Marvel Legends Best of Avengers BAF Hulkbuster
This is a re-release of the Marvel Legends BAF Hulkbsuter in new colors as part of the “Best of Avengers” wave, exclusive to the UK and Australia.
Series: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Line: Marvel Legends
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: June 2016
Original Price: N/A
Height: 232mm / 9.13inches
The Hulkbuster BAF parts come packaged with the “Best of Avengers” figures. Iron Man comes with the right leg, Hulk comes with the head, Captain America comes with the right arm, War Machine comes with the left leg, Black Widow comes with the torso, Hawkeye comes with the waist and Loki comes with the left arm. Thor is included in this wave but he does not come with any BAF parts.
The Hulkbuster BAF doesn’t come with any accessories, but for most collectors the figures that are required to build the BAF will most likely be already in their collection from previous waves. As far as I can tell, there are no differences with the figures from this wave compared to the previous waves apart from the factory product code that is printed on the thighs. Iron Man and War Machine from this wave does not include the open masked heads but everything else appears to be identical.
The Hulkbuster BAF is a pretty good representation of the Hulkbuster from the movie. The sculpt is good, but obviously it can’t be compared to the likes of the Hot Toys or S.H.Figuarts offerings in terms of detail. Being made in PVC also means that some of the detail isn’t as sharp as it could be, but for a mass produced, low cost toy it’s not bad at all. The Hulkbuster BAF isn’t the biggest BAF made but as far as Hasbro is concerned this is a very good effort and it does have quite a good shelf presence. It’s solid, heavy and chunky!
For a big chunky action figure the amount of articulation on offer is decent. It has ratcheted shoulders, elbows, hips and knee joints and even features double jointed knees. The head is on a ball and hinge joint, there is upper torso rocker and side to side movement, bicep swivel joints, wrist rotation and hinge, and ankle rockers and pivot. Having said that, some of the joints are quite restricted due to the bulk of the armor design which then makes it quite a challenge to put Hulkbuster in dynamic poses.
The one word that comes to mind with the paint app for this figure is “basic”. It comes with the most bare essential amount of paint app to stop it looking like a solid red toy but I can’t exactly blame Hasbro for this as the cost of material for this guy must have been quite high already. What paint it does have is not too bad, there are some sloppy edges and overspray but for the most part it’s acceptable. Most of the figure is molded in red with the gold accents painted on, apart from the forearm armor cover and boosters on the back, which is molded in “gold”.
I think most of you reading this review is probably interested in how the Best of Avengers Hulkbsuter compare to the previous Hulkbuster BAF. The new Hulkbuster is molded in a darker red plastic, and the gold parts appear greener than the previous release. Some of the painted gold accents also appear to be more solidly applied but apart from that the new Hulkbsuter doesn’t have any more or less paint app. Personally I prefer the new one as the darker color matches better with the Iron Man MK43 toy.
In terms of size comparisons with various Hulk figures, I think the BAF Hulkbuster works best with the Marvel Legends Hulk, but it can also work well with the S.H.Figuarts Hulk as they are about the same size. Compared to the Marvel Select Unleashed Hulk and Marvel Select Avengers Hulk, I personally think they are too big to be paired up against the Hulkbuster but that’s really up to you to decide for yourselves.
Lastly, a look at the Marvel Legends Iron Man MK43 and you can probably see that their colors match much better with the deeper red color. Size wise I think they are also a good fit.
This Hulkbuster is definitely not necessary, especially if you already have the previous version, but if you are just getting into collecting the MCU Marvel Legends figures then this is a very good wave to pickup. It has all the main characters as well as the very sought after Loki figure which was only release once before as a Walmart exclusive. Getting your hands on this wave might be difficult if you’re not in the UK or Australia, but there are several Hong Kong online retailers that do ship Internationally, prices will be slightly inflated so it’s up to you to decide how much you want this guy.
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