Marvel Legends: Guardians of the Galaxy
The hunt is an amazing thing.  For the afflicted, it takes over and you’ll just keep trying until you get the prize.  It has been a long time since I have taken up a hunt myself thanks to the incredible reliability of Big Bad Toy Store.  With the Guardians of the Galaxy though, I really just couldn’t wait, and I caught wind that Target had a release date.  The trade off between tax and shipping was negligible, so I gassed up and spent 5 straight days getting to various Target locations early enough in the morning to beat out everyone.  I started Monday because the online site said they were in stock.  I found nothing.  Tuesday a different Target said in stock…still nothing, a third on Wednesday, no dice.  Thursday though, a nice girl brought the case out of the back for me and then slapped me in the face with “oooh sorry, can’t sell it till Friday”.  But Friday, glorious Friday did come!  I waited outside of Target at 7:30, went right back to the stock room and got to pick my Guardians fresh from the case!  The thrill of the hunt delivered!

A little bit about the figures.  The set includes Drax, Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Iron Man (Guardians armor) and Nova (Richard Rider, Prime) with a Build a Figure of Groot.  Now, I don’t collect Legends for the most part.  I’ve picked up some BAFs over the years, and I grabbed the comic version of Drax last year.  This set was an absolute must have for me though, for two reasons. 1, Groot, 2, no 3.75 inch wave to support the Guardians movie.  Let’s have a look shall we?

Star Lord

The Good

  • Star Lord comes with a ton of goodies, second head, headphones, walkman, Infinity gem (wild guess), elemental guns, plus the BAF piece!
  • Excellent facial detail on the alternate head.  Very accurate capture of Chris Pratt in plastic!
  • Headphones fit very well, I took them out of the box thinking…right this is gonna happen.  It did!
  • Has rocket boots in the movie, has rocket boots on the figure. Complaints = 0

The Bad

  • Definitely a quality control issue here.  Star Lords index finger on his left hand was pointing north out of the box while the rest of the fingers were pointing south.  It looked very much like he was uncomfortable.  For the most part I was able to bend it back and as long as I have him holding an elemental gun, things seem to stay well enough.
  • Another QC issue, legs weren’t necessarily straight per se’.  But they certainly were legs, so that’s pretty good right!

Drax

The Good

  • There is so much good here and I struggle with where to start so I’ll just go…
  • Body detail!! The red ‘tattoos’ aren’t painted on throw aways, they are all raised details and the figure looks epic because of it.
  • Incredibly poseable, to the point that I wished 1. I liked wrestling, 2. Hasbro made more wrestling figures.  …I didn’t really wish I liked wrestling, but the epic matches that Hasbro could help re-create!
  • Speaking of wrestling, Bautista.  The Bautista berries taste like Bautista berries.  Amazing likeness presented here.
  • Has knives, has knife holsters on his boots….WIN!

The Bad

  • The worst part about this figure is that the comic version of Drax released a year ago didn’t look anywhere near this detailed!

Gamora

The Good

  • The actor look-alike consistency with this set of figures is astounding.  Zoe Saldana in plastic and there is no questioning it.
  • Excellent pose-ability!
  • Love the sword, I’m sure it will come in handy to re-create some movie moments.

The Bad

  • This is my first female Marvel Legends figure.  I was highly disappointed to find that she suffers from the same knee / leg issues that plague a lot of the Marvel Universe scale female figures.  There is an odd sideways bend on her knees.  This serves to limit balance and pose-ability.
  • That sword that I really like, it is a nice sword, but it’s tricky to get stuck in Gamora’s hand for any period of time.

 

Rocket Raccoon

The Good

  • We’ve all seen the commercials, this little guy looks exactly like what you see in those commercials!
  • Interesting accessory’s included.  A very high tech looking future gun that I’m sure we will glimpse in the movie and another item which is not pose-able, but looks like a turret out of Team Fortress Classic.  Interestingly it also looks like it could be some sort of rocket pack.  I need to re-watch trailers but I don’t think we’ve seen it yet so I’m curious as to it’s specific definition.
  • Rocket does something awesome, but I’m holding out, check out what I say about Groot.

The Bad

  • It’s good that Rocket does something awesome, because due to limited points of articulation he can’t do very much.  He movies at the arms, wrists (wrist movement is detrimental to gun holding unfortunately), and head.  That’s really about it.
  • Rocket doesn’t have very good balance.  Fortunately, he does have a tail.  When positioned correctly Rocket has no trouble standing, it’s just unfortuante that the tail is required for balance purposes.

 

Iron Man (Guardians of the Galaxy Armor) (Comic Series)

The Good

  • I don’t think this is a shared opinion, but the Guardians of the Galaxy armor  is one of my favorite Iron Man armors of all time (next to neo-classic and Silver Centurion).  This figure does the armor absolute justice.
  • The pauldrons are articulated and can move with the arms.  This is common fare for most Iron Man figures but…they are just so big and awesome here!
  • Another very highly pose-able figure with excellent balance.  You can pull off some neat stuff here without requiring a stand to prevent tip over.

The Bad

  • Big fan, nothing to knock for me here.  Others may just flat out not like this armor.

Nova Prime

The Good

  • I talked a lot about Nova HERE, so I’m not really inclined to go much further.
  • Ok fine seriously it’s Nova Prime, the most awesome Marvel character ever written (Abnett / Lanning).  I can say  little more.
  • Unlike my first Nova Prime, this fresh out of case Nova has much tighter joints.
  • The color here blows the Marvel Universe Nova Prime well out of the water.  The uniform is perfectly captured in every way.
  • This Nova Prime figure stands proud next to my Bowen Nova Prime statue!

The Bad

  • I mentioned much tighter joints, and that’s 100% true, everywhere! Except! The neck / head joint.  This figure’s head rolls around like he’s hammered and it’s 3AM.
  • As mentioned in my previous review, my otherwise only complaint is that he doesn’t have forearms that spin around.  This prevents my ability to pose him to match Nova #1 (2007)

Groot

  • The Good
    • He is Groot!
    • He is Groot!
    • So tall!
    • For a figure of this size, the level of pose-ability and balance is exceptional.  For a figure of any size really.
    • Groot’s eyes are pure black, but the most deep and soulful I’ve ever seen on a figure.  I almost want to buy him an ice cream cone.  He looks so upset about something.
    • If you have Rocket, and why wouldn’t you if you have Groot, it is very easily to mimic the near iconic pose displayed in the commercials / trailers for the Guardians of the Galaxy film, Rocket on Groot’s shoulder blasting away and Groot looking menacing.

    The Bad

    • Which one is the left leg, which one is the right leg?  I guessed, I’m pretty sure I’m right, but I had to guess.

The rest

The rest? seriously, you want more?  Just go get these freakin’ figures!

Availability

This wave has landed at Target and other big box stores.  I know Target only received 1 case per store with a count of 8 figures.  Star Lord and Iron Man are the only 2 figures double packed, everyone else is one per case.  BBTS still lists the set as a pre-order and you can find them online at some retailers including Amazon, Target.com and Toys R Us.  However, selection is limited (no Nova, no Rocket) or on Amazon, the ‘more rare’ figures are being sold at scalper prices.

 

The whole team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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