Time for another Hasbro review with the Marvel Legends Hulk and Wolverine 80th anniversary set. The way Hasbro has been cranking out Marvel Legends this year it almost makes sense they need separate designations for waves. So far the 80th Anniversary figures have scratched all kinds of itches for definitive versions of characters and this Hulk and Wolverine set doesn’t break the trend.
Packaging: The single pack 80th anniversary package pops against the normal Marvel Legends presentation, but the two pack sets are very impressive in their size and presence. I wish Hasbro varied up the accent colors so it wasn’t just red — this one would have been great with a green or yellow.
Hulk and Wolverine are posed like they’re getting ready for another face-off. On the sides we get three comic book panels of the two. It’s been a while since I’ve read Incredible Hulk #181, but this looks like the art from that issue, which is a very cool touch.
The bios set the stage for this matchup as well and it’s funny to me how succinctly Hasbro can write these bios in a sentence while leaving out important details on the regular line versions.
Likeness: My Toy Biz 1st appearance Wolverine and Face Off Hulk have been mainstays in my collection. They’ve been two figures I didn’t HAVE to get improved versions over before figures like Banshee, Guardian, Quicksilver and Falcon.
Those figures have held up well despite the vast improvements by Hasbro, but now they’re ready for retirement.
First Appearance Wolverine looks great and might be my new favorite Hasbro version of the character. It’s got a feisty head sculpt with the smaller mask points; teeth-gritted expression and the classic belt. I just wish there was a better way to implement the shoulder pads while retaining articulation.
Hulk is the major standout though as he’s got the massive girth I’ve wanted from a comics Hulk figure. He looks like a walking tank and has good definition. His pants have some sculpted rips, but not an excessive amount.
His head sculpt also features Hulk in a no time for games mood. It’s classic 70s era annoyed Hulk. This is what I envision when I think of Hulk and Hasbro really did an outstanding job here.
Paint: The main reason this Wolverine stands out for me is the colors, which are more of a classic yellow than the orange yellow we previously saw in the first wave of X-Men Legends.
That goes for the blue too, which is more comic accurate aqua blue. It really makes a difference. The paintwork throughout is clean with just a few overspray areas on the belt and under the nose.
This Hulk is the first to be painted in the shade of green used in the comic. No dark green here — just authentic comic book goodness here.
Hulk has less opportunities for paint issues save his head sculpt yet his eyes are painted properly and the gritted teeth don’t have any slop.
Scale: This is the biggest Hulk figure we’ve gotten from Hasbro and he is properly huge compared to most figures.
Wolverine is likewise smaller than most characters, which shows that crazy visual of comics’ version of David and Goliath.
Articulation: Hulk’s massive size doesn’t hinder much in the way of classic Hulk poses. He’s a bruiser and it’s easy to find some creative poses for him that play up that size and girth. Hulk’s biceps are actually articulated in a manner that you can swivel them around. That’s a unique setup and one that works very well for Hulk.
Wolverine is the same figure as before that benefits greatly from the butterfly joints.
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Hulk and Wolverine have:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed – just Wolverine)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: This is a dumb complaint considering the intent of this package, but I really wish Hasbro had included a Dave Cockrum/John Byrne style head sculpt for Wolverine. That does end the need for another Logan in this color scheme, but it makes for a somewhat frustrating triple dip considering we’ve got the Wolverine in the three pack with Cyclops and Jean Grey that won’t match this figure either.
Wolverine does come with another set of fists with the claws retracted.
Hulk has a removable cloth shirt to simulate Bruce Banner’s transformation. It’s shredded in the right fashion and hangs over Hulk well enough. There’s also the alternate grabbing left hand and right hand fist. It would have been awesome to get flat hands for the Hulk sonic boom pose.
Worth it? At $60, this set initially doesn’t quite feel like the same value as the Colossus and Juggernaut set since they were both large figures and Colossus featured a new sculpt. With the addition of a Giant Sized X-Men style head sculpt, I would be fine paying that price for Wolverine.
Hulk is easily Build-A-Figure size and those start at around $120. I don’t feel the same “what a bargain!” as I felt with the previous pack, but it’s still a good deal.
Rating: 10 out of 10
This is going to be the definitive Hulk figure for me and I don’t see any reason why I’d ever replace it. First Appearance Wolverine is also excellent with the perfect comic book colors. The 80th Anniversary line is just cranking out seriously amazing figures that are setting a new high bar for Hasbro.