REVIEW: AVENGERS WALMART EXCLUSIVE 6" HULK
There can be no question that one of the most popular movies of not only the season, but most popular movies PERIOD, is "The Avengers". I've heard it called the best super-hero movie ever, and I am not inclined to argue the point. Certainly the box office numbers have given this assessment a good degree of credibility, with well over a billion dollars brought in worldwide.
The movie brings together Marvel Comics' most popular individual heroes -- Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk -- all of whom have starred in their own respective movies over the past several years, most of which are due for sequels, as they combat the combined threat of Thor's adopted brother Loki, and an alien army that he has gathered to cause no small measure of chaos and conquer the Earth in the process.
As one would expect, there is an action figure line to accompany this movie. Hasbro has been the main Marvel licensee for some years now, and as with many of their action figure lines, including Star Wars and G.I. Joe, most of their Marvel figures have tended to be in the 4" scale, give or take a little depending on the character. Along with the main "Marvel Universe" line, they have produced figures for both of the Iron Man movies, the Hulk, Captain America, and Thor movies, and an action figure line for Spider-Man's newest film has started to arrive in the stores as of this writing. All of these lines, except for the first Iron Man movie, have been 4" in scale. It seems to be Hasbro's action figure standard, for the most part.
Now, I don't have a problem with that. Hasbro does excellent action figures in this scale, and I have a generous number of them from all of the various Marvel-related lines, as well as Star Wars and G.I. Joe. Heck, go back a couple of years, and I even have some Indiana Jones figures in this scale. It's a perfectly good size for a wide range of action figures, and you can see my reviews for many of them here on this site.
However -- maybe I've gotten a little spoiled by Mattel's DC Universe Classics or some such, but something in me just likes my super-heroes to be a little larger than that. In fairness, Hasbro does try to accommodate this to a certain degree. When they first got the Marvel license, which had been held by Toy Biz for a great many years, they continued the Marvel Legends line of larger-scaled action figures for some time, and recently brought it back, with some very impressive results. Nevertheless, this larger size is not a priority for Hasbro's Marvel lines.
So when I discovered that there was a 6" scale, Marvel Legends-type line of figures based on the Avengers movie characters, exclusive to Walmart, I was at first surprised that an entirely different SCALE of figures would be a store exclusive, given the expense needed in creating entirely different sets of molds, and distinctly larger ones at that. Then I decided not to question my good fortune and made it a point to round them up.
The Avengers 6" Movie Series line consists of six figures -- Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Loki. Sadly, Black Widow got left out of the mix. The stigma of female action figures strikes again. But -- never mind. I'm immensely pleased with this line as it stands, I'm glad they were made, and this review will take a look at THE HULK!
First, a little history on the Avengers, and their movie, and the character of the Hulk
The Avengers made their debut in The Avengers #1 (Sept. 1963), and was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby, following the trend of super-hero teams after the success of DC Comics' Justice League of America.
Labeled "Earth's Mightiest Heroes", the Avengers originally consisted of Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, and the Hulk. The original Captain America was discovered by the team in issue #4, trapped in ice, and he joined the group when they revived him. The rotating roster has become a hallmark of the team, although one theme remains consistent: the Avengers fight "the foes no single superhero can withstand". The team, famous for its battle cry of "Avengers Assemble!", has featured humans, mutants, robots, gods, aliens, supernatural beings, and even former villains.
The first adventure features the Asgardian god Loki seeking revenge against his brother Thor. Using an illusion, Loki tricks the Hulk into destroying a railroad track. He then diverts a radio call by Rick Jones for help to Thor, whom Loki hopes will battle the Hulk. Unknown to Loki, the radio call is also answered by Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Iron Man. After an initial misunderstanding, the heroes unite and defeat Loki after Thor is lured away by an illusion of the Hulk and suspects Loki when he realizes it is an illusion. Ant-Man states the five work well together and suggests they form a combined team; the Wasp names the group "the Avengers" because it sounded "dramatic".
