Marvel Legends 2017 Toys R US Exclusive Groot Evolution
Marvel Legends in 2017 is on fire. Hit after hit after hit…after hit. So far we’ve gotten 3 beautiful waves of figures, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and now showing up in stores, hopefully showing up soon for review here at MUReview, X-Men Legends. BUT! THAT’S! NOT! ALL! Coming along mostly unannounced, Groot Evolutions. A set of figures in a normal-sized Marvel Legends box containing movie Groot full size, movie Groot as a baby potted plant, and toddler Groot from this years Guardians of the Galaxy 2! We finally got our hands on this figure, rumored since early January of 2017 and we couldn’t be more excited. Let’s see how he looks.
- Full Sized Groot
- I’ll depend on the community to correct me if I’m wrong, and I don’t think I am, but this Groot is a near full re-release of the build a figure from the 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Legends wave (with Nova!). The only significant change that I see here, and it’s a great one, is that Groot has turned his frown upside down!
- Expressive, deep eyes.
- A little more green shading than the initial release.
- Excellent size for the figure in scale.
- Good mobility / articulation for a figure this size.
- Potted Plant Groot,
- Now again, correct me if I’m wrong, I think this is the first Hasbro release of baby groot. We’ve gotten potted plant Groot before, but never baby Groot!
- An adorable smiling Baby Groot Face.
- Groot is captured in his iconic dancing pose.
- He’s so tiny, but has excellent detail for the size, note that this is not an articulated figure.
- Toddler Groot
- This Groot, larger than baby Groot has exceptional eye detail for the size. It’s really kind of insane.
- Cute little smirk.
- Nice looking shrubbery detail with hints of green among the brown.
- This once again, tiny figure is packed with detail for something of this size.
- For the full sized- Grood, I would love to see an L and R on the legs so I don’t screw up putting him together.
- For the toddler Groot, balance is a bit of an issue.
Hasbro and Toys R Us offer great value in a box. $19.99 for 1 massive figure and two tiny ones! We get a “full-sized” Guardians of the Galaxy Groot, a baby Groot as a potted plant, and let’s call him a Sprout Groot, toddler size. All three figures look great and yeah, if you love the films, you are going to need to pick this up. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like Toys R Us is in short supply, they had full pegs worth when I went, your mileage may vary. Fans that picked up the BAF in 2014 may have a hard time justifying the package for the two add on Groots. Not me though, love it!!
Groot Evolution is only available at Toys R Us, $19.99 is the price of admission. For what you get in the package it’s a great value. Folks have had different mileage trying to pick this guy up, myself included. I tried to go two weeks ago, found Groot, they wouldn’t let me buy him, said the street date was 3/1. Found him again yesterday, brought him to the counter, the manager had to over-ride, but they let me buy it. So…thanks Toys R Us number two! This figure is awesome!
Every time I go through reviews for a full wave of Marvel Legends figures, I feel like it is an accomplishment. I have a process, and I’ll share it with you now.
- A box of figures shows up.
- I freak out because a box of figures shows up. (happy freak out).
- I clear my schedule for the next 3 hours.
- I take pictures of every figure in the wave:
- Together in package
- Individually in package
- Individually out of package
- Comparison shots / team shots
- Group shots
- Sit back for 5 minutes and admire all of the figures.
- Bring the figures downstairs to where my collection is and find them all homes.
- Draft framework posts for each figure.
- Edit all of the photos (crop, rotate, fix contrast and lighting issues).
- Organize all photos into per figure folders.
- Upload all photos to each post.
- Spend the next 4-5 days writing up each figure, and the next however many figures / days posting.
No one cares about anything I just said, I figured I’d share though, because here we are at the end of yet another wave. A fantastic wave featuring some of my favorite Marvel heroes. I enjoy all of the characters that Hasbro gave us here, I’m really happy I got to share them with you, and this is it, the end of the wave post, where I have a little fun showing you some cool posed group shots. I hope you had as much fun with this as I did! Stay tuned for more great Hasbro Marvel Legends news, because Toy Fair 2017 is upon us!
Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1: BAF Titus
I kinda love it when the Build a Figure is a big bad. There will ever be a shortage of evil in plastic, Titus, the Nova hunting tiger is not only evil in plastic, but did you ever in your life think that a character this deep in the catalog would be made real? Astonishing to me, really. I now own it and I still can’t believe it. I’m thrilled to have Titus, and I’m happy to report that Hasbro yet again did a fantastic job. I’m a little sad though, because this is the last review of this wave that I get to do. I love all things Marvel Cosmic, and this wave really ticked a lot of boxes for me. 6 all new characters to the Legends line, all Cosmic based…freakin’ amazing. I’m thankful to have been able to review these for you, and very happy to have the opportunity to have all of these figures as part of my Legends collection. I surmise that if you are here reading this, you will be happy to get hands on these too, let’s check out Titus.
- Titus gets the benefit of living on largely, the same mold / pieces used in one of my favorite all time BAFs, Venom Space Knight. The figure, because of this sports solid articulation for a character of this size. Articulation includes:
- Ankle Rockers
- Double jointed knees
- This is another one-to-one replication of a character from comic-page. I don’t want to oversell this, because Titus is a pretty simple character. Big, limited in color, tiger head, rocket arm. Hasbro didn’t have a mountain to climb here, but they did an excellent job.
- Claw hand looks excellent.
- Rocket arm looks and moves well.
- The level of detail in Titus’s head is excellent, clean paint, well delivered.
- You’d hope Titus had jaw articulation, and by the way it looks, you’d hope that even more, but alas, no jaw movement here.
Titus is just awesome. Another character perfectly captured, and another really deep catalog character brought to plastic. You should buy the wave to get this figure because the wave is amazing, this figure is amazing, and you like cool stuff right? It just makes sense. It should be noted, you don’t need all 7 figures in the wave to get Titus, only 6. Star-Lord does not include a BAF piece, so you only need Vance Astro, Yondu, Drax, Angela, Darkhawk, and Nova. That said, what’s next? For Marvel Legends, all eyes should now be forward to the X-Men wave. We are going to get a really pretty looking Jim Lee Cyclops, an awesome Colossus, Polaris, Old Man Logan, Dazzler, Sunfire, Shatterstar and the BAF Warlock. In-hand images of these figures are already popping up on line, so hopefully we don’t have a long wait. After that, we are getting another wave of Guardians with a 2000’s style Adam Warlock, a Death’s Head II and more. 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for Marvel Legends, and Toy Fair is coming up in a day or two, so we will have even more great information to share with you. Stay tuned!
To get Titus, you are going to need to get yourself a full set of figures. Luckily, you can do that by pre-ordering today! . Big Bad Toy Store has it up for a reasonable price. You can also go a huntin’ Walgreens and Target are said to have these things you need to buy, and you need to buy them.
Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1: Angela
I saved what I feel like is going to be the most universally loved figure of this wave for last (before the BAF of course). Angela, winner of Hasbro’s Fan Vote in 2015 is finally brought to bare on the plastic loving community and she is glorious. I’d like to take a moment to commend not only the inclusion of Angela in this wave, she is a Marvel Cosmic Force by herself, but the whole wave had a really solid focus on Marvel Cosmic. They brought out 5 characters that the Legends line has never seen before, and stayed incredibly true to the them. So with all these kudos to Hasbro, let’s look at the final single carded figure in the Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1 (overall wave 2).
- That hair! I didn’t think Hasbro would ever top Medusa, but they did. Perfectly sculpted, really nicely done.
- I’m a broken record with this wave, but it’s a credit to Hasbro and culminates here. Every character is just perfectly replicated from their comic page. If you image search a picture of Angela, you are going to find a bunch of images that look just like this, only they are drawings and this is plastic.
