Once upon a time, way back in the 80’s, I remember standing in line at a supermarket and perusing one of those magazines stores like to keep handy at the checkout. In there was an interview with Lou Ferrigno. Nothing particularly noteworthy, except there was a shot of the actor holding what I though was the most amazing Hulk Action Figure I had ever seen (remember, it was the 80’s, so the bar couldn’t have been that high).
It was not an 8 inch Mego Hulk, for the pants were not cloth but sculpted plastic and I seem to recall the articulation was superior to that found on the vintage Star Wars action figures, meaning that at the very least, that figure had hinged knees.
Thing is, since then I had been waiting to get a Hulk action figure that could at some level compete with the one from my memory and finally the Hulk from Marvel Universe Series 4 is the one.
The new Hulk uses a heavily modified World War Hulk body, with only the torso and arm pieces remaining unchanged. The new pieces are a head with a different facial expression, a closed right hand, legs covered by tattered pants and bare feet.
The body proportions are great and there is a really impressive amount of textures on the skin and on the clothing. The articulation is also quite superior to that found on the early releases of the Hulk in the Marvel Universe line, consisting of:
• Hinged neck.
• Peg & hinge shoulders.
• Upper biceps swivel.
• Hinged elbows.
• Swivel wrists.
• Floating torso.
• Swivel waist.
• Ball jointed hips.
• Upper thigh swivels.
• Double hinged knees.
• Peg & hinge ankles.
Some could say that a character like the hulk doesn’t really need this many joints, but that would be a mistake. Sure, Hulk here will not really crouch or kneel all that well because of the sheer volume of the pieces that conform him, but the articulation he has is simply perfect.
There are not a lot of paint applications on this new Hulk, as most pieces are simply molded in the final color with only a a dark paint wash applied to enhance the sculpted textures. The end result is quite impressive and only the hair, eyes and teeth were neatly painted afterwards.
This time around Hulk comes with no accessories whatsoever. There is the tiny cardboard comic shot insert, common to all the figures in Series 4, but nothing really useful. This is not a great deal since Hulk has both hands sculpted as closed fists, thus preventing him from handling anything, but it would have been nice to have at least a personalized display base, even though the figure doesn’t really need one to stand.
Leaving the accessory woes aside, this is pretty much the definitive version of a comic inspired Hulk done in the 4 inch. scale. If you area fan of the character, this is the Hulk worth getting.