I really hope one day to throw a dinner party where I invite all the Hulk collectors I know and we can use all these glasses I have been collecting all these years! Toon Tumblers showed Marvel that glasses can be collectibles too – so they have started to release sets in the past few years. This Marvel 4-Glasses Set ($19.99, 2012) has smaller, or at least thinner glasses, and they feature Cap, Spidey, Hulk and Wolvie. They are really nice – but nothing seems to stand up to the quality that the Toon Tumblers do. I must say though… I do love the classic image they used this time – how many years was that in the corner of every Hulk issue we bought? Although – I am pretty sure they put a different head on the body! Just don’t wash these glasses in the dish washer – HAND WASH ONLY!
Comparison Shot – Marvel glass vs Toon Tumbler
If you know me personally then you know I do not have many vices – other than my love for the Hulk :) I don’t drink coffee or soda and I don’t really need caffeine to rule my morning attitude. But that does not stop me from picking up every Hulk mug I can get my grubby little hands on! The first (Above) is an image that has certainly been making the rounds – the winking Hulk – a Trimpe image from the early days. Both sides of the cup are adorned with Hulk’s face. The second (below… duh!) is one that is popping up here and there and comes straight from, not a Hulk issue, but Fantastic Four #111 – the precursor to the very famous Hulk vs Thing battle of FF #112!
The other side has the cool Incredible Hulk logo!
Marvel Glasses Set
I can be pretty sure that these glasses are made with the smallest amount of care it takes to make glasses – sure – they may easily break, but something about these sets makes me all giddy inside. I think I like the glass sets more than I do some of the action figures that come out! In fact, I may have to create a page just to showcase these sets – because there have been so many! These glasses are a whole lot slimmer than the sets before them. That does mean you can not drink yourself into oblivion with just one glass… it may take one and a half now!
These may surpass the Toon Tumblers for me!
My Kitty would not leave – so you get a shot of him too
Yes, there is still more Westland Giftware. This has to be my favorite mug in the collection – not only do I love the shape of the mug – but can you even think of a better image to use on a Hulk mug? Holy Hell, I love this thing! Most of the images being used are from TIH #206 – but this is the classic image from merchandise from the late 70′s early 80′s. Discussing it with another Gamma bro, I don’t think this was ever in the comics – but if it was please let me know where this image originated from! I have used this thing already – and I have to tell you – Milk looks more delicious in this mug! I don’t know how it’s possible – but it does! Tap water tastes like Perrier! I don’t have any physical proof – but I think it turned water into wine one time. Either that or I forgot to wash it between uses.
Back of Mug
Hulk Mug – they are getting the most out of this Trimpe illustration!
I really wish I could find some time to post more – but right now – this week and next posts will be pretty spare. Sorry ahead of time – but there quite a few things in the works and I am having trouble finding time to even check in right now – let alone post! I know issue #9 hits the stands tomorrow… I will really try to free up time to review that – and trust me I have a whole lot of great pieces to show off – so thanks for your patience guys! Thanks for always checking in! I found this ceramic mug in Framingham at Rubber Chicken Comics – there was only one Hulk in a sea of Cap and Spidey mugs so I felt lucky being able to find this! That’s about it for now – I will try to post the review and maybe the Bowen Fixit statue review the rest of this week! Later guys!
New Hulk Toon Tumbler
I was talking to the Toon Tumbler guy at the BCC – he was surprised when I told him that the image on my extra glasses has all but washed off. He told me to take a replacement – but I wasn’t telling him to take a free glass – so I declined. I did buy the new glass – the one that is in this post – and he assured me that they have made these new glasses using a new chemical. This chemical isn’t supposed to wash off as easily – he said that with Disney buying Marvel he had to pass the Disney test – and the new glasses passed with flying colors. So that’s pretty good news – although, he was trying to sell me the glass, but it sounded good.
Back of the Glass
The more Avengers merchandise that hits the shelves the more aparent it’s becoming that the Hulk is playing second fiddle to Iron Man, Cap and Thor. I understand that the Hulk’s movies have not played out as well as the other heroes – but he got the short end of the stick in his forst outing! The director made a sub-par movie adn the second movie suffered because of it! Now we get a supporting role in the Avengers movie! Ahh… I guess I shouldn’t complain. At least they still have him IN it – right?
Anyways, my point is – most of the merch on the shelves are showcasing the Hulk-less Avnegers. But these little gems I did find.
One of the perks about Disney buying Marvel – Disney stores now carry Marvel merchandise! And yes, a lot of the figures they carry are seen everywhere else – but they also have a few exclusive pieces. The Disney store near me only had this – but it’s a start – I know there are a few other little Hulk items that other Hulk fans have gotten. I will have to make a trip back soon.
The only thing is – the Disney Store is nowhere near me! But that’s alright – I travel all over for work – I just have a new pit-stop to add in during my jaunts. This Mug looks like an animated version – almost like the Avengers cartoon Hulk. It’s pretty great but nothing beats the Applause mug from ’97 (remember this one?)
The Hulk Glass
Marvel seems to be releasing more and more of these sets – and I do like the ones I have seen – but I can also see myself getting to the point where I don’t feel like collecting anymore glasses. This set is a bit different though – instead of just the image on a glass this set is colored glasses with the heroes faces on the side!
