Thursday, July 31, 2014
Finally, with all the pieces assembled, here is Groot! If you've been keeping track, you may notice that I haven't made a post about Nova. I did buy a Nova as well, but that went to my roommate while I kept the included Groot piece. Once assembled, Groot's most obvious feature is that he is really tall. If he had been packaged as a single figure, he'd have to be in the box with his legs all bent up or possibly unattached. He's got a nice heft to him. He's not completely a flat brown, there is some darker brown wash, and some greenish bits as well. I also really like the headsculpt for Groot. It is a fairly calm expression, but it really feels like it has a lot of personality to it.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
In case we didn't have enough six inch Iron Man figures from last man's Iron Man 3 line, or basically every other wave of Marvel Legends, here's another one! Yeah, I know Iron Man joined the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics, but this is a slot that would have been better filled by a character in the movie. Like Nebula! Or Ronan. But hey, who needs figures of the antagonists? In a better reality, I would be posting about a Nebula figure right now. But here's a weird Iron Man suit. It's got really weird, goofy looking shoulder protuberances that are at least removable. Also, the head has kind of an Ultron feel to it, with the weird "grin" on its face. This figure is packed two per case, so it will be one of the easier figures to find if you're interested.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Up next in the Guardians of the Galaxy wave of Marvel Legends is Drax. Since these are movie based figures, they mostly have more realistic physiques, but Dave Bautista is frigging huge, so consequently his figure is more of a comic character look than the others. All his tattoos/markings are sculpted and painted on, which is some pretty impressive detail work. He's got all the articulation of the other figures, but none of his joints feel soft or floppy. Accessory-wise, he's got two daggers which can be sheathed on the sides of his boots. Drax is probably the best figure in this wave.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Rocket Raccoon has somewhat surprisingly had two comics based action figures released so far. Rocket is the smallest figure of the line, so he feels like the worst value. But he's a talking space raccoon with a big gun, so that kind of novelty does help make up for that a bit. His feet are too tiny for him to balance on, aside from not being perfectly level with each other, so fortunately his tail can be used to help keep him upright. He's decently articulated above the waist, but below the waist, the only point of articulation is his swivel tail.
Aside from the Groot build a figure piece, Rocket also includes another accessory, somewhat boosting his value. It's a really big gun for Star-Lord that probably uses as much plastic as is used for Rocket himself. The gun unfortunately doesn't have the best grips, and has no other means of support, so it's probably not good for a display option unless you use other means to attach it to Star-Lord's chest. It does make an appearance in the trailer, but until I see the movie, I won't know how vital an accessory it will turn out to be.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Second in the Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends figures is Gamora. When I first saw pictures of the figure, I thought the head looked a little big. Now, I think it's just that the figure's body is too thin. Her arms are so thin, she doesn't get double hinged elbows but rather the swivel-hinge joint. Gamora's pretty light on accessories, she has a sword and a build-a-figure piece. Having not seen the movie yet, maybe that's the only accessory that would makes sense. Unusually, Gamora (as the sole female of the wave) doesn't come with the largest piece of the build-a-figure. For once, the woman in the line isn't the smallest figure, thanks to Rocket.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy is being released to theaters in a couple weeks, and I've been looking forward to it for a while. I'd thought about pre-ordering the figures, but decided to hold off. Then when they were released, half of them shot up in price, so I figured I had missed my chance. I kept an eye on things, and was able to order all the figures at retail or slightly below retail online. First up is Star-Lord, who's wearing a fairly casual outfit for his movie re-design. It's a good looking figure. I'm not sure if the weathering on his coat is meant to make it look dirty or not, but at least it's not flat looking. He's got double hinged knees and elbows, which use the softer plastic that makes the joints feel a bit fragile. He's armed with a pair of sci-fi looking blasters.
Other accessories include an alternate unmasked head. It's a pretty decent likeness to Christ Pratt, better at some angles than others. There's also a set of headphones and a Walkman. The other accessory is the sphere he's shown stealing in the first trailer.
If you'd told me a year ago that I would have two Chris Pratt toys in a year's time, I wouldn't have believed you. Yet, here we are.