- Outfit is perfect here, from her winged helm to her oversized belt and armor pieces.
- Included accessories, exactly what was warranted and appropriate, she comes with her Xiphos Sword of the Stars and Blades of Ichor, and they both look fantastic.
- Articulation is solid here, very few limitations due to character design (that hair does limit movement).
- Angela is flat footed, no heels here, so she stands very well on her own. Very appreciated.
- I kinda want you to just stop reading this and go pick up your Angela, she’s amazing but she’s going to be tough to find I think. don’t waste any time! …but for real, keep reading and look at the pictures!
- I’m good here. No wishes, no complaints.
Angela is an absolutely astonishing feat in 6 inch action figure making. What Hasbro has pulled off here is a beautiful figure with a solid set of accessories. There is nothing not to like here. They took a fan vote winner and poured heart and soul into it. And for real, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the fact that she doesn’t have high heels!!
I had a feeling Angela would be amongst the harder figures in this wave to get, that is already proving to be true. She is sold out at Big Bad Toy Store. You can however, pick her up in the whole wave or case, or you can go hunting at Walgreens or Target (Google the case DCPI and ask your Target store representative.
Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1: Darkhawk
5 days, 8 figures, I’m actually starting to think we are going to pull this off! Let’s finish out day four strong with Darkhawk. Darkhawk quickly became the stuff of Marvel Cosmic Legend (and now Hasbro Marvel Legends…amirite?), not necessarily along side of, but in parallel with Richard Rider (Nova Prime). As such, and as always, that gives Darkhawk a place in my heart as a character that few others can inhabit. He’s part of that fraternity that re-spawned my love of comics, which eventually led to the creation of this very site. He’s important in all kinds of ways, and it helps that he’s a fascinating, well written character, and he’s really cool looking. Did Hasbro treat him right? Yes. Yes they did.
- Let’s talk paint. Darkhawk has the kind of paint application, that if it were on a car, and you got a scratch, and you took it to a paint shop, it’d be more expensive to fix, because you have a car with that special paint. One layer looks like multiple with a fantastic shimmer / shine. I hate to keep bringing up Nova’s name, but the paint application here is similar to his 2014 figure release in the Legends line, that was also spectacular.
- The figure design here is spot on for the character. Darkhawk is a dead ringer for his comic counterpart with one limited exception. I’m sure for purposes of mobility and articulation, his wings are split between outer arm and outer wrist.
- I’m a huge fan of articulated shoulder guards, they are becoming more prevalent in modern figures and they are present to great appreciation here!
- Darkhawk is a well articulated figure, ab-crunch, thighcut, rocking ankles, double hinged knees and elbows, calf cut, he can be placed into pretty much any cool super hero pose you like.
- Speaking of articulation, based on the cut of his head, he has better “look up” articulation than many other figures out there limited by helmets / hair / etc…
- I understand the reason for it, and the figure is more sturdy for the purpose, but it would have been nice to have wings and claw be removable components.
- Hasbro is going to have a run away hit with this figure, but there is a missed opportunity at literally double value and potential for double sale. An alternate head with blue visor and blue swap-able amulet would give collectors a chance at a figure that will otherwise never have one, Talon! Granted, it’s a simple running change, but we haven’t seen one of those in a really long time. Chances of getting a running change on a fan vote figure are even more slim at that. Customizers, unite I guess!
