I have avoided the more expensive figures for a good reason – I just can’t see that they are worth the prices that are asked for them. I have to feel like I can happily shell out the money for something and feel I was able to get my money’s worth. So I finally jumped on the chance to pick up the Gladiator Hulk figure from S.H.Figuarts – a Japanese import that boasts a triple digit price tag.
For those impressive clams you get a very poseable figure with switch out hands and an extra face. Great news for anyone who has been stuck with the American Marvel Legends and Marvel Select versions of the Gladiator Hulk figures that all seem to have the same sort of stoic facial expression.
For anyone wondering the differences between this and the Marvel Legends BAF Hulk I can tell you with the utmost certainty that, since you can usually snag the ML BAF for a quick $35-$50, the S.H.Figuarts isn’t worth the extra cash. I know that might shock some of you – but for the extra articulation and obviously superior paint job – it’s still not enough to pay an extra $70-$100 for!
I do appreciate the added detail and think the quality is there – don’t get me wrong – this is a beautiful figure! But overall, I can’t see paying the added cash for a figure that is just that… a figure! This is my first – and probably last – expensive action figure and while I am happy to have it it’s price tag is still hard to swallow and not feel like I’ve been ripped off. I was bummed to see that the box isn’t even a window box that you can display with the figure safely tucked inside.
I know plenty of people who have picked this up and are elated with this piece – unfortunately I can’t say I am one of them.
The Q-Figures are interesting. The original Hulk Q-Fig was given away with Loot Crate and didn’t really generate a lot of interest. The figure is fun but really small and kind of unimpressive. Well the figures took a sharp turn into awesome-ville with the Thor: Ragnarok releases. While there is a Thor figure I didn’t buy I did pick up the Hulk. I picked up 2 actually – but keep reading for the reason why.
The Gladiator Hulk here is a stylized animated Hulk with a rageful, angry expression that was missing from too many of the other Hulk figures from this movie. While this is a definite pick up for any serious Hulk collector I do have a small gripe.
The “clouds” generated by his rampage are a bit too large and they divert your attention away from the figure where it really should be. Other than that though – it really is a great piece! I was able to acquire two for a reduced price due to the packages being slightly damaged. Overall, you should go out to purchase this figure to add to your rooms of green!
I can’t express the sheer joy that overcomes me when I stumble across something Hulk that I haven’t seen before but desperately want in my collection. Of course, with the amount of stuff that continues to flood the market I’m more shocked that I don’t find things on a more regular basis. But this, like most things these days, is a gem brought to us from the good folks at Funko!
The stylized sculpts are really fun and I’m even pleasantly surprised to find that pretty much everything released – even though it’s from the same company – looks unique and different. The Wobblers have a much slimmer body but also more dynamic poses! I don’t even mind the exclusion of the Hulk brandishing any type of weaponry! His expressively large head commands attention and his helmet sporting the huge feathery fin tops this wobbler out to be taller than most!
If there was one thing to pick at it would be that Funko is made to make all their Marvel pieces bobble heads. While Wobblers actually make sense to “wobble” something it doesn’t seem out of place here – but I would certainly love to see Funko be able to deliver something other than Dorbz that doesn’t require this feature!
The MiniMates are continuing to slay all of the other lines by constantly delivering some of the best and has the biggest array of characters offered than any other line produced. Now the “Greatest Stories” line has given us the King Hulk and Red King of Sakkar. I wish there was a Planet Hulk Dorbz – other than the Gladiator Hulk from Thor: Ragnarok – that was more comic based. That would have been a perfect pairing for this set – besides, we already have a King Hulk – or as they called it originally – World War Hulk. It was paired with Mr. Fantastic. Getting a Red King is totally worth double dipping with a King Hulk – something they should have offered the first time around!
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.
It’s hard to put these little guys into a category. They are on the smaller side the detailed sculpts and the solid weight that accompany pieces such as this are outstanding! The paint application could be a bit better – but honestly, these are beautiful tiny statues to own! I like this series of figures because you not only get the detailed piece but it also get the added bonus of a booklet, or as they call it, a “Fact File”.
The books delve deep into the characters history and show off some of the most memorable highlights. For the Gladiator Hulk it isn’t so hard – or all that intricate – because really, he only appears in the Planet Hulk storyline. This figure especially was worth the price due to exclusivity to the Hulk continuity. This, by all measure of standards, was the last great Hulk storyline.
Every detail that matters is on this character… save one. One of the most important details tot eh whole story! One of the most overlooked details! The all important obedience disc! How they could omit such a crucial detail is beyond me – the only real saving grace is the fact that the Hulk does loose the disc within the story – so it’s not a total travesty! My only other complaint about it is that the paint job could of been a bit more precise. Just a fraction more attention to detail and I would suggest every gammabro make sure to get this piece – as it is, while I like it, it isn’t a “must have”.
I’m both excited and shocked to announce that they made a Korg Pop figure. There in no mention of this figure being released on the packaging so imagine my surprise when I came across this figure! While I was pretty critical of the character that was portrayed in Thor: Ragnarok there is still no denying that Korg is a huge piece of the Hulk mythos – especially the Planet Hulk lore! Knowing that you can imagine why I wouldn’t want to pass up an opportunity to own this guy!