Packaging - ****
Something we don't get very often with
mass market releases is collector friendly packaging. When I
'collector friendly', I'm using a term coined back in the day by Flatt
World Figures to denote a package that can be opened up, the figure and
contents completely removed, and no damage done. You can
the figure and accessories to its plastic prison for storage, display
or sale, without putting any serious hurt on the packaging materials.
hard to do for mass market lines, because they are subject to more
issues. Since they sit on the pegs at Target and Toys R Us, they get
man handled. They have to stand up to peg wear and tear, and they also
have to provide some level of protection from theft. How often have you
seen the wrong figure, wrong accessories, or stuff just plain missing
from a package on the peg, and that's one that is hard to open!
Hasbro has pulled it off with the latest Marvel Legends series.
There's no need to damage anything, and in fact, I didn't
cut any tape to open the flaps on the box. There's no twisties or
rubber bands inside,
and only Star-Lord has some minor tape on the interior plastic tray to
help hold the smaller accessories in place.
I'm giving them big
props here for managing to do this, but I can't guarantee they won't
face issues with people stealing the Groot pieces left and right.
Sculpting - Drax
***1/2; Rocket, Star-Lord ***
I found this to be a bit of a tricky category, at least in terms of
Drax and Star-Lord.
is pretty straight forward - they did a great job on him, right down to
his furry face. The scale seems about right - he stands about
inches tall - and the hands are sculpted to work with the big gun.
one complaint is that he isn't designed to stand on his own
particularly well. I'm betting he can sit on Groot (once you have him
built), but the small feet and sculpted leg pose is not conducive to
remaining upright. Thankfully, his tail will help quite a bit in that
regard, acting as the third leg of a tri-pod. If not for that minor
issue with standing in some poses, he'd get another half star here.
Drax wins out, largely due to
the nice work on the raised body tattoos. This isn't the first ML Drax
we've seen, but the
previous release wasn't nearly as nicely done. I can see
Batista in there if I squint just right as well, making it a reasonable
is the trickiest. He's been through an awful lot of costume changes
over the years, and this latest look is really designed for his screen
presence, although he does have a solo comic book right now sporting
the same outfit. It's clearly a Malcolm Reynolds inspired costume, and
I have no problem with that - cool is cool.
It's also clear from
the promo shots and clips that he'll be wearing more than one costume
in the movie, which is good for the toy line. More variants!
The rubber coat is
soft enough to allow the legs to pose, but the stiff collar gets in the
way of the bag straps. The strap that goes over the shoulder tends to
either ride too low to avoid the collar, or ride too high above the
There are two head sculpts - one
with the environmental mask, and one without. Neither looks
particularly like Pratt
but it's close enough to get an average score. Considering the scale,
the detailing on the hair is very nice, and I like the work they've
done on the mask. He stands about 6 1/4" tall.
My biggest issue
with Star-Lord is his forearms. There are double pin elbows, and the
double disc used inside the joint is quite long. Add to that some
fairly long forearms, and the proportions on his overall arms look
weird. You can hide it in photos, but in person they really do look
One other item worth noting -
the plastic used for the
bodies and joints is fairly soft and rubbery, at least for Drax and
Star-Lord. It's solid enough that the characters will have no trouble
keeping poses, even deep stances, but you'll want to take a little care
freeing up the joints to avoid damaging anything.
Paint - ***1/2
Overall, this is a very strong outing in this category, particularly
for a mass market figure in this scale.
are generally sharp, with little bleed or slop. Eyes, eyebrows, lips,
hair lines - all neat and clean. The tattoo/scars on Drax
decent, although there is the occasional slip here or there. Even the
fur colors on Rocket are well done, especially the striping on the tail.
a few minor nits - I'm not sold on the darker dirty wash used on
Star-Lords coat, and there are a few inconsistencies in colors across a
figure. But overall this is very good work, and looks best when viewed
with the nekkid eye.
Articulation - Drax ****;
Star-Lord ***; Rocket **1/2
These are Marvel Legends figures, first and foremost, and as such they
have the same general high level of articulation.
is somewhat different of course, since his body is nothing like the
standard. He does have a ball jointed neck, but the thick neck and
tight fit means it's mostly a turning side to side action with little
tilt or lean.
