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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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Gamora with Rocket (Marvel Select Disney Store Exc)

I absolutely love this version of Gamora. I was bummed it was not coming out in any form in the Marvel Legends line, but I was happy that it was coming out in Marvel Select. In the last few years, Marvel Select figures have gotten the full articulation treatment. In the past, they were limited, being over glorified statues. Not any more.

Gamora comes with Rocket in this set. You can also get Star-Lord, Drax, and Groot to fill out this team if you would like. They run a little higher, $24.99 for each figure.

There are a lot of accessories. Rocket comes with 4 guns of varying sizes, while Gamora comes with 3 guns, two blades, and 4 additional hads. They also come with a base that can attach to the rest of the team.

There is really good movement in both figures. Rocket does well holding both his big and small guns. His tail helps him out a lot.

I really like the size comparison of the two. Rocket is small, but very dangerous looking.

Gamora has great articulation. She is able to hold her rifle with two hands, and can have very dynamic stances.

The sword is gigantic. It is long and imposing, just as it should be.

Though she comes with so many weapons, she has no way of carrying any of them, which is sad. It would have been nice to have seen a few holsters, or sheaths. Oh well, you don’t want to mess with that fantastic outfit of hers.

And when all else fails, she can punch her way out of the situation, which I am sure she has no problem doing.

I have assembled my Guardians team. This version of Gamora and Rocket, teamed up with movie Star-Lord and Groot, and comics Drax. That is the team I choose to guard my galaxy.


Titus – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Let’s take a quick look at the build-a-figure of Titus that we get with the completion of the Titus Wave of the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Marvel Legends set.

This is the first of two waves this time around for the second movie. We have the Vulture and Warlock series to stick in the middle of the two waves, but it will be here eventually nonetheless. You know, right about the time the DVD drops I am sure.

Titus was a member of the Supernovas, so he ties into the space theme as well as having worked with Sam Alexander’s dad, so a more direct connection to another figure in the wave.

The figure himself is what we like to see in a BAF. He is big and tough looking. He has a unique look, with the giant white tiger head, as well as the quad blaster for a hand.

He has the standard articulation that we get in the big guys of the Marvel Legend line. A bit less than the standard figures, but not bad overall.

So this concludes the 8-figure set of the GotG Vol 2 wave. This will continue to grow sometime down the line with some more great figures and characters.

For now, I found Cyclops to complete the Warlock wave somewhere out there in either Nevada or Utah. It was thankfully pretty early in the trip. And that was the only Cyclops I saw through 11 states. I knew he would be the hard one to find. And then the Spider-Man: Homecoming figures started to show up, and I completed that set as well. The figures are starting to back up, so look for lots and lots of updates coming soon.


Vance Astro – Marvel Legends – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Titus Wave)

Look everybody, it’s Vance Astro. Who? You know, Vance Astro. *chirp chirp* Yes that is right, the guy that not many people have heard about. But he is important because he was a founding member of the Guardians of the Galaxy back in 1969. And that is pretty cool. His story though is riddled with bummers.

Starting with his entering the space program. He was sent on a mission to the Alpha Centauri system that would take 10 centuries, since his ship was not equipped with a faster-than-light engine. By the time he made it to his destination, the planet had already been visited by humans, since the faster engines were developed over the centuries. Sad, right?

From there, he creates the Guardians of the Galaxy, and jumps all over time changing history, and teaming up with teams like The Defenders, and the Avengers. He even meets himself, and convinces himself not to join the space program. It makes me think of the movies and TV shows where someone tries to explain how the timeline is interrupted by a character doing something at some point. And how this version of the character is from the future that does not exist any more.

One of the times he has to go in search of Captain America’s shield. Well, he found it, and we got it as a part of this set.

Major Victory is given to us in his standard suit. Basically the best choice so Hasbro can use the standard tall, muscular body and just paint it. It is nothing special, and a figure most people would probably skip if not for the BAF part for Titus.

What he does have going for him is the sculpt is killer, with all of the good detailing in the muscle, and good articulation.

As I mentioned before, he comes with Captain America’s shield. And that is it. Paint and a shield. The shield is standard, so it can clip on the wrist, or the clip can be folded back to reveal a post that can go in Vance’s back.

I can not go so far as to say this guy is totally worth it. The price is down on Amazon, so that helps, but this is not best figure we have seen. He is important to the Guardians, so that ups his cool points, but not by much.

