Marvel Legends – Hulkbuster BAF vs Hulkbuster BAF (‘Best of’ wave) vs Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Anniversary 2-pack)

The Figures

Marvel Legends - Hulkbuster BAF vs Hulkbuster BAF ('Best of' wave) vs Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Anniversary 2-pack)

Left: Hulkbuster BAF – V1 Centre: Hulkbuster BAF (‘Best of’ wave) – V2 Right: Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Year Anniversary 2-pack) -V3

So far we have had three MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Hulkbusters released in the Marvel Legends toy line. All three of them have the same mold, the only difference is the colour.

Before the third Hulkbuster came out, and before the Avengers: Infinity War movie, the first two Hulkbuster used to be called Hulkbuster and Hulkbuster 2.0 respectively. However, since there is a Hulkbuster 2.0 in Avengers: Infinity War (where Bruce Banner was the one inside), I decided to call these three versions as V1, V2 and V3 instead.

V1 – Hulkbuster BAF Wave first came out in 2015 after the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. The wave consisted of Doctor Strange, Blizzard, Iron Man, War Machine, Thundra and Valkyrie. The BAF was costly at that time, due to the figures being less popular (thus selling price is low for each figure without the BAF, which in turn made the BAF costly).

V2 – The Hulkbuster BAF from the ‘Best of’ wave came with the supposedly ‘Best of’ MCU Marvel Legends figures. The wave consisted of the MCU Captain America, MCU Black Widow, MCU Loki, MCU Thor, MCU War Machine, MCU Hulk and MCU Hawkeye. So far there has been three ‘Best of’ waves, the other two being Giant-man and Gladiator Hulk BAF Waves.

V3 – This 2-pack Hulkbuster came with MCU Hulk. It’s from the Marvel MCU 10th Year Anniversary series which has the side of the packaging that lines up with others in the same series to form a bigger picture.

Marvel Legends - Hulkbuster BAF vs Hulkbuster BAF ('Best of' wave) vs Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Anniversary 2-pack)

Left: Hulkbuster BAF – V1 Centre: Hulkbuster BAF (‘Best of’ wave) – V2 Right: Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Year Anniversary 2-pack) -V3

You can see that the figures are exactly the same front and back, except that there are slight variations in the colours of the figure. This figure is quite massive compared to the normal 1:12 scale Marvel Legends. It’s heavy and very solid, it can really hurt you if you drop it on your foot lol.

Differences

Marvel Legends - Hulkbuster BAF vs Hulkbuster BAF ('Best of' wave) vs Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Anniversary 2-pack)

Left: Hulkbuster BAF – V1 Centre: Hulkbuster BAF (‘Best of’ wave) – V2 Right: Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Year Anniversary 2-pack) -V3

All three versions of Hulkbuster has a different shade of red and gold. Hulkbuster V1 has the brightest red and the most plastic-ky gold parts and V2 has the darkest shade of red and decent shade of gold parts. Hulkbuster V3 is the middle ground for the shade of red and the most decent gold parts.

I thought that Hulkbuster V1 was awesome when it first came out. Then V2 came out and it looked a bit better. Then Hulkbuster V3 came and I feel V3 is the best among the three.

Hulkbuster V1 and V2 has the same exact paintwork except for different shade of colour. Hulkbuster V3 however, has added some silver paintwork to some small parts which actually makes it look better.

The picture above is the frontal view of the upper torso, and the black arrows on Hulkbuster V3 shows the extra silver parts. That’s the easiest way to differentiate the three Hulkbuster; the V3 Hulkbuster has that silver part near the armpit and also silver around the neck. Those two are the most obvious.

The gold armour at the forearm also has small silver parts painted as shown by the black arrow.

Marvel Legends - Hulkbuster BAF vs Hulkbuster BAF ('Best of' wave) vs Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Anniversary 2-pack)Left: Hulkbuster BAF – V1 Centre: Hulkbuster BAF (‘Best of’ wave) – V2 Right: Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Year Anniversary 2-pack) -V3

At the back, again Hulkbuster V1 and V2 are the same bar the shade of the red and gold. Hulkbuster V3 coloured the four circles at the centre of the back silver instead of white, and also has additional silver part on the left and right of the centre gold plate as shown by the black arrow.

Marvel Legends - Hulkbuster BAF vs Hulkbuster BAF ('Best of' wave) vs Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Anniversary 2-pack)

Left: Hulkbuster BAF – V1 Centre: Hulkbuster BAF (‘Best of’ wave) – V2 Right: Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Year Anniversary 2-pack) -V3

The Hulkbuster V3 has white circles instead of grey just below the knees, and also the additional grey circle on the inner calf. I find that all these additional silver parts make the Hulkbuster look more machine as it adds more detail to the armour.

TL;DR

Marvel Legends - Hulkbuster BAF vs Hulkbuster BAF ('Best of' wave) vs Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Anniversary 2-pack)

Left: Hulkbuster BAF – V1 Centre: Hulkbuster BAF (‘Best of’ wave) – V2 Right: Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Year Anniversary 2-pack) -V3

Hulkbuster BAF – V1:

+ Lightest shade of red between the three versions

– Gold parts look very plastic

Hulkbuster BAF (‘Best of’ wave) – V2:

+ Darkest shade of red between the three versions

+ Gold parts are decent

Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Year Anniversary 2-pack) -V3:

+ Shade of red is between V1 and V2

+ Gold parts are the most decent

+ Added silver paintwork to a few small parts of the figure

My Verdict

Marvel Legends - Hulkbuster BAF vs Hulkbuster BAF ('Best of' wave) vs Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Anniversary 2-pack)

Left: Hulkbuster BAF – V1 Centre: Hulkbuster BAF (‘Best of’ wave) – V2 Right: Hulkbuster (MCU 10th Year Anniversary 2-pack) -V3

If you are fussy about details like me and want to get the best out of the three, it’s definitely Hulkbuster V3, which is from the recent 2-pack. I like the added silver parts of the Hulkbuster V3, and the shade of red and gold is just nice. Of course, these can’t match up with Figuart and Comicave versions. Figuart and Comicave Hulkbusters are definitely way better, but at a way higher price point of course.

However, I feel all three of them are quite costly in the secondary market, considering they are only Marvel Legends. I guess it’s because each of them are rather hard to find, even the recent 2-pack Hulkbuster.

Above is a picture with Marvel Legends Mark 45. You can see that the Hulkbuster BAF is quite massive! What do you think of the Hulkbusters?

>>You can buy the Hulkbuster V1 Wave here.<<

>>You can buy the Hulkbuster V3 (MCU 10th Year Anniversary 2-pack) here.<<


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