I was late to the party when I realized how great the Walgreens exclusives began surfacing. I missed out on all sorts of Pops and Dorbz that I would love to purchase. Venom, Carnage, Spider-Man 2099 are all Pops that kick butt! I would rather not go to eBay so instead I do without. I was thinking I’d have to do without the exclusive Compound Hulk as well because I never bothered looking when it was all over the stores. One Wednesday in February I was on the way to my LCS when I noticed an Iron Patriot Dorbz on the shelf. I knew that the Iron Patriot was out about the same time as the Compound Hulk so I peeked at what was on the shelf behind him and saw… the Compound Hulk! I was so surprised and excited I might have said “You’re kidding me!” in a voice much louder than acceptable. I then hurriedly looked around to see if anyone heard me say that out loud. Thankfully, I was alone. Then I felt pretty embarrassed that I was talking to myself.
Either way, I was happy to stumble across this exclusive – while I have decided to really focus on the Hulk merchandise and not supporting players – I still have wanted this guy for quite a while.
The above Hulk pin is the Green Hulk/Red Hulk pin from the Marvel Collector Corps Showdowns box set. I would love to report how great that box set was but the truth is, as a Hulk fan looking for some real exciting Hulk swag, it was pretty much a dud. The Collector Corps subscription service is, sadly, I think, doomed to fail. As the boxes continue the amount of pieces in the boxes get smaller and more arbitrary. For example, the Thor: Ragnarok box was the smallest set yet and, unfortunately, stuffed with fidget spinners and playing cards.
The upcoming Hulk themed box should be a real game changer as far as if I’m going to keep subscribing to the service. I’m both excited and nervous at the outcome of the set. The pin, to its merit, is very well made. All the pins are – they are metal, heavy and quality pieces. The other pin, below, is a run of the mill tin pin that you can usually find for half a buck. Still, I liked the image so it’s with the rest of the collection.
I’m just curious at this point to see if Hero Mashers continue much longer. I always thought of them as a fad kind of toy. Something that would go the way of Handful of Heroes or the desperately missed Mighty Muggs. So far they’ve released larger and boxed figures but all I’ve seen on the shelves lately have been the miniatures. The Red Hulk gets his own mini-figure in Series 3 and, even cooler, comes with Thor’s appendage gripping the mighty Mjolnir! With this line you could have anyone gripping Mjolnir, really – but only if you want to really bastardize the continuity! And let’s be honest here – the only one who really messes with Marvel’s mythos is Marvel themselves! Everyone else, show some respect!
I showed you a while ago that I had two of the green figures. I knew it was only a matter of time before I found the middle green. Luckily, my daughter loves these things and we were getting them for her as a treat and she found the middle one sometime in Jan. I just came across the Large Red Hulk one as well – and the middle Red came from a blind package. The background it comes with makes it easy to figure out which package it is without even opening it up!
I was both curious and excited to see what Lego had in store for the Marvel license in the new year. I knew they would be releasing movie based sets but when I discovered this set was on the horizon I was most excited about getting a true classic Green Hulk Lego guy! The other Lego sets have sported a Hulk based on a movie version. This is a true bright green, purple pants Hulk that has been aching to be made!
The only downside was having to get a Red Hulk along with him. Bonus, though, is getting a Red and Green She Hulk along for the ride. A while back, while at a comic con I was conned (HA! See what I did there?) into buying a knock off Red Hulk figure. I was told that Lego was going to release a Thunderbolts set – which, I admit, should’ve been my first clue. The Thunderbolts was not the most popular book while Ross was in charge.
That being said, when I compared the knock off to the real deal you can see just how much better that the Lego Red Hulk is – complete with blazing yellow eyes and a better scowl. The only odd thing is that the Lego Hulk apparently wasn’t worth sculpting toes. Good luck having a piggy go “wee wee wee” all the way home now!
The vehicles are pretty bad ass. Each of them with shooting guns and huge tires! This was a blast putting together with my daughter and you I feel 4 figures and two big vehicles are worth the money for this set. Especially when you get a Hulks like these:
I told you about the classic Hulk! Compare him with some of the other Hulk offerings from before:
The new Hulk has that classic 70’s/80’s bright green coloring and bright purple pants – unlike the more forest green and violet pants of the first classic Hulk offered. And, of course, it’s so much better than the movie Hulk in tan pants we were first presented with! Best part though? The mini-comic:
When I picked up this early 90’s Marvel magazine it was for the gorgeous Sam Kieth cover. Especially an early Venom Sam Kieth cover! While exploring the inside articles I came across a jokey article featuring bad guys of the characters who did not exist yet. I showed them off in a Facebook video a while back but basically, it had Spider-Man (Good), Venom (Better) and Carnage (Even Better) and then a character they called Bile (Best). Iron Man, then War Machine followed by the imaginary Terror Device. Ridiculous and silly characters that would never grace the pages of an actual comic… until we get to the Hulk:
Is this where Joey Q went for his inspiration? Did he check the articles in Marvel’s own magazine, then he notices this spoof article and thought “Hey! What a great idea!” I mean, I know it’s just a re-colored Hulk 2099 – but he even uses a big gun! Red Hulk with a big gun! Seem familiar?
What was a joke in 1993 turned into a reality… what was considered a outrageously insipid idea was turned into an actual comic just 15 years later. Seems Marvel was running out of ideas and turned to their least intelligent ideas, maybe out of desperation? Who knows. I just thought it was appropriate to share seeing as there is a brand new Red Hulk running around. Any confirmation on how this Hulk was created? Was the Leader involved again?
I will admit I don’t remember everything about the Red Hulk series – but one of the most glaring things I do recall is that Thunderbolt’s mustache burns off when he transforms. It’s one of the reasons his identity was able to be hidden for 2+ years. The other glaring issue with the Red Hulk making a comeback in a new Avengers series is that… well, last we saw the Red Hulk he was “cured” by Doc Green.
Is this Marvel ignoring its own continuity again or do they explain this regain of powers somehow – and in doing so why he is able to keep that bangin’ porn ‘stache?
Either way, look for the US Avengers coming in 2017.