ML Hulk and Valkyrie 2-Pack
Back of Package
THE POSITIVE: With the MU figures dominating the shelves nowadays it’s nice to see that Marvel hasn’t totally given up on their original ML line. Nothing has beat the Legend figures – in terms of awesomeness! The MU is on the way to surpassing the vastness of character selection – but the ML line is still the tops. For these recent (I say recent – but it wasn’t that recent – these came out late last year) figures Marvel held an online vote where fans could pick which figures they would like to see released. I can’t remember exactly – but I think the Red King was one of the figures up for the vote – which I would have loved! Amazingly, Aquon was shafted once again… anyways, Valkyrie was the poll and I know quite a few collectors who were ecstatic that they could finally finish their Defenders displays.
Hulk Free at Last!
The head sculpt for the Hulk is brand new and pretty great, seems very inspired by McGuiness, which works well with the re-used body. It works well with the Red Hulk figure if your posing them together (for the record – I think the Red Hulk should have had black pants). This Hulk towers over the other ML Hulks and most of the other ML figures which is perfect since the Hulk is suppossed to be large and in charge.
New Head Sculpt Really Works!
The original price point worked well for these figures – and by original I mean the $24.99 – not the $29.99 and then $34.99 that it was when it hit the shelves. Thankfully to the readers of this blog I was able to snag one of these figures off the TRU site for $24.99. Thank you to the readers!
THE NEGATIVE: Yes, this is the same body used for the BAF Red Hulk. The body itself is fine – although it has two fists and I prefer one – only because it makes posing figures easier. The paint application is a bit off… mostly because of the shading. I liked the clean look of the Red Hulk figure – but with the Green Hulk figure here they felt the need to spray black into the folds between his muscles, on his fingers and hands, on his neck and the top of his feet. I am really unsure why they – as it doesn’t look that good.
Red vs Hulk
Now, even though I love the size, as far as scale goes – and as far as I recall – since I don’t have the Saquatch figure I can’t compare – but Sasquatch is taller than the Hulk – and this figure is just as big – so the scale isn’t perfect – but what toy line is? I don’t think we an hold that against them since we do have quite a few Hulk figures to choose from when displaying with other figures.
The Stare Down!
Conclusion: The 2-pack is a winner – absolutely! It’s a must pick up! Of course, looking on ebay, it seems that these 2-packs are selling for double the retail. Makes me wish I still held on to my double. And by double I mean double still in package – since I have one still in the package and then I have a loose pair. Anyways, I hope you picked it up – how many of you out there were able to order it off of TRU before the price increase? Grade: A
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MTE #16: The Defenders!
The Defenders are, IMO, one of the best and most entertaining Marvel groups. I wonder if they could ever create a movie out of this super team? The amazing thing about the Defenders is that they actually kept the Hulk in the group – and not always voluntarily. This MTE covers some of the more important issues – it reprints the first appearance of the Defenders – Marvel Feature Presents #1 – but also The Defenders #4 (Valkyrie joins the Defenders) and Defenders #13 & 14. You have to love the shot of the Defenders on the back cover – particularly the Surfer posing like he’s in a JC Penny catalog.
Marvel Feature Presents #1
This, technically, is the first appearance of the Defenders… I say technically because, well, I’ll get into that later. First let’s start with these three – Marvel Feature Presents – the first time the group is dubbed “The Defenders” – named by… hmmm – a good question for a no prize! Oh – who am I kidding 465 will get it even before I finish typing this post 🙂 The best part of the Defenders of course is with each meeting the members are never happy to help each other – and a lot of the time complain that they got together in the first place and sometimes vow never to team up again!
MFP #2 - Dormmamu in the house!
I love these guys! The covers to these issues are amazing as well – I love the old time covers too! And in the next issue the Defenders face off against a villain that is not only one of Strange’s biggest nemisis..s’s? Is nemisis’s right? Anyways, the villain is not only Strange’s biggest foe but also faces off against the Defenders many, many times – making him one of the Defender’s biggest foes! Bowen has released sneaks of a new bust of none other than DORMAMMU! I cannot wait for that!
MFP #3 - When Gossamer attacks!
The last of the MFP covers features one of my favorite looking villains – Xenmu – who reminds me of the Looney Tunes character Gossamer except… you know… white. Anyways – here are the first 3 comics that preceded the Defenders getting their own title!
What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving week! I will showcase one of the most dysfunctional group to ever grace the pages of a Marvel Comic! A team that changed members more than I change my underwear… I mean – forget that last statement. Here is the Defenders #1 – but keep in mind that this is not the first meeting – and I will showcase their first meetings this week… as well as this week being dedicated to comic reviews of some the most memorable Hulk stories – some of my favorites and some of the classics!
The Defenders #13 & #16
So, having every Hulk issue has its advantages – but let’s face it – it far from having every comic that the Hulk has appeared in. I decided my next quest will be gathering the original Defenders. I am off to a good start having found issues:
#13/#16/#17/#18/#19/#31/#40/#48/#52/#67/#68/80/#102/#119 (at the time I wrote this I only had these – but have now found a few more KEY ISSUES I will post for you next week!)
The Defenders #17 & #19
Seeing as there are only 150 issues of the original series I figure I will take my time in collecting these. I finished collecting the Hulk issues before I was even able to really enjoy it.
The Defenders #52 & #67 - Classic covers!