Amazingly, we are getting a BAF Abomination based off of the Gamerverse design. While this is not my favorite choice – I still like it enough to seek it out. In this same line we also get a classic looking Sam Sterns that I am totally here for!
While not up to the standards of the Leader from the Face-Off line it still looks pretty fantastic! Also, we seem to be getting a Target Exclusive premium Red Hulk figure. He may not be my favorite character but this figure looks fantastic!
It almost seems as if they are just putting the Hulk name on things just to make it different and still sell. I do love me some mini-mates – and if they were bigger and came in a 6″ line I think they would be the rival to Marvel Legends. They have created some of the most obscure and at the same time classic Marvel moments and characters! Here we have two sets starting with the Abomination. Granted this is not the first Abomination that they have created – heck, it’s not even their second! This is the third time we’ve been served up with Emil – only this time it seems to be a more modern version?
I prefer the classic edition that was offered first – with the separate eyebrow/ear piece that rocked! This isn’t too bad but really reminds me more of the Spider-Man villain Jackal. But they want to call it Abomination, probably just to sucker me out of my hard earned cash! And, damnit… it worked! They also paired him up with Vision which makes about as much sense as bellbottoms. The other set is Spider-Girl and Carnage Hulk. Carnage Hulk? Did I miss something? I don’t remember this at all! It’s just another ploy to get me to pony up some dough for another Hulk related piece that isn’t at all Hulk related! Well, I’m not going to fall for it this… wait. Nevermind. I already bought the dang thing…
It is a rarity to have variants from two different sets right on top of each other like this but the latest Marvel Legends Abomination figures have been released – so let’s see which figure is worth the bucks!
There is a Build-A-Figure in the latest Captain America Marvel Legends wave and it is pretty impressive. This classic inspired sculpt is large, bulky and amazingly well done. In the same breath Marvel also released a San Diego Comic Con exclusive Abomination in “The Raft” set along with Dreadknight, Enchantress, Purple Man, Sandman and, of course, a Spidey figure as well. Which one is better? Well, oddly it is the figure with a less detailed paint scheme. While the BAF is very cool looking and I appreciate the fact that they tried to give the Abomination a distinct look it isn’t one we’ve ever seen portrayed in the comics. The lighter paint on the belly, face, hands and feet certainly gives it a more reptilian look – which lends itself to a more obvious presence – but it just doesn’t scream out Abomination!
The exclusive, which is darker without much paint variation at all, is the better of the two figures. Even the lighter color on the nails – unlike the black nails on the BAF – looks better! From there, the toys have very little difference. I am shocked that both figures are relatively affordable on the secondary market right now. The better figure of the two, the exclusive, is the less expensive one as well. If you’re looking to just pick up one of them I throw my hat into the ring for the exclusive all the way!
Now, the other question is: How do these Abominations compare to Marvel’s earlier releases? The 2006 Abomination is larger by a hair, which makes the difference of being a bit taller than the Hulk – as he is supposed to be! You also have the option to form his claws into fists – a detail lacking in the most recent offering – not to mention the obvious articulation is far superior. It also has a variant that cannot compare – a “melted face” version (pictured) that every Hulk fan out there should have on their “must own list”. While I enjoy the face sculpt a bit more on the recent figure and I feel the old head mold is a bit too small for the humongous hulking body the truth is that the 2006 Abomination is easily the better figure.
What about the Marvel Select Abomination, you ask – well, as big and heavy and impressive as that figure is the oversight of including a five toed foot rather than the trademark humongous two toed clawed feet. That ONE reason alone disqualifies the figure from the running of best Abomination figure. Sad but true because otherwise that would be the tops!
I’m pretty sure these were released last year and I never got around to showing them. Marvel 500 has lived up to their name so far by releasing quite a few characters and variants on characters. I’ve tried to collect them all that are related to the Hulk – that includes the Hulk’s rogues gallery. I can’t believe of all the characters that have died and came back we still live in a world where Hulk’s 2nd oldest foe is still among the deceased.
