Disney Exclusive Planet Hulk (Marvel Select) (2017)

Attention Hulk fans…this is one figure you DO NOT want to miss out on.

Released in October 2017 is the Disney Store Exclusive Planet Hulk figure. And boy is he gorgeous.

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Admittedly I have not collected many Marvel Select figures, but this has got to be the best Marvel Select Hulk figure, if not the best general Marvel Select figure, ever. The attention to detail is amazing. The paint job is awesome (with some slight exceptions). The sculpting is almost spot-on as well.

 

It IS the definitive Planet Hulk (Green Scar) figure we have been waiting for. This makes the Marvel Legends Planet Hulk figure look like a cheap knock-off by comparison.
This figure looks like an almost exact copy to the Hulk in the comics. Some small design changes are present, but its amazing nonetheless. The sculpting is near perfect. My only gripe is the eyes. They seem a bit doe-eyed to me, but easily remedied by lowering his head down and letting the visor cover them. It’s really more bad-ass this way.

The paint job captures so many little details and really brings this character to life. Only in a few spots on the armor is it a bit sloppy.PH4

The figure’s armor is amazing. I especially love his silver plated arm, complete with spikes. The shield is thankfully included, along with an wicked axe! I think this is the first Hulk figure to include weapons or any sort of add-ons.

This figure is also huge! And heavy. He commands quite a presence when displayed. This does lead to my only other big issue which is the articulation. Due to his bulk and the armor he is limited in his movements. But the poses you can pull off are really cool. This Hulk is quite a display piece. From a distance it looks more like a statue rather then a “toy”.

This figure is only available from the Disney store for $30. So forget asking your local comic shop for it. If you are unlucky enough to not be near a Disney store you will have to shell out $45 or more on Ebay, but other options may exist.

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In short, if you are a Hulk fan…BUY THIS! You will be so happy with it guarding your comics.

Get Smashed!

 

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Thor: Ragnarok TOY Reveal

Here is our first look at one of the new toys being sold in time for the Ragnarok movie releasing in November. One would think they will be released in late October in time for the premier. He will retail for $34.99

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It appears to be one of those large talking Marvel figures you see in stores. They remind me of a walkie-talkie. Except this Hulk version has armor. It also seems it can “talk” with the Thor figure being released at the same time. Does this mean Hulk will be a chatty-Cathy in this film? I hope they don’t make him like the Hulk in Agents of S.M.A.S.H!

See original article here.

I’ll be keeping an eye open for him in the Fall.

C2E2 2017: The Green Scar Unleashed

On April 21-23 2017 McCormick Place hosted the annual C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo). I was fortunate to attend on Saturday and Wow was it a day!

hulk-armorIn addition to running around seeing some amazing artists and celebrities I was dressed to impress. I have spent the last few months creating my Gladiator Hulk costume and finished some last minute changes the night before and was ready to smash. Overall I think it came out really well. The response from other people at the Con seemed incredibly positive.

I had originally debated not doing it but with the release of the Thor: Ragnarok trailer I had to represent for the Hulk. Seeing the Hulk at C2E2 is rare. I’m glad I went ahead with it.

 

You can see some other photos of me taking out my aggression on Iron Man and Harry Potter below.

I met Jim Cheung who did the covers for the 3-issue series ‘Hulk: Unchained’ and he signed the second issue for me. Very nice guy. I also was finally able to get my Young variant of Indestructible Hulk #1 signed by Skottie Young. I just love his baby version of Hulk and could not pass up the opportunity.

The highlight of my visit was meeting Carlo Pagulayan, who was the Penciler for many of the Incredible Hulk issues that debuted the original Planet Hulk storyline. The Planet Hulk story is easily one of my, if not most, favorite comics. The art treatment in it was also so vivid and rich. I had to have him sign my copy of Incredible Hulk #92.

