Lead Hulk Figurine (Specials Issue #1)

lead hulkThis small figure was released as part of a long series (The Classic Marvel Figurine Collection) spanning from 2007 to 2013. These figures were packaged along-side a magazine series published by Eaglemoss Publications. Each figure reflecting the magazine in question. In this case I purchased a magazine about the Incredible Hulk which included, this Hulk figure. Around 200+ magazines with figures have been released for various Marvel characters ranging from Spiderman to Blade to M.O.D.O.K.

Typically the figures stand around 9 cm tall. However some figures, such as this Hulk figure, are known as specials and are a slight bit bigger. There are even some figures known as Mega Specials which stand even bigger and include the likes of Galactus. Some are even double packs of related figures.

What makes these figures truly unique is how they were made. These figures are cast in lead, giving them some hefty weight. This hulk figure in particular is quite heavy for its size. In addition the figures are painted with a lead-based paint. The same paint known for causing cancer. So it’s best to wash your hands after handling one of these guys. In my research it seems the company responsible for these figures prohibited selling them to American buyers. The lead in these figures may be the reason why. Though I must say that this hasn’t stopped most comic stores I have visited from having any.  Tons of these guys sit in wait on shelves or still in their packages with their original magazines.

In addition to the green hulk shown here, a gray variant is also available. All the figures and magazines retailed for $20.99. I think I purchased this guy with his magazine and everything for around $20-25 back in 2011 or 2012.  The figure itself is sculpted fairly nicely, if not a bit chunky in certain spots. The paint job is somewhat detailed, but a tad sloppy in certain places. Overall a neat little addition to the collection. Hard to find. Unique production value. Comes complete with an attached base.

The green hulk is on ebay for:

  • $30-50 (3/16/17)
  • $30-50 (4/27/16)
  • $55 (6/10/15)
  • $50 (9/1/14)
  • $20-50 (9-3-13)

The gray hulk is on ebay for:

  • N/A (2017)
  • N/A (2016)
  • $40 (6/10/15)
  • $60 (9/1/14)
  • $25-45 (9-3-13)

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