Let’s start the year with a bang! I was very weary of picking up another expensive Hulk figure, after the huge disappointment of SH Figuarts, but I will tell you upfront that everything Figuarts did wrong is all the same things Mezco does right! This superbly detailed figure is worth the price tag whether or not you’ve paid full price or not. (I did not!) One:12 Collective is a line of premium action figures that use real cloth and give extra accessories – not to mention a stand and items to help pose these impressive new figures!
I will also tell you there is one very specific but obvious issue I have with the figure but I am having too much fun fawning over everything this company did right to focus on the negative yet. Let’s begin by saying just how expertly sculpted this figure is! The Hulk is usually not too difficult of a figure to land – green skin and purple pants and BOOM! You’ve got yourself a winner! Really, the most challenging aspect of a Hulk figure is nailing the facial expression! With the Gladiator Hulk there are so many more details that need to be addressed.
If you’re looking for a figure that is the best of the comic and movie version of the Gladiator Hulk than this may not be the figure for you. Really, this figure is super faithful to the Hulk presented in Thor: Ragnarok. While I would love to see a figure this highly sculpted that represents the comic version of Planet Hulk I truly enjoy this one! Mezco gives us two head options – a helmeted screaming Hulk, and an agitated head without battle gear. The helmeted version is my choice due to the obvious color discrepancy between the head and the body.
Here is the one thing that may stop people buying this great figure – and yes, it does look bad in the photos, but I think the flash makes it out worse than it really is. The unprotected head does make the paint changes a little more apparent so I choose to go with the helmeted head. The paints aren’t as obvious that way – even though it’s still there.
This brings me to the changes of the alternate head/fists. Another pet peeve of mine is making the extra heads and hands really difficult to change – either the posts don’t line up perfectly or the holes aren’t big enough and they make it really tough to pull off or put on a new head or hand. Mezco, for this figure, makes the replacing or changing of alternate heads and hands super easy! You can make the Hulk have two fists, open hands, hands made to hold the weapons all with ease!
I also enjoy the fact that there is a real restraint when it comes to the accessories. The axe and hammer are painted and made to look like they are made of stone. The leather and armored pieces do look like they are made of those materials!
Overall, Mezco gave me a rejuvenated faith that premium action figures are worth a higher price tag! Marvel Legends BAF is still a great figure – don’t get me wrong – but this figure is better! You can find this figure on the secondary market for between $70-$150 and if you get the chance to pick up this figure for the more affordable side of that range then you should totally go for it! Kudos to Mezco for this great figure! Anyone else buy this and want to share some thoughts? Let me know in the comments!
It looks as though this brilliant customizer has taken the recent Kingpin body and made the Grey Hulk from Wolverine #7/8. Not sure which body they took for Wolvie… sorry, Patch, but the head is a perfect classic Wolverine to make this impressive figure!
Can’t get much better than this!
I decided to leave the very cool but over priced Grandmaster and Korg set on the shelf. I mean, Korg is fantastic – but not for the $45 asking price! Even when it went to clearance I thought $30 was too much and decided I may go ahead and just eBay this sucker for less. Eventually.
The other Hulk figure that didn’t come home was the large Avengers: Endgame Hulk with Gauntlet. I just wasn’t impressed by ANYTHING to do with this Hulk. As much as it pains me to leave Hulk merch on the shelf sometimes even I have a line I won’t cross!
The Hulk-world was suddenly set a blaze a few months ago when I was announced that Hasbro would finally release a Retro 80th Anniversary Hulk. I know I was definitely one of the people beyond excited! This line has been one of my favorites since the beginning with their bright and colorful cards and (even though quite a few were re-releases) perfectly sculpted figures! When the Hulk was announced it was even said to be oversized – much like the Wolverine from this series was shorter than the regular figures to be consistent!
Then it was finally released – and immediately sold out. It was one of the hottest tickets of SDCC. They were immediately posted on eBay for double the price. All this for a figure with the same body sculpt as the 80th Anniversary 2-pack but with a new head! I was still there for it though – I thought being patient was the way to go.
Turns out, Hasbro announced that they would release some on Hasbro Pulse sometime at the end of August. Sure enough I was going to be one of the lucky ones who was able to snag it off the Hasbro site! So, yeah… that didn’t happen. The figure was gone in mere seconds. Well, eBay here I come!
I am not one to pay secondary prices but figured this was really going to be the only chance I was going to have to secure one. Only problem? With the figure selling out in seconds the price also jumped on eBay. Now we were looking at $90 rather than a measly $70.
I still pulled the trigger figuring if I waited again I could see another price hike! I didn’t want that so I went for it. Not willing to spend another $90 I only have the one so I don’t have any out the box shots. I was able to find few online so you could get a closer look at it:
But this guy is a huge mutha! Here’s a comparison shot with the already enormous BAF Cull Obsidian:
I wasn’t going to bother picking up the Hulk mystery mini for the Endgame set but I was in Target with some time to waste and came across a box with 4 figures left. I took a chance and grabbed two of the boxes – shaken and weighed with the utmost precision for complete accuracy – and bought them. I opened the first one on the way to the car and saw the green skin!
I was psyched that the chance I took paid off! I went in the car and opened the other box – this was a bonus no matter what as I figured I already had the Hulk – but as a surprise it was ANOTHER Hulk! So two Hulks for the price of… well, two. But, still – two Hulks!
This humongous and amazing Hulk is from Brazil. Thanks tot he generous friends on Facebook I did have an opportunity to grab one – unfortunately is was a little more than I wanted to spend – but that doesn’t change the fact that this Hulk is one of the best figures I have ever seen in my life!
While it’s not part of my collection it’s still one that I think Hulk collectors should seek out if they have the means!
I remember seeing images hit the forums on this figure and the overall response was a hefty sigh. Sure, we’d pick it up but it’s more out of obligation than a must have. The only interesting piece of this figure is that it comes with the Stark invented gauntlet to hold the infinity stones. This is the more affordable line so you know they don’t focus on the real articulation and perfect paint apps. It’s fun enough and if you can find it at Target then it could be worth the pick up.