Up next is another “Through the Ages” box set from Marvel featuring everyone’s favorite big green guy with anger issues. As a special treat we have a guest reviewer; the Minimate Multiverse’s go to man for all things Hulk ……. Shanester! So will this set be truly incredible or will it make you want to smash things? Read on to find out….
This version of the Hulk is from a storyline where he and his alter ego, Bruce Banner, have been split apart with the help of Dr. Doom, and the Hulk has gone off to Subterranea to live among the Mole Man’s people the Moloids.
The Barbarian Hulk features a new hair piece that gives him the appearance of having long unkempt hair. There is nice detail to the face and he sports a beard to go with his barbarian look. The figure is of the “powerhouse” style, but there seems to be no hindrances to his articulation. He is dressed only in a loincloth and a skull necklace which is removable. The details to his arms and legs are a nice touch.
The Composite Hulk came about when the Impossible Man merged both green and red Hulks, combining their best aspects into one individual. The two halves did not like one another and conflicted; they eventually broke into their separate selves. Composite Hulk is built on the “powerhouse” muscled body with shoulder pieces, hip pieces, feet and hand pieces, all nicely detailed. The colors of the two entities are split right down the middle of the figure.
A nice bright red was used for the red Hulk half. My only criticism with this set is the color of the green half of this figure. It’s terribly nit-picking, but he could have been a brighter green as he was in the books. As with the other two, the articulation on this figure is hardly inhibited by the add-on “muscle” pieces.
MMC Score – 8.5 out of 10
Joe Fixit Hulk
Joe Fixit Hulk came about when Doc Samson captured the Hulk and separated Banner and Hulk. Without Banner’s psyche to restrain him, the Hulk became a greater danger than ever before. Realizing there was only one way to reign in the Hulk, Banner agreed to merge with the monster. But the stress of the re-integration fractured Banner’s subconscious, creating the street-smart gray Hulk. During this time, he spent several years in Las Vegas, sometimes operating as an enforcer calling himself Joe Fixit. The smart-mouth Fixit was an ill-tempered, wise-cracking, thuggish brute.
The accessories included with Joe Fixit Hulk make display options numerous. He comes with both a fedora style hat and a hair piece, two chest pieces and a second set of arms with shoulder and hand pieces, so that you can display Joe in a clean blue suit or a jacket-less, tattered outfit look. The pieces that make up both looks are nicely done and are only slightly prohibitive when it comes to articulation. Joe’s weapon of choice was an old school Thompson sub-machine gun which is included in the set.
MMC Score – 9 out of 10
It is 100 years into the future where a global nuclear war has taken the lives of most of Earth’s super heroes. Driven mad by absorbed radiation and his perceived ill treatment by society, Hulk kills off any opposition and becomes dictator of his world.
DST went all out on this figure. He comes with his horned helmet and a head piece so you can choose his look. The face is very detailed and shows his whitened facial hair. The cape to this figure is a very unique minimate accessory. It is very limiting to the figures articulation, but it makes a fantastic display piece of the stern monarch that is a great representation of his look in the Marvel books. His left arm and legs will still move, but his right arm is stationary (actually part of the cape accessory) and neck movement is very limited. Without the cape, Maestro is built upon a very detailed “powerhouse” muscle body with unique shoulder pieces, hip pieces, unique hand pieces and boot pieces. The attention to detail in the painted chest piece is very nice.
If all this wasn’t enough, the Maestro comes with a base designed to look like a pile of rubble that includes trophies of his conquered world: a worn Mjolnir, a crumpled Iron Man helmet and a dented Captain America Shield, all of which fit into the base for an awesome display. DST knocked this figure out of the park!
MMC Score – 10 out of 10
Whether you are a fan of the Incredible Hulk or not, this set is a minimate must-have. There is a lot of detail and accessorizing to this set that is matched by nearly no other. You just can’t have too many Hulks!
Review by Shanester and pictures by Lurch77