MARVEL SUPER HEROES (TOY BIZ)
“When the Incredible Hulk gets angry he can effortlessly bend steel bars, crush boulders and cause criminals to head for the hills as fast as they can! To demonstrate the Incredible Hulk’s awesome might, place the steel bar or boulder in his hands, press the lever in his back and watch the bar bend almost double and the boulder break apart.”
The Hulk, unlike his other MCU compatriots, hasn’t only recently come to fame. In fact, he’s one of Marvel’s earlier success stories, thanks in no small part to the Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno led live action series from the ‘70s. Despite the success of his first foray into media outside of comics, he’s had something of a rough time since then. Nevertheless, he’s remained a major Marvel player for most of Marvel’s time in the spot light. Today, I’ll be looking at one of his earlier action figures, and his very first by long-time Marvel toy producers, Toy Biz!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hulk was released in the very first series of Toy Biz’s Marvel Super Heroes line. The figure’s a bit smaller for a Hulk figure, standing right at 5 inches tall. He’s got 7-ish points of articulation, depending on how you count the shoulder joints. Theoretically, there’s some extra movement granted by the action feature, but you can’t really get them to stay in any given position. This Hulk is definitely most inspired by the Hulk of the ‘70s; his hair is the real give-away there. The sculpt is actually one of the better Hulks put out by Toy Biz. The proportions are more balanced than a lot of Hulks, and the details, especially on the head, are nice and sharp. I also find myself really liking the hands, and if you can get me to notice the quality of the hands, that’s a good sign. Hulk’s paintwork is fairly standard. He’s mostly just molded in the appropriate shade of green. It’s a little bright for my taste, but not terribly so. The rest of the work is fairly straight forward, but it’s pretty clean overall. I do wish there was at least some accenting going on with the pants and stuff, but it all works. Hulk included a “metal” bar to hold and bend with his action feature, a piece which my figure is missing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This is a figure I always admired on the hardbacks of my various Toy Biz figures and the like. I always wanted one, but his release was just before I started collecting, so I never saw him in person. I finally ended up getting him just over this past summer, loose from Yesterday’s Fun. He’s slightly goofy, just like the rest of the Marvel Super Heroes figures, but I still really, really like him. I’m happy to have finally added him to my collection. Possibly my favorite Hulk, despite his rather humble nature.