Marvel Select Star-Lord

Starting off Marvel Select Guardians of the galaxy week, we are going to have a look at the Head Jerk in Charge, Star-Lord!  A little background though, around late 2016, maybe a little bit before, it came out of the woodwork that Diamond Select was tackling the Guardians of the Galaxy.  They set their Marvel Select team of artists off to design the Guardians of the Galaxy in a style that only Diamond Select Toys can do, and what came out is 5 beautiful figures that have all of the swagger of the Guardians themselves.  This iteration of the team is from the modern comic run of Guardians of the Galaxy.  Let’s check out Star-Lord. 

The Good

  • Star-Lord looks comic-fantastic here.  The mask, the coat, the boots, the satchel, it’s all there.
  • The paint on Star-Lord’s mask and metallic armor pieces is really nicely executed, looks great, adds so much depth to the character.  
  • Star-Lord features his elemental guns, and those guns have little punched out pieces where they can clip to posts on his hip.  Nothing like a holster to make me happy!  Despite just being pegs, the guns stay on very well.
  • I very much appreciate the included flight stand and boot blast effects!  They lead to some fun posing!
  • Articulation here is really very, very good.  There isn’t a Star-Lordy pose that isn’t possible and that’s saying a lot, most times figures with a long coat are limited in movement, but the cut of the coat and mix of articulation work very well here.
  • Star-Lord includes a piece of the build a diorama base with clips to connect it to the other base pieces.
  • The boots…this figure is really hyper detailed and looks great soup to nuts, but those are the coolest boots I’ve ever seen on an action figure, they even feel neat to touch.  That’s not weird is it?  Does that make me weird?

The Bad

  • The left hand of Star-Lord, the peg seems like it’s too small to hold either the packaged or alternate hand on.  When I manage to get the hand on, the best I can hope for is that it just dangles there.  This doesn’t affect most poses and is likely a manufacturing defect vs a flaw with the figure, but I’d love to hear your experiences if you have the figure.
  • Star Lord has two heads.  One head he’s masked and has …pretty yellow hair.  The other head he’s unmasked, and has clearly brown hair. 
  • The legs on my Star-Lord are a little loose in the joints.  He can still hold a pose, but I have to futz with it a little.

The rest

All things being equal and honest, I was mad at a few things with this figure, actually mad.  First and foremost, the packaging gave me fits as usual, everything is wire tied down.  I don’t know if it’s an added feature, exclusive to Disney Store figures or what, but the package features a new security button.  When you open the side of the package the button pops into two pieces and flies off the package.  This was on all four Guardians figures and I know my dog is going to find at least one of those button pieces.  I’m done venting though.  Getting past the few issues with the figure and my packaging rage, this is a really fantastic figure that I’m thrilled to own and you will be too.  He moves really well, he looks great, and those freakin’ boots!

Availability

Your best bet for the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Select series of figures is the Disney Store / DisneyStore.com.  They have frequent discounts and sales, and you should be able to get all four figures for well under $100 on the right day.

The Pictures

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