In late July 2015 SH Figurarts (division of Bandai – a Japanese toy company) released this brand new Hulk figure in celebration of the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron film. The only reason I learned about it was from doing extensive research into recent toy expos. I managed to capture a thumbnail of this figure and the company name. About a month later back in May 2015 I was able to pre-order one from Hong Kong. The item was slated to be released in late July. Well that time has finally come and my SH Figurarts Hulk arrived.
The thing I was most curious about was it’s size. None of the promo images I found gave me a good idea of the scale. So when I finally had the box in my hand I was a bit disappointed. This figure is touted as among the largest figures SH Figurarts it’s ever made, while certainly being the largest among the group of Avengers figures in it’s lineup. I have an image below of the figure alongside the Walmart Hulk from the previous Avengers movie for comparison.
So yes maybe I expected something a bit bigger, but other then the size take a look at that paint job and sculpting. He is beautiful. The colors are seamless, the sculpting is sharp and defined. And the points of articulation…oh the articulation. You can pose this figure in just about any way you desire. The figure even comes with additional hands and head to change the look. The figure has a pair of fists and a pair of open hands. One head has the mouth closed, while the other is open in a roar.
Basically I find this figure to be a nice compromise between a low cost Marvel Select Hulk and the premium Hot Toys Hulk. You get the basic plastic figure with articulation, but with the professional paint job, sculpting, and swapped out hands and head.
My only complaint is that the articulation seems to go too far at times, especially in the shoulders. The socket joints aren’t hidden very well in certain poses.
The main reason i wanted this Hulk was because I was unimpressed with the other Hulk figures being released in response to the new film. They seemed to be remakes of the same figures released with the last movie. I wanted something different to add. This figure captures a very anime style for the Hulk. A look not seen very much. Most Hulk are very detailed and realistic looking. I wanted this one because he was stylized. He is clean, defined and sharp.
The figure retails for approx. $75 but currently he can only be found online and with shipping can bring him to around $115 to $130 depending where you look. Some comic shops may have him, but I would expect the price to stay around the $100 range or higher. So this is not a figure for everyone and this is most certainly not just a ‘toy’. If you have the money, great! You won’t regret it. But if money is tight you may want to settle for getting your hands on the Walmart Hulk as they seem very similar in design and articulation.
UPDATE (5/9/16): So in researching this figure for prices it seems the waters have become murky. There seem to be fakes or poor reproductions of this figure being sold for much, much less then some others. The “fakes” have the similar sculpt, but the paint job is terrible. I think they also use a cheaper plastic. Just be aware that if you plan to buy this you may want to set your sights higher for the more expensive ones. Because you may not like what you get if you order one of the cheaper ones around $10-20. Just a warning.
Avg. eBay Prices:
- $90-110 / see update above (7/19/17)
- $90-100 / See update above (5/9/16)
- $115-130 Brand New (8/8/15)