Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Colours!

Otherwise better known to us True Believers as Marvel Universe 3.75" Hulk Red and Green!

But we've already seen how awesome the Secret Wars Green Hulk is, as well as his older counterpart in the original green Hulk.  Both have the same great molds, with different heads and paint.

So in view of the nearing Yuletide season, I've decided to add some red to the green for some true festive spirit!




That's Red Hulk's articulation, which is the same no matter if it's either of the green or the grey version.

His head though, is one of the better Hulk sculpts out there but it's not the best.  Front-on it's brilliant and looks very much like the Ed McGuinness art from the comics.  But from the side it looks a little flat, like he's been hammered one too many times by the Hulk.


So let's not waste anytime and rate him!


RATINGS

Aesthetics: 9/10 - I like his head sculpt a lot less than the Secret Wars Green Hulk.  Firstly because of the flat looking profile and secondly because of the hair, which also looks great from the front but also looks kinda weird from the side, like it was chopped off at the base.

The paint on the eyes and teeth are well applied with less error than I've sen on the original Hulks both green and grey.  That's a plus.

Poseability: 9/10 - It's the same sculpt/mold, so no difference from the Hulk before him.  One would hope that the worked out the limited leg articulation but they haven't.  So despite having great points articulation, all the Hulks don't have poseability that's great.  The other issue with this mold is of course with the swivel neck.  His head's set pretty low on his chest so he looks nicely hunched over. But if only he could look up a little more! Or at all!

His upper body and arms are brilliant, so the complete package adds up to a nice stable base with a wide range of movement coming mainly from his upper body.

Fun: 10/10 - I've run out of words to describe how fun a Hulk, ANY Hulk, can be. So I've illustrated it with a whole bunch of photos below.  Scroll down now if you can't wait to see it! ;)

Value: 9.5/10 - Red Hulk comes with no accessories except for a Fury Files letter from Bruce Banner pleading with Ironman, I think, to free him so Green Hulk can SMASH Red Hulk.  There's also the standard ID card.  But the value comes in the weight of the figure in plastic.  Hulks weigh at least twice the weight of regular figures, perhaps even more.  But yet he's the same price at retail in department stores.  There are some specialist retailers that price Hulks higher simply because they claim shipping costs more or because he's a heavier figure.  So it's definitely  more worth it getting him at a department store/Walmart/Target/Toys 'R' Us.


Overall: 9.4/10 - I know, I know. My ratings are high.  But even a 9.4 is high on my scale because the Red Hulk is a great figure.  Don't get me wrong, I absolutely hate the way he's been written, especially the smart-mouthing he likes to do when he fights, but such a great toy with great potential for the character (which he'll fulfill in the future, I hope. ;])

And here's the Christmas colours that I promised since the title of this review. This "action sequence" of photos also demonstrates how fantastic two large figures can be together (no puns intended).

Enjoy it like a silent comic! (Is there any other? :P)




* Yes, Hulk really is carrying the jeep without any assistance, special effects, or Photoshop!
* No, the bullets weren't real.
*And no, Hulk didn't really leap up onto the truck by himself. ;P

6 comments:

  1. Brilliant silent comic, I loved it!

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  2. Yup I love the props too! =)

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  3. Hey Ewan, followed you over from Articulated Discussion. Great pictures! Which one of these Hulks would you get if you can only get one?

    Also, if you're still willing to pick up clearance-priced DCSH, how much do you suspect shipping will be?

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  4. Hey funbuns, thanks for reading! :)

    I'd say if you can only get one, get the Secret Wars one. You end up with a Cyclops too, so Hulk'll have someone to beat up on. Ha.

    Sure, for the DCSH stuff, I think shipping shouldn't be more than US$4 per figure, maybe less if you'd like me to remove the packaging. But I'd have to check to confirm the exact amount. If you're still keen, I'd be glad to keep a look out for the stuff--they pop up here and there every so often when they have a clearance sale. Just let me know which ones you want. :)

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  5. I think I'm leaning towards green Hulk myself. Thanks for the suggestion!

    From DCSH, I would definitely like a Darkseid and a Mongul. There wouldn't happen to be any Lex Luthor or Doomsday figures around, would there?

    On a related note, would you recommend the black skirt Supergirl? I see from your site that you have one, but there's no review up for it...

    Thank you so much!

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  6. Nah, unfortunately no Lex Luthor or Doomsday, otherwise I'd be all over the former myself. Haha.

    Will look out for another clearance--Darkseid, Doomsday and Bizarro are usually what the have an excess of. I'd also recommend black skirt Supergirl, but she is a little tougher to find. Fingers crossed, though. :) And you're right, I realized I hadn't reviewed her! After all this time...she was one of my first figures. :P

    Can I email you when I find the stuff? Or you can drop me a msg at ewanmah@hotmail.com.

    And no problem at all. Someone wise once told me, "a little toy karma goes a long way around." ;)

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