S.H.Figuarts Avengers Age of Ultron Hulk
Series: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: July 2015
Original Price: ¥9,720JPY
Height: 200mm / 7.87inches
Hulk comes packaged in a green themed window box in standard S.H.Figuarts configuration. Large photo of angry Hulk in the front with additional photos in the back showing posing options. The window wraps around to the left allowing for a good view of the figure inside, this is handy for in store purchases to inspect the figure before purchase. Inside the plastic trays Hulk is carefully wrapped with plastic films to further protect against any paint rubbing during transportation. All in all a very nicely designed and collector friendly packaging.
Hulk doesn’t come with many accessories, not that he needs many anyway. He comes with an extra screaming head and a pair of grasping hands. Both the head and the hands are relatively easy to pop on and off with no fears of breaking the joints at all.
I love how Bandai has interpreted the Hulk from the Avengers movie. It’s mostly movie inspired although the head does seem somewhat of a mix between the movie design and comic look. This suits me just fine, if a figure can fill a roll in both collections then even better in my opinion. The body and the muscles are very well sculpted, every muscle is well defined and the whole figure has a matte finish that feels rubbery to the touch. There are a few odd things happening in the design though which relates to the articulation. Firstly the universal joints for the shoulders are placed right on the top of the shoulder so when the arms are fully raised, there is a huge gap in the armpits. The fact that the shoulder joints are on the top also means that you get these two visible balls that are not hidden in the sculpt at all, not something I would expect from Bandai.
Articulation is where this figure really shines. It has a double ball jointed neck, double ball jointed diaphragm, ballk and universal jointed shoulders with a forward butterfly joint, bicep swivel, double jointed elbows, double ball jointed wrists, waist rotation, hinge jointed hips, thigh hinge and rotation, double jointed knees, universal jointed ankles and hinged toe. All of this together makes the Hulk very posable but there are a few odd design choices again. Firstly the bicep joint is hidden in the shoulders so the range of rotation is very limited. I’m guessing Bandai did this to keep the arm sculpt intact. Secondly the hip joints only rotate forwards, the splaying action is actually in the thighs, on paper (or computer screen) this may sounds odd but in reality it works surprisingly well. The only thing left to look out for is the due to the matte finish of the toy, you will get rubbing in some areas causing it to become shiny so be gentle when posing this toy if you don’t want ruin the finish.
The paint job on Hulk is exceptionally good, in fact I think that’s where about half of the cost has probably gone to. His whole body has green highlights and lowlights applied to further emphasize the muscle sculpts, it’s a real treat to look at. Unlike most representations of Hulk, the S.H.Figuarts version has blue eyes, and they are done very well. His pants doesn’t have any highlighting but the red stripes are very tidy and on each his thighs there’s a little Avengers logo. Hulk even features painted fingernails and toe nails.
The S.H.Figuarts Hulk stands a little shorter than the Marvel Legends version, but overall I think he looks bulkier. The proportions are also quite different, the S.H.Figuarts Hulk has more of an inverted A shaped body, where as the Marvel Legends version is more straight up and down. Compared to the Marvel Select AOU Hulk, the S.H.Figuarts looks tiny in comparison and definitely looks more comic like than the Marvel Select version.
Standing next to the S.H.Figuarts Iron Man MK 42, Hulk looks very well scaled, in fact he looks huge. He can also work with the Figma Iron Man MK 7 figure from the first Avengers movie.
One more comparison with the Disney Store Exclusive Hulk Unleashed figure, very different styling and execution but they are both nice in their own right.
I really enjoyed taking photos of the S.H.Figuarts Hulk, he is very photogenic and easy to pose. He isn’t perfect, there are some things I wish Bandai had done differently such as the shoulder joint design but there’s no arguing that this is a very well put together toy with exceptional finish. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend this toy is due to the high retail price, at almost 5 times the retail price of the Marvel Legends toy it doesn’t exactly feel like you’re getting 5 times the toy. If you collect the S.H.Figuarts line, or Hulk figures in general then this is a must buy, otherwise the Marvel Legends figure will do just fine.