He also has ball shoulders, pin
elbows, cut wrists, and a rocker waist. The
legs are pretty much what you see is what you get, but the tail has a
cut joint at the body, making it useful for propping him up.
Star-Lord and Drax have the usual articulation - ball neck, ball
shoulders, ball hips, double pin elbows and knees, cut thighs and
biceps, cut waist, ab-crunch, cut wrists, and pin ankles with rocker
All the joints on Drax work
fantastic, with a very
fluid, natural movement. Star-Lord has that coat of course, and it does
restrict some of the articulation a bit. But because it's made from a
softer material, the range of movement is much better than it might
I was able to get nice poses out
of both Star-Lord
and Drax without much effort, and the joints were tight. Drax was a
particular favorite, and kids will really enjoy playing with him
because of the posability and quality. I suspect the film will make him
a kid favorite as well, along with Rocket and Groot.
Accessories - Star-Lord ****;
Rocket ***1/2; Drax ***
Here we have a category where your money actually seems to be getting
you something extra, at least with Star-Lord and Rocket.
not so much. You do get a piece of Groot, but the only additional
accessories are his two knives. These are critical of course, and they
are well sculpted and fit nicely in his hands. But it's still a bit
light, particularly when compared to the other two.
Rocket is a
smaller figure, so you expect some serious extras with him. He has his
big blaster, and while it's a bit tough to get him to hold it, you can
manage it - in more than one way - with a little constructive effort.
The sculpt is quite good,
and since he'll be using it plenty in the movie, it's an important
He has a Groot piece too, but
you expect that. More
importantly, he comes with the 'Hadron Enforcer'. This is a weapon used
to create small scale nuclear blasts. From the promo photos, it looks
like Star-Lord will be using it at some point in the film, but since
it's such a large weapon, it made complete sense to throw it in with
the smaller Rocket. The figure can hold it just like in the film, with
the base against his chest, holding on to handles on either side.
Star-Lord himself is already
extras. He has two blasters for extra rootin' tootin' fire power, and
they fit nicely in the provided hand sculpts. He also has his very
antique cassette player (at least it's wireless), his headphones, and
to top it all off, that second head sculpt lacking the mask. I'm a
sucker for extra heads.
He has a Groot piece too - can't
that. All in all, that's quite a bit, certainly helping his score both
here and in the final tally.
Fun Factor - ****
Legends, like the largely defunct DC Universe Classics, are always fun.
Great sculpts supported by excellent articulation and nice accessories
- what more could you want? How about tying them into one of the
biggest super hero movies of the year, geared toward kids? You've got a
perfect recipe for action figure nirvana.
Value - **
It's hard to swallow paying $20 a pop for
action figures, but at least Hasbro is throwing in quite a few extras.
The BAF pieces are always nice, even if a BAF isn't quite the amazing,
huge figure it once was.
Things to Watch Out For -
mentioned earlier, the joints are a little soft, especially the elbows
on Drax and Star-Lord, so if you have to free them up when you first
pull them out of the package, take some care.
- ***1/2 (3.5 out of 4)
This isn't our first Rocket Raccoon or Drax, but both of these movie
versions are nicer than the previous released comic based ML figures.
That's saying a lot too, since most ML's are fairly well done.
the way, if you'd like a more traditional comics based Star Lord ML,
there's one coming with the exclusive Thanos Imperative set available
next month at SDCC.
calling it now - this flick will be the end of summer smash. Kids will
love it, nerds will love it, you'll love it. That will likely make
these figures harder to find once the film is released, so you're best
bet is to snag them now. The price point is a tough pill to swallow,
but the more times you do the easier it gets.
I've included quite a few photos
of these three, so be sure to scroll to the bottom to see them all.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Drax ***1/2; Rocket, Star-Lord ***
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Drax ****; Star-Lord ***1/2; Rocket **1/2
Accessories - Star-Lord ****; Rocket ***1/2; Drax ***
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **
Overall - ***1/2
Your best bet right now is Target, where these are being put out
nationwide as part of their fall reset. Expect to pay $20 a
pop. You can always search
ebay for a deal.
I've covered plenty of Marvel Legends in the past - check out the review index to find them -
but I'll be hitting up the rest of this series, including Groot, in the
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