I am shocked to see Valkyrie in an early line-up for this series. How long did it take to get a Marvel Legend’s sized Valkyrie? It took a hella long time! Not to mention it was 2-packed with a sweet Hulk figure! Here, we’re not so lucky this time around. The figure looks decent – I’ve only found one thus far so I do not have an open figure to give a complete review – but from what I can see it does look nice.
Immediately I can see that it is the current costumed Valkyrie and not the classic – which I sort of prefer – but us beggers can’t always be choosers. Besides, it’s not that the new costume is terrible – or even that terribly different – it’s just that the classic costume is so perfect. Like I said though, having a Valkyrie figure at all is pretty cool. Seeing as this is a Marvel Infinite series we don’t get very much as far as accessories. I don’t know what makes it infinite when we get considerably less with the figures. I have noticed that the prices of these figures remained around $10. At one point it was pushing $13 in some stores. Even though I still feel $10 might be pushing it for what we get I’m happy with the figure. Grade: B+
So, like I stated before in an earlier post, it’s nice to get a new Hulk figure especially in a line that has just began and served up 2 previous releases in it’s first wave. Both Cap and Iron Man are the same figures that were released under the MU line – and amazingly Hasbro, in their infinite wisdom, has given IM the lion’s share in the case assortment. From what I’ve been told the breakdown is as such: IM – 3, Cap – 2, Hulk – 2, Grim Reaper – 2 Hyperion – 2, Wasp – 1. I guess they decided to give an extra IM because there aren’t enough Stark figures already cluttering up the pegs at your local big box store.
The Hulk figure itself looks pretty good. A new head sculpt to reflect the recent look of the Hulk is pretty spot on – and the inclusion of the SHEILD armor is a nice touch. Still not sure exactly why the Hulk wears the armor – but the design is fun enough that I don’t let it bother me. The only thing I think could have been better is the paint application.
From the beginning of the MU line the figures were washed over with a dark paint to catch the crevasses and highlight the details in the sculpt. They seemed to forgo the washes this time leaving the figure looking somewhat flat and cheap. From what I’ve been told – since I only have a single figure and I always keep one on the card, when I find another I will open one – but the top armor is re-moveable. That’s a somewhat decent feature since I know someone who doesn’t like the armor and wanted to take it off – but the gloves, pants, belt and boots are painted on.
While the line itself might be off to a rocky start, IMO, the first serving they gave us of the Hulk is actually one of the better figures! I do like the new packaging – but it still pales in comparison to the Marvel Universe backing cards – the original art of the character inside beats the new, sleeker black packing of Marvel Infinite. Grade: B-
Marvel’s newset action figure line is off to the races! The first wave is hitting shelves now and I snagged a Hulk figure for myself. I will take better pictures and do a complete review in a day or so – but my initial reaction is that it is a decent looking figure. It helps that it is a new mold and based on the indestructible Hulk series – a Hulk that we don’t have in figure form yet.