Category Archives: Hulk Action Figure

ALL THE BANNERS!

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A while ago Amazon released an exclusive set that included a Mark Ruffalo Bruce Banner.  It was a while coming since both Eric Bana and Edward Norton both had their own figures.  Bruce has even appeared in a few 2 packs back in the day with a “Transforming Hulk”.  Let’s take a look through the figures, shall we?  We can begin with the latest and the best looking of all of them – the Marvel Legends Bruce Banner:

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It is very well sculpted under the likeness of Ruffalo and it isn’t a slouch on the other departments either.  The articulation is top notch!  It boasts an impressive 16 joints!  Too bad all that Banner really ever did was run.  Run from the Army, run from the cops, run in those snazzy dress shoes that look fresh from the shoe shine.  How does he keep himself looking so debonair when every time he throws a tantrum he rips everything to shreds?  Oh that’s right – he’s always angry.  Anyways, this figure is not a pricey or difficult figure to find – and if you’re a Hulk fan there certainly is no reason NOT to get him!

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The Edward Norton figure, on the other hand, is an easy figure to forget and not consider picking up.  I love all my figures – but if I had to pick one celebrity figure who played Bruce Banner to drop it would not be a hard decision.  The Edward Norton figure is a 3&3/4 figure (think GI JOE size) in comparison to the 6″ figures that the 2008 Hulk figures stood at.  Banner doesn’t reflect Norton as much as just a standard figure – in fact out of the package I doubt anyone would be able to recognize where this guy came from at all!  I do enjoy the fact that all the “Transforming Hulk” figures all have one thing in common – they all somehow slip Banner inside of the figure.

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Eric Bana Banner (say that 3 times fast) on the other hand is actually a step back in the right direction!  Sporting his nerdy slick hair do from the 2003 mistake Hulk movie this figure is detailed and actually looks like the actor who played him!  While certainly not up to the standards of the Marvel Legends Banner this figure is still leaps and bounds better than the 2008 version that came after it.

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Of course, one of my favorites, a figure that could never be mistaken for anything BUT Banner, is the 1996 Transformations line Bruce.  This figure is everything you think of when you think of Banner – ripped clothes, wild, bewildered look on his face and barefoot!  It also has the honor of being packaged with what is arguably the ugliest Hulk figure ever:

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No, seriously… look at this thing:

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While I do like this Banner the most the one major thing it lacks is size.  It’s the smallest Banner in this whole list!  That – and the joints drive me nuts.  They are so obvious.

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This Banner does rank as one of my favorites considering the last Banner is confusing at best.  It has an anime, feminine quality to it that is an interesting choice.  Of course, it’s the only Banner figure that sports a lab coat – so that’s something:

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You can’t fault Toy Biz too much as they remember to add the purple pants on this figure – I just can’t get over the face – is he wearing lipstick?  Maybe it’s just a bit of lip gloss to bring out those dreamy emerald eyes.  He looks like he should be fronting a boy band!

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Of course I am aware that there is a Bruce Banner Hot Toys figure – and no I did not pick it up – while I agree it looks fantastic I think my money is better spent else where rather than a super-detailed action figure.  Anyways, what does everyone out there think?  What’s the best Banner figure?  Which tops the charts for you?

Marvel Legends Series Maestro (2017)

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If you are a fan of the Facebook Page of this blog then you know I found this figure this past Saturday.  If you’re yet to be a fan of the page – like it here – I try to give extra stuff and put stuff up as soon as I find it and such.  That’s neither here nor there at this point though because we have a Maestro figure in 3 3/4 scale finally!  Yes, the figure is based off the Contest of Champions rather than the classic style of the character.  CoC wasn’t a bad read – I wasn’t all that interested at first but I had to take a peek as the Hulk (many versions) play a big part.

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The oddest part is seeing Maestro – spoilers – defeated as his main thing is being too powerful to be taken down by anyone.  But hey, a character too powerful to take down by anything is a pretty boring read.  I thought the series was entertaining as heck and was sad to see it end at issue #10.

