I have been enjoying the Diamond “statues” or dioramas for what they are. More affordable and often because the paint applications or sculpts aren’t as detailed as some of their counterparts, some collectors aren’t very impressed with these pieces. I can’t say I blame them, but for me, they are a really alternative to the supremely expensive collector’s market of statues. Sideshow and the like have taken the idea of high end collectables to a different stratosphere with their $600+ pricing on most of their products. Some say this was an inevitable evolution to the market where as I see it more as a travesty to the entire industry as a whole. Less people collect statues now than ever before as a result.
Like I mentioned, Diamond got into the statue game a few years back introducing us to these less expensive alternatives. Sure they paint applications aren’t as exact – in fact, one of the reasons I don’t have the Thanos piece of theirs in my collection is due to the many run offs I saw on the finished product.
This Grey Hulk is no exception as I’ve noticed a few areas that don’t have the precision to detail you’d like to see but it certainly isn’t an eyesore when displayed. This particular piece is the paint variant to the green (and, unfortunately, red) Hulk released years before – this time with a new head mold. I like the grimace that appears on this Hulk as the green piece had too many paint issues on the face with the gritting teeth usually being the culprit of most of the complaints.
This sculpt has none of those issues as the mouth is left in an aggravated, almost “sour puss” expression. Unfortunately, this grimace doesn’t really lend itself to the pose that the diorama is in. While this is not the greatest piece it’s not bad. Truthfully, I wasn’t willing to shell out the retail on this so I was psyched to find this at my local GameStop, on sale, for an absolute song!
Last year or so we were gifted a new Hulk figure from The Disney Store. An exclusive, stylized figure that was a really nice surprise. Now we are given another surprise that hits all the right marks! It is the new Toy Box Hulk – this time a ceremonial Grey Hulk – that sports a new head sculpt. A screaming, rage filled Grey Hulk! There are a few things that really make these figures exciting to own but first let’s get into how well this piece is made.
Both the Grey and the Green Hulk are substantial figures with a good amount of weight to them. They have 8 points of articulation with full motion of the shoulders and waist. While the paint apps are pretty standard and flat they still compliment what is essentially a cartoon come to life. I do appreciate the slight greenish color they add to his eyes to make you remember of the other furious personality bubbling under the surface.
I sort of wish they would have given us a new color with the pants – a blue would be more appropriate – but I understand why that would have been more difficult seeing as they re-used the body of the green counterpart. It still comes with the bent pipe accessory that the green figure did. Overall, I’d say this figure is worth the pick up. An exclusive to the Disney Store the only way to get these beauties are in store or on the website. Did anyone else get one of these figures? What do you think? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!
I don’t hear McFarlane talk about his days drawing the Hulk – here is a small story he told on Facebook:
I told my editor ” The Incredible Hulk should be…um…HULKISH!” It seemed fairly obvious to me.
Years ago when I was working/drawing for Marvel Comics, i was given the job of penciling the INCREDIBLE HULK comic. It was really my first regular gig on a book that my mom had heard of, so she thought I had final made something of myself. But as I began to draw the book over the next few months, I began to be aware of the fact that the writer on the book was, to me anyway, putting way too much story content into his plot outlines he gave me each month.
What this meant, was that to get everything on to the pages, I was constantly drawing pages that had 6 to 8 panels (or more) on most of the interior pages (part of the problem too was that I was still trying to learn things as an artist, so I am sure another skilled drawer might have been able to problem solve better than me at that time). But the problem was, that if each page had all of these smaller panels squeezed on each page, that meant nothing was BIG, which seems wrong for a book with the work HULK on it.
So, one day after getting my latest plot outline to draw, I phoned my editor (this was before I started drawing The Amazing Spider-Man comic) and said something like “Hey, boss, this latest plot is so crowded, I think this story might be better served if we made it into TWO ISSUES instead of just one. If we do that, then I can let some of the pages breathe a little…but more importantly I can finally make the Hulk BIG! I haven’t had the chance to do that yet.” My editor agreed and I was able to open up the pages to give more of a scope as to how HUGE this creature called the Hulk was.
The page you see below is the original art from one of those issues (Idid the pencils and someone else inked it) and you can see how much bigger the Hulk is compared to Betty Ross. That was all I ever wanted to show. Finally I had the opportunity. As a side note, the Hulk was colored gray at this time for reasons I have forgotten, but my interpretation of him was that he would be 1) HUGE, 2) With wrinked skin, like and elephant and that 3) he would be so massive that he could barely stand upright (*see the second photo I’ve posted*). Think of a giant Hunch back of Notre Dame, if you will. Later in the books run, he would be turned back to green and become much more handsome, thanks to the skilled drawing of Dale Keown and John Byrne.
I was just trying to make this character something that would visually be it’s own look, since there were many large heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe at the time.
MU Grey Hulk
First off – I can’t find the freakin’ green Hulk everywhere! I will eventually track it down – but I’ll tell you right now… this line is doomed to fail. Why? The price point. $8.00 for a 3″ figure? ML were way bigger and $2.00 more! Do your selves a favor – don’t buy these. Me? I’m a sick puppy with no will power – but you guys have common sense, right? Don’t buy these. The paint job is horrible – the figure is NOT worth the price tag – these should be $4-$5 easy – but Marvel and Hasbro are going to try this price point out – let’s let them know that it doesn’t work for us!
