Marvel Legends – 80th Anniversary Wolverine Vs. Hulk

After much waiting this much anticipated 2-pack from Marvel and Hasbro has arrived. Slated for release in August 2019 I was lucky enough to receive mine a couple weeks early (writing as of July 12, 2019).

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To be honest I had mixed feelings on this set. Of course I was excited by the new Hulk, but as I saw more press photos released I became concerned the quality of the released figure would not match the press photos. Also, I was not a fan of the head sculpt at first.

Well I can safely say my fears were undone upon opening the box. This Hulk is massive. Articulation a-plenty for multiple poses. The paint job is subtle, but effective. And the inclusion of extra hands and the torn shirt are an added extra bonus. (Not to mention the head sculpt has grown on me)

This level of quality and detail extends more or less to Wolverine as well. That being said Hulk is the definite winner in this 2-pack.

As soon as I got them out of the box I attempted to pose them as they were on Incredible Hulk #181. And with some assistance I was able to mostly pull it off – I would suggest the use of fake terrain or a figure stand to do this though.

This is easily the best basic Hulk figure in years. Though I am sure Wolverine fans will appreciate the look of this old-style Wolverine as well. 

As mentioned Hulk comes with 4 hands (2 open and 2 fists) along with a rubber shirt. This rubber shirt stays on pretty well. I’m still not sure if I prefer the shirt on or off yet. Though I will say the shirt helps hide some of the shoulder articulation leading to a more seamless figure when posing. The butterfly joints in the back really help give this character range of motion in the arms.

The hands and feet of Hulk are beautifully sculpted. Probably the best parts of the figure, strange as that sounds. The head sculpt isn’t bad either and is sculpted/painted really well.

Wolverine is sculpted really well, but I feel the paint job on him is a bit more basic. His muscles could have been better handled by defining some shadowed areas. He also has four hands (all fists, 2 with claws extended, 2 with no claws). 

I do feel the price point of $60 was a bit much though. If I were to break it down Hulk would be approx. $40 while Wolverine is worth $20. Even at that breakdown it would be a large price to swallow buying these sold separately. Honestly this should have been priced around $40-50 in my opinion.

That being said, overall this is a great figure set for any fans of Hulk, Wolverine, or just a toy collector in general. I highly recommend it! But if the price point is high for you (and you only want one figure) I might recommend looking at the secondary market for loose figures.

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Hulk 3D Comic Standee (Loot Crate Feb 2019)

hulk-lootcrate-stand1In February of 2019 Loot Crate released their ‘Transformation” themed crate (box). Included in it was this small 3D stand-up sculpt of the Hulk bursting out from a comic cover, bricks and all.

It’s a kind of fun item to include in the collection. Nothing amazing…makes a nice small bookend for some of my smaller Hulk magazines. Most of the sculpt isn’t bad, but the right hand feels smaller then it should be. I know its supposed to simulate distance…but I feel it should have just been made bigger to match the larger fist bursting out.

You can likely buy one loose as I did from eBay for about $15 – maybe less.

Spirit of Vengeance (Red Hulk) #MP17-002 Heroclix

This is quite possibly one of the most insane Hulk transformations ever created. What you are looking at is indeed a Hulk…yes the Red Hulk…but a Hulk nonetheless. At least in part.

During the storyline titled “Circle of Four” or “Venom: Circle of Four” (I highly recommend you read this BTW – but warning its not exactly kid friendly) this form of the Hulk was revealed. He does not stick around long and only pops in near the end.

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This form was brought forth due to the unlikely merging of Red Hulk, Venom…and Ghost Rider. Yep…those three. With all three put in a blender you get…Spirit of Vengeance, a large spiky flaming skull-beast complete with chains and riding a Harley straight from the 6th circle of Hell.

Easily said this whole series is metal-as-hell and can be summed up in his special catch phrase -“WE AM SMASH FOR VENGEANCE!”

As of this writing this is the only physical representation of this character. This heroclix is very well painted and sculpted. It includes many little details and is a rather fine representation of him from the comics. Released in 2017.

For a Hulk purist you might not be interested as this is barely a Hulk figure. But for those of you with darker sensibilities, or mutual fans of Ghostrider/Venom, then this figure should be part of your collection.

