All I say is “Wow!” with all of the Hulk related Pops that were produced on 2018. This is easily one of the most sought after. One of the only real memorable moments from Avengers: Age of Ultron was the awesome Hulk vs Hulkbuster fight. The Hulk, with his mind taken over by Scarlet Witch, is on a rampage and the only one to stop him is Tony with “Veronica” or, as we all know it, the Hulkbuster suit! These scene Pops are a really fun idea although they take up a crazy amount of space!
I do like the 10th Anniversary products but they are charging quite the premium for them! This was a Fall Convention exclusive but also offered through the Walgreen’s website. These were also originally priced at $39.99 – which also adds to my complaint about the pricing of these 10th Anniversary MCU items. If you head over to Walgreen’s website now you will find these for the much better price of $29.99. I’ve heard a lot of these have come damaged – but thankfully mine came perfect!
When Disney announced a new toy line with stylized figures I eagerly awaited the Hulk. I don’t think anyone was disappointed by what was delivered to our local Disney Shops. A bit later we were given the repaint Grey Hulk – but with a new head sculpt! I was excited as I love the original figure – but at the same time that the Grey Hulk was released it was also announced that there would be a 2-pack – Hulkbuster vs Hulk!
I could tell right away that this Green Hulk was both different AND the same! While it is a different head sculpt than the first offering it’s actually the recently released Grey Hulk repainted green. I knew I wanted this but I was also a bit hesitant as I didn’t want to pay for the same figure twice! Even if they are different colors. Thankfully, my sister decided this was the perfect gift to get for me for Christmas this year – and even better, I had totally forgotten about it! The best part is the light up feature and sound effects that the Hulkbuster boasts. That, and the tiny little Tony head that is present under the huge Iron Man helmet!
Back in my childhood days I would never had imagined they would have made a plush Hulkbuster. Or hey, a plush Iron Man at all! Unfortunately, the helmet doesn’t open up at all – and really – there isn’t really anything to this little guy other than his cuteness and soft, squishy body. If that’s not something you’re interested in then skip this piece. For me, I will gladly pair this up with the Gladiator Hulk soft that this company offered.
This past year the Marvel Legends BAF Hulkbuster figure was released. The only real issue I (and most other people) had was the flat paint they used to adorn the figure with. Well, they fixed the paint issues when it came to the Marvel Select release – but the figure has some other issues. While it’s still a fantastic piece there is one area they skimped on.
The articulation is really lacking – the head, hands and fingers don’t move. They’re molded in such a way that lends itself to some fun poses but ultimately, you’re forced to just a few. That being said, as nice as this Hulkbuster is if they had just taken this figure and the ML Hulkbuster and combined all the best features we would easily have the greatest figure ever created.
The ball joints on the legs and arms are nice, the knees the bend like… well, knees but overall the figure is smaller than I’d have hoped. It is still a great figure – and seeing as the difference in prices for this figure to the ML one is astronomical if you’re just going to choose one piece to get – it’s worth the pickup over the BAF.
I would say if the ML figure is an easy B- then the Marvel Select would score the same. Could you imagine the cherry, metallic red on the BAF? How boss would that be?
It wasn’t long ago that these first hit the pegs and I wondered if they were going to go the way of the Mighty Muggs. Then, I saw these kitschy figures keep spreading throughout the isles and continue on, series after series. It was obvious that someone high up loved the idea of these figures and they were going to permeate every pop culture toy line we love.
I picked up the Hulk, and regrettably… the Red Hulk. The robot Hulk with A-Bomb pieces. I even picked up the Whiplash figure that sports the Planet Hulk figure head. How could you not? It’s Planet Hulk! This post highlights the Hulk vs Hulkbuster set. The Hulkbuster reminds me of the original Marvel Legends Hulkbuster figure and the one that was designed in the Hulkbuster’s first comic appearance.
