Category Archives: Hulk Promo

TRU Thor: Ragnarok Display (2017)

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As much as I have a reservation about how the Hulk was portrayed in Thor: Ragnarok I look back fondly upon the movie.  I look forward to adding it to my library and watching it with my son and daughter.  Then explaining to them why the Hulk should of had an obedience disc and how portraying him as a ruthless killer is complete bullshit.  Oh man, family bonding at its absolute best!  That being said, when my local Toys R Us was getting ready for the Black Panther movie release they were letting the Thor: Ragnarok stuff go.  And by that I mean they were tossing it.  I was lucky enough to save this double sided banner that sat above their feature area.  I still love how this was a Thor movie that the Hulk took center stage and once again stole the show!

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Toys R Us Hulk Display (2015)

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When the super expensive RC Hulk Car made it’s debut TRU they tried to promote the heck out of it with a side cap full of the product topped with this signage.  I asked the powers that be if they could save this for me – and they said they would.  Of course, best laid plans don’t always go as… planned and, unfortunately, upon returning to the store the manager informed me that they waited as long as they could but ultimately ended up throwing it away.  I was really bummed.

Recently I took a seasonal job at TRU and was in the store room.  I noticed a corner where all of the promotional material was – older pieces like from the Spider-Man reboot.  Then I noticed the Hulk sitting there – I immediately rushed to the manager and asked if that was still available, if I could possibly take it home.  I will give you three guesses what happened.  I was psyched to make this part of the décor in the Hulk room!

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Knowing the Right People Saturday!

Target Promo Hulk

Target Promo Hulk

Sometimes it’s best to know the right people at the right time! Department and Chain stores have been instructed by the toy companies and their direct supervisors NOT to give the promotional material out to anyone.  It is to be thrown away ONLY!  This is, of course, because too many people were taking these things and immediately posting them on ebay for ridiculous amounts of money – or they would give it to a friend who would do the same.  Collectors hardly had a chance at them at

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But, yours truly has a few trusted friends who know about my obsession and are always happy to help me out when they can!  I was able to obtain the Target Hulk from a great guy who had to pull a few tricks to get it to me!  I will not give anymore information out other than to thank said friend again.  And the Toys R Us Hulk was given to me by a different friend with a strict promise to never sell it.  Funny enough – I noticed that each of the promo pieces, even though they are different, have the same face!

Toys R Us Hulk

Toys R Us Hulk

Marvel Poster (1972)

1972 Marvel Poster - Yes, Thank You!

1972 Marvel Poster - Yes, Thank You!

Here is a poster that comic shops would get to try and advertise Marvel comics.  This was acquired at Comically Speaking during my last visit – how could I not pick this up?  I asked around and am pretty sure this was a piece cobbled together from different artists.  For example, I’ve heard names thrown out there like John Buscema and Sinnot.  The Hulk looks like Rich Buckler’s handy work – but the Spidey was argued to be a Romita – but then again could be Busema’s as well…

Close up of the Hulk - is this Buscema's or Buckler's?

Close up of the Hulk - is this Buscema's or Buckler's?

All in all this was an amazing catch – one that will have a special place in the Hulk room because it’s just that freakin’ cool!  Vintage finds like this will always be high on my list of greatest things ever – they just have such a quality that today’s items don’t have.  Classic all the way!

The Incredible Hulk Promotional Standees (2008)

Circuit City Standee

Circuit City Standee

I have a few of these things now – pretty happy with the haul.  Most of the people I talked to gave me a strange story of how they “donate” all this stuff to children’s charities or schools.  Most of which was baloney.  The BK guy told me that he gives it to a school in Plymouth.  I asked which one and he said the Elementary one.  There is about a dozen Elementary Schools in Plymouth.  He didn’t know which one he gave it to.  Listen, If you’re not going to give me the stuff – just say no – don’t concoct some elaborate lie about how you’re a good guy donating to schools.

Blockbuster Standee

Blockbuster Standee

But some of the people I talked to were extremely pleasant and didn’t have a second thought about giving the promo stuff (which happens to be thrown away when they are done with it) giving this stuff a second home!  In my collection!  The people at Circuit City – who had no clue about what there exclusive Hulk DVD did – were very happy to hand this over.  I was psyched!

Blockbuster Backer Card and Comic

Blockbuster Backer Card and Comic

The man who runs the Blockbuster near me was very glad to save the Hulk stuff for me.  He was such a nice guy and even gave me a few of those little backer cards as well.  He saved the display and the advertising standee for their DVD exclusives.

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