The roster changes almost immediately; by the beginning of the second issue, Ant-Man has become Giant-Man and, at the end of the issue, the Hulk leaves once he realizes how much the others fear his unstable personality. Feeling responsible, the Avengers try to locate and contain the Hulk, which subsequently leads them into combat with Namor the Sub-Mariner. This would result in the first major milestone in the Avengers' history: the revival and return of Captain America. Captain America joins the team and he is also given "founding member" status in the Hulk's place. The Avengers go on to fight foes such as Captain America's wartime enemy Baron Zemo, who forms the Masters of Evil, Kang the Conqueror, and Count Nefaria.
As to the movie, officially known as "Marvel's The Avengers" it was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, and is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor to form a team that must stop Thor's brother Loki from enslaving the human race.
Development of The Avengers began after the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, when Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, in August and New York City in September.
The Avengers premiered on April 11, 2012, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. The film, released everywhere else May 4, has received positive reviews from most film critics and set numerous box office records, including the biggest opening weekend ever in North America.
As to the storyline, and you may consider this your SPOILER WARNING, just in case you've been so negligent as to actually miss the movie: After his fall from Asgard into space at the end of the Thor movie, the Asgardian Loki meets the Other, the leader of a warmongering alien race known as the Chitauri. In exchange for retrieving the tesseract, a powerful energy source of unknown potential, the Other promises Loki a Chitauri army with which he can subjugate the Earth. Nick Fury, director of the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., arrives at a remote research facility during an evacuation. Physicist Dr. Erik Selvig is leading a research team experimenting on the tesseract, and Agent Maria Hill explains that the object has begun radiating an unusual form of energy. The tesseract suddenly activates and opens a portal, allowing Loki to reach Earth. Loki takes the tesseract and uses his staff to enslave Selvig and several agents, including Clint Barton (Hawkeye), to aid him in his getaway.
In response to the attack, Fury reactivates the "Avengers Initiative". Agent Natasha Romanoff is sent to India to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner; agent Phil Coulson visits Tony Stark to have him review Selvig's research; and Fury approaches Steve Rogers with an assignment to retrieve the tesseract. While Barton steals iridium needed to stabilize the tesseract's power, Loki causes a distraction in Stuttgart, Germany, leading to a confrontation with Rogers, Stark, and Romanoff that ends with Loki's surrender. While being escorted back to S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor, Loki's adoptive brother, arrives and frees Loki hoping to convince him to abandon his plan and return him to Asgard. After a confrontation with Stark and Rogers, Thor agrees to take Loki to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s flying aircraft carrier, the Helicarrier, and imprison him until the tesseract can be acquired.
The Avengers become divided, both over how to approach Loki and the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. plans to harness the tesseract to develop weapons of mass destruction as a deterrent against hostile extra-terrestrials. As the group argues, Barton, and Loki's other possessed agents, attack the Helicarrier, disabling its engines in flight and causing Banner to transform into the Hulk. Stark and Rogers try to restart the damaged engines, and Thor attempts to stop the Hulk's rampage. Romanoff fights Barton, and knocks him unconscious, breaking Loki's mind control. Loki escapes after killing Coulson, and Thor and the Hulk are each ejected from the ship. Fury uses Coulson's death to motivate the Avengers into working as a team. Stark and Rogers realize that simply defeating them will not be enough for Loki; he needs to overpower them publicly to validate himself as ruler of Earth. Loki uses the tesseract, in conjunction with a device Selvig built, to open a portal above Stark Tower to the Chitauri fleet in space, launching his invasion.
The Avengers rally in defense of New York City, but quickly realize they will be overwhelmed as wave after wave of Chitauri descend upon Earth. With help from Barton, Rogers, Stark, and Thor evacuate civilians, while Banner transforms into the Hulk again and goes after Loki, eventually beating him into submission. Romanoff makes her way to the portal, where Selvig, freed of Loki's control, reveals that Loki's staff can be used to close the portal. Meanwhile, Fury's superiors attempt to end the invasion by launching a nuclear missile at Manhattan. Stark intercepts the missile and takes it through the portal toward the Chitauri fleet. The missile detonates, destroying the invaders' lead ship, thereby disabling their forces on Earth. Stark's suit runs out of power and he falls back through the portal, but the Hulk saves him from crashing to the ground. Romanoff deactivates the portal to prevent further invasion. In the aftermath, Thor returns Loki and the tesseract to Asgard. Fury notes that the Avengers will return when they are needed.
