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Marvel Legends – Mantis Series (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

We are back in Marvel Legends with another go around from the Guardians of the Galaxy. This time to go along with Volume 2.  In the standard that we are currently seeing from Habro, we have a number of movie figures and a string of comic figures to go with the theme.

Rocket and Groot:

One of the best pairing from the first movie again makes waves as we look at Rocket in a new costume, and a young Groot.

This version of Rocket still looks like he has a bad attitude. This is helped with a hinged jaw and two guns that fit well in his hand.  Rocket is not a big figure, but the details are outstanding on his outfit. And little Groot looks great too. Maybe we will see a teenage Groot in Infinity Wars. Fingers crossed for an emo Groot.

Gamora:

Gamora is not a big win for me. I did not love the first version, and the second version does not bring me much joy either. I think it is because I LOVE the design of the comic version of Gamora, and it is hard to make a live-action related to that.

The face sculpt is really well done. Hasbro has been nailing the face sculpts for the most part.

Along with a large rifle, Gamora also comes with her sword, as well as a second version of her sword that folds up and fits in a holster/sheath.

Nebula:

I was so happy to see Nebula make it back into Volume 2. I thought there was a lot of depth to the character that we had not yet seen… and we didn’t get a figure the first time around either.

Her outfit is really cool looking with the two tones of purple, with the black and some shiny and some matte. There is a lot of detail going on there. It goes along with the rest of her body, a great head sculpt and a fantastic metal arm.

She comes with a small blaster, and a second arm. That replacement forearm is a bit creepy, and it looks great.

Star-Lord:

Oh good, just what we need… another Star-Lord. How many is that now? This time we have Dr. Who Star-Lord. I am not a big fan of the face sculpt on this one. We have gotten a few really good versions in the past.

We don’t get a masked head, but boy, we get a scrap of black plastic. Hmmm. Kind of a letdown this time around.

Star-Lord also comes with his twin blasters, but boy this is a hard one for me to like, since we have had a few good ones in the past.

Adam Warlock:

Adam Warlock is the first of the comic figures. They gave us a painted buck with a skirt and fat belt, power effects, and a pair of heads. This is not a terribly exciting figure.

The alternate head is actually quite amazing. It adds to the dynamics of the figure and makes him way better. And the purple skin is really well done.

Ex Nihilo:

Ex, who now? I have no clue who this guy is. And I don’t really care all that much. In the past, there have been strange out-there figures that have come around in the later part of the Marvel Legends waves that I really wanted to know more about.

This guy, not so much. He is gold and has a black symbol on his chest. And he has some crazy asymmetrical horns. That is about all I need to know.

I do actually love the gold paint. It really shows off the great sculpting of the figure.

Mantis (BAF):

Take the build-a-figure part from each of the figures and you end up with Mantis. Easily one of my favorite parts of Volume 2.

She looks fantastic in her black and green. The colors of her outfit are really well done. She has her movie accurate hair and the big black eyes.

It is hard to say it is worth it to have to get 6 figures, just to build Mantis. She is great, but she is also a small figure. We had Hit Monkey back in the day that was a small guy, but there were only 3 figures to collect in that wave. This one you had to collect 6 of the 7 figures to get this BAF. I skipped Death’s Head II. I will probably pick him up on clearance on Amazon.
He looks a lot better than Ex Nihilo. And it was a redo of Rocket, Gamora, Star-Lord, and a couple of unknowns. So, I am not impressed overall. And that is hard for me to say, I LOVE Marvel Legends. Thankfully, there are some really good waves coming up in the very near future.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (comic) Marvel Legends – Entertainment Earth Exclusive Box Set

Way back when the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was announced, I had know who The Guardians were, but not a whole lot about them. I had seen them pop up now and then, but not really that mainstream. I knew Marvel was really taking a risk going all in by adding a team that was mostly unknown. I trust Marvel, and I knew they were going to do a good job. I was all in. Well, the crazy hit, and The Guardians gained more followers. One of the advantages of that is that there are other risks taken when putting out toys.