 


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

Yandu did not make it into the series for the first movie. There were a lot of people that were unhappy that the Marvel Legends for the first movie was just the Guardians, when there were so many great figures that needed to be made. Well, this time around, we are getting them. There are many secondary characters from the first movie that stole scenes, and made bigger impact in Volume 2.

Yandu is one of those characters. He is really the catalyst that made the Guardians a reality, since he stole little Peter Quill and used him for his own gains. In this movie he has a stronger link to Rocket, and allows Rocket to come to peace with his life and his role in the larger universe.

The figure is just what we wanted it to be. His ugly mug has a nasty smile that lets us know that he knows something we don’t. He is in his Ravagers duster and dark colors. The colors really bring out the blue of his skin, much like it did in the movies.

If you so desire, Yandu’s coat is removable. You can see all of the really nice detailing that went into the clothes.

He comes with two heads. The first has his red electronic bar on his head that controls his Yaka Arrow. Later in the movie (No Spoilers) he relies on a different fin to control his arrow. This one is on the second head that he comes with. It is a nod to the comic version of Yondu that does have a large red fin on his head.

Yandu comes with one weapon, his Yaka Arrow. Now in the first movie he used it, and we could see it was powerful. But in Volume 2, we saw JUST how powerful it really is, and that arrow is dangerous. The arrow comes with a wisp of power streaking out behind it. The power is pretty short, and does not stay in place very well. I would love to have had a second arrow to fit into his sheath on his hip. You can either have the arrow flying or it is missing. I will probably go and make my own. An arrow will not be all that hard, just small.

I really like Yandu in this scale. He is a good looking figure, and a much needed addition to the Guardians. I am glad we are getting two waves of Guardians for this movie, and we get to see a wider range of characters represented.


Angela – Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2) (Titus Wave)

It’s Angela, of Spawn fame. In that universe, she was an angel and bounty hunter. She and Spawn fought against one another and together a few times. In the real world Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman went to court over who was the rightful owner of this fantastic lady. Well, Neil Gaiman won the real world battle. He would later sell the rights to Marvel.

From there, Marvel created a backstory where Angela is actually a daughter of Odin, therefore a sister to Thor. She is known as Aldrif Odinsdottir, but that is a mouthful, so we’ll stick with Angela. In the Age of Ultron storyline, she met up with and was attacked by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Welcome to your new universe. This is where the tie-in comes that allows us to feel okay with her being added to this wave of GotG Vol.2 figures.

Her body mold, and paint work are fantastic. She has a nice strong body. I am hoping we are continuing to move away from that skinny female body we saw for so long. Her hair is blowing in the wind, which is fantastic, and generally typical for how she is drawn.

She comes with two axes and a giant sword. The sword has a sheath that is on a belt around her waist. She has some added armor around her elbows. Those pieces tend to move around a lot, and don’t really stay in place. It is a similar problem we had back with Rogue and her boot tops. A very minor problem for a great figure.

Well, this is the first comic figure of the wave, and she is really well done. It is great to get a figure that has such a rich history, both in comics and the real world. I love that Hasbro spent the time and energy on making her, and getting her into our hands. It has been 4 years since her introduction into the Marvel Universe, so it is about time. There are plenty of others who have never seen the light of day in plastic form, but this one is out, and she is great!


Drax – Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2) (Titus Wave)

Hey, another Drax. Did we need another Drax? Um, not really. The first one was fine. This one is pretty much a copy with a new yelling head.

Drax comes with a rocket launcher this time around, and not a fancy space rocket launcher. It is a newer looking version that the model we saw that came with The Punisher and Deadpool (who used the same model). It looks a lot more like a ground to air defense missile launcher. Perfect in the hands of the big guy. Since this was not used in the movie, and Hasbro probably didn’t want to go to the cost of giving him a one-off weapon, I am guessing we will see this one show up again soon.
He also comes with the two thin blade knives we saw in the first figure, as well as the Guardians comic exclusive set.

Here is one of the pics of Star-Lord unmasked I promised y’all.

Comparing the two Draxes, it is the same, save for the color of his pants. The color of their skin is different too. So unfortunately if you like one color of pants over the other, you are stuck with the heads attached to the body they came on.

This is a fine figure. It was good the first time around, but a bit stale the second. You definitely need the figure to get all of the BAF parts, but at least I am on my way to three complete sets of Guardians. HAHA!!!

Next up, we will visit the comic world for a few figures and see how those new figures stack up to the movie figures.


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