With Ragnarok serving us with at least 3 different Pop exclusives I thought we were going to get a straight forward Hulk Pop release this time around. Especially since the Hulk was such a minor part to the story as a whole. Sure enough – a month or 2 after release and no announcement I thought we were in the clear… and then Hot Topic came along. At least it’s another glow in the dark Pop which is my favorite kind of exclusive.
Of course, this was another Pop/T-shirt set. In order to get the size I need I would have had to order the set on line but honestly, I don’t care about the shirt at all. I saved a few bucks and just snagged the Pop off of eBay. Besides the glow feature there is no real difference between this and the regular offering so it’s really only completists that need to seek this out.
Right away I was able to snag the light up Hulk – I thought my job was done but learned pretty quickly that there were actually TWO different Hulk figures! Imagine my disappointment when I realized I had to head BACK to McDonalds to get another figure! I’m not a fan of that eating establishment as it is but to have to travel there twice in once day? Ugh!
Even worse, they not only did not have the “smashing Hulk” this particular McDonalds didn’t even know it existed! I had to visit to a separate location – with my son, who I introduced to McDonald’s food (BIG mistake!) – but thankfully had the shirtless variant Hulk. Of course, now my son asks to go McDonalds almost every day. I have created a monster!
I didn’t open up the Hulk figures – they went right into storage – but honestly, I have enjoyed the earlier Hulk offerings from McDonald’s better. The light up feature Hulk is added at the expense of any kind of articulation. Overall, while decent enough, they really aren’t all that impressive.
One of the thing that killed me was all the variants that the Thor Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk had – especially when we’re talking the Funko Pops! Now, Endgame hasn’t been too bad – but there is a Hot Topic Hulk that I haven’t gotten yet. I was happy to receive this one though – and the story is pretty funny.
I told my wife I’d like this specific Pop for my birthday. I sent her a photo and everything. She went to a Gamestop near us and the gentleman there told her that no one in the area has that specific figure. While the dude wasn’t lying to her he also wasn’t telling her the whole truth.
I went to my local Gamestop and talked to the guy behind the counter. He told me that he was getting 3 in the next shipment – the guy didn’t even have to look very long! I asked him if he could look up other stores inventory which he said yes – and that he could tell me who should be receiving these Pops in the next few days. So, you see what I mean…
True to the dude’s word the guy ended up calling me a day later telling me it was in and then my wife went and grabbed it for me for my birthday. It was both not a surprise and still a very nice surprise!
This piece is another case of talking to the right clerk. When I called Barnes and Noble originally the gentleman who answered told me flat out that unfortunately he would not be able to put this set aside as it was limited. I understood and didn’t push the issue further. A week later I went into Barnes and Noble and discussed this set with a woman who worked there and she said they did not have the piece in yet but she would set it aside for me when it did. She took my name and number and wouldn’t you know it, she called me not even an hour later telling me they just arrived. They also said they could hold it for a week so I didn’t have to head right back there. It just goes to show you that some of these “rules” that they apply are arbitrary and change from worker to worker!
With a new Marvel movie come the Pops – and with the Pops come the variants! Thankfully this time around we didn’t have too many to find – it wasn’t another return to Ragnarok – where everyone and their mother had a new Gladiator Hulk! This variant was pretty simple to find, Gamestop had plenty (and still do), but overall I prefer the darker colors on the suit.
I would love to display this merchandise proudly – it’s too bad that the movie really did our Green Goliath an injustice and I’m truly not a fan of the “space suit” that he dons in this movie. Overall though, it is the Hulk and I did get this guy to add to the collection.
All I say is “Wow!” with all of the Hulk related Pops that were produced on 2018. This is easily one of the most sought after. One of the only real memorable moments from Avengers: Age of Ultron was the awesome Hulk vs Hulkbuster fight. The Hulk, with his mind taken over by Scarlet Witch, is on a rampage and the only one to stop him is Tony with “Veronica” or, as we all know it, the Hulkbuster suit! These scene Pops are a really fun idea although they take up a crazy amount of space!
I do like the 10th Anniversary products but they are charging quite the premium for them! This was a Fall Convention exclusive but also offered through the Walgreen’s website. These were also originally priced at $39.99 – which also adds to my complaint about the pricing of these 10th Anniversary MCU items. If you head over to Walgreen’s website now you will find these for the much better price of $29.99. I’ve heard a lot of these have come damaged – but thankfully mine came perfect!