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ALL THE BANNERS!

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A while ago Amazon released an exclusive set that included a Mark Ruffalo Bruce Banner.  It was a while coming since both Eric Bana and Edward Norton both had their own figures.  Bruce has even appeared in a few 2 packs back in the day with a “Transforming Hulk”.  Let’s take a look through the figures, shall we?  We can begin with the latest and the best looking of all of them – the Marvel Legends Bruce Banner:

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It is very well sculpted under the likeness of Ruffalo and it isn’t a slouch on the other departments either.  The articulation is top notch!  It boasts an impressive 16 joints!  Too bad all that Banner really ever did was run.  Run from the Army, run from the cops, run in those snazzy dress shoes that look fresh from the shoe shine.  How does he keep himself looking so debonair when every time he throws a tantrum he rips everything to shreds?  Oh that’s right – he’s always angry.  Anyways, this figure is not a pricey or difficult figure to find – and if you’re a Hulk fan there certainly is no reason NOT to get him!

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The Edward Norton figure, on the other hand, is an easy figure to forget and not consider picking up.  I love all my figures – but if I had to pick one celebrity figure who played Bruce Banner to drop it would not be a hard decision.  The Edward Norton figure is a 3&3/4 figure (think GI JOE size) in comparison to the 6″ figures that the 2008 Hulk figures stood at.  Banner doesn’t reflect Norton as much as just a standard figure – in fact out of the package I doubt anyone would be able to recognize where this guy came from at all!  I do enjoy the fact that all the “Transforming Hulk” figures all have one thing in common – they all somehow slip Banner inside of the figure.

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Eric Bana Banner (say that 3 times fast) on the other hand is actually a step back in the right direction!  Sporting his nerdy slick hair do from the 2003 mistake Hulk movie this figure is detailed and actually looks like the actor who played him!  While certainly not up to the standards of the Marvel Legends Banner this figure is still leaps and bounds better than the 2008 version that came after it.

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Of course, one of my favorites, a figure that could never be mistaken for anything BUT Banner, is the 1996 Transformations line Bruce.  This figure is everything you think of when you think of Banner – ripped clothes, wild, bewildered look on his face and barefoot!  It also has the honor of being packaged with what is arguably the ugliest Hulk figure ever:

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No, seriously… look at this thing:

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While I do like this Banner the most the one major thing it lacks is size.  It’s the smallest Banner in this whole list!  That – and the joints drive me nuts.  They are so obvious.

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This Banner does rank as one of my favorites considering the last Banner is confusing at best.  It has an anime, feminine quality to it that is an interesting choice.  Of course, it’s the only Banner figure that sports a lab coat – so that’s something:

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You can’t fault Toy Biz too much as they remember to add the purple pants on this figure – I just can’t get over the face – is he wearing lipstick?  Maybe it’s just a bit of lip gloss to bring out those dreamy emerald eyes.  He looks like he should be fronting a boy band!

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Of course I am aware that there is a Bruce Banner Hot Toys figure – and no I did not pick it up – while I agree it looks fantastic I think my money is better spent else where rather than a super-detailed action figure.  Anyways, what does everyone out there think?  What’s the best Banner figure?  Which tops the charts for you?

Marvel Legends Series Maestro (2017)

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If you are a fan of the Facebook Page of this blog then you know I found this figure this past Saturday.  If you’re yet to be a fan of the page – like it here – I try to give extra stuff and put stuff up as soon as I find it and such.  That’s neither here nor there at this point though because we have a Maestro figure in 3 3/4 scale finally!  Yes, the figure is based off the Contest of Champions rather than the classic style of the character.  CoC wasn’t a bad read – I wasn’t all that interested at first but I had to take a peek as the Hulk (many versions) play a big part.

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The oddest part is seeing Maestro – spoilers – defeated as his main thing is being too powerful to be taken down by anyone.  But hey, a character too powerful to take down by anything is a pretty boring read.  I thought the series was entertaining as heck and was sad to see it end at issue #10.

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The Maestro figure we are served is still a great figure but I would kill for a Maestro with removable pointy crown.  Ultimately, I’m still glad to be getting a Maestro figure no matter which version.  I can’t say I would give it a thumbs up in adding it to your collection, unless, like me, you’re in too deep and can’t get out!

