Tag Archives: 2017

Hulk Mask (2017)

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Even though this is supposed to be based on the Hulk from Thor: Ragnarok there is no war paint on his face and the real shame is that they decided not to include a helmet with the mask.  Can you even imagine how amazing this would have been in full Planet Hulk mode?  Of course that would have doubled the price… and with the mask already sporting a $20 price tag I don’t think that was ever an option.

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The cool thing about the mask is the mouth and eyebrows move as you speak into it.  This is much like the Chewbacca mask that was made viral by the mom on youtube except that this is way better – because it’s the Hulk.

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Gladiator Hulk Hands (2017)

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I have to be honest, as much as I wanted to look forward to a new set of Hulk hands all I could think about is how they would screw them up this time.  2003 gave us the first (historic) set of Hulk hands.  For a very reasonable $20 you could get a huge set of green, roaring Hulk hands that were also soft enough you could slam them into your best friends face and they wouldn’t even lose a tooth.

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Over the years the Hulk hands have gotten smaller, lost the sound aspect and even changed to cloth for a small while.  Of course, they’ve also gotten more expensive.  What can be said about the newest Hulk fists?  Well, the good news is that they are fists!  The last version was open handed Hulk hands – which was a refreshing change – but I am glad the fists are back.

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The sound effects are back as well.  You can create the sounds by motion or by pressing a button to create the Hulk growling sounds.  Honestly, these are a step up from the Hulk hands – but only slightly.  The gladiator motif makes them different enough that they are not a simple retread (like the Avengers 1 & 2 hands were) but the $30 price tag should certainly makes you pause before purchase.  Overall, I have a complete set of Hulk (and Hulk villain) hands so I’m glad to get these but I can’t go as far as to say I recommend buying a pair.

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Marvel Legends Gladiator Hulk BAF (2017)

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Thank you to all that have been messaging me asking me to blog about all the new Hulk items that have been released.  If you’re on my FB page then you will know that not only do I have them all but I have had them for quite a while!  I was able to acquire the BAF Gladiator Hulk a week before the street date!  Thank goodness I did too, getting the pieces to this guy is proving to be very difficult.  Some of the figures are pretty fantastic – and then there’s Loki.  A terrible figure with very little accessories!  If you are lucky enough to unload them to help pay for the Hulk then good on you because he’s already running a pretty penny on eBay.

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The figure is pretty fantastic too!  I was hoping for an 8″ figure since it was the Hulk and this is the first time the Hulk has treated to the BAF format.  While he still stands taller than most of the other figures in the set he is the same size as the AoU Hulk we were served.  The real difference?  The absolute killer gladiator set up that this Hulk comes with!  The war paint, the helmet, the huge hammers and all the armor!  It absolutely makes this figure a killer piece to add to the Hulk collection!

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Like I mentioned, having to buy every figure in this series just to get the Hulk – which means you’re shelling out about $120 to get this bad boy!  That might seem steep but really, you’re going to pay about $75-90 just for the Hulk on eBay anyways, so for another $30 bucks or so you can have all the figures too.

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I have seen this on FB – with the soft plastic they used for the hammer makes it susceptible to bending when the Hulk holds it.  You can easily avoid this by having the Hulk hold the hammer high on the neck.  I actually thinks this looks cooler anyways.

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The Gladiator Hulk’s expression is an interesting choice.  He really looks as if he is confident and stoic at the same time.  I get that the Hulk has constantly been sculpted with the raging anger face – but with a BAF I really feel as if we should have been given an alternate head with a screaming anger face!  It would have been perfect!

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The figure reminds me of the last time the Hulk was seen in war paint… but this time he’s way more bas ass!

Catching Up With… Feat: Generations Totally Awesome Hulk / Banner Hulk (2017)

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Let’s get this over with right from the start:  It’s not Banner Hulk it’s The Incredible Hulk.  It’s one of the easiest and most obvious titles, yet Marvel messed it up right from get-go.  It was the first of many missteps in what should have been a glorious return of the real Jade Jaws to the Marvel Universe.

Generations are one-shots that team up the classic character with the new wave of heroes gracing the comics these days.  The Hulks issue is handled by Greg Pak – which should have been a homerun – but turns out to be a single that was picked off at first.

The story begins with Cho being transported into the past and face to face with the real Hulk being attacked by the army in the desert.  It is a missed and welcoming sight and a great intro but ultimately a short-lived excitement as the comic takes a sharp turn from there.  If you plan on reading the issue don’t read any further as this will contain spoilers like mad, yo!  The Hulk is fighting back against the army and Cho helps fight them off.  When he sees the Hulk ready to explode and hurt people Cho takes the Hulk on himself.  It’s one of the more annoying and cringe-inducing aspects of the Cho Hulk.  He’s so infatuated with the lives of innocents that he ends up screwing things up royally.  In the case of W.W.H. (if you’re reading it) he’s the reason the weapon comes to maturity, here he is the reason that a gigantic monster is woken to terrorize a small town.  Sure, you can make the argument that it was the army bombing the island but I would retaliate with “Who brought them to the island?”  Boom, Mic drop.

Now, I don’t mind the idea that Cho is looking to protect the innocent, the idea that the real Hulk had done it in the past subconsciously is one of my favorite theories.  My issue is that Cho shoves it down our throat in such an obvious manner that it literally bores me.  If you were to play a drinking game where you drink every time Cho Hulk talks about saving innocents you’d be dead.  Down before you even finish this silly one shot.