In the first of two post-credits scenes, the Other confers with his master - who turns out to be none other than Thanos - about the attack on Earth.
As to the Hulk -- The Hulk was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and the character first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962).
The Hulk is cast as the emotional and impulsive alter ego of the withdrawn and reserved physicist Dr. Bruce Banner. The Hulk appears shortly after Banner is accidentally exposed to the blast of a test detonation of a gamma bomb he invented. Subsequently, Banner will involuntarily transform into the Hulk, depicted as a giant, raging, humanoid monster, leading to extreme complications in Banner's life. Lee said the Hulk's creation was inspired by a combination of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein.
Although the Hulk's coloration has varied throughout the character's publication history, the most consistent shade is green. As the Hulk, Banner is capable of significant feats of strength, the magnitude of which increase in direct proportion to the character's anger. As the character himself puts it, "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets!" Strong emotions such as anger, terror and grief are also triggers for forcing Banner's transformation into the Hulk.
The Hulk has since been depicted in various other media, most notably by Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk in the live-action television series and five made-for-television movies. The Hulk has also been featured in animated series bearing his name, and two live-action theatrical movies.
The Hulk first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1, written by writer-editor Stan Lee, and penciller and co-plotter Jack Kirby, and inked by Paul Reinman. Lee, citing influence from Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the Hulk's creation, explains:
"I combined Jekyll and Hyde with Frankenstein," he explains, "and I got myself the monster I wanted, who was really good, but nobody knew it. He was also somebody who could change from a normal man into a monster, and lo, a legend was born." Lee remembers, "I had always loved the old movie Frankenstein. And it seemed to me that the monster, played by Boris Karloff, wasn't really a bad guy. He was the good guy. He didn't want to hurt anybody. It's just those idiots with torches kept running up and down the mountains, chasing him and getting him angry. And I thought, 'Wouldn't it be fun to create a monster and make him the good guy?'
The core of the Hulk, Bruce Banner has been portrayed differently by different writers, but common themes persist. Banner, a genius, tends to be sarcastic and seemingly very self-assured when he first appears in The Incredible Hulk #1, but is also emotionally withdrawn in most fashions. Banner designed the gamma bomb which caused his affliction, and the ironic twist of his self-inflicted fate has been one of the most persistent common themes.
Under the writing of Paul Jenkins, Banner was shown to be a capable fugitive, applying deductive reasoning and observation to figure out the events transpiring around him. On the occasions that Banner has controlled the Hulk's body, he has applied principles of physics to problems and challenges and used deductive reasoning. It was shown after his ability to turn into the Hulk was taken away that Banner has been extremely versatile as well as cunning when dealing with the many situations that followed.
During the experimental detonation of a gamma bomb, Banner rushes to save a teenager who has driven onto the testing field. Pushing the teen, Rick Jones, into a trench, Banner himself is caught in the blast, absorbing massive amounts of radiation. He awakens later in an infirmary, seeming relatively unscathed, but that night transforms into a lumbering grey form that breaks through the wall and escapes. A soldier in the ensuing search party dubs the otherwise unidentified creature a "hulk".
The original version of the Hulk was often shown as simple and quick to anger. His first transformations were triggered by sundown, and his return to Banner by dawn. However, in Incredible Hulk #4, Banner started using a gamma-ray device to transform at will. In more recent Hulk stories, emotions trigger the change.
Though usually a loner, the Hulk helped to form both the Avengers and the Defenders. He was able to determine that the changes were now triggered by emotional stress.
In the 1970s and beyond, Hulk was shown as more prone to anger and rage, and less talkative. Writers played with the nature of his transformations, occcasionally giving Banner control over the change, and the ability to maintain control of his Hulk form.