Average eBay Price:

  • $30-40 loose or in-package (6/24/19)

 

Venomized Hulk: Funko POP! #366

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Personally I am not a fan of Funko Pops. Sure they are cute and I get the appeal. But I feel they are too simplistic and in most cases, poorly made (in my opinion). I see these as at best – desk clutter.

Admittedly I do own a few that I deem worthwhile. One of which being this creepily designed Venom Hulk POP. The paint job was decent and I really dug the design. Clearly its meant to reference the variant cover by Del Mundo, created for Incredible Hulk #4. (BTW that cover being one of the MOST expensive Hulk variants on the market as of this writing).

This figure was released in 2018 as part of a series of Venomized heroes; which included Iron Man and Captain America.

The figure is not hard to find or is very expensive. So if you want him it shouldn’t be a problem. If you are a Hulk or POP! fan then this one seems worth owning.

Average Ebay Prices:

  • $7-15 in-package (6/14/19)

Marvel’s Avengers: Hulking out on PS4!!

Announced at E3 2019 is a brand new game titled ‘Marvel’s Avengers’. And Yes, it is featuring the HULK!!! (We have waited a long time for a new Hulk video game)

Not too many details have been released regarding it, except that I infer from the trailer that it plays like a third-person version of Marvel Heroes. If you don’t know – Marvel Heroes was a free to play MMO for PC that operated from 2013-2017. You could purchase multiple different characters (and skins for each one > example: Hulk could look like Joe Fix-It) and fight them in giant battles alongside other players to achieve certain goals or collect special items.

Marvel’s Avengers seems to take the same concept of playing as a hero alongside others and complete a campaign. Except this time its not a top down MMO and you are closer to the action with more control over the character.

One nice perk seems to be that the developers, Square Enix, will push out new heroes and campaigns on a regular schedule and all for free (I hesitate to get excited by this as I’m sure there will be limits).

Of course, new characters is great – but for me, I doubt I will switch out much from Hulk. I just hope they offer skins so I can vary his appearance. I would love to smash as Joe or the War Hulk!

Check out the launch trailer below. Game will release May 15, 2020.

Silver Age Grey Hulk (Toy Biz) (1999)

As my collection needed more Grey Hulk and I did find this figure unique – I grabbed him loose off eBay. I’m not sure how he is “Silver Age” as he barely resembles the Hulk from that time in comics history. He has very limited articulation. Basically you can kick his legs or move the arms at the shoulders. The head also swivels. But the basic sculpt and paint job is very clean. More of a graphic-design look.

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The clothing is probably the  most unique feature. The pants are just painted on…but he has a cloth (polyester) ripped shirt and a pair of cloth (fake leather) “shoes” with strings.

This doesn’t appear to have been a popular figure, but it is hard to find at stores/conventions. However, at the time of this writing he is easy to find on eBay, and mostly cheap. So if you like him its a small investment. But if you don’t, then feel free to skip. Not a big deal with this one.

Average eBay Prices:

  • $10-12 loose / $15-30 in-package

Immortal Hulk “Director’s Cuts” to Release

Given the popularity of the series (the first issue and second issues are seeing their fifth printing!) I’m beginning to wonder if the Hulk’s new moniker not only applies to mean green…but also to his actual series. These issues will not die. They just keep being resurrected. I wouldn’t consider myself a comic expert, but the amount of variants released for this series has been dizzying. People just can’t get enough.

With such popularity Marvel has found a new way to squeeze more money out of this. Apparently The first six issues of the Immortal Hulk are to be re-printed as Directors cuts. These “Director’s cuts” versions to include additional art and production info pertaining to the series.

The first issue is to land on August 14th, 2019 and continue from there.

I don’t recall ever hearing of comics being released as ‘Directors cuts’ before. So this seems like a new idea for comics to take. I know that trade paperback and hardcover collections of series will include production art and notes in the back of the books – but never have I seen this released in separate issues.

Update – Doing some quick research on this it does seem to be a common practice in the past – but I’m guessing this may be another first for the Hulk. (It is certainly a first for me)

For full story go here: BleedingCool.com

For Marvel site and release date: Marvel.com