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HARD RULK : SIDESHOW Pleases Fans by Removing Eyebrows from 2012 RED HULK Comiquette !

Back in 2011, we reported on Sideshow’s upcoming glorious RED HULK Comiquette that will be shipping around October of this year (the article can be found  HERE).

Only available through authorized Sideshow resellers, this store exclusive statue will stand at a whopping 2 feet tall and would make any Red Hulk fan drool with delight… except for one major flaw.  Sideshow apparently didn’t do their homework and included eyebrows on their glorious Rulk trophy.  In disgust, many fans complained and considered passing on this expensive statue (retailing for $359.99 U.S.) for its lack of character authenticity.

Well fortunately Red Hulk fans…. Sideshow has listened and now has changed the final design of the Comiquette to reflect no eyebrows when it ships later this year!  Check it out and pre-order this baby before it’s too late!

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HARD RULK : A Preview of Sideshow’s Upcoming 2012 RED HULK Comiquette!

Here is a closer look at the recently announced Upcoming Sideshow RED HULK Comiquette!

This beautiful statue is a store exclusive meaning any retail venue that carries authorized Sideshow Collectibles product can pre-order this.   Somewhat a variant of the previously released Green Hulk comiquette, the Red Hulk Comiquette sports a beautiful red paint job and wickedly cool spiked hair (making up for the poor head of hair they disgracefully gave the Green Hulk counterpart long ago.)  Standing at a whopping 2 feet tall, the statue will be available in the 3rd quarter of 2012 at a pricepoint of $359.99. 

My only complaint with the statue is the Red Hulk should not have eyebrows…. but otherwise… it’s just plain glorious! 

Here are the official release notes :

Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Red Hulk Comiquette – Sideshow Store Exclusive. Captured in approximately 1:5 scale each piece is individually painted and finished, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. The Red Hulk Comiquette stands a full 2 feet tall, and makes a perfect complement to the Hulk Comiquette, or any Marvel Collection!

License: Marvel

Product Type:  Polystone Statue

 
Product Size:  23.25″ H (590.55mm) x 20.5″ W (520.7mm) x 16.5″ L (419.1mm)*
Product Weight:  30.00 lbs (13.61 kg)*
Box Size:  28.00″ H (711.2mm) x 23.00″ W (584.2mm) x 16.00″ L (406.4mm)*

Artists:

  • Martin Canale and The Gore Group (Sculpt)
  • Michael Norman (Sculpt)
  • Steve Riojas (Paint)
  • Ariel Olivetti (Concept / Design)
  • The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team

Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles

Backstory: 

A mysterious aggressive Red Hulk is on the loose, responsible for the murder of Wendigo and Abomination, the destruction of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellcarrier, he even causes an earthquake in San Francisco. It takes the combined efforts of powerful Hulk and god Thor to bring down the Red Hulk. But, in a twist of irony, the monster’s true identity is revealed as the man who dedicated a lifetime to hunting The Hulk, General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross.

A decorated Air Force General, Ross was assigned to multiple government projects focused on the capture and cure of The Hulk, in fact he was the commander at Desert Base, New Mexico where Bruce Banner was first exposed to the radiation that created The Hulk.

However, when Ross participated in an S.H.I.E.L.D. experiment gone awry, he became the very thing he hunted and despised. The Red Hulk travels a winding path that takes him from mindless servitude under the Leader, back to his previous position as an Air Force General, through the tragic death of his daughter and subsequent assassination of Abomination, but, true to form even this path weaves back to his complex relationship with Bruce Banner, The Hulk.

-A.J.
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HARD RULK : Bowen vs Kotobukiya Red Hulk Statues!

When it became time to purchase a statue of Marvel’s popular red giant Rulk to compliment the REDHULK BLOG office, I had a significant decision to make. There were two very good Red Hulk statues available on the market, but I only had room for one: the best. Cost would not be an issue.

First, I reviewed the KOTOBUKIYA Red Hulk statue. 
 

Kotobukiya Red Hulk Packaging

Kotobukiya Red Hulk Packaging
 
 
Released in the Summer of 2010 and sculpted by Erick Sosa, the Kotobukiya Red Hulk stands 13 inches tall from his head to its volcanic base.  
 
 
 
Kotobukiya Red Hulk Side View

Kotobukiya Red Hulk Side View
 
 
 The resin sculpt was based on the artwork of Ed Mcguinness. Two interchangeable magnetized heads are included, one smiling with a punishing glee and the other enraged over a bruised ”x” on his face created by a hammer blow of the mighty Thor (faithfully recreated from the pages of the HULK comic issue #5).
 
 
 
Kotobukiya Red Hulk Front View

Kotobukiya Red Hulk Front View
 
 
Next, I took a look at the BOWEN Red Hulk statue. 
 
 
Bowen Red Hulk Packaging
Bowen Red Hulk Packaging
 
 
This statue was released in the summer of 2009 and was sculpted by Randy Bowen with Troy McDevitt. Including its themed display base, the Bowen Red Hulk stands 14 inches tall, one inch taller than the Kotobukiya statue.  
 
 
 
Bowen Red Hulk Side View

Bowen Red Hulk Side View
 
 
 
Cast in polystone, Bowen statues have a great reputation in quality and design.   
 
 
  
Bowen Red Hulk Front View

Bowen Red Hulk Front View
 
 
 
THE VERDICT : A Rulk like no other… KOTOBUKIYA!!
This was an easy decision for me. I absolutely love the artwork of Ed Mcguiness and no artist compares to his original vision of the Rulk, bar none. For the same reasons some dislike his art…. gigantic rip-roaring muscled frame, oversized jaw bone and hands… are the same reasons why I feel his Red Hulk is superior to other artists who have taken a stab at it… including Randy Bowen’s statue. No other artist’s rendition oozes the energy and raw power like the Rulk’s co-creater EdMcguinness… and the Kotobukiya statue captures that essense with great success. Add the fact that the Kotobukiya statue’s pose has the formal general’s aggresive fist cocked and ready to land a punch.. while Bowen’s statue only leans forward in a static position, makes this a unanimous decision by knockout! Thanks Kotobukiya, I am very pleased.  
 
 
 
 

 
 
 A general falls. A red monster rises. Stay tuned.