MARVEL LEGENDS: VINTAGE (HASBRO)
“Accidentally exposed to gamma radiation, scientist Bruce Banner gains super strength, stamina, and invulnerability…at the cost of his genius! Dubbed “Hulk,” Banner first transforms only at night before realizing that it’s actually his anger that gives him his super abilities.”
Did you know that the Hulk is only green-skinned because of poor quality print techniques? If you’re at all familiar with common place comics trivia, then you probably did. Congratulations, you don’t need me anymore. But I’m not writing reviews for you, so ah-ha, I’m gonna keep writing anyway. You can’t stop me! …Where was I? Grey Hulk. Right. So, Hulk was originally grey, but the comics printing techniques of the ’60s being what they were, getting a consistent grey was very hard to attain, and the end result was a main character that shifted colors multiple times throughout his first appearance. To avoid further issue, he was made green. Well, at least until printing techniques improved enough to bring Grey Hulk back in the ’80s. Yay, second life for Grey Hulk! And now he’s an easy action figure variant, hence the coverage here today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Grey Hulk is a standalone “80 Years of Marvel” Marvel Legends release, originally intended to be con exclusive (the counterpart to the Retro carded Green Hulk from SDCC), but ultimately re-purposed as another Fan Channel exclusive. This marks our third Legends Grey Hulk, and the first one since the Fin Fang Foom Series in ’08. The figure stands 8 inches tall and has 30 points of articulation. He uses the same body as the other 80 Years of Marvel Hulk, which isn’t really much of a surprise, since Hasbro generally likes to get some mileage out of a new sculpt. It helps that it’s a really strong body, and I liked it a lot the first time I looked at it. This one gets an all-new head, though, since Grey Hulk never sported the lengthy ’70s locks of the prior release, and also tended to have a far more pronounced brow than later incarnations. It doesn’t make for a very pretty looking figure, but I guess that’s appropriate for someone belted by gamma rays. Ain’t he unglamorous? Glamorous or not, it’s certainly a sharp sculpt, and well-suited to the body. He includes the same torn shirt piece as the prior figure, which is the same set-up as before; it’s not super securely held in place or anything, but looks decent, and can be easily taken off if it’s not your speed. In my review of the last Hulk, I remarked that his paintwork was surprisingly nuanced. This figure is a step up even from that. The skin tone still has some subtle variation to it, but he also gets some very impressive work on his pants, which have that proper broken-in denim appearance to them. Hulk is armed with a crushed pipe, a fact that package proudly proclaims. It’s admittedly a pretty fun piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When he was still rumored for a con-exclusive release, I didn’t pay this guy much mind, and I certainly wasn’t planning to jump through any hoops to get him. When he made the shift to Fan Channel, and therefore became far easier to acquire, I was a much easier mark. I went in with no real expectations, since he was never going to be my primary Hulk, but he’s honestly a pretty fun figure, and does some cool stuff that the prior release didn’t.