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.
Just saw this set announced for the 2017 season – it includes the Green and Red versions of the Hulk and She-Hulk! The best part of the whole set is the figures – but the vehicles are pretty great too – look for it on the shelves of your local shop!
That’s right – there is yet another “blind package” Marvel set to get. These blind packages seem to be taking over the entire market – and I get the appeal to some degree – but they really aren’t for me. I usually find what I need on eBay or even at some LCS that opens the a few of these boxes or packages and happens to have a Hulk. That’s how I ended up with the Grey Hulk. All the others were found on the ‘bay.
I usually enjoy the “hunt” for treasures – but with blind packages there is always so much waste that it becomes more of a chore than an enjoyable game. That being said, I do like these simple little figures. They remind me of the Handful of Heroes that were released a few years ago – except they are slightly bigger and painted.
Most of the Hulks are the same mold they just yield different color schemes. The Hulk, Grey Hulk, Red Hulk and the clear Gamma Hulk are identical in pose the only slightly different Hulk is the World War Hulk with a hand raised to attack. If you’re looking to pick up the Classic Hulk, Red Hulk and Gamma Hulk they are from series 1 – as the Grey Hulk and World War Hulk come from season 2.
When the Red Hulk came on the scene, in the premiere issue in fact, we lost one of the oldest Hulk villains that there ever was. The Abomination met an untimely end, riddled with bullets from Ross’s over-sized gun. The biggest chasm that the death left was the Hulk not having a foe that can’t have a strength vs strength bloody beat down battle. The Red Hulk was there to fill that gap in a way – but his immediate mishandling really destroyed that idea. Loeb’s weak grasp of Hulk lore lead to even weaker battles between the two Hulks. A confused idea of how the Red Hulk’s powers are handled led readers down an unsure road of which Hulk was the bigger powerhouse – when Abomination always was the stronger of the two monsters – until the Hulk grew stronger. Even the final Hulk/Red Hulk fight where the Hulk beat the Red Hulk with a thunder clap was a baffling and ultimately dissatisfying finale.
With Duggan taking over the mantle and we already seeing the new and meaner Hulk take down other gamma monsters I knew we’d be in for a treat when the Red Hulk made his appearance. I mean, we have almost an entire issue of the two Hulk’s beating each other bloody – even after we learn that Doc Green is holding back – the battle becomes so much better! This is what the Red Hulk should have been created for – a new villain that could really lay into the Hulk and give him a run for his money. We are even left with the knowledge that this was just round one between the two as the Red Hulk is left being dropped into a volcano.
Next up, from the cover image, is the de-powering of Lyra. We will see how that goes. I do see one issue here that I thought I’d bring up now. How is it that the gamma serum can’t de-power Bruce – so shouldn’t it also not be able to de-power his children? They weren’t just dosed with a more gamma like Rick Jones, Betty and her Dad were – these are beings who were created from Bruce’s DNA. Maybe Duggan with address this – but I also think that explanation might not be coming. I had this thought with the end of this issue with the She Hulk being warned of Doc Green coming – but her affliction came straight from Bruce’s blood! If the cure doesn’t work from him – it certainly shouldn’t be able to effect her! But I guess we’ll see…
Bagley’s art continues to impress and the book is better than it has been in years. Tell your friends to pick up the Hulk – tell your grandmother! Tell everyone! We need to let people know that the Hulk is worthy again! Hulk fans had to suffer through the Loeb years with high sales, further infuriating true readers, there is no reason that this series shouldn’t be in the top ten every month! Grade: A
This cartoon (helmed by Loeb) was a disaster from the start (not a shock). But let’s be really honest – this cartoon was certainly not made for us adult collectors. This was not Avengers… or the many superior DC animated films that come out. Of course a weekly series is not the same as an animated film, so maybe not the best comparison but it still rings true that Marvel seems to be dropping the ball when it comes to the animated series. It did have it’s merits though – like I’ve said many times – my daughter LOVED this series and it made me so happy to watch it with her… even though I cringed my way through a lot of the episodes. All of that being said it should be no wonder or a shock to anyone that the series was axed. Not before a new slew of toys was released into retail. Let’s take a look at a few of them here.
Toys R Us took the hit on being the exclusive holders to releasing the battlers based on this cartoon. They released them at the same time they were having their huge clearance sale, and in a turn of good fortune, I was buying the Hulk Battler at a time when they were charging clearance prices. So all three of these guys were able to be procured for less than $5. Totally worth it when I only pay $1.27 for a Red Hulk. Now either the glitch was fixed or they went back to regular prices but they are a steep $13.99. That’s about $12.00 too much for a Red Hulk or Skaar figure.
These figures being Battlers have a signature move – the Red Hulk has the weak move of just moving his over-sized guns up – but the Hulk’s is the best with his arms swinging and fists ready to land a few gems! Skaar’s figure is actually pretty bad ass with his large sword – but over all, the only one to seek out in this trio is the Hulk. Keep in mind, this is part of a game that your humble narrator doesn’t know how and will never play – so this review is based solely on aesthetics. Grade: C- (on all three)