Darkhawk cam up against Angela as a potential fan-vote figure in 2015. He lost by 2% as I’m given to understand. The eventual release of Angela is in this very same wave, and she’s stunning (we will have a look at her tomorrow). That both figures were in the same vote, and we are now getting both first and second place in said vote as figures is pretty cool. It means Hasbro is listening to it’s fans. I strongly believe that Angela and Darkhawk will be highly sought after, and hard to find figures in this wave. Both have passionate and long time fan bases, and both are beautiful figures. Darkhawk fills so many holes in so many story arcs across the Marvel Universe from street level to cosmic level. Fans who like creating teams, dioramas, or just filling out story rosters should have a field day here. He’s been a West Coast Avenger, a New Warrior, fought against Cancer-verse Quasar (hey Hasbro..can we get a 6 inch Quasar now?), he’s even done a turn with a bunch of teen heroes against Arcade. Darkhawk is an old favorite and a current favorite for me, and he’s a figure that I can’t recommend that you pick up highly enough. Note, I’m adding this after re-reading this. Now, I need to go out and buy another Darkhawk, and beg my vastly more talented wife to paint in his visor and amulet blue so I can have a Talon figure too!
Darkhawk is available for pre-order at Big Bad Toy Store. If you want this figure, get on that, he’s gonna be tough to find. That said, the hunt is on at retail, poke around Walgreens and Target with fingers crossed. Some clever folks have gleaned the Target DCPI code of the case and are asking Target associates to help them find the wave “in the back”. A simple Facebook or Google search will likely help you find this information if you are so inclined, and it seems that Target is happy to oblige, as many friends in toy groups are posting their own pictures of these glorious figures.
Marvel Legends 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1: Yondu
Yondu gets his first Marvel Legends figure release in 2017! Cards on the table, when I heard Yondu was going to be in Guardians of the Galaxy, I had mixed feelings of joy and confusion. Yondu was never a player in this iteration of the Guardians in the comics. He also wasn’t a hot headed, wise cracking space pirate in the comics. So, bitter-sweet seeing one of my favorite blue-skinned heroes on the silver screen in name and near appearance, but totally not the character I grew up with and loved. Fast forward about 3 years having lived with the character on watch after watch of Guardians, and now, seeing that in Guardians 2, his role will morph a little and he’ll formally be one of the “good guys”, movie Yondu has grown on me. I was resistant at first, but I enjoy what Michael Rooker has done with the character, and bringing things back full circle, Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Yondu figure, I enjoy what Hasbro has done with Michael Rooker / Yondu!
- By this point, we’ve all seen Guardians one and watched the trailer for Guardians 2. Having watched, it’s easy to see that Hasbro did a fantastic job of capturing Yondu from the screen and shrinking him down to 6 inch plastic. He looks like Michael Rooker through and through.
- The cut of Yondu’s coat is clearly intended to show the pull back on his right side uncovering his arrow holster. It’s a pretty neat way to show action.
- Yondu includes two heads, one straight faced and retracted mo-hawk, the other “whistle faced” with an extended mo-hawk, both look life-like down to the blue stubble on Yondu’s face!
- Yondu has a solid range of articulation, though it should be noted, due to the trench coat, articulation becomes limited.
- The trench coat is removable, Yondu looks pretty good without it on as his sleeves and shirt are still the same color.
- I wish Hasbro would have included a few things here:
- An arrow accessory without the “whistle” tail.
- The whistling head, I’d of liked to see a hole between Yondu’s lips so that the whistle tail accessory could be inserted and really be made to appear coming from his mouth.
- I need a comic version of Yondu to go with my Vance Astro please! …and a Charlie-27, Martinex, Starhawk, Aleta, and the rest of the classics!
Yondu is an excellent first appearance in 6-inch plastic for the character. He absolutely deserves a purchase and a place in your collection. Fans of the character shouldn’t hesitate, fans of Michael Rooker will be happy. I’m sure Michael Rooker himself is pleased as punch with this figure, and he has every reason to be. It’s him, blue as he can be!
You can get your Yondu pre-order on at Big Bad Toy Store. The reports and images of this wave of Guardians of the Galaxy landing in stores appear to be true, with photographic evidence at both Targets and Walgreens. Your mileage may vary, and you may face a street date restriction, but it can’t hurt to try if you are hooked on this feeling…. (see what I did there?)