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Tom-Tom takes a look at the Marvel Select Hulk

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Many Hulk figures have been made, especially due to the two movies this decade. However, most of them left something to be desired when it came to size-they just weren’t big enough. Only three have really nailed it: the ML Face-Off Series 1 Hulk (which many fans use), the Marvel Icons Hulk, and the focus of this review, the Marvel Select Hulk.

Transformed by his exposure to immense levels of gamma radiation, Dr. Bruce Banner soon found his mind and body overcome by a dangerous new force known as the Incredible Hulk! Emerging in periods of great stress or anger, the Hulk is capable of near limitless feats of strength and endurance beyond the dreams of normal humans. With his brilliant mind trapped within the Hulk’s monstrous form, Bruce Banner must wage a constant war for control, or risk the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet.

The figure is one of many new Marvel Select figures that are more recognizable, which is a tad disappointing, since the initial goal of the line was to produce figures that wouldn’t do well at retail stores. Is the figure any worse for that? Well, let’s find out.
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Let’s start with the sculpt: he’s freaking’ huge. He’s 10 inches tall, and absolutely ripped. He isn’t going down without a fight. Veins, muscles, stretch marks, all that. Even better: he’s proportionately huge. It wouldn’t look right if he was this tall, but thin as a rail, would it? Of course not. The head is a tad pin-headed, but he’s like that in the comics, as well, so it’s not too bad. The prototype pictures made it seem worse than it is (trust me, I wasn’t planning on getting him until I saw some action shots on MarvelousNews). The legs bottoms and waist pieces are soft rubber added on when the joints were assembled, but they look just as good as the rest of the figure. The face is also well done, with his teeth gritting, intense eyes, and tossed about hair. The mouth could have been pulled back a little less, though that’s a minor nit on an otherwise awesome sculpt.

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The paint is also done fairly well. His green skin has a very nice wash too it (a bit heavy on the face, but I can live with it), as well as three different shades of purple for the pants. The torn shirt piece could have used some white drybrushed onto it, and looks dull compared to the rest of the figure. The mouth area and eyes are painted extremely well, and I could not find one instance of the black hair spilling over on his face. Around the veins isn’t so great. The wash gets dirty in some cases, and just plain sloppy in others. Again, a minor issue, but tougher to swallow.

Articulation on the Hulk is what you’d expect for a big bruiser: less than a regular figure, but still adequate. Mr. Green Genes racks up with 14 points of articulation, consisting of a ball and socket neck, ball-jointed shoulders and elbows, swivel wrists and waist, ball-jointed hips and knees, and finally hinged ankles. The shoulders were firmly stuck in place when I first got him, but have since loosened up. The elbows and shoulders are all ratcheted, ensuring he’ll be able to raise his fists in anger for years to come. The legs, however, are pretty disappointing. The ball-joint in the hips are inserted at a 45 degree angle, which means you have the turn the swivel around for him to move forward. However,they way his crotch is sculpted doesn’t allow for a very good forward range. The knee is also a ball-joint, and when the two joints are used in a striding or running pose, it just looks awkward. Swivel thighs and hinged knees would have been a welcome change to the figure.

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As far as accessories, Hulk comes up dry compared to the other categories. He features a base of a pile of rubble, and nothing else. It’s sculpted well, and features a drybrush like the figure. It looks great, and features two pegs per foot to keep him standing for years to come. Not that he needs it, mind you, with those big feet and ratchet joints, but the base is none the less appreciated.

For $20, this Hulk is great. Could he be better? Yes, but not much. Most of that goes to pay for the crap-ton of plastic he uses, and the paint applications. I actually got this figure on a pretty good deal: I ordered him when CornerStoreComics.com’s two sites closed down to merge into one. It saved me 15%, and I don’t really think I would have gotten him were it not for that sale. He makes a great movie style Hulk, with his large size and Ed Norton likeness. However, as a comic Hulk, I’d track down a Face-Off version: he’s shorter, but that’s a good thing because when Hulk gets bigger, his baddies need to as well. And unless Diamond Select announces an MS Abomination or Wendigo, I’d stick with the shorty.


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