If you think I’ve scratched the surface of the problems with this issue you are sadly mistaken.  Cho begins to lose control of the monster and the real Hulk has to come to the rescue.  The following conversation is the crux of what makes this issue such a disappointment.  Before I dive in: I dare you to go back when the Cho Hulk was first being promoted and read the post where I react to Pak’s interview.  I’m way too lazy and it’s way too late for me to find it – you’re going to have to do the leg work yourself!  Anyways, Pak says that Cho ENJOYS being the Hulk and sees it as a gift – and I talk about the most interesting aspect of the Hulk character is that Banner saw it as a curse – he knew it was an accident that needed to be corrected.

Pak writes that exact thing at the end of the issue!  He has Cho realize that being the Hulk isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!  It’s a head shaking and infuriating ending for one of two reasons.  Pak is a great writer – he has written some of the best Hulk stories – but he has missed the mark since the TAH took shape.  I don’t know what was in his head when he was writing this issue but I know he’s the kind of writer who plans ahead.  To think he started writing the Cho Hulk with the intention of the two Hulks meeting and having this convo is the biggest insult.  To think it would be an eye opening moment for not only the characters but also the reader is a slap in the face – mainly because that’s what every comic reader has been saying since the beginning of this whole debacle.  If this was a way for Pak to acknowledge everyone saying this; sort of a wink, wink at the audience; well then the whole issue was sort of a waste of time.  What was the purpose here?  To reiterate the obvious?  To make Cho more likeable/relatable by making him think his stolen gamma power up was a mistake instead of his green frat boy persona?

Either way, this issue will be followed by what looks like Cho having his own Planet Hulk saga.  This combined with yet another return to “original” numbering is another nail in the coffin of the once great writer of Hulk stuff.  Rest in peace Pak legacy… it was great for a while.

Lego Gladiator Hulk (2017)

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I will admit that usually I try to space out the pieces I have for my Hulk room.  I want to always have something to post.  With the influx of Thor: Ragnarok items I am having a hard time holding back.  Like, for example, I found the new Thor vs Hulk: Arena Clash set and I had to post the little Gladiator Hulk!

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I have every Lego Hulk set so far and the only down side… is that they are taking up a lot of space!  I have only taken out the Hulk so I don’t have pics of the whole set.  The odd thing I see about this and the Electronic Hulk is that the “war paint” on the Hulk’s face is on the opposite sides.  I believe the Lego Hulk is actually inaccurate where the paint is.

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Other than that, I’m pretty happy with this little guy.  If you told me a year ago I would own a Planet Hulk inspired Lego Hulk I would not believe you.  Now I can happily report that the Lego Hulk is kick ass!  You might be able to eventually find this Hulk on eBay so that you don’t have to shell out $60 clams – just make sure you’re buying the REAL Lego Hulk!  Not the knock off!

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Thor: Ragnarok 12″ Gladiator Hulk (2017)

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Every Marvel movie has released electronic figures that can interact with each other.  Most of the time I grab a Hulk for the Hulk Room and leave the rest.  Of course, seeing this figure this past Thursday made me leap for joy!  I spent at least 20 minutes in the aisle having the Thor and Hulk figures talk back and forth.  It was so fantastic!

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This is not on the level of the ML 14″ Hulk that has just graced the collection – but it’s super impressive!  the button to make him talk  is incorporated into the straps that go across his chest – a much better scene than the Avengers Hulk which sported the button in the middle of his bare chest.  I also enjoy the accessories that this figure sports!  The helmet (a must) and the huge hammer type weapon complete this Hulk to make it a must have!  The price is on the more expensive side but I still feel it’s worth the pick up!

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Marvel Legends 14″ Incredible Hulk (2017)

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I have a to make sure I love expensive pieces.  Hot Toys, a lot of times, ultimately disappoint.  The rubbery skin puts me off – I like the hard plastic feel of an action figure.  When the 12″ line appeared in toy stores I was very intrigued to see what a Hulk figure would look like.  The Iron Man and Cap were extremely well sculpted and looked impressive – the price tag was a bit steep though.  My only hesitation would be shelling out $50 for a figure.  I still remember the 12″ Icon figures from Toy Biz in 2006 that only ran a very reasonable $20.  Well, I just found the new ML Hulk this past weekend.

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The price tag still took me by shock – it was just a tweak above the already expensive $50 figures regularly – but I could not take my eyes off how well this figure was done.  The sculpt is absolutely top notch.  The expression on the Hulk’s face was so perfect – with an alternate head that rivals the 6″ Face Off Hulk’s likeness to the Classic Buscema image.

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The box is even superb with the prism images of the Hulk adorning the sides and back.  The images show just how great this new line is in both size and articulation.  I can’t say enough great stuff about how well done this figure is  – with the understanding that I have yet to see it out of the box.  I like keeping my figures in the package and if I want one out of the box I will buy a second.  Well, I am not sure just how easy/hard this figure will be to fins so for now, this one is staying minty fresh inside the window box.

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The size is certainly one of the highlights of this piece,  The fact that it is larger than the rest of the figures in this line was a great addition.  Hulk should be huge and should be imposing!  The heft is perfect – it’s actually heavier than some of the later released Bowen statues.

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I will keep an eye out as I have seen other retailers offering this figure for less and closer to the $50 price.  Wal-Mart had these posted for $54 in pre-order.  They were sold out pretty fast.  I would be surprised to see if this piece don’t stay on the shelves.  I know Target puts these 12″ figures on clearance after a while but I’d be really surprised to see these dip below a $50 price tag.