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!
I do love these Dorbz – but the fact that the Hulk Dorbz from the Thor: Ranarok movie all were either exclusive or limited did make obtaining them a little more frustrating. I know some people thought it was more exciting – but for me it just meant having to rely on the inter-webs to purchase them. Personally, that’s not all that exciting. I love the thrill of the hunt! Striking keys on a keyboard and using my Paypal to purchase does not really have the same impact that finding a hard to get toy on the shelf does.
As you might’ve guessed I found these little guys on Amazon and was able to get a couple. I did get the other, Books a Million, Dorbz – that will be posted some time later – and I’m still working on getting the Walgreen’s Hulk. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m able to procure it!
I am shocked that new pieces continue to be released from Thor: Ragnarok. This time from Target we get another exclusive POP! but this time with a twist! As far as I know this was only being released through online sales – meaning you had to order it off of the Target website – but that may not exactly be the case. I haven’t heard from anyone seeing in store though…
That being said, this Pop! comes with a great Hulk (The Champion) vs Thor (The Lord of Thunder) T-Shirt. For $25 the T-Shirt is accompanied by one of the cooler exclusive Pop! figures yet! A re-colored (in metallic day-glo, no less) Gladiator Hulk! The T-Shirt is also reminiscent to the original Marvel Collector Corps T-Shirt that featured a hero vs Ultron – one of 4 where you had to get lucky to get the Hulk. Here, there is only one choice and it is perfect! The shirt is still unopened and in a plastic bag so I didn’t bother posting it – but the image of what it looks like is on the backside of the box above.
The POP! series of figures have been interesting this time around. While the Hulk has his share of exclusives none tickle my fancy more than this little guy!
I have an interesting theory though – one that hopefully everyone understands is pure fan fiction and not based off anything but assumptions. When this arrived at my doorstep this week I honestly felt as though I was opening a Marvel Collector Corps light. Usually the boxes contain shirts like the one in this exclusive – as well as a original POP!. As you remember, the Thor: Ragnarok box was a little underwhelming as far as the amount of stuff – not to mention the very few Hulk items – included. I just wonder if these items were meant for the MCC box but at the last minute Target put in a bid of some sort to snag this combo for themselves. Honestly, it was the right choice! Look at this bad boy!
I don’t know if my theory has any validity but it sounds pretty reasonable to me – and sort of makes sense on why the MCC box was such a departure from the norm! Either way, Target has definitely killed it more than any other big box stores as far as exclusives go. With this and the 10″ Hulk POP! Target clearly went all in with Hulk exclusives and won!
I have to say, I was expecting a bit more diversity in facial expressions in all the Planet Hulk figures we’ve gotten from the new Thor movie. This is more comic accurate though – not movie accurate at all. You know why? The freakin’ OBEIDIENCE DISC! How hard would it be to… no, nope. I will not get into this again. I will just focus on the fact that we have a great representation of the Planet Hulk storyline! The Marvel Legends is still a fun and great figure but horrendously inaccurate. The brown pants, the exclusion of the obedience disc, the missing sandals – it just wasn’t a perfect representation of the Hulk from the last classic Hulk story in the past decade.
Like I mentioned, I would of liked to se amore rage filled face, a snarky scowl or something – but we get another Hulk with a slightly annoyed face. He looks more like he has to watch his little sister’s dance recital than he’s being forced to fight for his life in an arena against alien beings. I don’t have an open one yet so I can’t speak of it’s poseability, articulation or even a complete paint app because the shield covers his armored arm but from what I can see it looks pretty darn impressive!
Anyone out there buy this and open it? What do you think?
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.