The comic version of The Guardians was made in the Marvel Legends 6 inch line and was an exclusive to Entertainment Earth. Originally set at about $120, I was not going to be able to get this one. Besides that, it was WAY too high priced with each figure going for $24, if you are including Rocket as one figure, which would be hard to do for that price. Then back in March, I had some money for Amazon, and this set popped up for 30% less than it sold for on Entertainment Earth’s site. Funny enough, it is still available on Amazon for the 30% off, and EE says they are sold out.

Anyway, let’s take a look. That is a lot of stuff in one box of Marvel Legends. The whole team is here. Rocket in uniform. Groot is looking very angry. Star-Lord is looking great in his uniform. Gamora is clad in soft-goods mixed with some plastic. And Drax has some metal hands and is very very bright green.

Out of the box, they look even more dynamic. That is a team I can get behind. I LOVE teams, and this one looks great.

Let’s take a closer look starting with the firecracker, Rocket Raccoon. He comes with three different weapons. He is holding one that fits him pretty well. The other two are gigantic, but you know Rocket, that is the way he likes them. He is also posing with a baby Groot. Not nearly as cute at the movie Groot, but not much actually is. I really like Rocket’s paint. His face is so bright with the black and white face.

Star-Lord comes masked with his helmet and mask in place. With all of the extras, we didn’t get an unmasked version. Too bad. His suit is just fantastic. It has a classic feel to it, with the barnstormer jacket and the brown spats over his boots.

He comes with a pair of pistols. They are really well made with good details. They do need a bit of paint apps to really bring out the details. And some holsters would have been nice, but not the worse. He also comes with the Tesseract.

Drax has a pair of metal hands, as well as his bare hands. He comes with 4 knives. The metal hands do not allow holding of weapons. When the hands are removed, the gauntlets can be removed as well, but he always wears those.

The two big knives that look like big ole Bowie knives with guards for his hands. They are well made and look just right in the big guy’s hands.

The two smaller knives are the same as the pair that came with movie Drax, and they also holster in his boots.

Gamora is so lovely. Her paint is top notch. He comes fully dressed with a head that has a hood up. Her mouth is slightly open. She has the rest of the cape, made of plastic, going down the back.

There is a soft-goods poncho that goes on under the cape. There is one arm hole and a head hole in the poncho.

The extra clothing covers up so much great paint apps on the rest of her body. She is certainly not modest, wearing next to nothing. No wonder she has to wear a poncho and a cape. I hear space can be a cold place. She has a second head that does not have the hood. The hair is a bit more free. She also has a really big broadsword that is two-toned gold and silver.

You can make a lot of clothing choices with her. Her cape can be worn without the poncho, which is actually closer to the art from the cover of the box.

Finally there is Groot. This is not your ordinary movie Groot. This guy is angry. From the neck down, it actually IS the movie Groot, but with a darker paint job. The head is all new, with a look much closer to the comic books, with a much more root appearance.

This is a great team. They look so good together. They have the height, both high and low. They have a whole lot of different fighting attributes to bring to the table. I love teams!!!

And for good measure, the comic team is joined by the movie team. Comparing the two teams based on appearance: movie Groot wins, Comic Gamora. Comic Drax, Comic Rocket, and a tie on Star-Lord. I absolutely love the movie, and I cannot wait to see Volume 2, but for the Marvel Legends, the comic team wins on appearance.

 

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Marvel Legends – Groot – Finally I have Nova!!

Finally, finally, finally I found Nova and got the last piece of Groot.  It makes me crazy that Marvel Legends puts out the BAF and then they don’t have enough of one figure, thus creating an unfinished BAF… in this case, Groot, that I wanted more than any of the other figures.

The detail work on Groot is amazing!  From all of the little veins and wood pieces, to the gentile addition of moss, and of course the face is the best.

The Guardians are finally all together.  I can’t believe how amazingly tall Groot is.  Since I had most of the pieces, I could see he was going to be big, but this guy is HUGE!