We can at least sigh in relief to the fact that A-Bomb is no longer. Cured during the too short Duggan run A-Bomb was reverted back to Rick Jones. I only hope Marvel will one day bring back the true Abomination. That and the real Hulk too…
Pics released at the SDCC this year shows plans for an Abomination BAF to be released in an upcoming wave of Marvel Legends. Some people suspect it may be in the Captain America: Civil War wave – others are pretty sure it’s not. So, really it’s anybody’s guess right now. Either way, I’m looking forward to see if they can top the Marvel Legends Abomination from series 13. I don’t have a lot of confidence – but the production pictures released look pretty good.
A lot the best reasons for keeping this blog going is the friends that I have been able to “meet” over the years. Hulk fanatics like myself who not only like to collect but converse with like-minded fellows who share an affinity for the green goliath. All stemming from the people who come here to post, and comment about all things Hulk I’ve become what I consider friends – albeit “online friends” – with at least a handful of people out there. There’s joefixit, and Fiddy, 465, JG, Dave, Hulk Smashing, Zeno. These are the people I have had the pleasure of talking to and even some have helped each other out when looking for a Hulk item – there’s been too many times to recall when Steve sent me Hulk goodness through the mail or when he was looking for a figure I was able to locate one and sent it to him. I remember sharing my good fortune with Fiddy when I came in possession of two display boxes for the Superhero Squad Hulk figures. Each of these times we did not ask for anything in return, we just helped each other out because we wanted to.
Well, there is another Hulk fan on this site that I consider a friend. Someone who had already given me one of the biggest pieces of the collection – this Hulk wall plaque – and it was already a very generous addition which I was super excited to get. Now, Gammapup, aka: Mike has outdone himself. Before I delve into what transpired this weekend I have to take a little aside here.
About a year ago I had to sell off a chunk of the collection to finance a few renovations that needed to be done to my house. As you know, if you follow this blog, I had a son about that time. Before he was due I needed to replace a dilapidated carpet and the vintage washer and dryer we had in the house. The money we needed for both exceeded the total we had in savings. My only choice, with Antone William Banner on the way in a short time, was to let go some of the pieces in the Hulk collection. I hated to and I had to mentally prepare to do it – which wasn’t easy – but when all was said and done I had released the Hulk Classics and Marvel Legends Hulk line. I had made peace with the decision but everyone once in a while still mourned the loss of those beautiful figures. Some of my favorites. I knew they would be impossible to replace as they have now become expensive and pretty rare.
Like I said, it was a hard choice but did so willingly for the betterment of my family (if you saw this carpet you would understand – you can’t have an infant crawling around on that!) Well, on a trip to NJ and a visit to one of the greatest comic shops known to man, Zapp Comics, Gammapup came in. He walked over and we struck up a conversation. We had met before, of course, but never had the time to really have a decent back and forth. As we were discussing life and what we were up to he mentioned he was turning in some figures to see what he could get for them. He said he had some Hulk figures if I wanted to take a look. Always interested in seeing what green pieces fans have I headed out to his car and saw that he had the entire Marvel Legends Hulk line – as well as almost every Hulk Classics figure – just missing War Hulk and Smart Hulk. Excitedly I asked what he was looking for them. He then said something that I will never forget.
Very rarely in this life are you presented with an opportunity to see true selflessness. Mike said that they were mine if I wanted them. I couldn’t believe my ears. A true generous move by a Gammabro I consider a friend he gave me something I never thought I would have the chance to own again. When I originally picked up the set I paid retail – and now quite a few of them are insanely priced – to the point that I didn’t think I could spend the money to replace the figures and justify it. Also, what Mike did was give me a feeling, an excitement about collecting I haven’t had since I sold off the chunk I did. It really gave me a rejuvenation of sorts about my collection. I couldn’t stop taking about it the rest of the weekend. My wife must have heard me mention what an amazing moment this was about a thousand times!
