S.H.Figuarts Avengers Age of Ultron Hulk

Background:

S.H.Figuarts Hulk

Name: Hulk
Series: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Manufacturer: Bandai
Line: S.H.Figuarts
Sculptor:
Designer:
Scale: Non-scale
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: July 2015
Original Price: ¥9,720JPY
Height: 200mm / 7.87inches

Packaging:

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.

  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk packaging front
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk packaging back
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk packaging
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk packaging inside

Accessories:

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.

  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk with optional screaming head
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk with optional grasping hands

Form/Sculpt:

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.

  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk front view
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk rear view

Articulation/Action:

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.

  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk taking down Ultron
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk holding Ultron's head
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk smash!
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk getting ready to smash
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk can do a decent kneeling pose
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk angry!

Paint/Print:

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.

  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk head paint detail
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk body paint detail
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk thigh paint detail
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk feet paint detail

Detail/Features:

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.

  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk vs Marvel Legends Hulk
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk vs Marvel Select AOU Hulk

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.

  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk vs S.H.Figuarts Iron Man MK 42
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk vs Figma Iron Man MK 7

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.

  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk vs Marvel Select Hulk Unleashed
  • S.H.Figuarts Hulk vs Stormtrooper

Overall:

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.



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4 Comments

    Hey man, I blundered onto this website while Googling for decent size-comparison pics. Appreciate your work- will be coming back regularly.

    Cheers

    • Hi mate, thanks for dropping by. Glad to hear you found this useful :)

    I love Sh figuarts and have lots of them but man… The Marvel Select AOU Hulk really steps on the Figuarts any day in terms of details, it just looks MEAN! obviously bandai will always triumph with articulation.

    Thanks!

    • Thanks for visiting Dan. I think Bandai went for a different interpretation of the Hulk, even the head doesn’t look like the on-screen counterpart. For me it feels almost cartoonish, so yeah I agree the MS AOU Hulk is a much better representation of the character and it has much more realistic detailing.

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