Marvel Select Marvel Shop Exclusive Iron Man Hulkbuster Review

Marvel Select Marvel Shop Exclusive Iron Man Hulkbuster Review

Marvel Select Marvel Shop Exclusive Iron Man Hulkbuster 01

Diamond Select Toys latest edition to the Marvel Select line is Hulkbuster, a figure released exclusively to MarvelShop and DisneyShop. Additional options to purchase are available at the links provided below.

Hulkbuster has been given a lot of publicity this year due to his appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the movie, Tony Stark goes toe-to-toe with the Hulk in a massive new suit of Iron Man armor referred to the Hulkbuster. A suit that was first introduced in Iron Man #304 (1994),  the Iron Man Mk 14 “Hulkbuster” armor was an add-on to Tony Stark’s modular armor, one that would allow him to stop the Hulk from tearing apart a factory that was manufacturing gamma bombs. While the battle was a misunderstanding, Stark kept the armor in case he ever needed it again, and it has occasionally been shown as part of his “Hall of Armor.”

This new, fully poseable action figure was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, and stands 8.5 inches tall with 16 points of articulation. Like all Marvel Select action figures, he comes packaged in display-ready packaging with comic artwork down one side, for handy shelf reference.

We have a full gallery and comparison of the Toybiz 2006 Marvel Legends Hulkbuster figure for reference available below.

Availability: June 2015

Sculpt & Paint:

Hulkbuster stands at 8 1/2″ tall and features a big and bulky sculpt that you would expect from a character to take on the Hulk. The 2006 Marvel Legends Hulkbuster had a opening helmet revealing Tony Stark’s head, and while Diamond Select Toys tells us that they discussed this on their Marvel Select figure, his helmet can only  pivot and tilt, and is also sculpted with a dome shaped head that is tucked about 1/4″ inside the torso.

There are a lot of similarities between the two figures as both are comic based at least in the front, but the back of the figures (as seen in the gallery) are completely tooled differently. Staying with the front of the figures, both figures have the additional body armor on their shoulders, which are ball jointed, forearms, and knees. One big difference is that the Toybiz Marvel Legends figure has articulated figures and toes, and the Marvel Select figure only has a ball jointed wrist and ankles. While the figures were released more than a decade apart, it would only make sense that Toybiz can offer this as it was cheaper to produce figures and offer this type of articulation at $9.99 at the time. But that goes without saying that Diamond Select is offering a superior figure here.

Toybiz did miss the blaster ports on the figures hands, and Diamond Select Toys took it upon themselves to give him that feature as well as additional leg armor, ports on his back, more detailing and definition to the sculpt, and 1″ taller in height.

As far as deco goes, Marvel Select Hulkbuster has silver, metallic red and gold deco where the Toybiz figure only had red and gold, with some black detail.

Accessories:

None.

Articulation:

Pivot and tilt helmet, ball jointed shoulder pads, ball jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, ball-hinged elbows, ball jointed wrists, ball hinged torso, ball-hinged hips, ball-hinged knees, ball jointed ankles.

Overall:

The Marvel Select Hulkbuster figure is a superior figure with excellent sculpting, detail, and a modern update to the comics.

Highly Recommended.

Purchase:

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