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!
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.
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.
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!
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.