MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Jennifer Walters struggles to control her anger, and keep the powerful Hulk at bay.”
After pretty much only being Bruce Banner’s alter-ego for five decades, in the last couple of years, the name “Hulk” has been shared by a handful of other people. The first being Thunderbolt Ross (who admittedly did put “Red” in front of it to distinguish himself a bit), then Amadeus Cho (who stuck with “Totally Awesome” as his lead-in), and then eventually Hulk’s original spin-off, Jennifer Walters, previously a Hulk of the “She” variety. I mean, I think she’s still of the “she” variety, but it got dropped from her name. Also, she’s angry now, so there’s that. And now, there’s a figure of this new incarnation!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hulk is figure 6 in the Super Skrull Series of Marvel Legends. Though not super linked to the FF in her most current incarnation, Jen is nevertheless a good fit for an FF-themed assortment, given her history with the team during John Byrne’s tenure, and how that helped shift her into the spot-light. Of course, I’d still like a proper Byrne FF She-Hulk one of these days, but that’s an issue for another time. The figure stands 7 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. Unlike the last ML She-Hulk, this figure is an all-new sculpt, and a rather impressive one at that. Since her transition to just being Hulk also had her picking up some of her cousin’s temper issues, this new sculpt depicts an angrier, more savage Jen. The face is an intense, teeth-baring snarl, which you don’t often see on female figures, and the hair is wildly blowing, with a stray stand even blowing across her face. It’s quite a dynamic head, and I really love that about it. The body goes to the proper Hulk roots of tattered clothing remains. Like the last two comic He-Hulks we got, this one has a separate rubber tattered shirt piece, although this one isn’t designed to be removed. She’s also sporting a pair of jeans with enough holes in them to make a clothing designer jealous, and with a ton of really nice texture work to make them feel like a real piece of clothing. All of its on a body that has a great build to match most depictions of Jen in her Gamma-induced form. I’m sure some of these parts have already been ear-marked to crop up again. Jen’s transition to an adjective-less Hulk was accompanied by a change in color from her usual green to a grey more in like with her cousin’s earlier appearances. This figure replicates that, but does keep enough green in there to make her still look more like a half-way point between Bruce’s two forms. The paintwork on this figure does some solid work, especially on the hair, which has that nice green highlight to it. I also really dig the bright green scars. Hulk is packed with two sets of hands in fists and open gesture, as well as the right arms to Super Skrull.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The A-Force She-Hulk was a better figure than I expected, but was still a rather dated piece even when she was new, which definitely left me wanting a more properly updated version of Jen. While I’ll admit this one might not have my first choice of design, and I’m certainly still holding out for a Byrne version, I can’t deny that this is a very nice figure, and would it not for the figure I’m about to review tomorrow, she’d probably be my favorite in the set.