Tag Archives: 2015

Kotobukia ARTFX Hulk Statue (2015)

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As a huge Hulk fan you can easily go broke collecting all of the merchandise out there.  Usually collectors have to draw lines on what their collection will contain.  Personally, even though there are some amazing custom pieces, I choose to keep my collection focused on officially licensed merchandise.  That being said – there are times I see released pieces and still pass.  This was one of those times.

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I first laid eyes upon this piece my LCS had it in their display cabinet.  My first thought after seeing it was noticing just how little it was.  For the money, this piece was just too small for me to feel it was worth it.  The statues seams also were too noticeable – not only on the arms but on the neck as well.  This statue is so small it could have easily been released as one solid piece.

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This is the Entertainment Earth exclusive version with the red eyes so you know he’s been brainwashed by the Scarlet Witch.  While I think the regular version was a little bit better looking this one landed in my collection because the sale that Entertainment Earth had during Christmas.  This $150 piece was on sale for an astounding $15.

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This version also isn’t as bright green as the regular – this version seems a bit washed out and a slightly greyer look.  The base, while sculpted nicely, look very cheap and plastic.  My initial thoughts on this statue has not changed – I was very disappointed.  Overall, if this wasn’t $15 it wouldn’t be in the collection – but for the price I paid for it I fell like it was worth it!

TMNT Dorbz (2015)

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If there is one thing I remember fondly from my childhood that would be the Turtles.  I knew them from the 80’s cartoon – but my friend Corry had just read the comics.  He felt the cartoons and subsequent movies were bastardizations of what the turtles really were.  For me – I just liked watching over-sized reptiles beat up bad guys.

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Here is the Dorbz line again – the only other figures there are in this series is the Be-Bop and Rock-Steady but I have yet to decide whether or not I want to add them to this group.  I do wish they released the original turtles separately – and I’m looking into buying the exclusive 4-pack – but I would have rather had them packaged like these little guys!

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Over Sized Dorbz Rocket Raccoon (2015)

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I have to confess – I prefer the Dorbz figures over the Pop figures that everyone else seems to be going crazy over.  I know that there is a Pop figure for… well, pretty much everything over the sun.  Even Sixteen Candles.  Who was looking for Sixteen Candles collectibles?  Apparently, someone.  I enjoy the Dorbz better – mainly because they remind me of the Mighty Muggs and they do not sport the bobblehead feature that the Pop figures do.

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This is the XL Rocket Dorbz so it stands an impressive 6″ – just as a size comparison regular Dorbz are half that size.  I only have a few Dorbz figures but I was able to snag this one for a song as it was being clearanced out at Barnes and Noble.

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Marvel 500 A-Bomb and Abomination (2015)

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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…

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Ladies Worthy of Plastic: Thundra and Valkyrie Marvel Legends (2015)

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Back in 2010 when they released the ML Hulk/Valkyrie 2-Pack I was ecstatic to finally get a Valkyrie figure.  That figure is still the only “classic” Barbara Norris figure you can get – but the new release, in her modern dude, is certainly worth a pick up as well.  While I’ve always contended that the new price points are off and that they are asking too much I still enjoy a great new figure.  Granted, these were new when I bought them but forgot to post them – so… there’s that.

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She and Thundra have a great place in Hulk history but with the Thundra figure finally released it does sting slightly more that Lyra was never made.  It would have been perfect to have the whole family together and it seems pretty likely that it would have been easy to make a Lyra with a simple repaint – but alas, we don’t have one and we’re only left with Thundra.  Of course, she has a more storied past in the MU so it’s fitting for her to have a figure before her bastard daughter.

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Either way, these two ladies were worth the price and certainly deserve a place in everyone’s Marvel set up – let alone a complete Hulk collection!  If there is any negative I see it’s that the skin tones on Thundra are a little flat and Valkyrie overall deserves a richer look.

Grade for these two figures: Valkyrie – A, Thundra – A-

RC Hulk ATV (2015)

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Walgreen’s certainly has a great deal going on with exclusive Marvel products on their shelves – but they can’t all be home runs.  Take in point this radio controlled vehicle with the Hulk aboard.  Never mind the fact that any “Hulk riding a motorized transport” toy makes little sense as the Hulk can pretty much tackle thousands of miles in a single leap.  I picked up the TRU Radio Controlled Hulk Smash car a bit ago that is absolutely astounding – this is a different story.  Originally priced at $14.99 I was pleased to see it marked down to only $4.90.  I picked it up, not because I had to have it, mind you, but because I felt bad no one else wanted it!  But – behold!  Another addition to the Hulk room!

Marvel Select Hulkbuster Iron Man (2015)

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This past year the Marvel Legends BAF Hulkbuster figure was released.  The only real issue I (and most other people) had was the flat paint they used to adorn the figure with.  Well, they fixed the paint issues when it came to the Marvel Select release – but the figure has some other issues.  While it’s still a fantastic piece there is one area they skimped on.

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The articulation is really lacking – the head, hands and fingers don’t move.  They’re molded in such a way that lends itself to some fun poses but ultimately, you’re forced to just a few. That being said, as nice as this Hulkbuster is if they had just taken this figure and the ML Hulkbuster and combined all the best features we would easily have the greatest figure ever created.

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The ball joints on the legs and arms are nice, the knees the bend like… well, knees but overall the figure is smaller than I’d have hoped.  It is still a great figure – and seeing as the difference in prices for this figure to the ML one is astronomical if you’re just going to choose one piece to get – it’s worth the pickup over the BAF.

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I would say if the ML figure is an easy B- then the Marvel Select would score the same.  Could you imagine the cherry, metallic red on the BAF?  How boss would that be?