Now, I have seen lots of great sales at TRU – usually if you’re patient enough sometimes you get away with a steal! in 2003 I nabbed a Hulk Christmas Tree for an amazing get of 10 cents. That’s a dime – that is it – for a tree they were asking $40 for. I knew things were not going to go well for Marvel’s Playmation line when it was released AFTER every other figural video game. After Infinity, Amiibo, Dimensions – out comes Playmation. Truthfully, I was ecited to get another Hulk figure – but when I saw the Hulk fists sets I was bummed.
Gamma Gear Mark II Set:
Gamma Gear Starter Pack Set:
There was no way I was going to pay $79.99 for a set of Hulk fists that I wasn’t even going to use! Even worse, there was another pair in a larger set that ran over $100. Either way I didn’t lose too much sleep over it. This past Christmas season I was in TRU when I noticed all Playmation was on insane sale! We’re talking figures were just $2 and the Hulk hand sets? The Hands were $12.99 – the larger set was $14.99. That is cheaper than the Hulk fists when they first showed up on the shelves!
I didn’t really know what to expect when I took these home but upon opening then I was pleasantly surprised to find a pair of rubber hands, sculpted very well, that look just as good – if not better than the 2008 release. They have holes between the fingers to let air in so that your hands don’t sweat and due to the controls inside they have a bit of heft to them to make them feel substantial. Of course, they don’t make sounds – but that’s fine by me.
The two sets are pretty similar except for the base on the hands which, as you can tell, are different colors. I like the blue a bit better but the grey is kick ass as well. Even if you don’t plan on playing the game the hands are worth the pick up for the price I paid – regularly… not so much. Even if these aren’t on sale anymore keep an eye out – I wouldn’t be surprised to see these on the clearance racks soon!
The Hulk has had quite a few games released in the 70s and 80s. This a prime example of one of the more entertaining. If you have liked the Facebook page then you’ve already seen pics of my daughter and I enjoying an afternoon of playing – but here is a closer look at the whole set. The game board is a maze that sort of reminds me of Trivial Pursuit, as in, you can go anywhere on the board, but you’re actively trying to avoid running into the Hulk.
Each game piece is a character of the Fantastic Four – you choose who you want to be – and in turn, pretty much everyone is the Hulk. Basically the Hulk moves with you. You pick either a Dr. Banner or Hulk card and that sort of decides your fate of what happens next. If you are able to make Dr. Banner’s face from the Dr. Banner cards that means you’ve tamed the beast and won the game. No lie – it’s super frustrating when you keep getting the same side of his face over and over.
One of the unique advantages of the game I possess is that the Hulk’s extra arm on the spinner has never been used or even separated from the original card. Overall, this was a super fun game and my daughter and I enjoyed it immensely. If you’re in the mood for some vintage board game fun I would say this is certainly worth the pick up!
It’s not really the product itself – in fact I think I had one a while ago that I liked more based on the ’96 cartoon – but this punch bag sports arms that the other one did not. You punch, it falls and then raises and comes back for more. How could any toy be better? I didn’t bother taking this guy out of the box yet – I was going to wait till my boy was bigger – but honestly, the way he has been tackling and punching he may need an outlet other than me or his sister. And hey, look at how excited the kid on the box is? This kid sells sells this thing all on his own with his obvious enthusiasm!
I will try to post all of the other gamma goodness I was able to snag in 2016 – but in fairness, 2016 was a really tough year! I am focusing on saving to replace some of the more missed pieces from my collection – mostly the comics I had to let go of – so a lot of my funds have been diverted to that. I still have taken a lot of suggestions from friends and the people who post on this site – thanks for the emails! One friend in particular has been essential in keeping me up to date on new Hulk goodness – so a special thank you goes out to Gammapup, aka Mike, who texts me some great pics of the new Hulk merch he finds.
One of the more fun pieces is this stuffed 2 foot monstrosity that truly catches the attention of anyone who sees it. I noticed the Captain America and Iron Man stuffed figures as well – but none of those are even close to as cool as this is! I think the stuffed Hulks with plastic molded heads are way cooler than Hulks that are completely plush – this is no exception! I even enjoy the title “Jumbo Hulk” for no other reason than it makes me laugh. Who else out there got this?
If you weren’t alive during the Beanie Baby craze you will never understand what it was like to see grown women – and when I say grown women I don’t mean “adult” women – I mean senior citizen women pushing each other aside to get at the tiny pellet-filled new releases. Women, practically frothing at the mouth, asking why “Crunch” the Shark was already sold out and when were we getting more. It was both ugly and amazing. I even know of at least two different comic shops that started selling Beanie Babies just to cash in on the phenomenon.
Well, somehow and someway Ty was able to survive the collapse of the Beanie Baby empire and continued to create small and adorable plush. They just released Marvel characters. The Hulk is great with an angry expression over what I can only assume is having such beautiful, silky hair.
It’s almost impossible to talk about these things without sounding like a little girl so I’m not going to even try to make them sound manly. In the craze of little, useless, plastic figures to collect, ie: Shopkins and Uggly Dogs, Disney has thrown their hat in the ring with their Tsum Tsums. What started with plush figures that ranged from cute and tiny to large and ridiculous they have now premiered these oblong pill figures that are hard and plastic and come in three sizes. They are labelled as “Common”, “Lucky” and just to get the blood really boiling, the exciting “Super Lucky”.
They have only released the Grey Hulk even though the package features the Green Hulk but it’s the medium sized Grey Hulk that is the “chase” figure. The tiny and large sizes are pretty easy to find even though the large is considered “lucky”. To tell the truth, these are darn cute – and my daughter loves them. There are blind bags of them but we all know how much I hate those pesky blind bags!
Who can resist a cute, fuzzy little guy like this? It’s an inflatable ball surrounded by a fuzzy cover. The best part? It’s designed to look like the Hulk! I like the wild mane of hair the best
The adorable angry look combined with the nose-less face makes this perfect for the young or even better for the stylized art collectors of today. With artists like Skottie Young and C.P. Wilson III making very unique Marvel art these days these kind of pieces can easily fit into the most serious collectors vaults!