My wife has a unique problem. She WANTS to get me Hulky goodness for Christmas but I have pretty much everything. Finding things I don’t have is quite the quest. Lucky for her Diamond Select released a statue – well, a large figure, or statue, or just a big Hulk – whatever you want to call it. It’s certainly an eye catcher! The Hulk isn’t one of those super detailed Bowen masterpieces – but it is worth a look.
The Hulk has an animated style to it that reminds me of Bruce Timm a bit but also has it’s own unique look to it that has it’s own appeal. The paint applications are not the best – especially the pants – but they are also not distractingly bad. The face sculpt is has a bit of a blandness and a wash might’ve brought out a few more details but it isn’t terrible. The only real issue I can harp on are the obvious seams that appear at the neck line.
Still, the price is right on these statues and, posed correctly, look nice. This is worth the pick up without a need to haggle over how much you have to pay.
I know this statue is old news by now but I’ve had it since it first came out and I never blogged about it. I never shared it on this blog – which is weird since I did blog about the variant (which is easily one of my favorite statues ever produced) and this one has remained on my shelf unblogged about. It’s actually a little sad if you think about it. But here it goes: The Savage Hulk Statue from Bowen!
When producing statues these days you can either create the thing and then sneak teases to get people all into a tizzy – and then release the full image only to have people give you a tepid reception – OR – you can keep asking your customer base to give you input all along the creation process. The latter is how Bowen does things. That may be a good or bad thing – but overall, it seems to have served him well. I know what you may be asking yourself – wait, I can maybe have an effect on the product served to me? How? Where? Who? When? Was? Well, maybe not the last one…
Actually, it’s pretty simple, sign up for Statue Marvels and you too can be part of the process! As far as I know, that’s how we ended up with the 2 versions of these statues. The alternate head (or variant, if you’re more comfortable with that) was one of two choices for the head of the new Hulk statue. since the votes were pretty split and there were many suggestions to do both as FS Randy finally decided to do just that. Originally I was going to pick up neither – and then I saw the variant and knew that my hard earned cash was going to be spent! And then, seeing in hand pics of this behemoth and the very Buscema-esque face I told myself not to think twice. It really captures the Hulk from the 80’s in the comics – and it’s different enough from the variant, including the color, that it dodn’t seem like a waste picking up this beautiful piece form the innovator of comic style high end collectibles.
Mine is #394 out of 1900. My friend tells me that the statue market is pretty dead. From what I’ve seen out there I can tell you that the market isn’t what it used to be. I still love the statues but my statue buying days might be behind me. My LCS told me that they have the Planet Hulk statue from SS in. I looked at it – and am still considering it – it’s just so expensive and… well, space is a consideration. Never mind the fact that just because something is bigger doesn’t mean it’s better. But hey, You buy what you like, right? And I really love this green goliath!
It took them a few days – but we are finally living in the modern age again… I had a very cold, very trying weekend – but I am really good at making healthy fireplace fires, so I was able to keep my family (that’s me, my wife, my daughter, my sister, my mother and my father) all warm for a few days. My entire ration of firewood is completely obliterated – but that’s alright. At least my family is safe and warm!
What a weekend to lose power though – Kotobukiya has announced a 1/6th Avengers Hulk that looks completely bad-ass! Holy hell – this will be on my list of absolute must haves! Sculpted by the very talented Erick Sosa this is one of the most incredible sculpts I have seen come down the pipe from Koto! A must have!
Granted, there are things that I should probably posting before this – but I cannot keep this amazing statue under wraps! For years Bowen Designs has been the top producer of comic memorabilia and one of the reasons, I think, is because Bowen produces pieces that look like they have jumped right off the comic page.
The feathers are the only thing making PH a taller statue – but comparing the Hulks – the new one takes the top prize!
The first Hulk, done by the Shiflett’s, is great is in own right, an amazing representation of a classic looking Hulk, but the new one is better! The second Hulk, the Smackdown Hulk as it is affectionately called, is pretty much the top of the heap, for me, it’s the Hulk that I grew up with with all the rage displayed in a perfect “Hulk smash!” pose, but the new one is better! When Bowen released the army of Hulks I was skeptical about picking up them all – but finally did because of how well they came out! Every Hulk was unique and excellent in quality – the standouts being Maestro, Planet Hulk and my personal favorite, the Grey Hulk. But the new one is better!
Hulk, you know… Hulk
Don’t sass your elders, boy!
How can this new one be so great? It’s easy… All those other Hulks, as amazing as each of them are, when displayed with other statues it never had the presence that this Hulk does. He’s truly massive monster! The Incredible Hulk Variant Statue (Bowen Designs, 2013, $280) is truly Bowen at his best. Granted – the body is a digital sculpt – but Bowen made use of the unused “screaming” head he had for the Retro Hulk pieces and put it with this fantastic classic looking Hulk body. The result is a statue so large (by Bowen standards) that we now finally have a Hulk that is worth displaying with the other characters and he dwarfs them all! Well, except the obvious one… Wendigo. But Hulk is not supposed to be taller than that monster!
