Review: Marvel Infinite Series Hulk
There are no accessories, but this figure features a great sculpt, really good paint, nice packaging and really, really good articulation. Seriously, this figure can get into just about any pose.
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Yup. The small figure talk just keeps a rolling along. After dissing the scale entirely and the following it up with a review of Mattel’s Multiverse Superman, your friendly neighborhood jman’s back with probably one of the best 3.75 inch scale figures I’ve seen in a really long time: Hasbro’s Marvel Infinite Series Hulk (aka Indestructible Hulk, aka armored Hulk).
I know. I know. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: Why on god’s green marble is the Hulk wearing armor? That’s a good question, and at first blush the answer might seem the same as why DC’s New 52 Superman wears armor: It’s completely unnecessary.
But, as it turns out, there’s a reason for Hulk’s new dudes. It gives him something to wear when he turns back to Banner? Or is it to give the Avengers/Banner more control over the big green guy? I couldn’t quite nail it down. Let’s just say it’s a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B and just move along.
Regardless of why this is a great little figure. It’s so awesome, in fact, I wish they’d make one in 6-inch scale. Probably the nicest feature about the figure is the head/face sculpt. Check out the teeth. Awesome. They sculptors really cram the detail into these little figures. And what surprises me the most, is how little detail is lost in translation from prototypes to actual.
Then there’s the articulation. Just about everything on this figure moves, twists or turns. Along with the details, it also surprises me how much articulation they manage to work into these figures without destroying the overall sculpt/design of the figure. That’s technology for ya!
A bit of a downside are the armor bands that go around his arms. They’re a little too loose and end up around his wrist, making him look like a certain Amazon. Granted, it’s not bad enough to not buy the figure, but it is slightly annoying.
I usually don’t get to into the packaging. It only ends up in the trash, besides (open your figures, kids!). But, I really do like the look of the newly branded Marvel Infinite line. Sure, it’s total borrowing from Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series, but if something works…it works. The blackboard is really sharp. It’s a simple look, without too much nonsense going on.
At $9.99 ($10.99 at Toy “R” Us) I think it’s a bit much for the figure. However, others have said they don’t have a problem paying that price point for the 3.75 inch scale, so maybe it’s just me. Either way, he’s definitely worth adding to your collection.
He’s part of the first wave of the line. Supposedly wave 3 is hitting the stores, but in my neck of the woods (on the east coast), the first wave is only hitting the pegs now, so…in your search for toys, take that information for what it is.
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