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It also so happens I had a blank variant copy of Planet Hulk #1 (Secret Wars) and I was able to request a sketch commission on it. Yes, they were two different story lines with the same name, but to have one of the original artists do a planet hulk cover for me was amazing. As you can see from the photo it turned out incredible *wink*!!

Currently they are all out for CGC and should be back soon. Till then I wait with baited breath.

In non-Hulk news I also met Rob Liefeld (creator of Deadpool) who signed my copy of the Deadpool movie. I met Troy Baker (voice actor from The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite) who signed my old PS3 copy of Last of Us. And of course I snagged a couple cool figures and a few Hulk comics I’ve had on my radar (Wolverine #8 for example).

All in all it was an amazing experience. Can’t wait for next year.

 

Incredible Hulk #456

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Writer: Peter David / Artist:Adam & Joe Kubert

This is a comic I’ve been excited to post on. Especially in light of the recently released X-Men: Apocalypse movie. This is issue #456 released in September 1997.

In this issue Apocalypse (the first and most powerful mutant) has set his sights on a new horseman. In the past Apocalypse has always sought out the most powerful mutants to be transformed into one of his four horsemen in order to conquer the world. Well for the first time he has chosen a non-mutant; the Hulk.

Hulk is plagued by thoughts of Banner’s abusive father, Brian Banner. His father continually yells hateful things from within his mind. Apocalypse offers Hulk a chance to finally remove this torture from his mind. So, along with new armor and a whip, the Hulk is given a helmet that suppresses these thoughts giving the Hulk peace. Which is ironic seeing as Apocalypse has dubbed Hulk the newest Horsemen of War.

The story of this new War Hulk continues into issue #457 which I’ll post on at another time. Given that the story is so short it doesn’t get much room to breathe. Which is a shame since I absolutely love the armor the Hulk wears. There was even an action figure based on this Hulk which I own. You can see the figure I own here.

Average eBay Price:

  • $4-8 (7/19/16)

 

Transformations: The Maestro w/ Fallen Hero Armor (1997)

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This is another figure of the mighty Maestro released by Toybiz in 1997 as part of the Hulk Transformations line-up. Feel free to compare and contrast the figure with that of his newer iteration here. This version does not include the trademark helmet, much less any article of clothing. The skin is an off-green color and the beard is a bright white. Overall not much effort has gone into the paint job of this figure. Also the articulation of limbs is minimal; just enough to raise/lower the arms, turn the head, and allow him to sit.

The only real notable element of this figure is the fallen hero armor that is included. He is equipped with a broken Captain America Shield, the Hammer of Thor, Dr. Strange’s cape and a chest belt displaying the helmets of a myriad of heroes/villains (Juggernaut, Ultron, Iron Man, Dr. Doom, and Nova).  This has to be one of the coolest accessories I’ve ever seen come with a toy. Honestly if he were loose I’d probably just put the armor on the newer Maestro figure and call it a day (which some have already). But due to his low availability I have decided to keep him packaged up. I was lucky enough to snag him from a collectible shop for about $20.

Avg. eBay prices:

  • Loose price unknown / $45-50 in-package (7/19/17)
  • $20 loose / $30-40 in package (5/9/16)
  • $10-20 loose / $50 in package (5/13/15)

Infinite Series Hulk (2014)

infinity hulk-smallI usually don’t have the chance to report on a figure that was just released. But as luck would have it my moment has arrived. This is the new Hulk from the Infinity Series, and he’s sporting the new armor made for him to travel through time (Although it’s not exactly what was in the comics).

I am not a big fan of this armor since I am convinced Marvel is out to make the Hulk into some kind of suedo-Ironman. I do appreciate how different it is from previous armor iterations, but it doesn’t quite fit the character.

In any case the figure itself is nice, but not as nice as it could’ve been. He kind of hits the middle ground between the older Marvel Universe Hulks and the newer Avenger’s Hulk for the tv series.

