There are recent event comics that were put together better than Heroes Reborn – but that’s not saying much. The Heroes Reborn catalogue was handled by 90’s superstars Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld. This was about the time when people realized just how untalented and what a hack Rob Liefeld truly is. While this poster is actually quite cool looking upon closer inspection you have a to ask what the hell is wrong with Thor’s arm? His shoulder is bigger than his whole freakin’ head! What’s with the pose? Thor is going to double fist Mjolnir’s handle and stand there holding it just above his head? Humans don’t do that!
If you’ve ever read the stories you know that Iron Man and FF read better than Cap and Avengers but the entire experiment goes down as an embarrassment to not only Marvel but the artists who were involved. I think we should all be thankful that they used this Cap rather than the appalling Big Boob Cap that has become infamous across the internet!
I certainly wanted to snag this 3 pack for one reason. The new Thanos head sculpt. I have every ML Thanos that was released starting with the BAF from the original Avengers movie and I didn’t want this one to slip through my fingers. I will say, there was one humongous hurdle to leap: the price. These Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary figures, filled with mostly re-paints and re-issues, are priced pretty outrageously. the single figures are $25 while the 2 packs are topping out at $50. The 3 packs, obviously, were hitting $75 so I didn’t think grabbing this new Thanos was going to work out.
That is until a fateful trip to Target one day, a trip with the whole family in tow, I stumbled across this 3 pack in the clearance section. For half off! It was $34! I looked and looked and could not see anything different, anything wrong at all with it! A random chance at finding a super expensive 3 pack that I desperately wanted clearance out? It was fate, I tell ya!
While the Iron Man and Cumberbatch Strange are kind of cool they really aren’t the reason to pick this up. The BAF Thanos that came with the series, as nice as it was, was not impressive with the oddly stoic head sculpt that came along with it. This new Thanos has a clenched teeth, angry sculpted head that absolutely freakin’ rocks!
The accessories that adorn the figures in this 3 pack are thankfully appropriate but expected. The Strange spells, extra hands, Iron Man blasts and open handed Infinity Gauntlet that accompanies the figures don’t exactly make it worth the retail price tag – but since I found it for a song I was all too happy to snatch this up!
Thankfully we have not had this problem for a while – but there have been times when Hulk merchandise is scarce – it’s pretty bare on the shelves. I will end up buying things that I wouldn’t normally pick up. Case in point – these little Hulk/Iron Man figures that hang onto wires that you stick in your ears. As you can tell these came out during Avengers 2 – the funky pants should be the clue – and there wasn’t a ton of Hulk merchandise when Avengers 2 hit the shelves. Especially compared to Thor: Ragnarok. Would I normally buy this? I don’t think so. But they are cool – the oversized headed little pieces of plastic just hang onto the cord – but seriously – it does nothing else. In fact the only thing I think it will do is eventually get lost when it falls off the wire.
Let’s have a little fun and discuss some of the more graphic, violent, sad, or just plain awkward moments that have plastered the Hulk history. Be it a passing meeting between spouses of a gruesome scene that nobody saw coming – this year I’ll have you squirming in your seat!
When the heroes were “reborn” the Hulk was the only hero split into both universes. A testament to the Hulk’s popularity? Well, no – but I like to think so anyways. The Hulk was both here and there – but there (being the new “reborn” universe) had a Hulk-less Bruce Banner. That is until… well, another accident. When the Hulk arrived on the scene it was up to Iron Man to stop this new Emerald Beast.
I’m not sure if they were just going for realism or they just felt the Marvel Universe did not have enough man meat showcased on the pages of their comics, either way, the Hulk first appeared on the scene ripped completely out of his clothes. Even worse, he then fought Stark… still nude… for pages! I have never had to fight a naked man – but I can only imagine how uncomfortable it would be asking him to tuck it away while we wrestle.
I will say, besides the Marvel Legends offerings, the toy selection from the sequel to Avengers was pretty much a let down. They seem to focus on the 2″ figures that were crudely painted with no real articulation – not that you could do much with them if they did provide movement. The other Hulk 2-pack (Hulk and Hulkbuster Iron Man) gave us a tiny Hulk and a inferior Hulkbuster figure.
When I was alerted about this other 2-pack (thank you Gammapup!) many, many months ago I set out to find it. After a few weeks of no luck at all I devled into eBay to acquire it. Although, I was told that the invitation to pick one up is always open (thanks again, Gammapup!). It arrived safely – but it had the same effect that the previous 2-pack did.
Painted sparingly and crudely, with maybe 4 or 5 points of articulation, the presentation of the figures are really not worth mentioning. It’s a larger Hulk – about 3 & 3/4″ – so almost double what the Iron Man is, which doesn’t really add up to what AoU showcased. The Hulk is way too big. I would have to say, I’m not sure I can recommend picking this up. Maybe for the complete-ists out there it’s worth it – other than that – let it stay on the pegs.
Hulk and Iron Man Minimates
NEW Hulk MiniMate! This time around the Hulk has sort of a confused – maybe a constipated – or one of those “I’m not guilty” kind of smiles. I like that this Hulk also comes with a change-O-hair accessory – and messy hair at that! So now you can display the Hulk in “going out” mode – and “the morning after”. Note that this Hulk is paired Iron Man – first appearance Iron Man – although they never met until Iron Man had his suit all golden… it doesn’t matter – this is Loeb’s Marvel now! Continuity matters not!
Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Iron Man
One of the best things about the ML line was the articulation – they always loaded the figures with all sorts of articulated points! I love the fact that you can not only pose the arms and hands – but even each finger! This figure is an excellent portrayal of the Hulkbuster figure – I actually like the 3″ figure a bit better. But let’s get real here – who doesn’t LOVE huge action figures? I love huge action figures and this one is no exception!
In addition to the articulation the other thing I love when it comes to action figures – the details! And this figure has details up the wah-zoo! I don’t have an open figure – but I have seen enough reviews and videos on this figure to know that you can open the helmet to reveal Stark’s head! The inside has all sorts of gadgets and buttons… which makes you wonder… how does he press those buttons that high? With his tongue? That’s disgusting! Can you imagine how the inside of the suit smells? Ewwww… This is definitely worth a pick up though!