I might have a problem. My plush Hulk collection is going to outgrow my current container. There are so many and I can’t help but buy one when I see them. Especially plushes with shaggy, black hair. This little guy has a step above his other soft buddies – this guy talks! He has a few phrases and the voice is an adorable grumble that gives out the warning “Don’t make Hulk angry!” and “No one beats the Hulk!”
The other fantastic difference with this line is the fact that they chose to add a plush Hulkbuster! A first, in this scale, which is why I couldn’t resist. If you ask me, there is no way you can have one without the other. By the way, did you guys out there read the reason the satellite carrying the Hulkbuster armor was aptly named Veronica?
As Whedon explained, Robert Downy Jr. and he were discussing this scene – and I can’t exactly remember who thought of the idea – but my money is on Downey Jr. – he said that since Banner is so in love with a woman named Betty – his Hulkbuster satellite should be named Veronica. You know, Betty and Veronica? From the Archie comics. Anyways, here is a shot of the two new plushes. Go out there and get them!
Marvel Legends have had a series of ups and downs in the recent past. With the packaging changed and no inclusion of a collectible comic book and a price hike that’s almost double from when they offered such things I find it amazing that the action figure line is still thriving. Let’s be honest – the entire line has seen some better days – the recent offers of the BAFs are not that exciting. The Odin BAF was very disappointing and the Ultron BAF was underwhelming as well. The Groot BAF was surprisingly awesome – even if most of the figures featured in the series was not very desirable. I didn’t even bother with the Iron Monger or Mandroid. They aren’t terrible but they weren’t all that impressive either. Should I even bother getting into the Hobgoblin (that should never had been a BAF in the first place)?
The most recent series, though, have made most of my collector friend’s ears perk up. It started with the Rhino that came with the Spider-Man series – a BAF that rivaled the previous “best figure” from Marvel Select. The Rhino even came with a change-o-head – a modern and a classic (I’m so partial toward the classic I don’t even bother with the modern) and while it’s far from a useful accessory it’s still nice to see Marvel offer choices.
The Hulkbuster Iron Man series was the first Marvel Legends line that I actively sought out in a long time! The promise of a substantial and humongous Hulkbuster figure proved too much for me to stay away. Most of the figures weren’t appealing – although they were very nice – I was only interested in Thundra, Valkrie and the good Doctor. I had to barter, promise and even threaten (not really but it sounds good) to acquire the rest of the pieces to complete this huge behemoth! It’s a fantastic figure – certainly worth picking up if you can get a good price but this one gets pretty pricey! There are some minor tweaks I would have loved to make – especially the flat red paint – but it’s not enough to make this figure any less desirable.
Now, onto the newest BAF, the Absorbing Man! This is the latest Spider-Man ML series to line the pegs and it features some fantastic figures – never mind one of the better Absorbing Man figures ever made! As it compares to the figures before it – let’s visit it one by one – The Absorbing Man from the Hulk Transformations line is a great figure – where the BAF trumps it is in size – and size only – because the sculpt, paint and accessory (the size of the wrecking ball he comes with) is all pretty great.
The Hulk Classics Absorbing Man figure is very rare, very cool and extremely expensive on the secondary market. It’s also one of the cooler figures ever made of the guy! All except the size it might’ve taken the top spot. The scale really doesn’t knock it off the top of the list though – but another figure like this on card or in package and the Hulk Classics Absorbing Man might be knocked off the peak.
The Marvel Legends Absorbing Man from the Hulk line is a decent figure – all but the made model head they chose. He just looks too handsome! Can you imagine this villain getting into a fight and screaming “Not the face – hit me anywhere but the face!” Not to mention the size of the ball and chain is on the small side.
The Absorbing Man also comes with a change-o-head – one without a transforming look – and it is great but I am sticking with this one… unless I can find another body without paying a premium. It also has an extra arm (normal) and another (transforming into wood). Totally worth the pick up if you have the chance! The only thing I’d change is ball and chain to have a loose chain rather than a sculpted, solid chain.