MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Ooga-choka, ooga, ooga”
Wow, I cannot believe it’s been almost three years since the first Guardians of the Galaxy was released. Of course, I also can’t believe there was a time when the general public didn’t know Groot and Rocket, and when Chris Pratt wasn’t a high profile movie star. The galaxy’s most unlikely guardians are returning to movie screens this coming May in a film that looks set to at the very least live up to its predecessor, if not surpass it. Hasbro, seemingly picking up on some of their short-comings with the product for the last few MCU entries, is putting out some of the movie’s product now, so hopefully it’ll still be hanging around when the movie actually hits. The first assortment of Legends gives us a split of movie and comics characters, and supplies us with half of the film’s titular team. Today, I’ll be looking at the first figure I grabbed from the set, legendary outlaw
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Star-Lord was released in the Titus Series of Marvel Legends, which is the first Guardians-themed Legends series of the year. There’s one more series confirmed, and possibly a third at some point, depending on how generous they’re feeling. As of late, Hasbro’s been trying to include one figure in each series of Legends that is a stand alone, and thus not necessary to complete that series’s Build-A-Figure. Star-Lord is that figure for the Titus Series. He’s a little under 6 1/2 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. The last movie gave us Star-Lord in his long coat, which ended up being a rather short-lived look in the final film. This figure opts for the short-coated look, which was far more present. Time will tell which look proves to be the more prominent version in the second film. While you might assume there would be some parts re-use between the first Star-Lord and this one, this figure is actually 100% a new sculpt. And what a sculpt it is. Seriously, and I can’t stress this enough, the pictures don’t do this figure justice. It’s easily the best sculpt Hasbro has put out in this line, and possibly the best they’ve done in general. It’s a reeeeeally good sculpt. The head is a pretty much spot-on recreation of Pratt’s Star-Lord, from the shaping of his facial features, to the slightly unkempt hair and scruffy beard. I’ve not seen a beard sculpt look this good at this or any other small scale. The rest of the body is pretty solid too, with super tight detailing on his clothing (the jacket even replicates the real thing’s fine texturing and has a fully defined zipper). Even the proportions are pretty much perfect. Okay, the sculpt is good, but Hasbro’s not always known to get the best paintwork on their figures. That could be this guy’s undoing, right? Wrong. The level of detail on the face is nothing short of amazing; you can see the levels of hair on his eyebrows and beard, and even make out his irises in his eyes. Not to be outdone, the body has all of the important details covered. The jacket zipper is even painted, unlike on figures from some other companies out there (whose names rhyme with “Shmattell”), and he’s got a fully detailed t-shirt, despite most of it being covered by the jacket. There’s still some minor slop here and there, but in general the work here is far above what we’ve come to expect from mass market figures. Star-Lord is packed with his twin Element Guns from the movie, which appear to be the same molds as those from the first figure, but painted a bit better this time. It takes some work to get them into his hands, but once they’re in he holds them well, and he can also clip them onto his legs. He also includes his helmeted head, which, like the rest of him is a marked improvement over the one included with the last figure. Of course, his un-helmeted head is so nice, I can’t see this one getting a ton of use, but it’s still nice to have it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I found Star-Lord a few weeks back at Target, while searching for the new X-Men Legends. All they had was him and Drax (well, and the entirety of the first movie Legends assortment, because somebody decided we needed more of those), and I grabbed this guy as something of a consolation prize. What a consolation prize he was. This figure is such an immense improvement over his predecessor, it’s not even funny. I’m not including a comparison of the the two because I’d like the V1 figure to maintain at least some of his dignity. This is probably the best Legends figure that Hasbro’s ever produced, and is honestly one of the best figures I’ve gotten in recent history. They’re gonna have to work hard to top this guy.