Hey, it’s been a while since I last checked out something from the Marvel Infinite Series. Well, my stack of unopened figures isn’t getting any smaller so I thought it was long overdue to grab another Marvel Infinite figure for the spotlight. This time I went with The Hulk. Or more specifically, Marvel NOW! Hulk or Platinum Armor Hulk, if you prefer.
There’s the packaging. I still don’t like it. It’s drab and boring and everything a comic book action figure package should not be. I don’t want to keep going on about how I don’t like the packaging, so let me take this time to point out that The Hulk doesn’t get a whole lot of love in my collection, but that doesn’t mean he’s entirely absent. I have Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ Hulk statue, I have more than a few of Hasbro’s 3 3/4” Marvel Universe Hulk figures (one of which, World War Hulk, happens to be among my top five figures in that whole line) and hey, Hulk, my Hot Toys version of you is currently the most expensive single figure in my entire collection. So, not too shabby. The thing is, I rarely ever read Hulk’s solo books. I tend to like him more as part of a team rather than him being on his own. It’s fun to see other characters play off him. With all that having been said, I grabbed this Hulk figure as part of a complete wave.
So, yeah, Hulk wears armor now. When I said I rarely read any Hulk books, that certainly applies to Marvel NOW!’s current selection. In fact, the TPBs of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk were the last two Hulk books I read and the only two Hulk collections I own. As a result, I really don’t know why Hulk wears armor now, other than it helps to solve his out of control clothing budget from when he changes. My kneejerk reaction would be to say it’s dumb, but when I consider that my favorite Hulk figure to date is wearing sandals and gladiator armor, I think I can come at this figure with an open mind.
One thing’s for sure, the armor makes for a far more interesting and complex sculpt. I mean, there’s only so many times that you can sculpt a big green guy in his shorts! And besides that this armor is beautifully executed. The armor sculpt includes lots and lots of detail and the paintwork features some very convincing weathering effects. The shoulders are made of soft plastic and worn on the figure like a vest and I imagine could be removed, although I didn’t try it. The arm pieces, on the other hand, definitely come off. And off. And off again. And off and off and off until I just wanted to chuck them into the Tote of Forgotten Accessories to be… you know, forgotten. They’re just two soft pieces of plastic and there is absolutely nothing holding them in place. Every damn time I pose the figure, those things fell off. The boots are just part of the lower leg sculpt and are every bit as well done as the chest armor.
The head sculpt is very sharp and very much a modern rendition of Hulk. He certainly looks angry enough and I’m very impressed with the detail and paintwork on the teeth. So good! Hasbro can really churn out some impressive portraits in this scale when they want to and here’s a case where they brought their A-game.
I’ll also give a shout out to the beautiful coloring on this figure. Normally with The Hulk you expect a lot of green and purple and that’s about it. Sure, you still get plenty of green and the green plastic they used here looks great. Toss in some brown for his pants and gloves, and that wonderful weathered silver armor with bright yellow accents, and you’ve got a very attractive piece.
The articulation here is very much in line with the other larger buck figures in the Marvel Universe series. The arms have rotating hinges at the shoulders, hinges in the elbows, and swivels in the wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, double hinged at the knees, and have swivels in the thighs. The ankles have rotating hinges and lateral rockers as well. Lastly, you get a ball joint in the torso and a hinge and ball joint in the neck. Sure, the enormous sculpted muscles work against some of the articulation, but Hulk here is still plenty of fun to play around with and pose.
The key to enjoying this figure is tossing those annoying arm pieces. With those out of the way, I’d definitely rate this Hulk among the better figures from either the Marvel Universe or Infinite Series. No, he doesn’t surpass my beloved World War Hulk, but he comes pretty close. I’ll just go ahead and say it. He looks… incredible! And I think the addition of the armor makes him a lot of fun. In the end, the best compliment I can give this guy is that he wasn’t even on my radar to purchase, but when I happened to get him as part of the wave, I pretty much fell in love with the big guy.