I still don’t know why they went with two characters who were not in the movie.  There were plenty of other characters I would like to have seen in this wave.


Guardians of the Galaxy – 2.5 inch figures and vehicles

For a second when I saw the tiny little 2.5 inch Guardians of the Galaxy figures in the store, I was thinking “Why would we want something so small, when we are getting them in the Marvel Legends line.  Then it hit me.  The vehicles.  I have been hearing about the vehicles, and they do not disappoint.  I have the first two, the Rocket Raccoon’s Warbird, and the Milano.

Warbird:

Warbird comes out of the box in a few pieces.  The main body and the two lower wings.  There is also a pack that has two more body parts (which I think are weapons) that attach to the underside of the top wings.  The pack also includes Rocket Raccoon as well as a blue Battle Gear with a missile launcher.   The Battle Gear come with all of the 2-pack character sets.

This is a great looking ship when all together.  It  looks reminiscent of a Babylon 5 fighter.   I really like the design of the double wings.  The top set of wings can move up into a battle mode of sorts. It is not a whole lot of movement on the toy, but considering it is 2.5in scale, it is a lot of motion.

I was a little bummed when I put Rocket in the cockpit. It is a standard seat for anyone to use.  That means Rocket just falls down into a laying position. And he rattles around in there when the ship is flying around.

Milano:

The Milano comes in a whole lot more parts.  Three sets of wings, the canopy, small black engines, 2 missiles, and Star-Lord.  There is one more set of wings already attached to the vehicle, which move back and forth.

Once together…that is a LOT of wings.   On the third wing down moves, though it looks like there will be movement in the top and bottom wings as well in the movie.Those would have been great to see with pivot points.

The Milano and Warbird together.  The Milano is quite a bit larger.  It has a cockpit that seats 3 figures, and features lights and sounds.  Gone are the days of including 2 AA batteries.  Once supplied, the black button on the back makes a number of weapons and engine sounds.   The lights are integrated into the front of the craft making a sort of ‘T’ shape along the front nose of the ship.   These are two fantastic ships.  I am really happy with these two so far, and I am looking forward to more.

2-Packs

Ronan and Star-Lord.  This is a different Star-Lord than the one that comes in the Milano.  This one is masked, and has on his trademark red trench coat.  Ronan is all suited up and ready for battle somewhere.  Each 2-pack comes with Battle Gear, which consists of a missile launcher, and a sheet of weapons similar to the weapons packs in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets.   These however go on the ships.  All except for Ronan’s hammer.   The missile launcher that comes in this pack does not fit on the Milano or the Warbird.  And that is surprising, since there are about 30 ports between the two ships.

This is a good pairing of Drax and Korath. Two larger than life strong-men. They come with a green Battle Gear, and a rocket launcher that matches the launcher that comes with Warbird.  I am so impressed with the details of these small figures.  Well done.

Groot and Rocket, together again as one character. Rocket doesn’t have any articulation, so he is more of an accessory. This is the same Rocket that comes with the Warbird. I could see the need for a whole bunch of Nova Corps Officers, but too bad we don’t need extra Groots or Rockets.

 

Overall, I am ecstatic about these figures.  They are small, but very well detailed, and even come with some articulation to fit into ships.   The two ships are equally as impressive with details and moving parts.  I would like to have seen some weapons for these characters to hold.  Little guns at the very least.

I can see this moving to a whole new world of Marvel figures for Hasbro.  They can go a long way with this scale.  It would be impossible to make vehicles for the Marvel Legends size figures, and it would even be a bit large for the Marvel Universe scale.  Those guys are about the size of a GI Joe, and they have really big cars and planes.  At this scale, we can see more of a variety.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Hasbro wasn’t a little sad that they didn’t have this scale with the Avengers movie.  We could have had Shield cars, motorcycles, jets, and then of course, leading up to the Heli-carrier.  Well, they have this scale now, and we are leading up to Avengers 2.  Let’s keep going with this scale.

 

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