NCS – Gremlin, Shatalov’s Crimson Dynamo and 2 Goliaths

Hey, my fellow Plastic Addicts. Today is special as we finally catch up to every 6inch figure that are unique characters that have ever been released by both Hasbro and Toybiz. I have been doing this for nearly six years so this is quite an achievement. I still have a figure character (mostly those that wore the same costume as previous NCSs) and a couple of figures from some other lines that I want to talk about so sorry, Team NCS won’t be for another while.

Anyhow, today we look at the single character from the Hulk Classics line that I have yet to talk about but first a bit of background on the line. Like the X-men and Fantastic Four, near the end of the Toybiz run of the lisence, they started pumping out various line in order to make as much money as they could. Hulk was one of three lines launched at the time and had two series. Mostly made up of variants of the Hulk but were all comic based. The first series would see Rampaging, Smart and Joe Fixit Hulk alongside an Abomination. The second series would have another Rampaging Hulk (with a Bruce Banner figure), War Hulk, Absorbing Man and the original design Mecha Hulk. It’s the last one we are talking about as it would come with a pack-in Gremlin figure.

And was the last of the Toybiz era (thank God) but there was one Hasbro line that saw a couple of Comic figure released. Following the success of the Iron Man 2 line, Hasbro tried to release a new line around the shellhead called Iron Man: Armored Avengers. The line was mostly made up of original designed Iron Man armor but would see a release of the Initiative War Machine, Titanium Man and the character we are talking about Crimson Dynamo (Valentin Shatalov). There was to be a second/third wave that had a Rescue, Neo-Classic Iron Man, Extremsis Iron Man, MCU Pepper and Trevor but all of them were cancelled and placed in other sets.

And that’s it for the 6-inch line but Hasbro’s 3 3/4-inch line had a couple of figures that would work with their bigger counterparts. I won’t include the smaller figures unless they are size changers like Scott Lang, Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne but Hasbro would release giant size figure in the line, including Galactus, Sentinel, Giant Man, couple of Pym’s Goliath and Goliath (Bill Foster). Since his nephew wears the same costume and is not that different in appearance from his uncle, I also did Goliath (Tom Foster).

Next time I will move onto some Marvel Selects figures that can be used in a Marvel Legends display. Note I will only be doing characters that are unique to the Select line and no alternate universe character. That mean I will only be doing Mephisto, Watcher and Lady Death.

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