This was one of those times I actually had fun trying to collect all the characters while trying to get the Hulk. I’m actually happy I didn’t get the Hulk on the first try! In fact, my first figure was one of the cooler figures – Thanos himself! While I am not a fan of the blind boxes there really were no bad characters to receive in this set. Actually, sadly, the most disappointing figure might be the Hulk!
The Hulk is a lot smaller and lighter than the Hulk we were previously given for Thor Ragnarok. So much so that it’s impossible to “feel” him out when trying to buy the right box. Also, the Hulk is pretty bare bones only having a pair of too tight shorts and a scowl on his face.
In my search I was able to find a few of the hard to find characters including the 1/36 Outrider, the 1/72 Dr. Strange and the 1/72 Cull Obsidian. Cull was one of the easier figures to find – he’s the larger figure in this set so the box is heavier and the little guy doesn’t move around so much when you shake it. I didn’t look to get them all – just enough to get the Hulk. This is the set I compiled trying to myself good ole’ Jade Jaws.
I was late to the party when I realized how great the Walgreens exclusives began surfacing. I missed out on all sorts of Pops and Dorbz that I would love to purchase. Venom, Carnage, Spider-Man 2099 are all Pops that kick butt! I would rather not go to eBay so instead I do without. I was thinking I’d have to do without the exclusive Compound Hulk as well because I never bothered looking when it was all over the stores. One Wednesday in February I was on the way to my LCS when I noticed an Iron Patriot Dorbz on the shelf. I knew that the Iron Patriot was out about the same time as the Compound Hulk so I peeked at what was on the shelf behind him and saw… the Compound Hulk! I was so surprised and excited I might have said “You’re kidding me!” in a voice much louder than acceptable. I then hurriedly looked around to see if anyone heard me say that out loud. Thankfully, I was alone. Then I felt pretty embarrassed that I was talking to myself.
Either way, I was happy to stumble across this exclusive – while I have decided to really focus on the Hulk merchandise and not supporting players – I still have wanted this guy for quite a while.
While it’s true this scene did not appear in the new Avengers movie I am optimistic about part 2. The Hulk was served a raw deal in this new movie but the rest of the film was too good to focus on the negative. After seeing the movie it makes sense that the Hulk offerings are also pretty sparse when it comes to merchandising. Seeing as our favorite Jade Jaws appears in a total of 5 unfavorable minutes it’s probably best we don’t recall his cameo at all.
By the way – if you have yet to see the new Avengers you should absolutely stop reading! In fact, it’s also advisable to not read the above paragraph either. If you did already… my bad. I don’t know about you but I was definitely waiting for a great scene like the one that is illustrated in this piece. Even though it doesn’t happen yet I can still see this occurring and it being a total badass moment!
I’m still pretty excited that Funko released this Pop figure. It is both slightly larger than a regular Pop AND still on a smaller sale than the regular Pops. I was lucky enough to score this guy due to having a contact at GameStop – seeing as reports are saying most stores are only receiving 3 of them, if any at all. I hope all my Gammabros out there were able to snag one! Don’t get suckered into the second hand prices that the scalpers are charging. It’s always demoralizing seeing just how many of these cool pieces end up in flippers hands. Right now they are ranging between $35-$70 on eBay. GameStop retails them or just $18.99.
I have to admit, the very last Marvel Collector Corps box was both a bit underwhelming, exciting and a bit of a shock. I was shocked to learn that Funko was cancelling this subscription service – but not totally a surprise though as most of the pieces would end up on eBay the day after the release. Also shocking because I thought the next box would be Wolverine themed. The Animal Instincts these wasn’t terrible – but I think a Wolvie box would have hit better than this box did.
I did love the Classic Rhino that came with this box though – a Spidey villain that is more suited to battle the Hulk! I was able to snag a Mystery Mini of this guy so getting a surprise Pop was that much more exciting! It was a great send off to a service that certainly had its stumbles along the way but also gave us some really great pieces. I do wonder what the future will hold – maybe by the time this post is published we will have our answer on what to expect on how this service continues.
There are so many exclusives these days it’s truly hard to keep up! Last month I was called about a new shipment at Toys R Us of the Exclusive She Hulk. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I did make my way down there and was pleasantly surprised! This She Hulk is completely different than the original She Hulk we were offered. This She Hulk looks like she’s ready to head right into court and defend a man from being wrongfully accused of murder.
She would stand up and stare at the jury and say “How could my client commit this murder when he is allergic to cheese!” and the jury would gasp! Because, you see, this murder takes place in a supermarket… near the cheese aisle!
Tomorrow is Friday the 13th and the best slasher films that the 80’s had to offer has to go to the Friday the 13th series. Jason Vorhees not only had the best back story but also the most inventive deaths. Sure… as the series progressed to the 7th and 8th instalments they may have gotten a little “long in the tooth” but I loved Jason goes to Hell AND Jason X. For me though, nothing compares to Part 4 – the incorrectly names Final Friday. That is easily the best of the entire run! For all the love I have for these movies I’ve picked up only a select few of my favorite pieces, including these two plushes.
I know there are more softs out there but I just picked up these – the Fabrications was a must due to the ability to remove the mask and see the gruesome features underneath! Some of the softs have the mask attached or sewn on – big mistake in my opinion – one of the must haves for a cool figure is the grotesque face underneath the iconic mask! How could you not? Of all the memorabilia from the Friday series – these two might not be my favorite but they are certainly the most adorable!
One thing I did not want to do was to have to pay scalper prices for something so tiny like this little guy here. While I like having this character, since he debuted in the Planet Hulk storyline, I didn’t think it was all that important. I mean $30-$45 for a tiny figure like this, I just wasn’t about to shell out the dough for it!
Why is it so expensive? Well, this is one of the rare 1/72 figures. Luckily, it is also one of the heavier figures to seek out. Snatching one up should be easy – it’s heavier than the most of the other characters but lighter than the Hulk.
I do find the little guy a bit disturbing – check out his stomach and what looks like tiny nipples poking out. Ugh, looking at it makes me feel like Luke in the latest Star Wars. I feel like I should milk him and drink the green sludge just to freak people out. I was psyched to find this guy though.