It is with great pleasure we bring you a review of the NYCC 2011 Exclusive that is the Compound Hulk. Part Green Hulk and part Red Hulk it is safe to say this really is one monster of a figure. The figure is based on Hulk #30; Impossible Man returns to Earth where he witnesses a battle between Hulk, Red Hulk, and Xemnu. Impossible Man uses his magic to combine Hulk and Red Hulk into the Compound Hulk. Impossible Man watches as the Compound Hulk fights Xemnu’s minion Kluh (a smart version of the Gray Hulk). Also, scroll to the bottom or check out a summary of our new rating system HERE.
As with most exclusives Compound Hulk comes in not only your typical MU blister package, but also an exterior box. Adorning the front of the box is the Compound Hulk face front and center with artwork by Ed McGuinness. A full size image can be found on the front of the blister card as well. Also on the front of the box is the NYCC Exclusive sticker to show you the item is in fact authentic. The front and back of the card have a few nice details that really make this packaging standout. Where the normal S.H.I.E.L.D logo would sit is a head shot of Mr. Impossible. Also the usual Marvel Universe is colored a vibrant orange to match the energy that usually emits from the Red Hulk. On the back of the card we get another picture of Mr. Impossible crying out, “You’ve been compounded!” The details on the card really start to make this figure standout from the pack.
Now with the amount of different colored Hulk’s released previously and the fact we really have two figures in one here I”m going to skip comparing this figure to any of the previous incarnations. The paint here has been amped up a notch and that can been seen by looking at the shadow detail on the red side of the figure. The shadows do a great job of accenting the huge muscle that is the Hulk/Rulk. Also, when you take a close look at the eyes they did a great job with the green side. The green side has a nice white pupil with a green iris that you come to expect with any Hulk while the red side has a completely black eye. I will take slight points off here though as I would have liked to have seen an orange eye of sorts to match what is on the packaging and the original artwork.
From what I have seen with most MU figures the bigger the figure the less articulation. No real major changes here from previous incarnations. The head, hands, torso, arms and legs all spin 360 degrees. The lower leg will also spin 360 at the knee joint. The legs bend at the knees and the arms bend at the elbows. The feet also bend front to back.
When you compare the figure to the original artwork I think you have a pretty good match. As I mentioned in paint they came up a bit short with the eye for the red side. The other short fall is the hair. The Hulk usually has a mane that just can’t be tamed, while Red Hulk goes for a nicely combed back head of hair. In this case they clearly took the head from the previous Red Hulk figure and painted as needed. Otherwise, the figure is exactly what it is meant to be, Hulk and Red Hulk in one.
Compound Hulk does come with a figure stand. A nice detail was added here by using the normal numbering section to put this figure as 50/50.
Compound Hulk is a figure that I am happy to add to my collection. Everyone loves a superhero team up and you get all of that and more in this figure. If you were happy with the previous Hulk’s in the MU line than you won’t be disappointed here. If you hated the previous Hulk’s you might want to skip this one. However, you could just get this one and skip the original Hulk and Red Hulk figures. Two figures in one, what a bargain! Both my Red Hulk and Green Hulk will probably be put into storage and replaced by Compound Hulk.
Displayed but more to the side (4 out of 5)
|Rating SystemEach figure will be reviewed under the following categories:
OverallEach figure will then be given an overall grade out of 5 levels:
Displayed front and center – Perfect score
Displayed but more to the side – Second best, nothing wrong with that
Displayed somewhere I might see it – Displayed, it’s good, I like it, not as much as others.
Displayed but buried in the back – Not all that great, but no other options for this figure
Stored* – It’s really not worth displaying.
*This will be caveat-ed, if the figure is excellent but is being moved out in favor of a better version of the same character, this will be explained.