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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m unsure what but the Marvel Brick Headz come in a blue box… all but the Hulk here who comes in a cool looking red box. I know this was a “maybe” in the attribute department but I just could not let it sit on the shelf when I saw the Captain America version too. I picked up both and my daughter and I went to town creating the two figures.
There’s really nothing to do with this figure but let it sit there and look all blocky. In fact, I tried to use it as a centerpiece until one of my friends walked in and said “What the hell is that?” I immediately placed it deep and hidden in the Hulk room. Where it camouflages nicely against all the other green goodness!
Angela has to have one of the best back stories of any comic character ever. I can’t recall any other hero that would have their back story in a completely different comic universe – to be killed in said universe – and then to mysteriously appear in another universe. She is still who she is – which is bad ass – with a few tweaks that make sense. She’s still an angel who kicks ass and now defends the greater good in one of the more celebrated comic universes. How long until we see her in the movies?
Marvel acquisition of the character even made the original appearance in Spawn #9 worth something – raw copies are still easily attainable but graded copies are going what I loving refer to as “nutso”. That being said, it was hard to pass up the first figure that Marvel ever created of her! Who knows if it will be worth anything in the future – the Spawn Angela figure is pretty plentiful so it hovers around the $5-$10 range. There used to be a version that didn’t paint on underwear under the armor that was artfully dubbed “Party Angela” (Man, us collectors are a perverted and insane bunch). This Angela would not have such a variation as her whole costume is just the underwear accessorized with an oversized belt and gold boots.
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!