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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk...



Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

I finally picked this monster up last week amidst some mixed feelings about my recent decision to pull the handbrake on my 3.75" Marvel figures buying habit (hahah...I guess I still haven't gotten over it yet at that point of time!). I've always had this intention to add more sixth scale as well as 6” figures into my collection and less 3.75-inchers after the glorious return of Marvel Legends in ’12. There was a time when I was rather distraught by the fact that the Marvel Legends line was taking a backseat in favour of the smaller scale counterpart and that was when those darn Marvel Universe figures provided some solace to my collecting habit. I had fun collecting them MU’s but I felt that it was time to return to collecting my favourite scale. Furthermore, I was rather low on cash in hand when I was informed that my pre-order of the Hot Toys jolly green gamma-giant had arrived and ready to be picked up. Fate intervened and a collector offered me quite a sum for my humble MU collection (I only had about 60 of them) so I finally took the leap and off-loaded my entire collection in favour of getting my Hot Toys Movie Avenger Hulk figure. Plus, I even had some extras left for some repair works on my car etc. (yes, there is this OTHER thing called ‘reality’ I had to adhere to....*shucks*).

So yeah...that’s how I start my toy reviews. Endless ramblings about stuff not relating to the actual toy in review itself....LOL. Let’s take a look at this 18” Hulk now shall we?


Truth be told. I still have 2 more Movie Avengers Hot Toys figures yet to be reviewed but I still chose to go over the Hulk first....guilty!!! I mean, no one can resist the 18” Hulk once you have him in hand! I guess Tony and Loki would have to wait a little while longer before they’re featured here on The Rebel Page. Hehe...

Actually, I wasn’t planning to do a full review of the Hulk here. I originally planned this to be something like an ‘un-boxing’ session where I take out the figure, fiddle with it, see if they’re any missing parts or whatever, scrutinize its paint work etc. In fact, I didn’t take as many pictures that I would have when I normally review my sixth scale figures. So pardon me for the lack of pictures of the green giant, I promise that I’ll do another photo shoot of him in the near future...hopefully with his Avengers buddies. But I figured out that I’m so hyped up by the arrival of this ‘definite contender for Figure of the Year’ I decided that it’s probably best for me to rant about it while I’m still in the mood for it.

The packaging

As usual, Hot Toys is famous for giving us creative packaging style for their sixth scale figures. My favourite thus far would either be the magnet-flap design that they’ve given us with their DX figures. My favourite ‘normal’ packaging style would definitely be the Chris Reeve Superman thing. You know, that huge Superman crest-like design?

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

When it comes to the Movie Avengers Hot Toys packaging, Hot Toys went slightly on the cheap when the only gave us a sleeve cover and inner box for all of their releases thus far...until the Hulk that is. You see, with the Hulk, we only got a box with a huge Styrofoam as the main/only tray holding the actual figure inside. No sleeve this time. Understandable since the box would have slipped right through due to the sheer weight of the figure.
Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

I like it that Hot Toys had given us an outer brown box that actually has a handle for us to carry the monster home. The packaging is way bigger than your average Hot Toys figures so it’s nice to see Hot Toys acknowledging the problem. There will be people who’d struggle to carry the box to their vehicle upon purchasing them at their respective toy stores. Imagine if we didn’t get that handle.

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

As usual, the main tray is vac-protected like always with the usual plastic sheets and foams here and there for the extra protection. Wouldn’t want any paint rub or whatever now would we?

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

Looking at the figure still inside its tray and you’ll immediately go...”My, that’s one huge figure....impressive!” I’m kinda bummed that Hot Toys only gave us an extra pair of hands as his accessories. For a figure that cost me almost USD270, I genuinely had expected more. Some reports were saying that apart from the huge truetype body and materials used to construct this figure, some of the cost is attributed to the inclusion of the (un-necessary) PERS eyeball thingy. It’s a bit useless if you ask me as you can’t figure out his eyeballs properly anyway as the Hulk is captured in his squinting look.

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

Even with such bare accessory count, pre-orders for this behemoth hit a record high for Hot Toys (or so I’ve read) and his pre-order sold out considerably fast at most toy stores around the globe. Many collectors wouldn’t forgive themselves if they miss out on the prominent member of the Avengers especially when they saw what he did in the film. He’s the Hulk...and the Hulk doesn’t need any silly accessories to inflict some serious damage. He just needs his big ol’ chunky hands/fists and HT had given us just that. It would’ve been nice to get a ‘damaged diorama’ base or something but that’s just me.

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

How about some insights on the figure? Here I go....

I love the snarling headsculpt, though I would have preferred if they’d given us a second portrait or at least a Ruffalo-Banner head sculpt (but I guess this one’s coming on its own sooner or later).

The headsculpt is dead accurate to Ruffalo's portrait on screen. Kudos Hot Toys!

His teeth has got to be one of the most (if not THE) realistic action figure teeth I’ve seen in my life time.
It’s nice to know that Hot Toys sculpted his chest hair instead of painting them.

I like The Hulk’s skin tone/texture. You can clearly make out the pigmentation, his veins and such. Nobody comes close to Hot Toys when it comes to details such as these. This is where you feel that you’ve received your money’s worth folks! It’s them tiny miniscule details!

Instead of the normal joint movements we’ve seen and expect from Hot Toys’ previous figures, the Hulk’s arms ratchet every time you attempt any rotary movements. Unusual but necessary to ensure that his arms stay in place. It would’ve not stayed in place due to its sheer heaviness.

There is however, a slight gap between his arms and his shoulders when you try to pose his arms in certain poses. Barely noticeable but it bugs me.

His elbows bubbled in a weird kind of way whenever I flex his elbows inwards. Unavoidable since Hot Toys opted to hide his elbow joints underneath his ‘skin’.

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

Did I ever tell you that it still amazes me to see that the Hulk still can fit into Banner’s pants (which has Bruce Banner’s waistline by the way!) and it doesn’t really hurt his waists a bit. Did Bruce Banner wear spandex or something? The Hulk’s pants over here are exactly how it looked like during the final battle scene. It’s battered, tattered and dusty to say the least.

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

I didn’t pull out any of my Hot Toys Avengers figures for comparison purposes but off-hand, I can tell you that you ain’t never seen any bigger Hot Toys sixth scale figure before....except maybe for Iron Monger. But this year isn’t Iron Monger’s year, he’s so 2012. This year belongs to the Hulk! I’m gonna have some problems to pose him inside my IKEA Detolf cabinet. He simply does not fit! I’ve seen some collectors opting to put him in his ‘crouching’ position so that he’ll fit into the cabinet but I don’t think I wanna do that. The Hulk needs to stand tall and tower above the rest of the puny sixth scale figures in my collection! Guess I’m gonna have to wait a little longer before that comes to fruition as display space is a constraint at my place at the moment.

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk


THE REBEL’S VERDICT: A bit pricey to most but nevertheless he is an essential member of The Avengers and no collectors would want to have the Avengers team gracing their shelves without him. I even heard rumours that Hot Toys may not want to do a Hulk 2.0 for the Age of Ultron film so for those not wanting to take the risk of missing The Hulk for their sixth scale collection, you might wanna catch him now before his aftermarket price further soars up like nobody’s business. eVilbay is your best bet now. This is a highly recommended action figure and is a testament to what Hot Toys can do with similar future characters of such behemoth magnitude. Can anybody say The Thing or Red Hulk (please, please, please appear in future Marvel/Avengers films!)?

Hot Toys Sixth Scale Movie Avengers Hulk

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