Does the image look familar? It totally should – not only from the hat I posted earlier but also the can hugger I just posted. So, of course you have Marvel’s heavy hitters – Cap, Wolvie, Spidey and the Hulk – blue, yellow, red and green. Like I stated – this set is a bit different than any I have seen before – and the set is pretty cool – but they need to be handwashed… as usual – and if these images fade… well, you will be left with a strange looking colored glass.
I just might have to seek another one of these out!
I was excited to get this mug for Christmas. It’s image – which is a great Hulk image - is on a whole lot of newer Hulk stuff… I already posted a tumbler with the same Hulk on it. I am looking into getting a beautiful display cabinet for the Hulk room and if it does work out then maybe I’ll be able to set up all these glasses and mugs together. By the way – I also found a rockin’ new Marvel glass set – I will post that next – because now it is out of the bag….
The box art
Let me just put it out there now – I will probably not be posting for the rest of the week – I am heading out tomorrow and will be gone until Saturday. I will not even be reading any new Hulky goodness until I come back – so don’t expect the new review until at least Sunday. Sorry ahead of time.
But these glasses are freakin’ sweet! I have to say – the image on the glass below… I am getting a bit bored with it – but the other glass is classic Trimpe! And I want to guzzle green milk out of it! I am not even sure which issue it is out of – but I bet one of you other Hulk maniac’s will tell me – making me feel silly.
Glass 2 - my favorite!
I’ve seen these glasses going for $12 on ebay - with $16 shipping. I wanted these glasses BADLY – but was not about to pay that amount for them. The $12 price is fine – but the $16 shipping? YIKES! Then more and more of these starting popping up on ebay - with better prices – but even better? My mother found these in a store in FL for a very decent price OF… $6! Biggeddy BAM!
Back of Glass
1978 7-11 Hulk Glass
There are 2 Hulk glasses you can get from 7-11 – this is the rarer – and the better looking. The 1977 glass – although older – is more plentiful and can usually be found for around $10 on ebay. There are a few of these glasses on ebay that people try to sell for about a hundred – but that’s not what I paid. I like rare collectibles – don’t get me wrong – but some of these collectibles are not worth what people are asking (Stretch Hulk comes to mind). This glass is a lot thinner – or maybe I am just used to the Toon Tumblers heft now – so it’s also a lot more fragile.
Back of Glass
I wonder how much Hulk stuff we would have had the 70′s show not been a hit – or worse – not produced at all! I can only thanks the Marvel gods that they did produce such a show – and with that came a ton of Hulk merchandise! The Hulk, at one time, rivaled the popularity of Spiderman – maybe even more so – because having a network, prime time show means that Housewives who have never picked up a comic before suddenly know the character.
This Hulk Image Rocks!
Marvel Glassware Set
I found this set at Newbury Comics a while back. The set includes 4 glasses and one is the Hulk! These are very similar to the Toon Tumblers – but the issue with those are that, with each wash, they fade and fade until the image is gone. And they aren’t cheap! The newer glasses are a bit better – but still not perfect. Well, these aren’t Toon Tumblers – they come from Marvel – and they also say to hand wash only. But this set, selling for $20, even though they are a better deal – you still have to buy ALL 4 to get the one you want. So, while I usually bought an extra of the Toon Tumblers to use – I only bought one of these sets.
The interesting thing is, the paint application is very different. They make the images look very old and scratched up, kind of “antiquing” them. While the Toon Tumblers pint application is very smooth and crystal clear – the Marvel glasses definitely take a different route. Not worse – just different. I kind of like it – but prefer the Toon Tumblers crisper style.
Closer shot of the scratched up image!
The set includes a FF, Cap, Spidey and Hulk glass. The packaging is pretty sweet itself – littered with a bunch of classic images from A list characters. The Hulk image… oh boy… it sure does look familiar but I really am not sure from where. It sort of looks like a Trimpe, more Buscema… but I am not sure – maybe someone else out there knows better? Anyone?
Toon Tumblers #3
A whole new set of Tumblers have made their way onto store shelves – and they seem to have concentrated on Silver Age images this time around. I know this is a Kirby Hulk but for the life of me I can’t remember where it’s from… a TTA? An early TIH? Which ever it is I like the little Marvel Comics Group sign underneath. I have the first two – and I got doubles of both – one for drinking one for keeping – but when I have washed them the images are wearing away and disappearing. It’s too bad – I love these glasses!
Back Of Glass
Have you seen an angrier shot glass?
So, I don’t drink. I don’t really condone drinking either – so naturally I didn’t think the Hulk should ever wind up on a shot glass – but then I thought of it this way… sometimes, sometimes you’re just a little bit thirsty. Like you need just a swallow of water – or soda. Literally, you wake up in the night and just need to swallow something… wow, that sounded really bad, didn’t it? I just mean that you need something to wet your mouth… holy crap, that sounded worse! You know what? Who can think of a better way to get plastered than drinking from the Hulk… I mean with the Hulk… wow – forget it – just forget it. Ugh.
Hulk heading to the bar... a real man brings his own glass...