Hulk Super Hero Squad Review: King Hulk & Black Bolt

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A pack containing two kings? Now that’s something unique! It’s just a shame that the pairing of King Hulk and Black Bolt is more interesting than the figures. But what would you expect from a mute and a repack?

Super strong breaker of worlds!

King Hulk got released in the last wave of the Hulk Super Hero Squad when he got paired up with Hulkbuster Iron Man (which also got rereleased in wave 2 of the Iron Man Super Hero Squad line). Long story short, if you want to avoid repaints, don’t bother picking up that two-pack.

King Hulk is still his somber self with mopey eyes and a frown. He looks more dejected than terrifying, like some girl just turned him down. He does technically have a new coat of paint, but it’s not very noticeable. His skin is slightly more olive green while his armor is now a flat gray instead of shiny. That’s it. He’s still sporting the impressive six points of articulation (shoulders, wrists, neck and waist).

There’s really not much else to say about this version of King Hulk.

King whose voice can destroy mountains!

The big draw for this pack is the leader of the Inhumans: Black Bolt! The Inhumans were created by the Kree a million years ago. Though the Kree-Skrull war forced the Kree to stop their experiments and fled leaving the Inhumans to their own devices. Utilizing the Terrigen Mists to give themselves mutant powers, the Inhumans originally ruled over their hidden kingdom of Attilan before moving to the Blue Area of the Moon, which conveniently happens to have oxygen. It’s also where Uatu, the Watcher lived. But nothing in the Marvel Universe is permanent (except the death of Uncle Ben), and now Attilan is located on the planet of Hala where the Inhumans rule.

Black Bolt is another one of those Marvel Monarchs that the Fantastic Four are prone to fighting, like Namor, Black Panther and Doctor Doom. A mutant with a voice that has the same power as an atomic blast, Black Bolt took a vow of silence and very rarely uses his powers. He’s the ultimate weapon.

So when Hulk proceeded to beat him to death in World War Hulk because of his role as a member of the Illuminati, it was later revealed that he was actually a Skrull so this figure may be Black Bolt or it could just be an imposter.

A single, solid piece of plastic, Black Bolt is posed with his arms outstretched allowing his frilly wings to be showing off. He’s even got his odd tuning fork forehead piece! One odd thing about Black Bolt’s sculpt though is his face, he’s got quite the grin on his face. This is a guy who can’t sleep out of risk of accidentally destroying the world by mumbling. Seeing him smile just seems weird.

The paint on Blackagar Boltagon (yes, that’s his actual name) is alright with him being mostly black with silver details. The silver paint used rubs off very easily, so be careful!

Hulk is a fine figure and packing him with Black Bolt at least makes sense from a storyline perspective. Sure, King Hulk isn’t the most exciting, but this makes his last pack feel like a major throwaway. As for Black Bolt, he’s pretty well done and an important member of the Marvel Universe. Now if only we could get the rest of the Inhumans.

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