Hey look, new Marvel Universe product. That hasn't happened in a while. Is this box of repaints worth its cost? Find out after the jump.
I'll preface this by saying that yes, everything in this set is a repaint, there is zero new tooling, BUT... they're pretty sweet repaints. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for these sculpts. In my opinion, these are by far the BEST sculpts of Thor, Hulk and Iron Man to date in the MU line. So while I absolutely wish there was at least one new sculpt in this set, I have a hard time being too upset by the figures included here.
The packaging mirrors the rest of the Marvel Universe Team Pack series, now in its second year. We've got a nice window box displaying the three figures, unique character artwork on the front and side, and a surprise on the back, Deadpool telling you to "collect them all". And something about tacos. Mmmm, tacos.
The star of this set is the Red Hulk. This figure is a repaint of the brand new Hulk mold, which was originally set to premier in Wave 18, but wound up making it out first in the Walmart-exclusive Avengers Comic Series box set. The sculpt is still every bit as awesome as it was on the green version; there's a ton of detail and texture in the skin and fabric. The paint is well applied, and this guy looks menacing. But I have two complaints. The first is minor: The face features a dark paint wash (which brings out the detail and looks good), but the rest of the body does not. This would've really brought out the detail in the sculpt. The second is more significant: The head. Rulk should have a different head than Banner Hulk. The original Rulk figure in this line, despite being a repaint of green Hulk, at least had a unique, General Ross Red Hulk head. Simply repainting the Bruce Banner Hulk head is a cheap cop-out on Hasbro's part. If there were any new tooling invested in this set, it should've been a new head for this figure.
Originally, this didn't bother me too much, because I planned to head-swap a Series 1 Red Hulk head onto this body, but, after looking at the two figures side by side in person, it's clear that the Series 1 Rulk head is too big and disproportionate compared to this newer sculpt. So for now at least, the new, superior Red Hulk body is stuck with the wrong head.