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Marvel Legends Punisher (2016)

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I could not pass up this Punisher figure – not only is it well done with great accessories – but with the alternate head it reminds me of the amazing Keown Punisher from TIH #395(see below).  This bad-ass figure was only available at Walgreens but so worth the hunt if you were able to track one down.  I’m still waiting for Walgreens to bring us some amazing Hulk exclusive merchandise… things beyond minimates!  Comeon Walgreens!  Get in the game here!

Ladies Worthy of Plastic: Thundra and Valkyrie Marvel Legends (2015)

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Back in 2010 when they released the ML Hulk/Valkyrie 2-Pack I was ecstatic to finally get a Valkyrie figure.  That figure is still the only “classic” Barbara Norris figure you can get – but the new release, in her modern dude, is certainly worth a pick up as well.  While I’ve always contended that the new price points are off and that they are asking too much I still enjoy a great new figure.  Granted, these were new when I bought them but forgot to post them – so… there’s that.

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She and Thundra have a great place in Hulk history but with the Thundra figure finally released it does sting slightly more that Lyra was never made.  It would have been perfect to have the whole family together and it seems pretty likely that it would have been easy to make a Lyra with a simple repaint – but alas, we don’t have one and we’re only left with Thundra.  Of course, she has a more storied past in the MU so it’s fitting for her to have a figure before her bastard daughter.

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Either way, these two ladies were worth the price and certainly deserve a place in everyone’s Marvel set up – let alone a complete Hulk collection!  If there is any negative I see it’s that the skin tones on Thundra are a little flat and Valkyrie overall deserves a richer look.

Grade for these two figures: Valkyrie – A, Thundra – A-

Marvel Legends Thanos BAF (2015)

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These Build A Figures have been some of the best of the whole series.  That is, until the recent Red Skull Onslaught BAF.  But, hey – the BAF Thanos offered with the first Avengers ML series is based off the Thanos we’ve seen in the movies.  While it is a very cool figure, Marvel keeps up the tradition of mediocre paint jobs with with a much better version offered by the Marvel Select.  Yes, the Marvel Select version (complete with Lady Death) is the figure to get.  This is still cool – just not AS cool.

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Marvel Legends Absorbing Man/Rhino/Hulkbuster Iron Man BAF (2016)

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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)?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Target Exclusive Marvel Legends Ultron/Hulk/ Vision 3-Pack (2015)

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I enjoy when Harbro releases these 3 packs.  The Agents of SHIELD one from TRU is pretty fun, even though I didn’t pick it up, I thought it still looked great!  It not really being Hulk related I decided against it.  I do have quite a few collectibles that are not Hulk… and even some non-Hulk related – but those are few and far between.  Target themselves seem to carry some of the more enjoyable 3-packs.  I remember the first one I saw was the Cap, Ms Marvel and Radioactive Man boxed set – and while I thought the figures were really very decent I didn’t have a desire to own it.  Radioactive Man was the real unique figure and since he was more of a Thor villain I didn’t see the need to buy one.

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This 3-pack is just hitting the shelves here on the East Coast and it boasts an Ulton, White Vision and a new Hulk.  Really, it’s just the head mold of the Hulk that’s new… that and maybe the hands (which don’t look all that great) but the body is obviously a re-use of the latest Marvel Legends Hulk.

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The head has a close shaved cut reminiscent of Waid’s Indestructible Hulk.  The better part of this figure is the re-paint showcasing the classic purple pants.  I never collected all of the pieces to create the BAF Ultron from the AoU Marvel Legends line but this figure is well done.  It does seem as though Ultron may have an odd acne problem with boils adorning his upper chest, thighs, shoulders and calves.  The Vision figure, I’m guessing, is supposed to be a phasing variant but it just looks white.

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Overall, the Hulk figure is really cool looking – and right now Target has this 3-pack discounted on their site for $30.  If you mention this at any Target they will honor the price and you will avoid the regular $50 price tag.  Happy Hunting friends!  Let me know what you guys think of this figure.

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