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!
As much as I have a reservation about how the Hulk was portrayed in Thor: Ragnarok I look back fondly upon the movie. I look forward to adding it to my library and watching it with my son and daughter. Then explaining to them why the Hulk should of had an obedience disc and how portraying him as a ruthless killer is complete bullshit. Oh man, family bonding at its absolute best! That being said, when my local Toys R Us was getting ready for the Black Panther movie release they were letting the Thor: Ragnarok stuff go. And by that I mean they were tossing it. I was lucky enough to save this double sided banner that sat above their feature area. I still love how this was a Thor movie that the Hulk took center stage and once again stole the show!
So, I know I mentioned my addiction to buying the Mystery Mini Venoms – but it’s getting just as bad with the Thor: Ragnarok mystery mini Gladiator Hulks! So far the count is 14 Venoms (with 2 other ones given away to friends) and 7 (3 not pictured) of the helmeted Gladiator Hulk (9 Hulks if you count the Hot Topic exclusive)
I am notorious for being loyal to Bowen – but with Bowen being on hiatus from creating any new product who can you turn to? Sideshow has produced some beautiful (and some other “conceptually interesting”) pieces but I’ve always though the prices were astronomical. Well, they are now offering this awesome 1/10 scale hulk of resin for a much more affordable price! Click on the image to be brought to the page.
One thing I did not want to do was to have to pay scalper prices for something so tiny like this little guy here. While I like having this character, since he debuted in the Planet Hulk storyline, I didn’t think it was all that important. I mean $30-$45 for a tiny figure like this, I just wasn’t about to shell out the dough for it!
Why is it so expensive? Well, this is one of the rare 1/72 figures. Luckily, it is also one of the heavier figures to seek out. Snatching one up should be easy – it’s heavier than the most of the other characters but lighter than the Hulk.
I do find the little guy a bit disturbing – check out his stomach and what looks like tiny nipples poking out. Ugh, looking at it makes me feel like Luke in the latest Star Wars. I feel like I should milk him and drink the green sludge just to freak people out. I was psyched to find this guy though.
I love these themed cars! I was not aware of this until I saw another Hulk fan post this on Facebook – by the way, if you are on FB then you should like my page, I post things on there way faster than on here. The poster who made me aware of this gem also mentioned that he was not willing to pay scalper prices. I understood what he meant when I looked on the bay for this big guy and sure enough it’s been posted for double it’s going retail rate.
I was able to mosey on into a Target and found two sitting on the pegs. I consider myself lucky because I probably would have caved and paid the higher price for it. I’m not obsessed with making sure I obtain every Hulk car – but this one is unique enough that I would’ve been remiss to not get this big guy.
In the days before the internet you had to hope that any stores hosting exclusive figures (which first occurred to me in the 90’s with, of all things, Star Wars) was an easy car drive away. Now. of course, with access a computer, everything is just a mouse click away. Whenever I heard that Books a Million was going to have an exclusive Dorbz I had to just hope that it would be available online – and not “ebay” online – the secondary market be a blessing and a curse. Sure, it helps to be able to sell things when you can – but it also gives an outlet to people who are greedy opportunists, selling the more sought after toys for triple the retail price.
Luckily, I had the good fortune to come across some great deals where I was able to snag one – or two – of each. I never even heard of Books a Million but they certainly are more popular after this past winter! Having the exclusive that has the Hulk in his “off time” gear was a brilliant move. It’s one thing to have the Gladiator Hulk in his action gear with or without a helmet but it’s a whole different animal to have the Hulk in new gear. Especially when it’s the Hulk – who is not known for costume changes.
I don’t want to take anything away from the Walgreens Exclusive Hulk – it’s a great piece! Just slightly different from the regular (limited) Dorbz this figure has no helmet and a little axe – which I prefer over the alien hammer that the Hulk sported in the movie. Both of these exclusives are different enough to be worth the separate purchases.
Years ago, Funko released the second Pop figure of the Hulk and it literally was just a repaint of the first Hulk except he had tan pants. I chose not to get that Hulk because it seemed redundant to me. That was a mistake, of course, as that Hulk is now “retired” and really expensive. I sort of regret not buying it – but I also don’t. Again, it was just a simple repaint! Thankfully, these figures are all so different it’s not like buying the same thing twice!