Category Archives: Hulk Toys

Stress Ball Hulk Dorbz (2017)

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One of my favorite little gems from the Marvel Collector Corps box was this little, squishy green Hulk that looks eerily similar to the original Hulk Dorbz.  I can only hope to get a hold of another one soon!  It is interesting – while being part of the MCC is usually a thrill itself, thanks to eBay you should be able to get a hold of anything you’d like.  You may be paying a premium for them though – and it seems like there are a whole slew of people who are just part of the subscription service to do just that.  Search out Hulk stress ball and you’ll find this little guy all over the place for anywhere between $6-$30.

Looking forward to the next box – Wolverine themed – but I know if I ever decide to drop this club I know I will be able to get a hold of anything I want from the ‘bay!

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First Appearance Hulk/Banner Pop! (2017)

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I haven’t even really been able to get into the Marvel Collector Corps box that was sent out in December – that’s how crazy last year was! Filled with so much great Hulk merchandise!  Going forward I’m really going to try to catch up – but keep in mind the way this blog works I usually post 1 or 2 items a week.  This works out well as I don’t get overwhelmed in blogging and I can keep an accurate record of everything I still need posting.

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As much as I enjoy getting deliveries of Hulk merch I’ve also become a little disillusioned by the MCC.  The Thor: Ragnarok box was supremely disappointing – fidget spinner and all – with very little Hulky goodness inside.  The only real exciting part was knowing that the next box was going to feature the greatest Marvel character ever conceived – the Hulk!  We were even given a little teaser letting us know the most anticipated part of the box would be the 2-pack Banner Hulk first appearance.

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Taken straight from the cover to the 1962 Incredible Hulk comic book we are served with a Banner Pop and an oversized Grey Hulk!  It’s been a very long time coming that we were to get a grey Hulk Pop.  I was sort of hoping for a Mr. Fixit – but seriously, this is splendid!  Finally getting a Hulk in his original drab color has been one of the biggest hopes of avid Hulk and Pop collectors, myself included!

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If I had a chance to add in just one little wrinkle to this magnificent 2-pack, I would have loved the Hulk to have the yellow shirt rather than the grey shirt drawn on the cover.  Much like depicted on the description page in the box.  Banner, who is an impressive little twerp of a Pop even sports some thick lenses for his glasses!  It’s truly an achievement for Funko delivering such a fantastic duo to us – especially since the Thor box offered what felt like a retread of helmeted Loki.

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The Hulk and Banner will easily be sought after for years to come – it’s already being snatched up for double to price on eBay.  If you have the chance to snag this set then really – do so!  The whole box is awesome – you will see as I post more from it.

 

Gladiator Hulk Exclusive Dorbz (2017)

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In the days before the internet you had to hope that any stores hosting exclusive figures (which first occurred to me in the 90’s with, of all things, Star Wars) was an easy car drive away.  Now. of course, with access a computer, everything is just a mouse click away.  Whenever I heard that Books a Million was going to have an exclusive Dorbz I had to just hope that it would be available online – and not “ebay” online – the secondary market be a blessing and a curse.  Sure, it helps to be able to sell things when you can – but it also gives an outlet to people who are greedy opportunists, selling the more sought after toys for triple the retail price.

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Luckily, I had the good fortune to come across some great deals where I was able to snag one – or two – of each.  I never even heard of Books a Million but they certainly are more popular after this past winter!  Having the exclusive that has the Hulk in his “off time” gear was a brilliant move.  It’s one thing to have the Gladiator Hulk in his action gear with or without a helmet but it’s a whole different animal to have the Hulk in new gear.  Especially when it’s the Hulk – who is not known for costume changes.

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I don’t want to take anything away from the Walgreens Exclusive Hulk – it’s a great piece!  Just slightly different from the regular (limited) Dorbz this figure has no helmet and a little axe – which I prefer over the alien hammer that the Hulk sported in the movie.  Both of these exclusives are different enough to be worth the separate purchases.

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Years ago, Funko released the second Pop figure of the Hulk and it literally was just a repaint of the first Hulk except he had tan pants.  I chose not to get that Hulk because it seemed redundant to me.  That was a mistake, of course, as that Hulk is now “retired” and really expensive.  I sort of regret not buying it – but I also don’t.  Again, it was just a simple repaint!  Thankfully, these figures are all so different it’s not like buying the same thing twice!

