’t even going to use! Even worse, there was another pair in a larger set that ran over $100. Either way I didn’t lose too much sleep over it. This past Christmas season I was in TRU when I noticed all Playmation was on insane sale! We’re talking figures were just $2 and the Hulk hand sets? The Hands were $12.99 – the larger set was $14.99. That is cheaper than the Hulk fists when they first showed up on the shelves!
I didn’t really know what to expect when I took these home but upon opening then I was pleasantly surprised to find a pair of rubber hands, sculpted very well, that look just as good – if not better than the 2008 release. They have holes between the fingers to let air in so that your hands don’t sweat and due to the controls inside they have a bit of heft to them to make them feel substantial. Of course, they don’t make sounds – but that’s fine by me.
The two sets are pretty similar except for the base on the hands which, as you can tell, are different colors. I like the blue a bit better but the grey is kick ass as well. Even if you don’t plan on playing the game the hands are worth the pick up for the price I paid – regularly… not so much. Even if these aren’t on sale anymore keep an eye out – I wouldn’t be surprised to see these on the clearance racks soon!
This Italian version of Jason Aaron’s reboot of Hulk #1 was just too beautiful to let it sit on eBay. I just had to snatch it up – I mean, look at it! Yes, Silvestri’s Hulk is not the perfect representation – and he had quite a difficult time selling the original art for an astronomical price – but this is a great cover enhanced by the foil! This variant contains not only the first issue of the Hulk but also Marvel’s Point One, Defenders #1 and (Red) Hulk #42. It’s a monster for sure but also includes all the variant covers to the issue inside. Seeing variants like this from across the pond is so beautiful – it’s a shame they don’t release books like this here!
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Avengers sequel merchandise was very hit and miss. This Hulk came in a 4-pack with some of the other Avengers but I really didn’t want to get the whole set. This what happens when merchandisers go crazy with popular films. In 2003 we saw such an influx of Hulk merchandise it was hard to keep up! Same with Avengers.
I didn’t want the whole set – and from what I remember the set ranged in the $25-$30 area. I certainly wasn’t willing to pay that much for just this little Hulk figure. This is when I am happy that eBay exists! I was even happier to realize I didn’t buy full price when I saw that this little guy is, in fact, a bobble head.
The Hulk has had quite a few games released in the 70s and 80s. This a prime example of one of the more entertaining. If you have liked the Facebook page then you’ve already seen pics of my daughter and I enjoying an afternoon of playing – but here is a closer look at the whole set. The game board is a maze that sort of reminds me of Trivial Pursuit, as in, you can go anywhere on the board, but you’re actively trying to avoid running into the Hulk.
Each game piece is a character of the Fantastic Four – you choose who you want to be – and in turn, pretty much everyone is the Hulk. Basically the Hulk moves with you. You pick either a Dr. Banner or Hulk card and that sort of decides your fate of what happens next. If you are able to make Dr. Banner’s face from the Dr. Banner cards that means you’ve tamed the beast and won the game. No lie – it’s super frustrating when you keep getting the same side of his face over and over.
One of the unique advantages of the game I possess is that the Hulk’s extra arm on the spinner has never been used or even separated from the original card. Overall, this was a super fun game and my daughter and I enjoyed it immensely. If you’re in the mood for some vintage board game fun I would say this is certainly worth the pick up!
Some of these Marvel Encyclopedias are immensely helpful and thorough… that being said – this is not one of them. One of these major exclusions from the pages of this book are the series and issue numbers of where these characters, battles and team-ups happened. As it is if you DO happen to find something interesting in here you’ll have to do your own research to find out where this appeared. It’s such a disappointing omission that I really don’t even suggest getting this book. In fact, the only reason I was given this book was because of the obviously amazing cover! Granted it is the best part of the whole thing – but the book isn’t completely useless – it’s just… how can I put this delicately? Generic. Did anyone else out there get this book? Was anyone else sort of let down with the fact that they mentioned certain fights or events but never even bothered to cite it with what issues you could find them in? I can’t be the only one…