Will you do something with those nails?!? Your cuticles are atrocious!
And this is why Bowen is truly the best statue producer out there – all these details do not go unnoticed! Sure, there may have been some blunders along the way – but when it comes to the Hulk and Hulk related characters – I cannot think of one, ONE, mind you, character that has been a disappointment. I have even forgiven him for jumping on the bandwagon and creating a Red Hulk statue. That says a lot! Grade for this bad boy: A+ Worth the pick up!
Gentle Giant Hulk Bust
Here’s a funny story – there is a Keown Hulk drawing out there that I am not a fan of… it’s so terrible looking that I refuse to post it here – so here is a link instead. I know I may have people out there who thinks that the drawing is awesome – but you are wrong. Sorry – but this is my site and I make the rules 🙂
Open hand – ready to bitch slap!
For me – the Hulk really depends on the face – and I think Keown really botched up the face on that drawing! BUT – GG has created a 3-D version of this art which I actually love! They toned the face down a bit, which really helps, and they sculpted the hell out of the torso! I have not seen a bust that I have been this excited about since a Bowen! The only issue I have is that the seam by the neck is a little too obvious.
Loving this sculpt more and more – every time I look at it!
Overall, getting into the collectibles market right now is a gamble. The business itself is floundering – so, in order to make a splash right now, you have to really step up the game and bring out the big guns out of the gate – and that’s what GG has done with this NEW Marvel license. If this Hulk is any indication, we are in for a lot of really Hulky goodness!
What? Isn’t everyone’s hands bigger than their heads?
With Sideshow pricing themselves out of the market more and more each day – and Bowen’s Hulks – as amazing as they are – starting to feel stale (the new BD Hulk will be the 5th revisit to the character he’s made) it’s good to see another company interested in creating more comic accurate pieces. In fact, I am really looking forward to the Hulk bookend!
Over looking the Hulk
One of the best things about collecting the Hulk is that we have a great character with a simple classic look. Green guy, purple pants! Even though that sounds simple – too many don’t seem to get it right! Gentle Giant’s first big release of the new Marvel license gets it right – and then some – I think a grey repaint would look fantastic! I can’t be alone in that, right? Let’s hope they don’t get ahead of themselves and start red-ding everything up…
Either way though – GG is off to a fantastic start and I can only tell everyone to go out and get this bust – because it is fantastic and for a very reasonable price! Grade: A
Last year I picked up one of Bowen’s best busts – admittedly it is not the Hulk so I have yet to show it – but Dormammu is one of Dr. Strange’s (and the Defenders) best villains. His look, though, is one that some thought to be pretty impossible to capture in 3 dimensions. But Bowen was up to the challenge – and he delivered a likeness so amazing – the only thing that could top it would be sitting this amazing bust on a phenomenal base. Bowen, once again, delivered!
The head is the hardest part to capture - and Lloyd did it with flying colors!
Whenever a sculpture is trying to display fire it is a bit tricky – the only way to do it right is to make it look as real as possible. You can’t just, for example, sculpt some fire and paint it orange! This was the challenge that BD and Jeremy Lloyd, the sculptor, was facing and they solved the problem by having a translucent plastic surrounding the head.
This Ditko based sculpt is one of my favorite I own – the base, like I mentioned before, has a heavy Asian feel to it which is perfect for the character with the magical energies that encompass him. One of the better Defenders stories is the mini-series called Indefensible and if you have not read it, you should. It really captures everything that makes the Defenders so great! And of course D-Man here is a HUGE part of it!
From top to bottom!
Tower Exclusive... transforming bust
Yes, I know – there was no post yesterday. I have been busy putting the Hulk room back in order. After about 4 months the construction is almost finished which means I can put the room back to it’s Hulky glorious ways! Pictures will follow shortly… But, a while back I showed you the Koto bust, telling you that I was able to snag TWO busts for an amazing deal. This was the other bust – a bust that I swore I would never own… mainly because of just how ugly it is! But I am happy to say, I picked this up for a basic steal! But I am happy to have picked this up – I can’t say it’s a favorite – but it’s the only bust of it’s kind as it’s the only bust I know of showing the Hulk in mid-transformation.
I can’t imagine the kind of stretch marks Banner must have… you know, from transforming back and forth all these years – not to mention how loose the skin must be – like a fat guy who loses 300 pounds in a month. Ugh… that’s so gross…
Stretch to the right! Your other right...
Anyways, the bust was a Tower Records exclusive – but maybe it was decisions like this that inevitably made them go out of business. I mean, they really didn’t think this would sell, did they? The other problem is that they made a TON of them. I mean, the days of 5,000 releases are over – and thank goodness! That’s hardly limited, considering the amount of people who collect comic related merchandise.
But here it is – the other bust I had to show off – I know, it’s not that impressive – mainly because it’s so ugly – but it’s still a piece of the collection. So enjoy! I wonder – how many other Hulk fanatics out there bought this bust? What are your thoughts on it?
Don't turn your back on me!