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Thor: Ragnarok Hulk Key Chains (2017)

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I was pretty happy to happen upon two of these three figures in my local TRU.  The two helmet-less Hulks are available retail but the helmeted Hulk?  That little guy comes courtesy of the Marvel Collector Corps.  If you have yet to order this bad boy then you are missing out!  Go and order it now!  This is the littlest and not even close to the most awesome piece the MCC box has to offer!

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These tiny Hulks are as detailed as the regular (and even oversized) Pops but come in a tiny little package.  You’ll notice the hilarious little mistake that happened while packaging.  The Hulk in “leisure” wear comes in the Loki package.  Not sure how these little snafus happen but they are unique enough to be interesting.  Very rarely do these kind of mistakes make the piece more valuable – but they are still kind of cool.

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Go out and find these figures now as a lot of the Thor: Ragnarok merch seems to be disappearing out of the stores.  Having the Gladiator Hulk being such an integral part of Thor: Ragnarok’s success was a thrill – even if I wasn’t all that excited about how the Hulk was portrayed – because seeing the Hulk all over the place and offering up some of the more exciting toys is always the best!

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Target Exclusive X-Large Gladiator Hulk (2017)

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I have been extremely impressed with Target when it comes to exclusives this past year.  I am also extremely impressed with my wife who found this humongous and impressive beast! She regaled a story of how she called every Target in the area until she found this big guy in stock.  She packed up my stuffy little son – who was staying home from preschool that day – and drove about an hour away to snag this monster!  She wrapped it up and stashed it under the Christmas tree.

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The crazy part is yet to come though… I told Olivia that I had heard many times that these huge Pop figures are arriving to Target with busted hammers.  If she were to come across a broken hammer Pop to snag it anyways and I will gladly glue the hell out of it.  She then drove the hour commute BACK to the Target the following day and found one with a broken hammer.  She was able to get it for a discounted price and when I arrived home that day she surprised me with it!

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These Pops are absolutely stunning and the perfect character to release in the over-sized ________.  Target released a 10″ Groot before this which was very cool and regularly sells for twice the retail.  I feel like the Hulk could possibly appreciate in the years to come – especially since there are quite a few showing up to the stores damaged.  If you’re a savvy shopper these guys should still be in the stores – but desperate people can find them on the bay just be prepared to pay $40-$60.

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So needless to say, my wife won major points this Christmas.  Not only did she find me a couple of 10″ Hulks (that sounds a little dirty) but she went the extra mile to get them.  Collecting all the Hulks from Thor: Ragnarok seemed a little daunting when everything was announced but ultimately I had fun tracking all the great stuff this time around.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulk Soft (2016)

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Found at TRU WAY after the movie had been released this Hulk soft is  great representation of the Hulk in plush form.  I guess we should count ourselves lucky – back in the day the only recourse you had to snuggle up to a soft Hulk was the Knickerbocker Hulk, which, let’s be honest… is ugly as all hell.  The thing may induce more nightmares than it would provide some snuggly security.  Then again, that frizz mop top that this Hulk supports can only be a hotbed of activity for any and every mold spore and germ that a child can throw at it!  Can you imagine how hard it would be to clean and tame that wild mane?

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Fidget Hulks (2017)

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These trends are seriously crazy.  About 6 months ago every store was carrying fidget spinners and most couldn’t keep them in stock.  I will admit, I caved and bought my daughter one.  Just one though!  I wasn’t one to let her get sucked in like one of her friends who had 28 of them!

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A few months ago I noticed that more and more companies were getting in on the trend and of course flooding the market with every kind of color, shape, character, being made from plastic and metal in varying quality with different price points.  Some of the most expensive being upwards of $50-$60.

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The other – but not nearly as successful – product in the fidget world was the fidget cube.  I liked these way better than just the simple spinners.  Each side sports a different fidgeting activity to take advantage of. These cubes seem a lot more practical to me to stop fidgeting – if that’s really the purpose of them – with a choice of an activity you’re the most comfortable with.

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Of course, when I was kid we would just tap our feet.  When we got yelled at for that we’d tap our fingers.  When the teacher got sick of that we’d then have to sit in our skin just waiting to explode.  Ahhh… the good ‘ole days!

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