Koto is trying their hand at 1/10 statues . They look decent enough but word is they are averaging about $150/$160 per. That’s a pretty lofty price to pay. I would like to see everything in hand before making my ultimate judgement – but I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the look of the Hulk’s face or spiky hair
I have been enjoying the Diamond “statues” or dioramas for what they are. More affordable and often because the paint applications or sculpts aren’t as detailed as some of their counterparts, some collectors aren’t very impressed with these pieces. I can’t say I blame them, but for me, they are a really alternative to the supremely expensive collector’s market of statues. Sideshow and the like have taken the idea of high end collectables to a different stratosphere with their $600+ pricing on most of their products. Some say this was an inevitable evolution to the market where as I see it more as a travesty to the entire industry as a whole. Less people collect statues now than ever before as a result.
Like I mentioned, Diamond got into the statue game a few years back introducing us to these less expensive alternatives. Sure they paint applications aren’t as exact – in fact, one of the reasons I don’t have the Thanos piece of theirs in my collection is due to the many run offs I saw on the finished product.
This Grey Hulk is no exception as I’ve noticed a few areas that don’t have the precision to detail you’d like to see but it certainly isn’t an eyesore when displayed. This particular piece is the paint variant to the green (and, unfortunately, red) Hulk released years before – this time with a new head mold. I like the grimace that appears on this Hulk as the green piece had too many paint issues on the face with the gritting teeth usually being the culprit of most of the complaints.
This sculpt has none of those issues as the mouth is left in an aggravated, almost “sour puss” expression. Unfortunately, this grimace doesn’t really lend itself to the pose that the diorama is in. While this is not the greatest piece it’s not bad. Truthfully, I wasn’t willing to shell out the retail on this so I was psyched to find this at my local GameStop, on sale, for an absolute song!
As a huge Hulk fan you can easily go broke collecting all of the merchandise out there. Usually collectors have to draw lines on what their collection will contain. Personally, even though there are some amazing custom pieces, I choose to keep my collection focused on officially licensed merchandise. That being said – there are times I see released pieces and still pass. This was one of those times.
I first laid eyes upon this piece my LCS had it in their display cabinet. My first thought after seeing it was noticing just how little it was. For the money, this piece was just too small for me to feel it was worth it. The statues seams also were too noticeable – not only on the arms but on the neck as well. This statue is so small it could have easily been released as one solid piece.
This is the Entertainment Earth exclusive version with the red eyes so you know he’s been brainwashed by the Scarlet Witch. While I think the regular version was a little bit better looking this one landed in my collection because the sale that Entertainment Earth had during Christmas. This $150 piece was on sale for an astounding $15.
This version also isn’t as bright green as the regular – this version seems a bit washed out and a slightly greyer look. The base, while sculpted nicely, look very cheap and plastic. My initial thoughts on this statue has not changed – I was very disappointed. Overall, if this wasn’t $15 it wouldn’t be in the collection – but for the price I paid for it I fell like it was worth it!
It’s hard to put these little guys into a category. They are on the smaller side the detailed sculpts and the solid weight that accompany pieces such as this are outstanding! The paint application could be a bit better – but honestly, these are beautiful tiny statues to own! I like this series of figures because you not only get the detailed piece but it also get the added bonus of a booklet, or as they call it, a “Fact File”.
The books delve deep into the characters history and show off some of the most memorable highlights. For the Gladiator Hulk it isn’t so hard – or all that intricate – because really, he only appears in the Planet Hulk storyline. This figure especially was worth the price due to exclusivity to the Hulk continuity. This, by all measure of standards, was the last great Hulk storyline.
Every detail that matters is on this character… save one. One of the most important details tot eh whole story! One of the most overlooked details! The all important obedience disc! How they could omit such a crucial detail is beyond me – the only real saving grace is the fact that the Hulk does loose the disc within the story – so it’s not a total travesty! My only other complaint about it is that the paint job could of been a bit more precise. Just a fraction more attention to detail and I would suggest every gammabro make sure to get this piece – as it is, while I like it, it isn’t a “must have”.
