Packaging - **1/2
The card is exactly the same as series 1 and is pretty much your standard blister card and bubble combination. The bubble is enormous to contain the heavy figure inside so ripping open this toy won't be difficult.. it comes right off the card. The back of the card gives you details on how to apply the many accessories, and it also shows a few sketches by Arthur Adams. I can't really complain too much about the packaging since here's a line where I care more about the toy than anything else. I think these Hulk figures would do well in a box though.
Sculpting - ****
Wow, this is a really incredible sculpt. This guy isn't just yelling his head off like some of the others. One look at this guy and you know he knows business! The detail in the head alone is amazing... from the hair to the veins to the wrinkles... this Hulk has it all. Without the armor, this is a very well sculpted Hulk. You won't be
Paint - ***1/2
The paint on War Hulk here is very impressive. It's not over the top, nor is it under-represented. It's precisely on target. The green skin has texture to create a sense of realism, and the feet has an entirely different shade to represent the mud-worn effect. Even the teeth are a nice shade of yellow (no crest white-strips for this guy!) with some brown closer to the gums. Even the lips are a dark shade of either green or black which just highlights the growl.
Articulation - ****
The card states that War Hulk has 34 points of articulation, and while some other Hulk figures may have 46 points of articulation, that's going way above the call of duty and even a
measly 34 points deserves four stars. The points of articulation resemble more the modern-day Marvel Legends types using ball-jointed hip sockets. The fingers give Hulk the extra few points of articulation.
Accessories - ****
Yes, folks, for the first time, a Hulk figure receives a four star score for accessories! Well, it's actually not that much stuff but compared to most Marvel figures, War Hulk has quite a handful. Starting from the top is the hood/mask, which looks fantastic. The armor is next and
rests easy on Hulk's shoulders. Not only does it sit easily, it looks fantastic and has a great paint job to go with it. The extra mile was definitely taken to make this armor look like cold steel. A pair of gauntlets also are included, one plain, one with a tongue attached. The last piece is his sword, a sturdy accessory that is well painted, like the rest are. Very cool stuff.
Action Feature - **1/2
Ugh, not another action-gimmick action figure! Yup.. War Hulk has a huge button on the back of him that when pressed, his arms swing for some hot medieval action. And to that, I say "eh." It's unnecessary and looks awful. But it works, so I can't be too hard on it. I prefer action figures do without silly gimmicks like that.
Value - ***1/2
I picked this sucker up at KB for $7.99, but if you're lucky enough to find it at Target, it should fall in the $6.99 range. Still... $8 for this monster of a figure is a great value!
Overall - ***1/2
I really can't complain. I had my doubts about another Hulk figure but after seeing how awesome this sculpt was, and all the goodies that came with it, I couldn't pass on it. As mentioned above, the price point is a real steal for what you get: and what you get is a toy of extraordinary magnitude!
Where to Buy -
I picked this guy up at KB toys and I've only heard reports of it appearing at Target as well. Good luck!
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