The figure stands at 3.75 in tall, but for some reason I felt like this figure would have been better suited for the bigger Marvel Legends lineup. The armor and face is painted really well. The overall sculpt is really good but it could have been pushed further. The first thing they should have added is the same level of texture they began to add to the latest Marvel Universe Hulks (cross hatched skin). But based on how the new comics portrayed the Hulk (flatter color) this choice is forgivable.  Articulation is plentiful and makes him excellent for posing. Released March 2014.

My biggest problem with this figure is the armor, more specifically the forearm gauntlets. They are made of a soft plastic and simply wrap and rest around the arms. They are not glued down or even pegged in. In fact all of the upper body armor is removable, which I kind of like. However, how the armor on the arms was made is ridiculous. This soft plastic doesn’t hold itself around the arm effectively. It continually bends, warps and eventually falls off with any sort of use. Posing him with these loose items on him was almost impossible. So I had to resort to a few dabs of superglue to hold them in place. After that slight modification (which they should have done in production) he is fine for posing and using.  I mean I know I’m a collector and this guy will spend his life on a shelf, but how do they expect a child to actually play with this figure with such junky accessories that won’t stay on.

Overall this is a great addition to any Hulk collection that enjoys a variety of different Hulk forms. The figure is almost to Marvel Universe Standards, but lacks a few improvements that could have made him perfect.

As of this writing I have not seen one in stores so I am unsure of the retail pricing, though I assume its around $10.

Avg. eBay Price Ranges:

  • $6 loose / $10-15 in-package (7/19/17)
  • $6-10 (5/9/16)
  • Prices current (4/16/15)
  • $16 (3/10/14)

 

World War Hulk (2010) / Red Hulk (2009) (Marvel Universe)

For today I have decided to do a two-for-the-price-of-one. These two figures are part of the Marvel Universe Toy line. They stand roughly 3-3/4 in. tall, much like the rest of the line up. Both retail for around $10.

World War Hulk (Wave 12/003)

This figure was released in December 2010. This figure’s sculpt includes detailed skin markings and wrinkles. The armor is also wonderfully rendered. I originally purchased this because at the time the only other Hulk figure in the line up was the original green hulk. And that figure was, quite frankly, a disappointment. This hulk was leaps and bounds above that other one. And I may be wrong but I think this figure influenced all later sculpted hulk figures for this toy series. The articulation is very nice and he comes with detachable armor and weaponry. Heck, even his sword can be unsheathed and held by the green warrior. A nice base is also included to assist in posing the figure. Overall a very nice specimen.

Average eBay value:

  • $15 loose – $20 in package (3/13/17)
  • $10-15 (4/27/16)
  • $15 (6/10/15)
  • $10-20 (9/1/14)
  • $8-20 (7-22-13)

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Red Hulk  (Wave 4/028)

Released in May 2009 this figure was created around the same time the original green hulk figure was on shelves. So this figure borrowed heavily from the same sculpt and source material. And as I mentioned earlier I was not a fan of that figure of hulk. However, this figure was in some ways sculpted better and especially the head was better modeled on the comics. I also should mention, being this is my first mention of Red Hulk, he is not Bruce Banner. Thus he is a different character entirely. I am not a fan of the Red Hulk, but I do like the way he looks and he happens to work closely with the green hulk from time to time. And sometimes it can be quite interesting (compound hulk). Getting back to the figure…he is better sculpted then the other hulks at this time. His articulation leaves something to be desired. Mostly his legs are a problem. They don’t move quite well and are difficult to pose. Honestly it seems the figure is too bulky to move pose properly. The other hulks had the same issues. They improved their designs with slimmer figures able to better adjust to their joints. And I also learned that their were two different red hulks at this time…sculpted the same except one had a matte finish and the other glossy. I seem to have the glossy version.

Average eBay value:

  • $15 loose – $20 in package (3/13/17)
  • $10 loose – $15-25 in package (4/27/16)
  • $15 (6/10/15)
  • $12-20 (9/1/14)
  • $5-25 (7-22-13)