I am notorious for being loyal to Bowen – but with Bowen being on hiatus from creating any new product who can you turn to? Sideshow has produced some beautiful (and some other “conceptually interesting”) pieces but I’ve always though the prices were astronomical. Well, they are now offering this awesome 1/10 scale hulk of resin for a much more affordable price! Click on the image to be brought to the page.
With all the merchandise rolling out for Avengers: Infinity War and realizing that we will not be seeing much of Hulk anything I’m glad we were being served such a huge dose from the last Thor entry. It seems everyone is releasing something based off the Gladiator Hulk. These days it looks to be Diamond Select filling that slot for affordable but impressive looking statues.
What used to be dominated by Bowen Designs – and hopefully we will see his return someday – the smaller scale statues seem to be going the way of the Dodo. Sideshow and others all focus on 1/4 or larger – and while impressive – these gargantuan pieces take up a lot of space and cost close to a mortgage payment. That’s why Diamond Select taking up the mantle with pieces under $100 was so refreshing!
While these statues are fantastic for what you get – keep in mind you will not be seeing the kind of detail you do in more expensive pieces. Still, these pieces do look good! Real good! Keep in mind, these are mostly solid pieces – but here you have to insert the battle axe and hammer into his hand. The paint application on this statue in pretty fantastic as well with a lot of different colors plastering the base and adorning our favorite green goliath!
With this being one of the bigger statues that Diamond has released it runs a little higher than normal retail for this line. But at only $50 you really can’t go wrong! Go out and get this sucker, if you haven’t already!
I have always been a little more critical of Sideshow with their products than most other high end collectible companies. Sideshow has certainly had some comic fans divided over the years as they have produced what some consider the absolute best that anyone has ever offered. Others, like myself, have voiced their preference to want the charters reflect what is shown in the comics. Sideshow has always chosen a more realistic style that has worked with some pieces (the original Hulk PF comes to mind – still to date the absolute pinnacle of what SS is capable of producing) while other pieces suffer (The Hulk Comicquette, buzz cut and all).
Recently SS released a Hulk Maquette that I was on the fence about ordering but ultimately scrapped the idea due to the multiple releases of the same sculpt. I never really thought much about buying anything SS ever again until I got a glimpse of the Hulk vs Wolverine Maquette. From the get go this project got me excited! Seeing progress updates on Statue Forum kept my interest piqued as it looked as though they were finally releasing a Hulk that looked like it jumped right off the page!
Even the original SS PF Hulk is criticized for looking too “ape-ish” – a complaint I take with a grain of salt since the Hulk did have simian features in the silver age – but the moment I saw pictures of the Hulk I saw the creators were leaning toward an enraged, classic looking savage Hulk! In classic SS fashion there are still more realistic details and when I heard there will be an inclusion of metal claws I went to my LCS immediately and discussed ordering this dio.
The last dio SS offered with the Hulk was the Planet Hulk vs Silver Savage – the unfortunate thing about that piece is the size was a bit underwhelming. Here, size is certainly not an issue! This thing is massive and impressive! This piece is almost 2 feet tall! I can not express enough how large and intimidating this piece is! I even had a hard time getting the box into my car to drive it home!
The Hulk’s shaggy hair and wildly rageful expression is perfectly captured as he stares upward to a gritting teeth, angry Wolverine. The base is even a refreshing but still familiar look as the Hulk’s foot splinters a large log in a rocky terrain. The Wolverine seems to be slashing as he jumps at the raging behemoth. I have never been a fan of the high end collectibles based off of the movie versions – just not my taste – and usually SS has priced themselves out of my price range – but every once in a while the stars align and everything comes together to create a perfect piece of Hulk memorabilia that every Hulk collector should own!