Even though this is supposed to be based on the Hulk from Thor: Ragnarok there is no war paint on his face and the real shame is that they decided not to include a helmet with the mask. Can you even imagine how amazing this would have been in full Planet Hulk mode? Of course that would have doubled the price… and with the mask already sporting a $20 price tag I don’t think that was ever an option.
The cool thing about the mask is the mouth and eyebrows move as you speak into it. This is much like the Chewbacca mask that was made viral by the mom on youtube except that this is way better – because it’s the Hulk.
I have to be honest, as much as I wanted to look forward to a new set of Hulk hands all I could think about is how they would screw them up this time. 2003 gave us the first (historic) set of Hulk hands. For a very reasonable $20 you could get a huge set of green, roaring Hulk hands that were also soft enough you could slam them into your best friends face and they wouldn’t even lose a tooth.
Over the years the Hulk hands have gotten smaller, lost the sound aspect and even changed to cloth for a small while. Of course, they’ve also gotten more expensive. What can be said about the newest Hulk fists? Well, the good news is that they are fists! The last version was open handed Hulk hands – which was a refreshing change – but I am glad the fists are back.
The sound effects are back as well. You can create the sounds by motion or by pressing a button to create the Hulk growling sounds. Honestly, these are a step up from the Hulk hands – but only slightly. The gladiator motif makes them different enough that they are not a simple retread (like the Avengers 1 & 2 hands were) but the $30 price tag should certainly makes you pause before purchase. Overall, I have a complete set of Hulk (and Hulk villain) hands so I’m glad to get these but I can’t go as far as to say I recommend buying a pair.
Thank you to all that have been messaging me asking me to blog about all the new Hulk items that have been released. If you’re on my FB page then you will know that not only do I have them all but I have had them for quite a while! I was able to acquire the BAF Gladiator Hulk a week before the street date! Thank goodness I did too, getting the pieces to this guy is proving to be very difficult. Some of the figures are pretty fantastic – and then there’s Loki. A terrible figure with very little accessories! If you are lucky enough to unload them to help pay for the Hulk then good on you because he’s already running a pretty penny on eBay.
The figure is pretty fantastic too! I was hoping for an 8″ figure since it was the Hulk and this is the first time the Hulk has treated to the BAF format. While he still stands taller than most of the other figures in the set he is the same size as the AoU Hulk we were served. The real difference? The absolute killer gladiator set up that this Hulk comes with! The war paint, the helmet, the huge hammers and all the armor! It absolutely makes this figure a killer piece to add to the Hulk collection!
Like I mentioned, having to buy every figure in this series just to get the Hulk – which means you’re shelling out about $120 to get this bad boy! That might seem steep but really, you’re going to pay about $75-90 just for the Hulk on eBay anyways, so for another $30 bucks or so you can have all the figures too.
I have seen this on FB – with the soft plastic they used for the hammer makes it susceptible to bending when the Hulk holds it. You can easily avoid this by having the Hulk hold the hammer high on the neck. I actually thinks this looks cooler anyways.
The Gladiator Hulk’s expression is an interesting choice. He really looks as if he is confident and stoic at the same time. I get that the Hulk has constantly been sculpted with the raging anger face – but with a BAF I really feel as if we should have been given an alternate head with a screaming anger face! It would have been perfect!
The figure reminds me of the last time the Hulk was seen in war paint… but this time he’s way more bas ass!
I will admit that usually I try to space out the pieces I have for my Hulk room. I want to always have something to post. With the influx of Thor: Ragnarok items I am having a hard time holding back. Like, for example, I found the new Thor vs Hulk: Arena Clash set and I had to post the little Gladiator Hulk!
I have every Lego Hulk set so far and the only down side… is that they are taking up a lot of space! I have only taken out the Hulk so I don’t have pics of the whole set. The odd thing I see about this and the Electronic Hulk is that the “war paint” on the Hulk’s face is on the opposite sides. I believe the Lego Hulk is actually inaccurate where the paint is.
Other than that, I’m pretty happy with this little guy. If you told me a year ago I would own a Planet Hulk inspired Lego Hulk I would not believe you. Now I can happily report that the Lego Hulk is kick ass! You might be able to eventually find this Hulk on eBay so that you don’t have to shell out $60 clams – just make sure you’re buying the REAL Lego Hulk! Not the knock off!
Every Marvel movie has released electronic figures that can interact with each other. Most of the time I grab a Hulk for the Hulk Room and leave the rest. Of course, seeing this figure this past Thursday made me leap for joy! I spent at least 20 minutes in the aisle having the Thor and Hulk figures talk back and forth. It was so fantastic!
This is not on the level of the ML 14″ Hulk that has just graced the collection – but it’s super impressive! the button to make him talk is incorporated into the straps that go across his chest – a much better scene than the Avengers Hulk which sported the button in the middle of his bare chest. I also enjoy the accessories that this figure sports! The helmet (a must) and the huge hammer type weapon complete this Hulk to make it a must have! The price is on the more expensive side but I still feel it’s worth the pick up!
Check it out! Click the image for the link. November can’t come soon enough!