I have always been a little more critical of Sideshow with their products than most other high end collectible companies. Sideshow has certainly had some comic fans divided over the years as they have produced what some consider the absolute best that anyone has ever offered. Others, like myself, have voiced their preference to want the charters reflect what is shown in the comics. Sideshow has always chosen a more realistic style that has worked with some pieces (the original Hulk PF comes to mind – still to date the absolute pinnacle of what SS is capable of producing) while other pieces suffer (The Hulk Comicquette, buzz cut and all).
Recently SS released a Hulk Maquette that I was on the fence about ordering but ultimately scrapped the idea due to the multiple releases of the same sculpt. I never really thought much about buying anything SS ever again until I got a glimpse of the Hulk vs Wolverine Maquette. From the get go this project got me excited! Seeing progress updates on Statue Forum kept my interest piqued as it looked as though they were finally releasing a Hulk that looked like it jumped right off the page!
Even the original SS PF Hulk is criticized for looking too “ape-ish” – a complaint I take with a grain of salt since the Hulk did have simian features in the silver age – but the moment I saw pictures of the Hulk I saw the creators were leaning toward an enraged, classic looking savage Hulk! In classic SS fashion there are still more realistic details and when I heard there will be an inclusion of metal claws I went to my LCS immediately and discussed ordering this dio.
The last dio SS offered with the Hulk was the Planet Hulk vs Silver Savage – the unfortunate thing about that piece is the size was a bit underwhelming. Here, size is certainly not an issue! This thing is massive and impressive! This piece is almost 2 feet tall! I can not express enough how large and intimidating this piece is! I even had a hard time getting the box into my car to drive it home!
The Hulk’s shaggy hair and wildly rageful expression is perfectly captured as he stares upward to a gritting teeth, angry Wolverine. The base is even a refreshing but still familiar look as the Hulk’s foot splinters a large log in a rocky terrain. The Wolverine seems to be slashing as he jumps at the raging behemoth. I have never been a fan of the high end collectibles based off of the movie versions – just not my taste – and usually SS has priced themselves out of my price range – but every once in a while the stars align and everything comes together to create a perfect piece of Hulk memorabilia that every Hulk collector should own!
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:
If you are a fan of the Facebook Page of this blog then you know I found this figure this past Saturday. If you’re yet to be a fan of the page – like it here – I try to give extra stuff and put stuff up as soon as I find it and such. That’s neither here nor there at this point though because we have a Maestro figure in 3 3/4 scale finally! Yes, the figure is based off the Contest of Champions rather than the classic style of the character. CoC wasn’t a bad read – I wasn’t all that interested at first but I had to take a peek as the Hulk (many versions) play a big part.
The oddest part is seeing Maestro – spoilers – defeated as his main thing is being too powerful to be taken down by anyone. But hey, a character too powerful to take down by anything is a pretty boring read. I thought the series was entertaining as heck and was sad to see it end at issue #10.
The Maestro figure we are served is still a great figure but I would kill for a Maestro with removable pointy crown. Ultimately, I’m still glad to be getting a Maestro figure no matter which version. I can’t say I would give it a thumbs up in adding it to your collection, unless, like me, you’re in too deep and can’t get out!
Walking through Target I noticed an Iron Man from a new kids friendly Avengers line and thought “Cool. I wonder if they made a Hulk?” The back of the package confirmed that they did, in fact, make a Hulk figure. It sent me off to every Target and TRU in my area. On the second Target I entered I was able to snag myself a Hulk. First thing that I noticed is the mass of this figure compared to the others in the line.
I always feel it’s important to have the Hulk be the biggest figure in the line – something that the Marvel Universe did with the first release but then subsequent releases they made the Hulk closer to the same size as the other characters in the line. Hulk needs to be bigger! He needs to be noticeably the largest figure!
This figure accomplishes that and then some! Not only is the size impressive but the Hulk is obviously based on the early silver age Hulk. Ripping the figure open I was also pleasantly surprised that they gave him a bit more articulation that I would’ve thought – not only does his head swivel but also his shoulders and elbows! His legs bend – but not the knees – that’s the only thing that would’ve really made this figure complete!
The other thing to note is that the proportions are somewhat more accurate than they have been on figures in the past. The sculpt is fantastic, with surprising detail! The paints – although very simplistic – work well and pop and of course – are classic purple! This was certainly the way to start off the year with a surprise Hulk figure that totally rocks!
A while back Schleich produced some DC figures that were really impressive. At the time I was hoping to see a Marvel line in the vain. Sure enough, while perusing the TRU website I was excited to notice that Schleich was doing just that! Of course the pic on the website looked a bit – better produced – but really, this is not much different than what is shown. It is absolutely beautiful! It’s also humongous – which was a welcome surprise! I was expecting a somewhat smaller scale but this is almost as large as the Bowen Mini-Statues!
I know the rocky base on Hulk figures may be getting tired (one of the reasons I still appreciate the Marvel Milestones Hulk statue base) but it still works! I ordered this last Monday and it came on Saturday – I checked the website again it said it was sold out already! Not sure if it still says that but I was shocked as these haven’t seemed to hit the stores yet!
It is somewhat funny to me though… these days the only way to visit the classic, savage Hulk is to see him in figure and collectible form – not even the comics. It doesn’t seem that Marvel is too antsy in releasing Totally Awesome Hulk products… yet that character continues to adorn the shelves. Overall, look for these figures to be hitting the toy shelves very soon and snag one as soon as you can!