So, let me just get this squared away right away. Every time a company graces us with a new Planet or Gladiator Hulk I immediately complain about one or two things. The lack of an obedience disc and lack of rage in the Hulk’s face. Here you will not hear me utter one word about a missing obedience disc because the Hulk did not sport one in the movie – so it finally makes sense! Of course the lack of said disc in the movie is another topic all together, one that I have exhaustively tackled, so I won’t bother doing it here again.
The face is, on the other hand, I have mixed feelings about. I love the likeness to the Hulk we see on screen but his ho-hum attitude bleeds boredom all over this figure! I love that they gave us an extra head to sport the Hulk in full gladiator gear, helmet and all, but again, the face just screams “I need a nap”. I think Marvel Select does a fantastic job, especially on the large, heavy figures like this one but this figure has a couple of noticeable defects. The large spray of black paint on his forehead (above) where the painter missed the target is a huge eyesore! Of course, that could just be my Hulk but still…
Even though my complaints are few it still isn’t an excuse on the glaring issues that this figure sports. I do like this offering from Marvel Select – even with it’s faults – and we still get quite a bang for your buck when it comes to these figures. It doesn’t help that this is a lot harder to find than most figures from this line. Overall, I think you guys should get it but don’t expect perfection like I was.
Yes, we knew this figure was on it’s way – the Marvel Select movie accurate Gladiator Hulk figure. I was excited to snag a peek at this huge figure coming our way! I was even more excited to see it comes with an extra head – only… it seems we’re getting to heads with the same stoic expression on his face. Really, it doesn’t matter – I will still be picking it up – it looks fantastic! Should be out this month – so keep an eye out!
I have to say, I was expecting a bit more diversity in facial expressions in all the Planet Hulk figures we’ve gotten from the new Thor movie. This is more comic accurate though – not movie accurate at all. You know why? The freakin’ OBEIDIENCE DISC! How hard would it be to… no, nope. I will not get into this again. I will just focus on the fact that we have a great representation of the Planet Hulk storyline! The Marvel Legends is still a fun and great figure but horrendously inaccurate. The brown pants, the exclusion of the obedience disc, the missing sandals – it just wasn’t a perfect representation of the Hulk from the last classic Hulk story in the past decade.
Like I mentioned, I would of liked to se amore rage filled face, a snarky scowl or something – but we get another Hulk with a slightly annoyed face. He looks more like he has to watch his little sister’s dance recital than he’s being forced to fight for his life in an arena against alien beings. I don’t have an open one yet so I can’t speak of it’s poseability, articulation or even a complete paint app because the shield covers his armored arm but from what I can see it looks pretty darn impressive!
Anyone out there buy this and open it? What do you think?
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?
I railed against this thing when I saw the early production pics – and my attitude hasn’t changed. Of course, faced with a brand new Hulk figure (especially a Marvel Select Hulk figure) it was almost impossible to say no to buying. I say almost because I actually did leave the store without the first time. Then, after filling up on Johnny Rocket’s for lunch I turned to my wife and said “I got to go back for the beast.” And I was on my way to the Disney Store. My earlier complaints of the figure were about the face, the sculpted shirt and bland look of the figure overall. Those complaints still stand.
Side Box Art
Of course, we are dealing with Marvel Select and all of their Hulk figures are HUGE and impressive. Also, the benefit of basing a figure on nthe silver age Hulk lends to not having a “pin head” Hulk. The head is a decent size for the body. The packaging is beautiful adorned with the Silver Age Hulk images that we all know and love!
Unfortunately that’s where the positives stop and all I can see is the terribly designed ripped shirt, the ugly mug that does not remind me of the Hulk so much – and the pale color that seems too boring for the Hulk to be stuck with. I wanted a brighter and more vibrant colored Hulk – that would have helped this figure enough I could even over look the face if the color was correct! I’m am sad to report that this figure is probably a miss for me. I can’t recommend picking it up – but know the real Hulk fans will still do so (much like I did) Grade: D+
I am usually a huge fan of Marvel Select – but what is this? Is this supposed to be a silver-age Hulk figure? Does anyone think this looks good? Hopefully the final, released product will look better – but for right now I am disappointed in the look of this figure. Even the ripped shirt looks terrible! What do you guys think?
I do have a whole bunch of new product to show off – mainly due to my very generous and beautiful wife – but I thought I would give you a double shot of Marvel Select since these two figures sort of go together! Unleashed Hulk is an amazing figure – but Barbarian Hulk (Marvel Select $21.99) may even beat that one! It’s too bad that the figure comes from such a forgettable story line. This figure, decked out in a skull necklace and tattered rags, is amazing!
It’s what’s for dinner….
The long hair and full beard even gives the extra volume to the head to make it look perfect on the body. The paint job is top notch and sculpt is fantastic as well! I guess, if anything, we should thank Aaron for writing a scenario where this figure was not only brought to life – but at a time where Marvel is making anything and everything they can to make a buck. If you see this figure and do not pick it up I am going to have to assume it’s either because you are blind, poor or out of your mind. Grade: A