Toy Review: Marvel Legends | Hulkbuster

Today’s review is the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Hulkbuster Build-a-figure. This was the figure everyone has been raving about since it was released. It’s one of the bigger BAF’s that Hasbro has released so people have been pretty excited, thinking Hasbro may be going back to the old Toy Biz days of huge Build-a-figures. Let’s take a look and see if it meets all the hype.

Figures in the Series

Figure Details

Articulation – ★★★★★

This is a really heavy and bulky figure, often proving detrimental to the articulation. The Hulkbuster figure, however, is very well articulated. I’ve had the most fun of most of my other figures posing this guy. He’s big, and yet he can get into a lot of really great action poses. Let’s take a closer look.

Total POA’s = 31

  • Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint which provides great movement up. You can move the arm nearly even with the shoulders. They really got the should joints right.
    • Bicep: A Peg Joint is nicely hidden and very functional. Since this is a suit of armor, the cut joint doesn’t need a lot of continuity, but they still made it look really nice.
    • Elbow: Single Pin/Hinge joint as well as a Peg Joint. The elbow is limited to less than 90 degrees, but as already noted, the bulk of the figure doesn’t require a lot of bend in the elbows. The Peg joint at the base of the bicep and elbow is functional, though not really needed considering the upper bicep joint. No big deal though as it doesn’t cause issues.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint. Due to the armor plate covering the top of the forearm and fist, you can’t really move the fists more than a little. You can curl the wrist a bit, but not much. This isn’t a major flaw for me, though. If his hands were such that you could wield a weapon, that might change the story.
  • Legs – There are 7 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: T-Jointed Ball Joint provides an awesome amount of forward and backward motion. Side motion is also quite good, not as good as the forward and backward, but still quite good. This is honestly a huge surprise for such a bulky figure and is a large part of why this figure is so much fun to pose.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint which is quite functional and very well hidden.
    • Knees: Double Pin/Hinge joints in the knees allows for a hair more than 90 degrees bend of the knee. Again, for a large figure, this is really quite amazing to see.
    • Ankles: Each ankle has 3 joints.  A Peg Joint where the foot attaches to the leg can be used to rotate the foot. A Pin/Hinge Joints that allow for decent backward and forward motion. There is also an ankle rocker which is really well executed.
  • Body – There is one joint in the body area. This is a Double Ball Joint. My torso joint, unfortunately is a bit stuck so I can’t swivel mine for fear of snapping that joint off. The ab crunch and back arch are really good, as is the side crunch.
  • Head: A single Ball Joint and a Pin/Hinge disc that provides great up and down, side to side, and tilt.

In lieu of a gallery, I did a quick stop motion video of me putting this BAF together. I hope you enjoy.

Mold – ★★★★★

The sculpt work on this figure is really well done. I have nearly no complaints about it. The one complaint I actually have, which is very minor, is that the neck joint is very thin, which would not make it reasonable to think Tony Stark could actually be sitting inside the suit.

The other issue is more of a Quality Control issue. The right foot on my figure is very loose, and falls off really easily.

The detail work on this figure is so incredible, I really don’t know where to begin. There are details all over this figure, they left nothing without some form of details. You’ll also feel the quality when you pick this thing up. It’s heavy, really heavy. It probably weighs about 2 lbs.

Paint – ★★★★

Hasbro did so good on this figure, but the paint wasn’t quite at the same level as everything else. The paint looks good, it just could have been so much better. That being said, however, I really can’t knock it too much, so here are the things I wish they would have done. I wish they had a slightly deeper red instead of the fire engine red they used. I wish they did a little black wash as well as some dry brushing to give the figure a little bit of weather look.

Accessories – N/A

The figure doesn’t come with any accessories, but I really didn’t expect any. There was no need for them, so I’m not providing a rating for accessories.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Standard Marvel Legends Infinite Series packaging which is great.

Overall Rating – ★★★★★

The overall average of my ratings was 4.5, but I rounded up because this is a must have for any Marvel fans. Even if you’re not a big marvel fan, I still think you need to get this figure. It’s fun to play with, it looks great on the shelf, so what more could you want? Go get it now!

Do you have any of these figures? If so, do you have a review to share? Please share in the comments or link to your review.


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