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Mego Hulk! All the Carded Versions!

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What you will see is the collection of the classic Mego Hulks in all their glory.  I have been able to amass all the carded versions that this classic toy was released on.  Next up is getting all the 12 inch versions (I just need one more) and then onto the Pocket Heroes.  But, there is something extra special about the 8″ Mego Hulk – and all the cards that he was released on.  The one piece I am missing from this amazing figure collection is the Mego boxed version.  A quick search on eBay and you will see that there are more reproductions available than there are actual original boxes – so they don’t come cheap if you want the real thing.

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Another thing to note, before we delve into each carded figure, is that the Hulks in this collection are complete and 100% in tact.  That in itself is a huge deal – you see, the Mego Hulk’s have a tendency to lose limbs due to the pin that holds the joints together falls out.  Even a figure, never touched, still in sealed package, can lose a leg or arm.  I have friends telling me that it’s an inevitability that you can’t avoid – it will happen sooner or later to all the Hulk figures – but I am still hopeful they they are wrong.  But another quick scan of eBay and you will discover that, yes, in fact there are quite a few Hulk figures that are without a limb or two.  Even my loose figure came with a replacement screw…

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The first card released was in 1975-1978 and featured rough drawings of the Marvel crew including Cap, Spidey, The Invisible Woman, Thor and Mr. Fantastic.  The easiest to note the difference in appearance of the two Mego cards is Thor.  On the back you will see the famous Sal Buscema Hulk.  My punched card has a little damage at the top but the figure is completely mint.  The rarity/availability of this card is an easy 3/10.  While it is harder to find it’s not impossible by any means.

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Next up is the 1979 Mego Hulk card.  My unpunched card is absolutely beautiful and you can see that the hero images on the card have been replaced with cleaner, brighter, more friendly versions of their former selves.

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This card is the easiest to find of the bunch – but combined with trying to get an undamaged, without the seal broken, and the Hulk in pieces this one can still be a tougher find than you might think.  Rarity/availability on this one gets a 1/10.  You might also note that the image of the Hulk on the back has been changed (and the only one to change, I might add).

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Get ready to start plunking down some major cash for these next two.  First up, the Canadian Parkdale Novelty card – my favorite of the bunch!

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This card features the Buscema Hulk we saw earlier on the back of the 1975-78 card.  You might also remember this guy from some of the corner boxes in the earlier 200’s of the Incredible Hulk.  This card (also featuring a swinging Spidey) has a second variant (sort of).  If you look here you will notice that the card featured doesn’t have the white sticker on the bottom like mine does.  With how infrequently I see this card pop up on eBay – and the price attached to it – I didn’t think both variations were needed to complete the set.  Others may argue otherwise but truthfully, it’s all about how you, the collector, feels about it.  Personally, I am just happy to have snagged such a nice example for myself.  Rarity/availability for this card is 8/10.  Happy hunting!

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Lastly, we have the Palitoy Card from the UK.  The overseas version is absolutely beautiful – and the best part of the fact that Hulk takes center stage – not having to share the spotlight with any other character!

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This card is strictly Hulk-tastic!  Palitoy issued Mego figures overseas and gave the most recognizable heroes their own unique cards – known as Green Cards – the Hulk initially didn’t make the cut but after the 80’s television show hit big the Hulk found himself getting his own UK card.  Not green, like most of the Palitoy Super Hero cards were, Hulk was most likely not lumped in with the Super Hero line – but a series onto himself.  This is most apparent with the graphics at the top not being the same as the rest of the “green card” line.  Rarity/availability on this guy is a little tricky.  It doesn’t pop up on eBay all that often – but if you are a Mego enthusiast you’ve seen this version quite often being traded and sold between collectors.  It is an easy 6/10.

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If you’re interested – I posted about the above Hulk figure before on this blog right here – you should read and enjoy!  The comments below are also extremely interesting as it’s pointed out that the back image is a Jim Starlin illustration but they replaced the original  head with a John Romita Sr drawing.

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Whatever your pleasure – where ever your collecting heart lies, be it with comics or figures – or the vintage stuff, there is no denying that the charm of the toys from yesteryear can never be replaced.  Happy Holidays everyone!  Hope it was a fantastic day!

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Hulk Room Saturday!