In issue #377, writer Peter David revamped the Hulk again; Doctor Leonard Samson engages the Ringmaster's services to hypnotize Bruce Banner and force him, the Green Hulk, and the Grey Hulk to confront Banner's past abuse at the hands of his father Brian Banner. Facing down this abuse, a new larger and smarter Hulk emerges and completely replaces the "human" Bruce Banner and Hulk personae. This Hulk is a culmination of the three aspects of Banner. He has the vast power of the Savage Hulk, the cunning of the grey Hulk, and the intelligence of Bruce Banner.
Hulk's persona has continued to shift back and forth in the years since. Following the "Civil War" and related storylines, Hulk was cast into outer space, regarded as too much of a danger to remain on Earth. He eventually returned, leading to the "World War Hulk" storyline. Artistically, the character has been depicted as progressively more muscular in the years since his debut.
As to his powers and abilities, the Hulk possesses the potential for limitless physical strength depending directly on his emotional state, particularly his anger. This has been reflected in the repeated comment, "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets." After probing, the entity Beyonder once claimed that the Hulk's potential strength had "no finite element inside." His durability, regeneration, and endurance also increase in proportion to his temper.
The Hulk is resistant to most forms of injury or damage. The extent varies between interpretations, but he has withstood the equivalent of solar temperatures, nuclear explosions, and planet-shattering impacts. Despite his remarkable resiliency, continuous barrages of high-caliber gunfire can hinder his movement to some degree, and this has been consistently portrayed outside the comic books, in both live-action films and animation. He has been shown to have both regenerative and adaptive healing abilities, including growing tissues to allow him to breathe underwater, surviving unprotected in space for extended periods, and when injured, healing from most wounds within seconds. As an effect, he has an extremely prolonged lifespan.
The Hulk's powerful legs allow him to leap into lower Earth orbit or across continents, and he has displayed sufficient superhuman speed to match Thor, and Sentry.
As Bruce Banner, he is considered one of the greatest minds on Earth. He has developed expertise in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, and physiology, and holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics. He possesses "a mind so brilliant it cannot be measured on any known intelligence test."
Hulk's cinematic history is a little more difficult. After a poorly received live-action movie in 2003 directed by Ang Lee, which isn't even considered part of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was established by the first Iron Man movie, and also includes Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor, Avengers, a second film was attempted in 2008. This movie, titled "The Incredible Hulk", featured Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, and Lou Ferrigno, TV's Incredible Hulk. lending his voice to the CGI incarnation of Marvel's not-so-jully green giant.
This film establishes a new backstory where Banner becomes the Hulk as an unwitting pawn in a military scheme to reinvigorate the super-soldier program which created Captain America during World War II, through gamma radiation. On the run, he attempts to cure himself of the Hulk before he is captured by General "Thunderbolt" Ross, but his worst fears are realized when power-hungry soldier Emil Blonsky becomes a similar but more bestial creature, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of the Abomination.
The film received generally positive reviews -- not that this would have been difficult relative to the previous one, as I think most people would sooner sit through a marathon session of "Howard the Duck" -- and outgrossed its predecessor, grossing $263,427,551 in worldwide box office, nevertheless making it the lowest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as $58,448,280 in DVD sales.
Despite this positive reception Marvel has chosen to put off a possible sequel until after 2012's The Avengers, in which Norton was initially set to reprise his role. However, after talks broke down, he was replaced by Mark Ruffalo for The Avengers and any future sequels.
Now, I'll be honest -- I haven't seen the 2008 Hulk movie -- yet. I sort of want to at some point. So I can't speak to Norton's performance. What I can say is that I was extremely impressed by Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers, who managed to channel more than a little bit of Bill Bixby's Bruce Banner character into his portrayal, which made me feel, almost, like I was watching a connection all the way back to there. I was also very impressed by the CGI incarnation of the Hulk, who blended into the movie -- well, as seamlessly as an eight-foot tall rampaging green monster is going to, but hey, unlike some of the more alien creations of a Star Wars movie, the Hulk is basically humanoid. A rather exaggerated one, but he still has to look at least somewhat reasonable. And he definitely did.
