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!
A lot of the Thor: Ragnarok merchandise is still being released all over. Some of the first pieces to make an appearance were the figures – including the great Marvel Legends Hulk BAF featured on this very blog! If the 3 3/4 inch were more your style then have no fears because they have released a 2-pack that features a fantastic Gladiator Hulk! Something that was sorely missing when the Marvel Universe figures were still being released. We were given a King Hulk – but never a Planet Hulk!
This two pack features a Gladiator version of both Hulk and Thor – complete with some fantastic accessories. Thor with Mjolnir and a sword and the Hulk featuring an axe and helmet. The paint application varies from figure to figure but both packages I bought were pretty darn spot on! I just wish they would offer an alternative head with a screaming or just angry expression. Plenty of articulation on both the figures to pose them at will, so no complaints there.
In fact, the only thing I would offer up as an criticism is the price. This set is being offered for $20 and while that is in line with the Marvel Universe figures before it I thought that whole line was over priced! That being said, I still enjoy this 2-pack and am glad to have added it to the collection.
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!