Hulk Super Hero Squad Review: Hulkbuster Solider & Hulk

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You’ve got to hand it to Hasbro. When they’re able to cross promote any product, they’re going to do it. The most successful example has to be the Mr. Potatohead line including the likes of Darth Tater, Optimash Prime, Tony Starch the Iron Man and even Toy Story Woody and Buzz potatoes. Sure, it doesn’t make any sense. Kind of like the cross promotion going on in this two pack.

Fearsome powerhouse with unlimited strength!

Hulk is no stranger to getting his own figures in the Super Hero Squad but this is one of the best versions to walk the line between absurdly cute and looking just like the gamma-blasted hero. Instead of being enraged for once, this version of Hulk is sporting a grin on his face.

In Hulk’s right hand, he’s clutching the remains of a steel beam while his left is in a fist. Sure, Hulk’s got the whole fifth toe thing going on, but this may be a losing battle to keep pointing it out. Hulk’s basic, a giant green guy in ripped pants and the look works really well.

The paint is uneventful. The figure is cast in olive green plastic, leaving only his pants, the beam and his hair painted. All the paint is well done, though his pants are blue instead of the more iconic purple. Hulk moves at the waist and shoulders.

High tech super soldier who hunts the Green Goliath!

The other figure in the set is the first troop builder to be released in the Super Hero Squad: the Hulkbuster Soldier! Not to be confused with Hulkbuster Iron Man, these elite soldiers are trained to take out gamma-infused threats like the Hulk and Abomination.

The Hulkbuster Soldier is pretty generic. Just a guy in armor, nothing too impressive but it works well for the army building factor. The soldier is wearing a large helmet with goggles making him plain. Everything about him works well except for one little thing.

He’s holding a NERF gun. Not a gun that kind of looks like a NERF gun, but an actual NERF gun that was sold called the “Hulk Abomination Blaster.” The tip of the gun is clearly an orange and black foam dart. Maybe with a different coat of paint, it could pass off as a high impact missile or something. But as a toy collector, we tend to notice other toys (or maybe a few of my friends and I in college played with NERF guns a lot).

The Hulkbuster Soldier moves at the waist and shoulders and is stuck with his chin on his chest. The paint is basic, just blacks and grays but works well for a black-ops team responsible for hunting the Hulk.

Hulk is a great little figure that is everything he should be: big, bulky and green. As for the Hulkbuster Soldier, I understand the desire to have a toy carry a toy so the kid wants the big toy too, but did they really have to paint it lime green? A coat of silver and giving it a green tip could have gone a long way.

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Written by jestergoblin

July 13th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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