So, how's the figure? Big. I mean -- BIG. The average size of the figures in this collection, using Captain America as a guide, is about 6-3/8". That's very slightly smaller than Mattel's DC Universe Classics line, and I would not regard the two as compatible.
The Hulk is nearly 8-1/2" in height. That's bigger than anyone else in this series. That's bigger than DC Universe Classics. That's bigger than Masters of the Universe Classics. Heck, that's bigger than one of the first-ever Hulk action figures, the one Mego produced as part of their 8" World's Greatest Super-Heroes line in the 1970's, which for some inexplicable reason had a Hulk that was only 7-1/2" in height. This Hulk is bigger than that.
Those of you that have seen the Avengers movie know what The Hulk did to Loki during the final battle. Basically he threw him around a room like a cheap rag doll. This Hulk not only looks like he could do that, but then do the same to Superman, Batman, Lex Luthor, He-Man, Skeletor, and pretty much anybody else that I have in that scale. I've got this Marvel Select figure of Thanos from a couple of years back, and the two figures are about the same size, but I recall a remark Thanos made about the Hulk in the comics some time back, describing the Hulk as "a confrontation I have sought to avoid over the years." Sure you want to be in the sequel, there, Thanos, ol' buddy?
But, okay, if you want the most direct, practical description/comparison of his size, Hasbro actually had to pose this figure in a distinctly crouched position in his own package just so he could fit into the assortment...! They didn't even have to do that with Thor.
Overall, though, I sincerely believe this may be the best, most impressive Hulk figure I've ever seen. And certainly there have been plenty of Hulk figures over the years. Mego's was a decent likeness for the time, but too short. The Famous Covers one from Toy Biz a number of years back certainly had the size, but also had a rather odd headsculpt, and his physique was a bit off -- far too narrow an abdomen. The Marvel Universe version of the Hulk is capable, but with, in my opinion, too exaggerated a physique overall. There's a new Marvel Universe Hulk in the works that looks much better.
Then there's the 4" scale Avengers version of the Hulk, called "Gamma Smash Hulk". While a very decent figure for a line that has to maintain a somewhat more realistic look to the characters than the more comic-based line, this Hulk needed a little more detail to his musculature, in my opinion.
That's definitely not lacking on this massive Hulk figure. The Hulk has always had a broader, more powerful build than could be achieved by a normal human. That's part of what makes him the Hulk. But I also tend to believe that it makes him difficult to design. From a comics standpoint, how far do you take it? It can certainly be taken too far.
In the live-action movie, the designers of the CGI Hulk had to be very careful. Hulk had to be big, he had to be imposing, and he had to be muscular. But he also had to work, to some degree, within the real-life setting of the movie. He couldn't look too extreme or it just would not have worked, even with three other major superheroes and an invading alien army flying around. Fortunately, the designers got it right, and this huge figure of the character definitely reflects that.
Then there's the matter of Hulk's skin color. For some reason, green seems to be a difficult color to transition into an action figure. I could line up a number of green-skinned action figures that I have -- Marvel Legends She-Hulk, DC Universe Classics figures of Martian Manhunter, Beast Boy, Brainiac, Brainiac 5, my Famous Covers Hulk, the Avengers 4" Hulk, and this guy -- and you'd see more shades of green than at a vegetarian salad bar. These are all relatively human, or at least humanoid individuals. But their colors are all over the map. And some work better than others as far as resembling their source material.
Again, for the movie, the Hulk had to be green, and it wouldn't have been appropriate for him to have been a really dark green, but he couldn't be so bright that he looked comical. The movie's designers chose a somewhat subdued, sort of olive green for the Hulk, and it works well. In my opinion, the 4"-scale Avengers Hulk went a little too dark. The 6"-scale Hulk got it right. He's about a shade lighter than his smaller counterpart, and is just about the right color he should be.
