Avengers Mini Muggs
3 Inch Scale
I love the Hulk. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been fascinated with the character. My brother amassed a huge run of the Hulk comics back in the late 70’s and into the 80’s and I guess that’s part of my connection. I’ve reviewed a lot of Hulk figures on this site. Ang Lee’s Hulk movie is one of my most hated movies of all time and yet, Ed Norton’s Incredible Hulk is arguably my favorite Marvel film. I’ve just always enjoyed the character. I also like Mighty Muggs and always wanted to buy the Hulk figure, but never did.
However, the Mini Muggs I just can’t resist. Especially not little Hulk. He’s just too cute. Yeah, now I buy toys because they’re cute. So sue me. This is one of those instances where this figure is almost the antithesis of what the Hulk is all about and yet, for whatever reason, it works in this format.
I reviewed some Hasbro Mini Muggs two years ago but it seemed after that brief run that the concept was going away. But now they’re back and to tie into the Avengers movie, Hasbro is releasing “movie” figures and regular versions of the Avengers in Mini Mugg form. They’re not that much different, but I really like the movie Hulk Mini Mugg, so let’s take a look at him in detail!
It’s like some rule that vinyl toys must come in window boxes. Even Hasbro’s mainstream vinyl-like figures. Mighty Muggs came in windows and now so too do the Mini Muggs. I like that this figure gets his own box. It’s so tiny and cute. Whoops, there’s that cute word again.
Previously the Mini Muggs came in multipacks that saw all the boxes more or less merged into one. The non-movie versions come in two packs, that follow along that theme… But the single movie characters have their own unique boxes.
I love the art on these, even though it’s just a repeat of the actual Mugg’s art.
I bought this at Walmart and for some reason it has two peg hooks on it. This was the only one I saw like that, but I guess it was some random Walmart thing. It destroys the box’s aesthetic some, but whatever.
Let’s face it, for all intents and purposes Mini Muggs all share the exact same sculpt. Yes there are some deviations from time to time when necessary, but the gist of it is that the designs are adopted onto a general canvas. It works better for some characters than others, but in the case of the Hulk, it works very well.
Just look at that face. It’s so awesome. The original Mighty Muggs Hulk had a bit of a derpy face, but it was cute, err, artistic too. This one though seems to be the best Hulk face yet on a Mugg. It’s got a lot of detail, but it also has that great sort of puzzled “Hulk Smash maybe?” look about it.
Of course he’s got the ripped up purple pants and his skin tone isn’t bright green. It’s more like the movie Hulks tend to be. Honestly I think it looks more like Ed Norton’s Hulk than the Hulk from the new Avengers movie. That’s a plus in my book because the new Avengers Hulk seems to have a bit too much Mark Ruffalo in the face for me.
He also has nipples. I don’t know why. The Mighty Muggs/Mini Muggs Hulks always seem to have nipples. You’d think they’d drawn on muscles or something, but no, we get gamma green nips. Excelsior!
This guy has three points of articulation and even that’s pretty generous.
He has cuts at the neck and the arms. There isn’t a great range of movement in those areas either, but it allows you a couple of poses. Just don’t expect to be able to really “play” with this guy.
You get nada with him.
At around $6 this guy isn’t cheap. These are nearly $10 or so at Toys R Us, which is INSANE! I remember a few years ago you could get GI Joe figures with tons of articulation and accessories for $5! Sadly, times have changed. Now you have to pay $15-$20 for a decent articulated figure. At this price point, he’s not a great value, but he still makes a fun desktop trinket that’s not too hard on the bank account.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 6
Paint – 8
Articulation – 4
Accessories – N/A
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10
A seven is probably a bit generous with this figure, but he’s just so darn cute! Plus I have to compare this figure to other vinyls and Muggs, not GI Joes. Hulk translates well to Mugg form, so he scores pretty high.
I love this guy and I’ll probably end up buying some more of these Avengers Mini Muggs when I get the chance. They’re fun to sit on the desk and mess around with. I wish they were cheaper, but that’s true of pretty much every toy on the market these days.