If I didn’t convey it properly at the time, Mike, I want to thank you again. Thank you so much for giving me back a piece of the collection I never thought I would have again. You truly did a nice thing for me and I will be forever grateful. Hopefully, one day I can do something for you that is just as nice.
Well, that was short-lived. I really thought we were going to make it past a measly 6 issues. I know that technically, with the Hulk/Thanos mini-series coming next week, since it was supposed to be part of this title that this series did surpass the Rampaging Hulk series from the 90’s – but it’s still a bummer that a second Hulk title can’t even last a year. What happened exactly? If you can remember, the Rampaging Hulk was brought out because there were a lot of fair-weather Hulk fans clamoring for a Hulk series that starred the classic, savage Hulk. Of course when Marvel responded by releasing the underrated and fun Rampaging Hulk series those said “fans” still didn’t buy it and it was cancelled after 6 issues. Almost a complete 20 years later they have done it again, releasing a second Hulk title with the classic Hulk – this time keeping within the continuity of the Hulk and having the series cover sort of the “untold” tales of what has happened in the past. It didn’t exactly go as planned…
Savage Hulk (2014-2014)
What I thought was a fantastic and brilliant move, the Savage Hulk started off exploring the classic X-Men #66 – bringing in the Hulk’s greatest villains right out of the gate – he was facing the Leader and the Abomination! How can you go wrong? The story was written and beautifully illustrated by Alan Davis and moved in a decent pace with a good amount of action and, like I said, it was good to have the Hulk battling his classic rouges gallery. Seeing the Leader in all of his original glory was a thrill – and of course having the REAL Abomination back in a new story was real like having an old friend come in the room and smack you across the face… but in a good way.
The Hulk was fighting his foes along side (and sometimes against) the X-Men in trying to save Professor X. Just like back in the day there was plenty of subconscious battling inside Banner’s head while the real action is taking place in reality. That and seeing the Leader with his humanoids, the gamma-irradiated desert roamers and even a Hulked out Professor X made the first arc a must read! Banner fought his others selves for control, the Leader was defeated – but wasn’t – and the Hulk’s allies still didn’t trust him in the end. It was nothing short of smart and entertaining story-telling with that classic flair.
Issues 5&6 jump ahead to Hulk #300 where the Hulk was sent to the crossroads by Dr. Strange. A story line that I wasn’t all that entertained by when I first read it and was a little bummed when I saw that this is where they were headed. The Hulk is sent to different lands where he can be by himself – but the plan goes astray when Hulk lands in a reality where the inhabitants age so quickly that the Hulk is a new threat to a historic destructive force in a matter of hours. Strange comes to the rescue in the end – and avoids a gamma-catastrophe with the by convincing a mind-less Hulk to dispose of a gamma bomb.
I’m not sure why this series didn’t catch on more – I mean it didn’t come screeching out of the gate with initial sales but, unfortunately, dropped by half with the 3rd issue. That, of course, spells certain death with books. This series seemed to be doing everything right – the only thing I can think of is that people may have been turned off of the timeline jumping – having to know their Hulk history to really enjoy the stories. Even then, the authors did a fantastic job of catching you up so you weren’t lost and maybe even inspired a few to go back and read the original issues these stories were taken from. I guess that’s really a pipe dream since issue 6 was the last. I’m bummed to see this series go. It was an enjoyable side series for the Hulk fans out there. As mentioned before, this coming week we will see the continuation of this series as the mini Hulk vs Thanos. While it looks real fun it comes at a price knowing that this could have given the Savage Hulk the sales bump it needed to get some new readers on board.
I miss the old days where new readers jumped on a title without loyal readers seemingly getting punished with reboots and cancellations. This series was a perfect title for old and new readers alike – the only set back being that it may never had a chance to get solid footing with a new writer and artist on the book every few issues. Of course, with the state of comics today that doesn’t seem too far off of what regular series seem to be doing. Grade for issues 5 & 6: B / Series: B+