There are a few Avengers: Infinity War opening day collectibles. Did I tell you the story how I went to the opening day event at my local theater and received the Infinity Gauntlet coin and collectible cup went awry? You see, I am so accustomed to throwing away my trash after the movies that I tossed the cup right into the waste barrel. I didn’t even realize until I was halfway home! It was the red and black cup that kicked all sorts of ass – but hey, life happens.
A few weeks later my friend told me that he had a collectible cup that had a giant Hulk head on the top. When he went to the concession stand to collect the cup he found out the Hulk was already sold out. But then – yes, there is more to this story…
On the movie manager retreat he saw the company who created the cups with a stand in the lobby of the hotel. He immediately went over and requested the Hulk head – alas, those were not the pieces he brought – but instead had the full figure big headed Hulk instead! I was psyched to finally get an exclusive movie cup from the latest Avengers movie.
They have released so many glasses at this point it’s hard to keep track of them all. I found these at Target – and noticed something a little different. These glasses didn’t feature just one classic image of a hero – in a move both brilliant and a little disappointing – they have shared glasses between two heroes now. In a sick twist of fate this glass is shared between Hulk and Captain America. The sick part is that my daughter’s favorite character is Cap and mine is the Hulk. Usually, when I but a set of glasses she would get the Cap one… except I couldn’t just give her this one because on the back (or front, depending on how you look at it) is the Hulk!
Funko has managed to take over the world of actions figures. I can’t imagine any other company that rose as quickly and dominated the market as fast as Funko. They’ve done so mainly with simply sculpted small figures in covered boxes. The biggest selling pieces they offer are, of course, the POP figures. They do branch out here are there with some other products including these mugs based on the heads of the POP figures. Pretty cool and fun.
The Marvel tumblers they release are certainly plentiful – I hate to admit that I am such a sucker for these things I snag every new one I see. Marvel seems to be getting smarter though as they are printing two different characters on one cup. This one features the Hulk and Cap – which is perfect – me and my daughters favorite characters sharing one cup! Even better the Hulk is a Sal Buscema! Who doesn’t love the sound effect ZUNG? Does anyone else try to make the sounds when presented in the issues? Only me? Well this is awkward…
This past week I turned another decade older. I hit middle age and spent the day in NJ at one of my favorite places, Zapp Comics. Many pics will follow of my adventures there – but until then I will showcase a couple of gifts I recieved. These two mugs may look the same but there are subtle differences including the white lip at the top and a lighter shade of green. They are also different sculpts – even if you can hardly tell by a quick glance. One is a Marvel licensed photo – the other is a “Big Mouth” green fist mug. Try to guess which is which before scrolling down to see the answer below.
There is something adorable and awe inspiring about the reach of Funko’s licenses. They have everything from John Hughes movies to horror classics to Star Wars and DC. It’s staggering to see the TV series, video games and more all sculpted into little pieces of plastic. They have been creating more and more – including this mug – based off their sculpts for the Marvel Pop figures. While it is fun and unique they seemed to have a very poor paint application. You can see sloppy brush strokes that are very distracting. It’s not expensive (and I’m a sucker for Hulk Head mugs) but there are certainly better mugs to spend your money on.
I remember back in the day when if you wanted to drink from a glass that had the Hulk on it you either had to wait for a fast food chain to release a superhero set or a convenience store to have a Marvel theme. Now though, most big box stores carry some sort of superhero glassware. the best pieces feature some sort of vintage images – but it’s all pretty great! The glass above is pretty hard to see, I know, but it is the amazing Jim Steranko Hulk illustration from The Incredible Hulk Annual #1. It’s a white outline which makes it hard to photograph but does look awesome in person.
The other is a simple glass with the Hulk fist on it given to me by children for my birthday. I think the Hulk fist is a better symbol for our Jade Giant than the one they were trying to use years ago which was a yellow and green radioactive symbol.