Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Marvel Universe Comic Packs - Wolverine vs. Hulk


When it rains, it pours.  This is the first of many new Marvel figures I have to review in the coming days.  Based on the iconic Incredible Hulk #181, one of my all time favorite issues and battles, check out the review of this set after the jump.



This was one of my favorite issues as a kid, and still is to this day, so despite this pack being entirely repaints, I was pretty excited for it when it first got announced waaaayyyyy back in 2011.



The packaging is slightly updated for this wave of comic packs (or at least I think it is, I honestly don't remember the last time I bought a new Marvel Universe comic pack) with the addition of the monochromatic collage of characters on the card back (visible only after you open the pack and remove the comic).  This started with the last wave of single carded figures (the Psylocke wave), and I think it looks pretty slick.  There's also some new character-specific art on the front of the bubble that looks pretty good.



The Wolverine in this set is a repaint of last year's first appearance Wolvie, and honestly, I'm a little sick of this body sculpt, but this repaint actually looks better than the original carded release.  The colors of the costume are lighter and brighter, which gives it more of a 1970's comic vibe, but he also looks better with the whited out eyes and the addition of painted arm hair.  This is something that every Wolverine figure should have from now on.



This Wolvie features all the standard articulation of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine mold, which isn't bad, but doesn't compare to the newest bucks Hasbro has released.  I'd really like to see a new Wolvie/runt buck done soon.



Hulk is the star of this set.  He is a repaint/pre-paint of the figure originally set for release in the still-upcoming Wave 18, which has not yet shown up at retail, and which was also released in the Walmart-exclusive Avengers Comic Collection box set.  The same figure was also repainted as Red Hulk in the Heroic Age Heroes box set.  So that's three repaints released at retail before the original made it out.  Your distribution SUCKS this year, Hasbro.



The sculpt is awesome, features lots of texture in the skin and pants, and some pretty good articulation.  He'd benefit even more from some rocker ankles.  The paint job was the real draw on this guy for me, though.  Where as the original version is cast in a dark green plastic with a black paint wash to bring out the detail, this version is cast in a lighter green plastic, and given a darker green paint wash.  This really helps bring out the texture in the sculpt, and in my opinion, looks better than the darker version.  His pants are a lighter purple, too.  This is a repaint I definitely don't mind.



No accessories in this set, other than the reprint of Incredible Hulk #181.  And unlike some comic packs of the past, the pages inside this issue do actually match the cover.


If you're a Hulk fan, this set is definitely worth picking up, and since Wave 18 is still nowhere in site at retail, you can get this set without feeling too guilty about it being all repaints.  This new wave, also including Juggernaut vs. Colossus and Iron Man vs. Mandarin, is showing up at retail now.

14 comments:

  1. Hot damn, I'd love to see this new wave of comic packs instore... Really want this Hulk, and I'd love to snag the Iron Man vs Mandarin set, as I could never get their individual Iron Man 2 releases.
    I bet the Colossus/ Juggy set would be pretty slick too, but I don't know how I'd feel about owning 2 Juggernauts...

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    1. The Colossus/Juggy set it just different enough to make you want it. Juggy is unmasked and doesn't include the helmet, and the color scheme on his costume is darker (I think it looks better).

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  2. IWANTIWANTIWANT!!! Can you believe that in all my 13 years, I have NEVER owned a Wolverine action figure! And first appearances are always my favourites, so yeah, there ya go, just had to get that off my chest...

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  3. Hey, I know I just posted a comment, but I have a question about Ultra-Posable Spider-man: I just bought him, but I haven't taken him out of packaging because I need to know if he gets easily floppy. Also, do you guys have wave 3 of Spidey figures over there yet? Because we do, and I've found a weird Lizard with clear legs and hands.

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    1. Nah, joints on figures built using movie style engineering don't have problems with floppiness unless the figure itself is defective.

      As for this pack though, while I did like this Wolverine in the single card release, the Hulk is a bit of a miss for me. The Marvel Universe construction always felt a bit inferior to the plan used in the movie figures. And this body compounds the problem by forcing Hulk's arms to always be jutting out. I do wonder how fast this set will move after wave 18 hits in force though.

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    2. I've seen the wave 3 stuff around here. Not super impressed. I think they hit when I was away at SDCC.

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    3. Yeah I'm not impressed by the wave 3 Spidey stuff either. The invisi-lizard is kinda dumb. I'll be passing on the rest of them, too.

      The Ultra-Poseable Spidey is great though. No issues with the joints getting floppy on mine.

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  4. Thanks, I think that the invisi-lizard is cool, and the concept itself makes sence, even though it never actually happened in the movie. Still, not cool enough to waste money on.

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    1. I think the concept is cool, but I'm not willing to spend more money on that under-sized, under-articulated figure. If it were bigger and more articulated, I'd absolutely buy a semi-invisible version.

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  5. Great review. I love the comic packs and do like that Hasbro isn't afraid to come up with many repaints of a figure--the more variety the better! Either you pick the one you want or you can just buy 'em all up like you do. ;)

    Having said that, I might just have to do the same--I love this sculpt, I love this particular paint-job (the green is lovely) and I'd like this body for the Red Hulk as well, though I'll have to do something about the head.

    Love your site!:D

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    1. Thanks, glad you enjoy the site. This sculpt is pretty great, and I'm a sucker for repaints when they're done well and on a good sculpt. I'm just waiting for this sculpt to be used for a new Grey Hulk. The Red Hulk version is cool, but yeah, definitely needs a different head.

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    1. That's a common industry term for what they are. I'm not a big fan of it either, but it has unfortunately become engrained in my vernacular. And I don't always want to type out "body sculpt".

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  7. I have heard of a comic pack with a Grey Hulk variant. It's listed on amazon. If you could review it, that would be awesome! Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B007OOJEWK/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

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