- Diamond Select
- 9 inch ( Approx 30 cm)
- Cosmic Comics
It’s an age old tale… We are taught to hide our anger and rage and channel those feelings into more positive forms of expression. Most of us actually manage to pull it off.
Sadly in the case of Bruce Banner his rage actually manifests into a rage monster that gets unleashed every time he loses his cool.
So for reasons unknown Marvel has opted to make Amadeus Cho the new hulk and has made him more than too hipster for my liking.
I stand to be corrected (particularly since I haven’t bothered to pick up any of the new Hulk comics because the guy has gelled hair for crying out loud) but this is so “not Hulk” it is offensive.
So imagine my sheer delight when I learnt that Diamond would be releasing a Marvel Galleries version of the classic Hulk!
This newest entry into the relatively new product line by Diamond Select received some negative press when it was first announced last year so after having been thoroughly impressed with the Marvel Galleries Deadpool figure I reviewed last year, I was eager to have a look.
Christmas came early for me and I am very grateful to friends of the site Karryn and Shane for letting me have one of these figures for purposes of this review.
Alrighty then – let’s SMASH!!!
While the line is described as being 9-inch PVC Figures, it really is a statue so we will apply our usual two part formula for statues where we consider the Two A’s (ie Aesthetics and Aish-Factor).
So here’s the thing… Hulk is supposed to be huge. 10 / 10 to Diamond for having this monster of a statue cast at 11 inches! This bad boy is massive (and quite heavy).
We are gifted with a version of the Hulk that is Bold, Pissed Off, and tensed up like a woman with a pregnancy test after a few NYE shenanigans (PS congrats to all the parents to be – I’m glad your 2016 ended off with a bang).
Anyway, this statue hearkens back to a version of the Hulk very reminiscent of Peter David’s work back in the 90s. Alternatively if you guys remember the Marvel VS Capcom games of that era – this hulk looks a bit like that as well.
The sculpt boasts some very detailed work with the musculature being anatomically accurate (albeit exaggerated) – the Hulk has veins popping and tendons tensed up.
His pose showcases his power and his snarled expression depicts a sense of rage underpinned by sadness and pain. I like it!
I loved that they went with the classic torn purple pants version of the character as that is how the Hulk ought to be. Yes yes, I get that Bruce Banner (ergh Amadeus Cho) is a genius and would be able to synthesise a means of maintaining his wardrobe (and dignity- I wonder if there was ever a comic book where the pants tore in such a way that his boy parts were showing) but hey I am a classic man.
Purely from a point of personal preference, I would have loved if they had sculpted on a torn shirt onto the figure but that isn’t too much of an issue.
The statue itself is sculpted on the trademark diorama base that the line showcases and the Hulk seems poised to spring off the edge off a cliff or something like that.
Alternatively it looks as though he as just is about to bellow with rage.
As I have stated before, I love that this line comes with included diorama bases. The base here is a simple yet iconic cliff outcropping that is wonderfully sculpted and has great paint applications. I like the use of dry brushing on the base and throughout the figure.
On the topic of paint, some of the fine textures are lost in harsh light (I will freely admit that the pictures below do ruin the effect) but they are well executed as can be seen in natural and delicate light.
I did notice a few minor issues with the paint on some of the sculpted folds in the pants, but that is only because I purposefully look for issues when drafting these reviews – there’s nothing so glaringly wrong that it detracts from the figure itself.
I have come across some complaints that the head of the figure might be too small when compared with the rest of the body. I can’t say I share the sentiment and I think that this is a result of poor photography – The statue seems to have all its proportions in order as far as I can tell though there are some promotional pictures I have seen where the head looks slightly out of proportion from some angles.
AISH! – FACTOR
I have to say that I am happy with this figure. The price point is right especially for a fairly large figure. The figure is a faithful representation of a beloved character.
Admittedly the line does have a little way to go before it reaches the level of some of the other popular lines we are used to. To my mind the only challenge Diamond seems to have here is that they are used to knocking it out of the park with their 7 inch Marvel Select figures. It would appear that the poses there allow for slightly different levels of sculpting which must work with the articulation of the figure.
I believe that the same principles are being used here. Unfortunately some ideas translate better than others so that’s why some of these statues look better than others.
A similar challenge exists with the paint applications. While the paint apps are well done across the figure, I feel like some of the subtle details including the highlights and shading in some areas are a little too light and is thus washed out in some lighting conditions.
I would think that a slightly darker paint would work better for the highlights and shades on the figures as some of the textured shading and highlighting is lost on the larger figures like this one.
However, this is still a very new line and I have no doubt that in the not too distant future and with the release of other figures as time goes by the quality will continue to improve.
In the meanwhile, notwithstanding the above, and in conclusion, I would say that this is a very cool statue that will fit in very well with a classic avengers, Hulk or general Marvel collection while at the same time being a nice solo piece for the errant collector.
You should get yourself one as soon as you can.
Where to from here?
We were able to get this figure from Cosmic Comics who can be reached at:
011 782 0819 (Karyn or Shane)
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