The headsculpt is superb, very much in keeping with the character and his movie likeness. The eyes are neatly painted, and his mouth is slightly open, revealing a row of teeth which have been painted white. The ragged mop of hair on his head is black, with dark green highlights. I tend to be of the opinion that the head was molded in this darker green color, the hair painted black and then wiped off slightly in some areas, and then the face painted the lighter shade of green. Interesting way of going about it, but what the heck, it worked.
The Hulk's musculature is massive and extremely well detailed. His hands are especially impressive. His right hand is a closed fist, but his left hand has his fingers only semi-clenched, and each one is separate from the other. Such intricate sculpts always impress me, but the Hulk's was probably a little easter than some I've seen, given the massive size of his fingers.
The Hulk does not wear a super-hero costume. Instead, he has slacks that are rather torn at the knees. Bruce Banner must know a good source of stretch slacks to be able to keep them in place at all.
Traditionally, the Hulk's pants are purple. That's a bit of a stretch -- garment pun not intended -- for a live-action movie, and the first time he transforms into the Hulk, he's wearing tan trousers, which is also reflected in the 4" scale figure. The second time, during the climatic battle, he's wearing blue jeans that if you look hard enough in the right light, maybe have just a bit of purple tint to them.
The figure reached an interesting compromise. The slacks are a sort of very faded purple, almost a purple-gray. And it works rather well. I'd wondered where I'd seen this color before, since I was fairly sure I had, and then I recalled that Hasbro uses a slightly less faded version of this for their recent Cobra Techno-Viper figure in the G.I. Joe line. The original Techno-Vipers from 1987 were a rather vivid purple. Hasbro decided to tone it down by several shades for the modern version, and maybe someone figured it would work well for the Hulk, too.
Painted detail on the figure is relatively minimal. Mostly the face and the slacks, and I'm not even entirely sure which parts of the body around the slacks are painted and which were molded in the color. The slacks have an interesting detail aspect to them in that they clearly comprise the upper legs of the figure, but the "shredded" part near the knees actually hangs down past the knees, very thinly. It's a remarkable design idea, and it works very well.
Articulation of the figure is superb. The Hulk is fully poseable at the head, arms, upper arm swivel, elbows, wrists, mid-torso, legs, upper leg swivel, knees, and ankles. The ankles have an extra articulation joint that lets the feet rotate from side to side a bit, as well as move up and down.
Any complaints? A mild criticism. The Hulk's elbows and knees are double-articulated. Now, I have never seen very many action figures where I thought that this feature looked good, worked well, or was even necessary. I'm all in favor of well-articulated action figures, but when that articulation doesn't even work all that well and has a severely adverse effect on the look of the figure, then it's time to consider backing it off to single joints. There's not a thing wrong with that.
While the Hulk's double-jointed knees aren't too much of a problem, the elbows are another matter. The separate elbow piece is almost too small for the rest of the massive arms, and the amount of separation between the upper arm, elbow section, and lower arm needed in order for this design to work, given the size of the arms, is considerable. And it does detract from the overall look of the figure, unfortunately. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd be inclined to rate this figure a 9.8. Guess what keeps it from being a 10? That's one-tenth off for each double-jointed elbow.
However, this is, I will admit, a relatively minor point on an otherwise magnificent figure. The only accessory he comes with is a display stand, something that everybody in the set comes with, but which The Hulk needs about as much as Iron Man needs a can opener.
So, what's my final word? As I said earlier, I tend to like my super-heroes a little larger than most. There's nothing wrong with the 4" scale, but I am truly delighted that Hasbro and Walmart got together to turn out this excellent 6" scale series of figures based on the Avengers movie, and the 8-1/2" Hulk in this series is definitely one of the highlights. I really do believe he is the most impressive Hulk figure ever, and certainly any fan of the movie, or of Marvel Comics in general, should track down this figure.
The AVENGERS 6" MOVIE SERIES figure of THE HULK, exclusive to Walmart, definitely has my highest recommendation!