Hot Toys Gladiator Hulk – NEW PHOTOS

After many months of really no updates and continually looking at photos of the prototype – recent photos of the Gladiator Hulk (from Hot Toys) have begun surfacing.

Overall the figure looks mostly the same as the prototype…at least in general. The biggest change seems to be the head and helmet. The Hulk’s face is much closer to the movie. The hairstyle has a tighter cut. The helmet seems to have more detail (battle damage) and the mohawk is thinner. All good improvements in my opinion.

The only other noticeable change (and this I don’t like) is the body paint being silver instead of white.The silver is an interesting choice…but it doesn’t show up well. The original white paint has better contrast with his green skin.

Overall I’m happy with these recent updates to the figure. I have mine pre-ordered and been waiting for it to be released. But they keep pushing back the release date. Hopefully it shows up in the next month or so. I might even do a video review for that one.

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Planet Hulk Event Dial #E100 Heroclix

PHheroclix-finalIn honor of Thor: Ragnarok coming soon….

I present the Planet Hulk Event Dial Heroclix. This limited edition dial includes not one, not two, but FOUR characters…all featured in the Planet Hulk storyline. The characters being Green Scar (Hulk), Korg, Miek, and the Silver Savage (Silver Surfer).

This item was released for the Marvel Mutations and Monsters booster set in or around 2007. It also seems these figures were produced separately as well for their own heroclix.

This is one of the coolest heroclix items I own. I managed to snag it at a comic convention for about $20. If you love the Hulk, or just enjoy the Planet Hulk story-line I feel this item is worth it for the shelf. The sculpting and poses are just about the best you could ask for. It’s also a fairly size-able piece. So you need room for it.

Current Ebay prices have it priced around $20-35.

Thor: Ragnarok – Hulk’s Warbound First Look??

Images have hit the internet showing some more toys related to the new Thor movie. They can be seen here. Included in these images are figures depicting multiple characters, but more importantly we get our first look at Korg and Miek! Based on these toys I have taken the liberty to draw what the characters might look like in the movie. This is a fairly quick sketch and given how stylized the figures ares, not to mention it’s of them at only one angle, the sketch is rather basic.

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However, we can see what details the designers decided to keep, and update, in regards to the Hulk’s warbound. Korg looks very much the same if not perhaps a bit older and of course he’s gray, not orange. Thus matching him up to the other Kronan witnessed in Thor: Dark World. He also has a bit more armor in keeping with how much more “dressed up” the Hulk is.

The biggest surprise is Miek. In the comics and animated movie he looks like an anthropomorphoid Ant with two legs and four arms. Thin and obviously very frail. At least at first. Here the designers have taken that bug idea but went in the direction of a worm or beetle. Except this little worm is equipped with a mobile mech-suit complete with large blades.

Part of me is sad they diverted so much from the original design. But at the same time I’m kind of digging this new look. This could provide other possibilities along the lines of him being a sort of Rocket Raccoon-type. Miek could be the withdrawn tech geek of the group. This bug form is also very larvae-like. Perhaps this caterpillar might become a butterfly someday…wink wink.

In any case this continues to excite me as to how they are able to further re-invent the world of Sakaar. November can’t come soon enough.

Thor: Ragnarok TOY Reveal 2: BAF

I feel a great disturbance in the force. As if a thousand wallets suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silent. I feel something INCREDIBLE has happened.

A Planet Hulk build-a-figure has been announced for the new Thor movie toy line. I have never done a build-a-figure before, but I think that time has come. See further details here. A gamma shout-out to JadeGiant.com for informing me.

To make this figure will set you back around $120. Start saving now as they should be hitting stores in the Fall in time for the movie.

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Ok. Now I’m MAD

Now I might be overdoing it, but this is really going too far. I read recently that Marvel would be doing a new series where they would re-visit the Planet Hulk story line with ‘Return to Planet Hulk’ (as part of the Marvel Legacy lineup). Now I would be fine with re-visiting it…as long as the original Hulk associated was included. totallyawesomehulk-1004378

Nope…we are getting a Planet Hulk story line with Amadeus Cho (AKA the Totally Lame Hulk). And here they are ripping off one of the covers of the old series to sell the new one. Out of sheer sick curiosity I will page through it when it drops. But that’s it. Unless something has changed regarding the character I will not be buying this.

No, Marvel. I will not encourage this farce further by giving you my money.

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Am I over reacting? Feel free to prove me wrong.

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.

 

Planet Hulk Novel to be Written!

This news comes compliments of the Engine of Destruction site. I was not even aware this is happening. Apparently Marvel wants to make sure EVERYONE has a chance to experience the Planet Hulk story line prior to Thor: Ragnarok releasing in November.

51yfz02d7jl-_sx373_bo1204203200_A novel, being written by none other then Greg Pak (the original writer of the graphic novel), is scheduled to be released October 17th, 2017. Which should allow fans old and new about two weeks to read before going to see Ragnarok.

I would imagine this novel to have a few tweaks on the narrative to give something new for the old fans. But overall I’d expect it to just be the graphic novel without pictures. In any case I am very tempted to buy and read this just on the off chance he sneaks something in that may connect with the movie. I doubt it, but perhaps I’m just trying to justify paying for and re-reading a story I’ve read a hundred times before.

The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon here.

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