Grey Hulk with publicity photo!
One of the good points about these are the fact that they finally spelled “GREY” right! The sculpts aren’t too bad either – the unfortunate thing about this scale is that the paint app. is a bit on the shoddy side. Small figures aren’t really conducive to accurate or detailed paint jobs. It’s not to say that it’s bad – I mean we get highlights in the Hulk’s hair! As far as accessories go – with the Hulk it’s pretty bare. The figures all come with a S.H.E.I.L.D. file on the character. The photo cards is fine – but the letter from Doc Samson is a little blah… I mean it doesn’t even cover the Hulk – it’s all about Banner and what a non-threat he is!
Close up - sorry it's not of someone cuter...
The packaging is fine – nothing special – but these figures are really quite small – compared to what we have been getting. I know this scale is what is popular now – but I’ll tell you – I’m really glad they didn’t choose to make the Hulk movie figures in this scale, like they are now with the Wolverine movie. Anyways – if I were to rate these figures on a grading scale they would land in the “average” to even “below average” range. What does everyone else out there think of these?
How the MU Hulk measures up...
Custom made Gry Hulk Statue
I think the statue is far better than any of these pictures show! This is not in my collection – the owner did not want to sell it, but I still had to show it! I emailed the owner about the details – he hasn’t gotten back to me though so I will tell you what I know…
Back of the Statue
This sucker is one of a kind, weighs about 50 pounds and is a whopping 16/17 inches! Grey Hulk here was commisioned from a sculptor who had to work with an image about 3 inches big. Is he wearing riding gloves? Only real tough guys wear those! They completely clash with the Daisy Dukes he’s wearing though… The proportions may be off a bit – the skinny waist, the legs are too short, not muscular enough – but to me I think it adds to the uniqueness of the piece.
Profile - Back off Bubba!
The Hulk always has been handled differently by artists. I think the whole statue works – the boots, the gloves, the excess of the pants collected around his ankles – all of it gives this statue a great presence. The details in the statue are great – from the bulding veins to the ripped shirt. It reminds me a lot of the cover to The Incredible Hulk #23 (volume 3):
But thank goodness he didn’t include the little pups. And – maybe it’s just me – but you got to make the pant legs longer! Hulk would never wear shorts that show off his cheeks… I would’ve also liked to see a base. I’m big on statues having a base. I would’ve liked to see maybe a street rubble base. Grey Hulk statues always need to have a different feel to them than a green Hulk does. This Hulk definitely screams Grey Hulk. Screams Fixit! Thanks to the owner of Comically Speaking for allowing me to show you this unique and amazing Hulk piece!
Close Up of Grey Hulk.
Grey Hulk Maquette
Close up of this bad boy!
I would love to have every variation of every Hulk statue there is out there – in fact, there isn’t too many I don’t have – but when I saw this re-paint I just had to get it! I was impressed with how nicely this sculpt lent itself to the grey Hulk. I’m extremely pleased with this paint job. Bought in Reading at Comically Speaking, the owner is a nice guy who owns a ONE OF A KIND Hulk statue that I will show you next.
I have a regular version of this statue – and since there is only 3000 of these maquettes made – that makes it 2999 green versions and 1 grey version! Factoring in how many have been damaged or abandoned it’s estimated, by me, that there is actually only 2996 or 2997 left!
What up playa? Kickin it old school!
This is # 1476 – so count that one out now! I really like how the painter highlighted the veins on this Maquette with a light purple color. With the new Marvel Select figure out I’m not sure if the Maquette’s worth will hold up over time. There was a time that the Maquette was selling for around $200 on ebay – the latest has been hovering just over $120. Funny enough – one just sold for $62.00 – but it didn’t come with the box. People are so finicky about that. They want the box with the statue! It’s weird, you’d think it’d be all about the statue – but they want the whole package! Anyways, I’m very happy with this piece – I hope you like looking at it as much as I like having it!
Yowza! Like it? Love it? You know you want it!
Gray Hulk in Package
I did promise you 2 posts today – so here is a very new – very rare figure out there. That’s right, I have some of the wave 3 Movie Hulk Figures. Let me tell you – they were not easy to find – nor are they cheap. Each of the figures are based on the video game that was based on the movie. You can use a bunch of different Hulk personalities – one being the gray (man, when will people stop spelling it with an a?) Hulk.
Close Up of Gray Hulk
The figure itself is really cool – the color… ummm… looks a bit sloppy. Listen, I would have gotten this figure either way, but, this figure looks like a mess! I do like the STOP sign that he comes with. It’s pretty realistic with the screws in the sign and the rubble on it’s base. Overall, if I were grading figures, this figure would get a B-. By all means, if you are lucky enough to see these figures in the stores then pick it up. If you choose not to keep it then you can make a small profit by selling it on ebay. Anyways, see you tomorrow!