I have been extremely impressed with Target when it comes to exclusives this past year. I am also extremely impressed with my wife who found this humongous and impressive beast! She regaled a story of how she called every Target in the area until she found this big guy in stock. She packed up my stuffy little son – who was staying home from preschool that day – and drove about an hour away to snag this monster! She wrapped it up and stashed it under the Christmas tree.
The crazy part is yet to come though… I told Olivia that I had heard many times that these huge Pop figures are arriving to Target with busted hammers. If she were to come across a broken hammer Pop to snag it anyways and I will gladly glue the hell out of it. She then drove the hour commute BACK to the Target the following day and found one with a broken hammer. She was able to get it for a discounted price and when I arrived home that day she surprised me with it!
These Pops are absolutely stunning and the perfect character to release in the over-sized ________. Target released a 10″ Groot before this which was very cool and regularly sells for twice the retail. I feel like the Hulk could possibly appreciate in the years to come – especially since there are quite a few showing up to the stores damaged. If you’re a savvy shopper these guys should still be in the stores – but desperate people can find them on the bay just be prepared to pay $40-$60.
So needless to say, my wife won major points this Christmas. Not only did she find me a couple of 10″ Hulks (that sounds a little dirty) but she went the extra mile to get them. Collecting all the Hulks from Thor: Ragnarok seemed a little daunting when everything was announced but ultimately I had fun tracking all the great stuff this time around.
I’ll admit up front that these Pops aren’t in my collection anymore. While I enjoy the subscription service I don’t usually need – or want – every Pop they offer. I sold off most of them but these little guys ended up at my LCS. I still like the service – although, I will tell you, if this next box doesn’t impress as much as the Hulk one does I will probably quit it. Are any of the readers out there subscribers as well? What do you guys think of it? These Pops weren’t that bad – just did not fit into my theme at all.
Posted in Non-Hulk
Tagged 2017, Funko
I am shocked that new pieces continue to be released from Thor: Ragnarok. This time from Target we get another exclusive POP! but this time with a twist! As far as I know this was only being released through online sales – meaning you had to order it off of the Target website – but that may not exactly be the case. I haven’t heard from anyone seeing in store though…
That being said, this Pop! comes with a great Hulk (The Champion) vs Thor (The Lord of Thunder) T-Shirt. For $25 the T-Shirt is accompanied by one of the cooler exclusive Pop! figures yet! A re-colored (in metallic day-glo, no less) Gladiator Hulk! The T-Shirt is also reminiscent to the original Marvel Collector Corps T-Shirt that featured a hero vs Ultron – one of 4 where you had to get lucky to get the Hulk. Here, there is only one choice and it is perfect! The shirt is still unopened and in a plastic bag so I didn’t bother posting it – but the image of what it looks like is on the backside of the box above.
The POP! series of figures have been interesting this time around. While the Hulk has his share of exclusives none tickle my fancy more than this little guy!
I have an interesting theory though – one that hopefully everyone understands is pure fan fiction and not based off anything but assumptions. When this arrived at my doorstep this week I honestly felt as though I was opening a Marvel Collector Corps light. Usually the boxes contain shirts like the one in this exclusive – as well as a original POP!. As you remember, the Thor: Ragnarok box was a little underwhelming as far as the amount of stuff – not to mention the very few Hulk items – included. I just wonder if these items were meant for the MCC box but at the last minute Target put in a bid of some sort to snag this combo for themselves. Honestly, it was the right choice! Look at this bad boy!
I don’t know if my theory has any validity but it sounds pretty reasonable to me – and sort of makes sense on why the MCC box was such a departure from the norm! Either way, Target has definitely killed it more than any other big box stores as far as exclusives go. With this and the 10″ Hulk POP! Target clearly went all in with Hulk exclusives and won!
Just when you’ve reached the end of your rope with the Hulk pieces from Thor: Ragnarok all being exclusives and limited or even worse… really freakin’ expensive, we’re finally dealt a break by Funko in the form of the Mystery Mini. Before we continue with the review here – will you take a look a the size of that first sentence? Let’s move on. Like I mentioned seeing the distribution of the characters it’s a relief to see that the Gladiator Hulk is actually one of the more readily available. With a 1/6 chance to score this little guy it’s also a relief to know how easy he is to find IN the mystery box.