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I was lucky enough to get one – ONE – detolf before IKEA took them out of their inventory – and then put them back on at a slightly higher price.  I was given this as a present for my birthday from my sister.  Still one of the best gifts ever!  I figured I would give you a shelf by shelf look… mostly.  This image above is the Hulk foes shelf – Bowen has given us the widest range of characters I think any high end collectible company will give us.  I would drop down from shock to see anyone else give us a Bi-Beast – never mind a mind-blowing fantastic sculpt like the one we were given!  Just to lay it out you see here:

  • Bi-Beast
  • Absorbing Man
  • Wendigo
  • Doc Samson
  • Ring Master
  • Constrictor
  • and Dormammu

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Second self is dedicated to one of the best Bowen statues to be released ever (yeah – I went there).  One of the most underrated pieces for sure – the Abomination is one of the truest representations of the Gamma-Spawned monster ever to be done.  Behind him is the now defunct Blockbuster Video’s exclusive print of the first cover appearance of the Abomination that was released with the 2008 movie.  Also, a reprint of Silver Surfer #12 under the title Fantasy Masterpieces.

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Third shelf is my ode to the best two Hulk villains – the Abomination and the Leader.  You see both character busts from Bowen – and also the Dynamic Forces Leader bust (another underrated piece).  Also a custom Leader Mego figure.  The last piece is the Keown inspired Dynamic Forces Hulk statue – while small is stature a great piece!

Last level just has the Marvel Legos so I didn’t take a shot – but I hope you enjoyed the view!

Custom Mego Leader (2010)

Custom Mego Leader

I don’t buy a lot of customs – usually I don’t see any that I like for the prices they ask.  The best ones come from a great guy named Sean – but unfortunately he’s on the other side of the globe and shipping is outrageous!  I particularly love his Planet Hulk customs.  His re-paints are HUGE improvements over the originals.

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I did see this figure on ebay – I have thought many, many times I wish that Mego did more Hulk villains – and this was so cheap I snagged it up.  It’s the perfect representation of the old-school, classic Leader – the only issue I have is that it is actually taller than the actual Hulk figure.

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Leader and Roto Hulk

Mego Metal Die Cast (1978)

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I will show you one of my favorite vintage toys on the night I am going to see the Hulk.  This is one of the only vintage toys I have in the package.  And it is a beauty… the package isn’t perfect – but it is classic and so interesting.  The older packages had so much character – especially Mego.  I like the big Spider-man on the back.  The metal toys were so much better back then too.  He’s a pretty big and chunky piece of metal – and not as heavy as you’d think.

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The face on the toy looks great.  One of the classic faces – baring teeth – and fists pumped ready to smash anything in his path.  The package says “Limited Collector’s Edition”  Man, I thought that phrase was coined in the 90’s – not the late 70’s.  Either way, this is one of my favorite pieces in the collection.

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Mego Hulk on UNPUNCHED Card (1974)

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As you will notice with this item – The Hulk figure is still on the original card!  This is not that easy to acquire and, look closer, you will see that the card is unpunched!  I don’t this this really adds in the value of the item, the card condition, but I think that’s pretty sweet.   I know of an even rarer card that these Megos came on (it has just Spiderman and the Hulk on the card front) this is the American Mego card version.  A jewel of the collection. 

Mego 6″ Hulk (1974)

Mego Hulk 1974

This is the 6″ mego figure I told you about earlier.  If you look close, this figure has an actual nut and bolt in it’s arm to keep it together.  I got him that way – it is not something I did to him.  I don’t mind – I think it gives him character.  Like he’s 1/8th bionic or something.  According to his ass – where the copyright info. is – he came out 4 years before is 12″ counterpart.  I think I wrote counter-point in an earlier blog when I meant counterpart.  Ignore that.  I like this piece but do keep my eye out for an affordable one still on the card.

12″ Mego Hulk (1978)

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These two 12″ Hulk figures are from 1978.  They are part of the famous Mego line.  I have 2 because I found one in a comic shop back in 1998 – but could not find the 6″ one anywhere.  I finally did find the 6″ (which I will post at a later date – or maybe even later today) on ebay, but it came with the 12″ figure.  Both are in pretty good condition, although I would love to find one in a box someday.  These two are featured on my desk – standing proudly until I move to a place where I can have my own Hulk room.