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The Maestro figure we are served is still a great figure but I would kill for a Maestro with removable pointy crown.  Ultimately, I’m still glad to be getting a Maestro figure no matter which version.  I can’t say I would give it a thumbs up in adding it to your collection, unless, like me, you’re in too deep and can’t get out!

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Playschool Heroes Hulk Bot (2016)

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Playschool seems to re-release the same figures paired with different characters or with a new added vehicle but this item is a bit different and really cool.  It reminds me of the Mega-Morphs that were released years ago – a hero inside of a larger robot!  A Hulk figure is not added into the packaging – but the single figures are cheap enough.  You place the Hulk into the robot’s chest and then have them smash the outer shell!  Articulation and paint apps are pretty standard on these – so you’re not really investing in these figures for that – but the piece is still a cool addition into the collection.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket and Tiny Groot (2016)

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Isn’t it hilarious that everything Marvel now reflects the movies… well, all but the actual freaking comics!  But this figure was sitting in the shelves of TRU and beckoned to come home with me.  I have most of the Rocket figures that have been made and this rodent will always have a home in the Hulk room since he debuted in the Hulk series.  I have yet to watch the cartoon but I had pretty much given up on all of Marvel cartoons after the disaster that was Hulk: and the Agents of SMASH.

Titan Hero Hulk Figures (2015/2016)

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The Titan series certainly provides children with an affordable way to collect 12″ figures of their favorite characters.  While I haven’t bothered blogging about the Hulk figure – I did pick it up.  The articulation, paint apps and sculpt all are very simple and nothing to note.  Again, though, these are perfect for children who just want to play with Hulk figures!

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Ultimately, these are big, chunky figures that were nothing to wrote home about.  Then, Marvel released a second version of the Hulk.  Unlike the first version that showed the classic teeth gritting, rage filled Hulk, this new version was a bit of surprise.  It has a stern looking scowling Hulk – a face sculpt that portrayed annoyance rather than anger!

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I love when they do that!  I love when they offer a Hulk that is not what you expect.  The Hulk actually looks like he has been offered a sandwich of stinky cheese!  The darker color looks better too.

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Sofubi Retro Hulk (2016)

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I can only tell you with this item you have to see it in person to really appreciate it!  This thing is truly a monster!  I don’t even mean the jade giant in the box – I mean the size of this thing is impressive!  When I saw a pic on ebay I wasn’t sure I was going to bother picking it up – but I decided to throw caution to the wind and man, am I happy I did!

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I don’t know if this is a whole line or if there are other figures produced – to tell the truth I haven’t really cared all that much to research – but the Hulk is amazing!  While it is not a front runner in articulation but the sculpt, especially the face, is classic, hilarious and brilliant!  Not to mention the artwork on the box is something to behold!  Two of the most iconic artists to ever work on the Hulk is displayed on here!  This 10″ figure is truly a throwback to the figures of yesteryear.  While the price tag is a bit steep take the time to seek out the best price.  Make this a part of your collection TODAY!

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Avengers Hulk (2017)

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Walking through Target I noticed an Iron Man from a new kids friendly Avengers line and thought “Cool.  I wonder if they made a Hulk?”  The back of the package confirmed that they did, in fact, make a Hulk figure.  It sent me off to every Target and TRU in my area.  On the second Target I entered I was able to snag myself a Hulk.  First thing that I noticed is the mass of this figure compared to the others in the line.

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I always feel it’s important to have the Hulk be the biggest figure in the line – something that the Marvel Universe did with the first release but then subsequent releases they made the Hulk closer to the same size as the other characters in the line.  Hulk needs to be bigger!  He needs to be noticeably the largest figure!

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This figure accomplishes that and then some!  Not only is the size impressive but the Hulk is obviously based on the early silver age Hulk.  Ripping the figure open I was also pleasantly surprised that they gave him a bit more articulation that I would’ve thought – not only does his head swivel but also his shoulders and elbows!  His legs bend – but not the knees – that’s the only thing that would’ve really made this figure complete!

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The other thing to note is that the proportions are somewhat more accurate than they have been on figures in the past.  The sculpt is fantastic, with surprising detail!  The paints – although very simplistic – work well and pop and of course – are classic purple!  This was certainly the way to start off the year with a surprise Hulk figure that totally rocks!

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