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!
I was pretty happy to happen upon two of these three figures in my local TRU. The two helmet-less Hulks are available retail but the helmeted Hulk? That little guy comes courtesy of the Marvel Collector Corps. If you have yet to order this bad boy then you are missing out! Go and order it now! This is the littlest and not even close to the most awesome piece the MCC box has to offer!
These tiny Hulks are as detailed as the regular (and even oversized) Pops but come in a tiny little package. You’ll notice the hilarious little mistake that happened while packaging. The Hulk in “leisure” wear comes in the Loki package. Not sure how these little snafus happen but they are unique enough to be interesting. Very rarely do these kind of mistakes make the piece more valuable – but they are still kind of cool.
Go out and find these figures now as a lot of the Thor: Ragnarok merch seems to be disappearing out of the stores. Having the Gladiator Hulk being such an integral part of Thor: Ragnarok’s success was a thrill – even if I wasn’t all that excited about how the Hulk was portrayed – because seeing the Hulk all over the place and offering up some of the more exciting toys is always the best!
I do love these Dorbz – but the fact that the Hulk Dorbz from the Thor: Ranarok movie all were either exclusive or limited did make obtaining them a little more frustrating. I know some people thought it was more exciting – but for me it just meant having to rely on the inter-webs to purchase them. Personally, that’s not all that exciting. I love the thrill of the hunt! Striking keys on a keyboard and using my Paypal to purchase does not really have the same impact that finding a hard to get toy on the shelf does.
As you might’ve guessed I found these little guys on Amazon and was able to get a couple. I did get the other, Books a Million, Dorbz – that will be posted some time later – and I’m still working on getting the Walgreen’s Hulk. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m able to procure it!
So, Hallmark isn’t the only game in town making Gladiator Hulk ornaments. Target has this little gem hanging on the pegs just waiting to adorn your Christmas Tree! It’s true the Hallmark piece is bigger, better painted and has a more dynamic pose… but hey – at least the Target version is cheaper!
Both are certainly worth owning – even if the Target version looks like the Hallmark version’s kid brother – it’s still a Gladiator Hulk ornament! Maybe I should have also chosen to get the Thor but really – the only thing that matters is the Hulk!
I am shocked that new pieces continue to be released from Thor: Ragnarok. This time from Target we get another exclusive POP! but this time with a twist! As far as I know this was only being released through online sales – meaning you had to order it off of the Target website – but that may not exactly be the case. I haven’t heard from anyone seeing in store though…
That being said, this Pop! comes with a great Hulk (The Champion) vs Thor (The Lord of Thunder) T-Shirt. For $25 the T-Shirt is accompanied by one of the cooler exclusive Pop! figures yet! A re-colored (in metallic day-glo, no less) Gladiator Hulk! The T-Shirt is also reminiscent to the original Marvel Collector Corps T-Shirt that featured a hero vs Ultron – one of 4 where you had to get lucky to get the Hulk. Here, there is only one choice and it is perfect! The shirt is still unopened and in a plastic bag so I didn’t bother posting it – but the image of what it looks like is on the backside of the box above.
The POP! series of figures have been interesting this time around. While the Hulk has his share of exclusives none tickle my fancy more than this little guy!
I have an interesting theory though – one that hopefully everyone understands is pure fan fiction and not based off anything but assumptions. When this arrived at my doorstep this week I honestly felt as though I was opening a Marvel Collector Corps light. Usually the boxes contain shirts like the one in this exclusive – as well as a original POP!. As you remember, the Thor: Ragnarok box was a little underwhelming as far as the amount of stuff – not to mention the very few Hulk items – included. I just wonder if these items were meant for the MCC box but at the last minute Target put in a bid of some sort to snag this combo for themselves. Honestly, it was the right choice! Look at this bad boy!
I don’t know if my theory has any validity but it sounds pretty reasonable to me – and sort of makes sense on why the MCC box was such a departure from the norm! Either way, Target has definitely killed it more than any other big box stores as far as exclusives go. With this and the 10″ Hulk POP! Target clearly went all in with Hulk exclusives and won!
Just when you’ve reached the end of your rope with the Hulk pieces from Thor: Ragnarok all being exclusives and limited or even worse… really freakin’ expensive, we’re finally dealt a break by Funko in the form of the Mystery Mini. Before we continue with the review here – will you take a look a the size of that first sentence? Let’s move on. Like I mentioned seeing the distribution of the characters it’s a relief to see that the Gladiator Hulk is actually one of the more readily available. With a 1/6 chance to score this little guy it’s also a relief to know how easy he is to find IN the mystery box.
If you lightly shake each box you’ll notice certain figures don’t move as easily as others. Now, with a few larger figures you’d still be stuck getting figures you’re not trying to obtain if it weren’t for the fact that the Hulk’s not only one of the bigger figures but also the heavier! With that 1-2 combo discovering the boxes that this guy is hidden in isn’t a challenge at all!
I had narrowed it down to 2 different boxes that could possibly the Hulk when I discovered my instincts were spot on! With both boxes opened each one contained the Hulk I was looking for! Can I just say, the sculpt on this figure is awesome! I again wish that Funko was not locked into having to make these figures bobbleheads but it’s something I can live with when the pieces come out this cool! I mean, look at his little oversized helmet and alien hammer!
After discussing this with a good friend he informed me that Hot Topic also has a variant with the Hulk in his gladiator leisure wear. I was a little dejected thinking I spoke too soon with the Mystery Minis being an easy score but have no fear Hulk fans! The Hot Topic exclusive is also has a 1/6 chance! The weight and size of the figure still applies so with just a little patience you can narrow it down to the exact right box!
Again, I had it narrowed it down to 2 boxes it could be AND…: BOOM goes the dynamite!