If you lightly shake each box you’ll notice certain figures don’t move as easily as others. Now, with a few larger figures you’d still be stuck getting figures you’re not trying to obtain if it weren’t for the fact that the Hulk’s not only one of the bigger figures but also the heavier! With that 1-2 combo discovering the boxes that this guy is hidden in isn’t a challenge at all!
I had narrowed it down to 2 different boxes that could possibly the Hulk when I discovered my instincts were spot on! With both boxes opened each one contained the Hulk I was looking for! Can I just say, the sculpt on this figure is awesome! I again wish that Funko was not locked into having to make these figures bobbleheads but it’s something I can live with when the pieces come out this cool! I mean, look at his little oversized helmet and alien hammer!
After discussing this with a good friend he informed me that Hot Topic also has a variant with the Hulk in his gladiator leisure wear. I was a little dejected thinking I spoke too soon with the Mystery Minis being an easy score but have no fear Hulk fans! The Hot Topic exclusive is also has a 1/6 chance! The weight and size of the figure still applies so with just a little patience you can narrow it down to the exact right box!
Again, I had it narrowed it down to 2 boxes it could be AND…: BOOM goes the dynamite!
Whenever I see the Spider-Man Mystery Minis and I can tell there is a Venom in the box I feel as though I have no choice but to buy it! I can’t stop myself! I know exactly which boxes have the Venom figures so I buy it up! I have now taken to buying both Venom AND Rhino! It’s like a virus that I can’t shake! I see the boxes and tell myself not to even go near them because I don’t need anymore Venoms. Then, like I knew I would, my self-control fails me and I find myself in the toy aisle shaking these damn boxes again! When I come to the Venom I tell myself I will not buy it. Guess how that works out?
If it happened once or twice I’d say it wasn’t a sickness – but look at this disaster that keeps spreading! Count them! This has happened 9 times! I’m like an addict with no support group, man! I have more Mystery Mini Venoms than I know what to do with! The real kicker is knowing that the next time I find myself in the presence of these boxes I will definitely be shaking those damn boxes to pick out the Venom… and, most likely the Rhino. At least the Rhino has a past with the Hulk – but Venom? They’ve met and fought, what? Once? Ugh… someone help me!
Posted in Non-Hulk
Tagged 2017, Funko, Venom
It seems as though even retailers know that the best part of the new Thor movie will be Hulk’s presence. Almost every retailer has looked to the Gladiator Hulk as a variant to have in their stores. The original Pop is cool enough with his massive helmet and large hammer type weapon – and easily available, although I hardly ever see it on the shelves! It does not sit like the other figures from this series do. But some of the variants available are from WalMart and Toys R Us.
While it was a pretty easy variant I’m still glad they chose to do a Gladiator Hulk without helmet. As an extra bonus they also have switched out his Hammer for an axe. WalMart exclusives are pretty touch and go. They are either abundant and in every store or the shelves are barren and you can’t find them anywhere. The only real lucky turn was that the superstore also made this exclusive available on their website. Go and order 1 or 2.
A Variant I was super surprised about was getting a Bruce Banner Pop – but thanks to Toys R Us we now have one! Sure, it’s not perfect – it is a movie version rather than a comic version – but sometimes we take what we can get! This exclusive was also available on the website but should not be too hard to find in stores as well.
The only one I am missing – and easily the hardest Pop to obtain – will be the NYCC Exclusive Hulk Pop. Instead of the Gladiator get-up the Hulk is in the Ultimate Hulk rags – necklaces and all. It’s super cool looking but good luck in snagging one before all the scalpers do. Look for it to go for a pretty penny on the bay!
The tradition of Non-Hulk Thursday continues today as I show off a few Funko collectibles. There is no doubt Funko has become a juggernaut in the toy and collectible space and my theory is that they purchased every conceivable license out there so that they could dominate the market place. How else can you explain the explosion of such a unique and fast growing company. If you collect ANYTHING at all to do with pop culture than odds are you have a Pop or Dorbz or even a Mystery Mini in your collection. While I have most of the Hulk offerings I also picked up a few extras. I nabbed a He-Man and Skeletor Dorbz because, growing up, there was nothing better than settling down to watch an episode of MOTU.
I also snagged a Ms Pac-Man (a superior game to the original Pac-Man) as this was a gae that has endeared itself to me even to this day. I have to tell you, I am still in shock at just how far Funko’s grasp extends. It is truly one of the most impressive companies, just in sheer scope, that has come down the pike.