You know, the more I thought about Avengers: Age of Ultron, the more I realized it was basically the unholy merger of Wheedon’s storytelling and Michael Bay’s over-the-top spectacle. Let me be clear, I’m not calling the film Bay-ish… but one thing that Bay does well is make scenes of absurd effects and explosions that will enthrall and entertain you. Sure, you’ll feel dirty afterwords for having enjoyed it, but you will enjoy it (right up until your brain gets control back).
Reviewing 76031 The Hulk Buster Smash was a bit weird for me. I built the set and took the pictures before I saw the movie, I just hadn’t had a chance to write the review. I’ve obviously seen it since, and how I feel about the scene in general is mostly “eh.” There will be some spoilery elements to this review, even though I’m not reviewing the movie here. Of course, I’m honestly wanting to knock the set just for calling it “Hulk Buster” instead of Hulkbuster, but it’s hard to stay mad at this thing.
This is probably the most visually distinctive of the Age of Ultron sets, or at least the one that’s easiest to remember. Okay, maybe it’s easier to remember the “We are just re-releasing this thing” truck, but who thinks about the tower or that castle set most of us only even know about because it has Quicksilver? At $29.99 and 248 parts, this sits pretty squarely in the middle of the value scale these days. Not that great, but not exactly awful, especially compared to some other Superhero sets. Oh, and spoilers ahead.