“ Brand: Hasbro / Type: Costume „
Allowing the kids to choose how to spend some of their own birthday/Christmas money can be a great way of promoting independence and learning the value of money. It can also be a recipe for disaster and result in the purchase of toys that ordinarily wouldn't get through the front door. Such was the case with these giant 'Hulk Hands' - the choice of my oldest son - a toy that isn't the wisest of choices in a household with three warring siblings!
The Hulk Hands are super-sized green padded fists with this original format boasting 'smash and bash' sound effects. These sounds are motion activated so any bashing of younger siblings, parents or other easy targets results in the giant gloves emitting some rather unnerving phrases. All of the sound effects are clear and true to the original TV series, including the memorable key phrase 'You're making me angry! You won't like me when I'm angry!' (There are several other sound effects that don't come supplied but generally accompany this toy too - tears, 'get off' and 'Mummy! He's hurting me!')
My son originally loved these sound effects and phrases, especially as they are so easy to activate and don't require a massive punch or an impact with any solid surface to activate the noises. There is no volume control but it is possible to switch the sound effects of altogether (but far more effective is confiscating the toy entirely!) After a few months of rough play, my son started to complain that the battery compartment that created the sound effects was irritating him when he was punching and he actually insisted on cutting the box out completely (again using the very annoying logic that this was his toy, paid for with his own money.)
This really is a toy that brings out the worst in young boys and encourages fighting and (very) rough play. The saving grace is that the gloves are very heavily padded so the 'damage' is limited somewhat and the fists themselves won't cause too much pain. My oldest son does tend to overestimate the amount that his five year brother will tolerate so I do try and keep these fists out of sight as much as possible or at least ensure that each sibling has just one of the fists each, to make the contest slightly more 'fair'.
In terms of sizing, these will accommodate quite a large age range as the interior of the gloves includes a little fabric strap. The wearer can grip on to this strap which ensures that they don't lose hold of the giant fist and means that the fit itself is less crucial. My five and ten year old boys are both able to wear and fight with these fists and younger children would probably be able to hold and play with them too, although it's probably not the wisest choice for younger children given the rough play involved. Adults would certainly be able to squeeze inside these generously proportioned fists - ideal for men that haven't quite grown up!
When looking online for current prices, it appears that these hands have been updated and no longer include the sound effects. This would actually be better for my son, especially as he removed the noise box anyway for comfort. I would imagine that the lack of noises would be a disappointment to most youngsters wanting to act out the Hulk but there is no shortage of the original format, complete with sound effects, available on eBay.
I wouldn't particularly recommend this toy, given its nature, and certainly wouldn't buy it out of choice but I can't fault the quality of the gloves. They have certainly proved to be robust enough to withstand everything that my kids have put them through with no signs of any wear and tear or visible damage. If you're looking for an outlet for some excess energy or the accompaniment for a green Hulk mask, these would probably do the trick!
As I came to, I gazed up at the circle of faces surrounding me, trying to make out their voices- four unfamiliar and only one I recognised, that of my friend, that of the person who had put me here. The cool, conditioned air of the Toys 'R' Us Store Managers' office, and the hard floor beneath me, was relieving to me. I took a deep breath and tried to sit up. "Are you okay, Sir?" came a voice that I could only later attribute to the Store Manager. "Yes, yes I think so". My voice trembled as only it can after a traumatic event. "What Happened? The last thing I remember is being hit with a large green fist."
This is not, in actual fact, an extract from the new Stephen King novel, rather, this is an excerpt from a true life anecdote that actually occurred in my life. And what this illustrates is not that I am a massive wuss, with a glass jaw, but the main problem with this (so called) toy.
Now, I am not for one second implying that these Hulk Fists are not awesome, because they are, in every single way- from their detailed decoration, with cool looking veins, which gives the wearer an all-to-real hulk experience, to the growling and smashing sound effects that are bash sensitive. They are even about 35X20cm, plenty big enough for an adult hand, and extremely well made, able to put up with lots of punishment. Plus, RRPing at around £30, well worth the money.
Rather, it is the very fact that these Hulk Hands are so awesome that the problem with them arises. Slipping into these Hulk Hands make punching things so good that you just don't want to stop... and you don't. Putting these on in Toys 'R' Us almost sent me into a full on frenzy, I was punching everything, toys, puzzles, even the giant Easter-Egg wall. However, this is still not the problem, the Hulk Hands are lined with plenty of foam, a good 4 inches, so mothers needn't worry about walls, or furniture being damaged. But, it is not inanimate objects anyone around a Hulk glove wearer should worry about.
The fact is, in these Hands, you will punch anything: walls, cars... people. Yes, People! And this is the crux of our grave problem, someone wearing the Hulk hands is not themselves, your little Timmy is not little Timmy anymore, he is the bloody Hulk, in his mind anyway- and that is the only thing that matters when Hulk Hands are involved. Don't believe me? Then let us revisit my anecdote from earlier, there I was in Toys 'R' Us with my friend John looking at the Hulk Hands we'd seen advertised. So we put them on, we both felt great. We were having a wonderful time just punching Barbies, when things changed. I could hear my friend getting more and more worked up beside me, and as I turned to look at him, my smile of delight was quickly replaced by a look of terror. Facing me, I could see it in his eyes. Their normal blueish colour just wasn't there anymore, replaced by a strange green. He was advancing on me. "John?" I offered. "John, don't!" But he wasn't John anymore. He was the Hulk.
Hit in the face, I fell down, my head striking the hard floor. I woke up later in the Managers Office, carried there by security, apparently. And this is the problem. Now you might feel that this is a little exaggerated, or a result of my own personal weakness, but you'd be wrong, partly anyway. These Hands really do promote anger and even violence, and the layer of foam- although thick enough for a wall- is just not thick enough for a skull. And being aimed at little boys, like they are, this is a very worrying problem. So, if you are a mother considering buying these for your son, I urge you whole heartedly not to- unless you want to see him being coaxed down off the roof of a skyscraper by police, with a trail of punched destruction behind him, that is. They are awesome though...
Super sized hulk fists - slip them on and feel just like the hulk! Includes motion activated smash and bash sound effects!