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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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Star Wars Black Series – Han Solo

With the great success I found in the Boba Fett Black Series action figure, I figured it was time to go again.  This time I went for the scruffy looking Nerf Herder hinself, Han Solo.

I was instantly impressed by the large selection of accessories he comes with.  His standard belt and gun, as well as a Strom Trooper belt and gun.   He also comes with an extra set of hands with flying gloves on.   His alternate right hand is posed the same as the standard hand, ready to hold his gun.  The left had varies from his standard hand, looking more like he is about to grab something.

I don’t know if there is anything they could have done to make this a better figure.  He looks fantastic.  The paint is great, and it looks like hm.  He has good articulation (not as good as the Marvel Legends, but I don’t think Han was that flexible anyway).

Boba Fett seems slightly shorter.  I am not sure if we ever really see them face to face, so I cannot guess as to how well this size matches up to “real life.”   This, being my second figure, is definitely making me keep my eyes open for more.


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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