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!
A lot of the Thor: Ragnarok merchandise is still being released all over. Some of the first pieces to make an appearance were the figures – including the great Marvel Legends Hulk BAF featured on this very blog! If the 3 3/4 inch were more your style then have no fears because they have released a 2-pack that features a fantastic Gladiator Hulk! Something that was sorely missing when the Marvel Universe figures were still being released. We were given a King Hulk – but never a Planet Hulk!
This two pack features a Gladiator version of both Hulk and Thor – complete with some fantastic accessories. Thor with Mjolnir and a sword and the Hulk featuring an axe and helmet. The paint application varies from figure to figure but both packages I bought were pretty darn spot on! I just wish they would offer an alternative head with a screaming or just angry expression. Plenty of articulation on both the figures to pose them at will, so no complaints there.
In fact, the only thing I would offer up as an criticism is the price. This set is being offered for $20 and while that is in line with the Marvel Universe figures before it I thought that whole line was over priced! That being said, I still enjoy this 2-pack and am glad to have added it to the collection.
Thank you to all that have been messaging me asking me to blog about all the new Hulk items that have been released. If you’re on my FB page then you will know that not only do I have them all but I have had them for quite a while! I was able to acquire the BAF Gladiator Hulk a week before the street date! Thank goodness I did too, getting the pieces to this guy is proving to be very difficult. Some of the figures are pretty fantastic – and then there’s Loki. A terrible figure with very little accessories! If you are lucky enough to unload them to help pay for the Hulk then good on you because he’s already running a pretty penny on eBay.
The figure is pretty fantastic too! I was hoping for an 8″ figure since it was the Hulk and this is the first time the Hulk has treated to the BAF format. While he still stands taller than most of the other figures in the set he is the same size as the AoU Hulk we were served. The real difference? The absolute killer gladiator set up that this Hulk comes with! The war paint, the helmet, the huge hammers and all the armor! It absolutely makes this figure a killer piece to add to the Hulk collection!
Like I mentioned, having to buy every figure in this series just to get the Hulk – which means you’re shelling out about $120 to get this bad boy! That might seem steep but really, you’re going to pay about $75-90 just for the Hulk on eBay anyways, so for another $30 bucks or so you can have all the figures too.
I have seen this on FB – with the soft plastic they used for the hammer makes it susceptible to bending when the Hulk holds it. You can easily avoid this by having the Hulk hold the hammer high on the neck. I actually thinks this looks cooler anyways.
The Gladiator Hulk’s expression is an interesting choice. He really looks as if he is confident and stoic at the same time. I get that the Hulk has constantly been sculpted with the raging anger face – but with a BAF I really feel as if we should have been given an alternate head with a screaming anger face! It would have been perfect!
The figure reminds me of the last time the Hulk was seen in war paint… but this time he’s way more bas ass!
Every Marvel movie has released electronic figures that can interact with each other. Most of the time I grab a Hulk for the Hulk Room and leave the rest. Of course, seeing this figure this past Thursday made me leap for joy! I spent at least 20 minutes in the aisle having the Thor and Hulk figures talk back and forth. It was so fantastic!
This is not on the level of the ML 14″ Hulk that has just graced the collection – but it’s super impressive! the button to make him talk is incorporated into the straps that go across his chest – a much better scene than the Avengers Hulk which sported the button in the middle of his bare chest. I also enjoy the accessories that this figure sports! The helmet (a must) and the huge hammer type weapon complete this Hulk to make it a must have! The price is on the more expensive side but I still feel it’s worth the pick up!
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.
A while back when my wife and I were going to have our second child I needed some quick renovations to the house. I’ve mentioned it before on here but I had decided to sell off a chunk of my Hulk figures and comics to fund the repairs. Well, the moment of regret hit me pretty hard – wishing I had never went through with the sale – I was happy I had replaced the carpet and Washer/Dryer but I seriously missed the pieces that were no longer in the Hulk room… where they belonged. An amazing chance meeting with a friend – who goes by Gammapup on this site – who was looking to turn in some Hulk figures to Zapp Comics actually replaced a good chunk of the figures I lost. Still, to this day, it is the most generous and wonderful gesture that has ever happened to me.
Some of the figures till missing from the collection I have been able to slowly replace over the years. The first was the original Toy Biz classic Marvel Superheroes Incredible Hulk. I have missed this figure – and this may sound silly – but really for the bendy “steel” bar and boulder accessories he comes with. The boulder makes sense somewhat but the steel bar? Why would anyone bend a steel bar like this? Other than to show off – and who is the Hulk trying to impress?
Next up is the Battle Action Hulk from the 2003 movie. It’s one of the largest and more impressive Hulk figures released. Originally I was able to snag it from Comically Speaking, a shop in Reading, MA, but this time around I had to go to eBay. It’s never my first choice to but it off the internet but I saw it for an incredibly good deal and could not resist.
Moving on, the last replacement figure is one of the more expensive figures. When I sold them to Zapp I was shocked to learn that these Transformers hybrids were pretty scarce and going for a premium. This is the original release – there is still a grey version and another green Hulk figure to replace – but I was psyched to get this for Christmas from my wife.
The last figure in the post is a new one to the collection – a figure I have never had before – from the 2003 Hulk movie once again, the Rapid Punch Hulk. My wife was at the Toy Vault and she started sending me pics of the Hulk figures they had there. I was laughing because I had everything she was sending – a regular occurrence – until she sent me a photo of this Hulk. I knew from the pose that this Hulk was not one of the ones I had in the Hulk room already and, in all caps, wrote back “BUY THAT NOW!!!!!”
Thankfully, she did. While I wish the condition of the packaging was better but truly, it doesn’t matter too much. The figure itself is still mint. Anyways, This is a run-down of the figures that have made their way back into my collection. Couldn’t be happier – but honestly, room is starting to become an issue!
I’m just curious at this point to see if Hero Mashers continue much longer. I always thought of them as a fad kind of toy. Something that would go the way of Handful of Heroes or the desperately missed Mighty Muggs. So far they’ve released larger and boxed figures but all I’ve seen on the shelves lately have been the miniatures. The Red Hulk gets his own mini-figure in Series 3 and, even cooler, comes with Thor’s appendage gripping the mighty Mjolnir! With this line you could have anyone gripping Mjolnir, really – but only if you want to really bastardize the continuity! And let’s be honest here – the only one who really messes with Marvel’s mythos is Marvel themselves! Everyone else, show some respect!