MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Drax the Destroyer travels the galaxy seeking revenge against those responsible for his family’s death.”
Going into the first Guardians film, the only of the title characters I was more than passingly familiar with was Drax the Destroyer. He was a character with a rather complicated backstory, which proved to be more than could be fully covered in the confines of an ensemble cast movie, necessitating some streamlining. The problem with streamlining a character like Drax is that he can very quickly end up boring and two dimensional if you aren’t careful. Fortunately, James Gunn and Dave Bautista worked together and created a character that was an immensely enjoyable commentary on the “revenge-driven noble warrior” archetype. I loved him in the first film, and it looks like I may love him even more if the trailers for Vol 2 are anything to go by.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Drax is part of the first assortment of GotG Vol 2-themed Marvel Legends, also known as the Titus Series. He’s based on Drax’s appearance in the second film, but it’s worth noting that Drax doesn’t look to have had much change in appearance since the first time around. The figure is about 6 3/4 inches tall and has 30 points of articulation. Drax’s sculpt is mostly re-used from his prior figure. Given that he was easily the strongest of the original movie’s sculpts and, as I noted above, that his design really hasn’t changed, this is actually quite a sensible bit of re-use. Three years later, the sculpt still holds up very nicely, and it’s doesn’t look out of place next to the latest Star-Lord, which is no small feat, let me tell you. He does at the very least get a new head sculpt. Where the first Drax’s head was more on the calm side of things, this new head gives us a far more intense Drax, as he would look in the heat of battle. Honestly, this seems more true to a character whose subtitle is “The Destroyer,” so I’m very glad Hasbro opted for this look. The head is still fairly consistent with the calmer sculpt, as well, so you can still see that they’re the same guy. Since the sculpt is largely the same, Drax really relies on paint to help differentiate him. The biggest change is the color of the pants; the first figure was sporting the red pants he got from the Ravagers, but this figure is sporting the blue ones he picked up from the Nova Corps following the first film’s final battle. It actually brings him a little more in line with the comics version of this design, so that’s pretty cool. I also think the blue is just a more flattering look for him, so that’s another plus for me. There’s also been a slight change in the pigmentation of the skin. It’s more green here than the last one, which is another welcome change, since I always found that figure to look a bit drab (although, sadly, this means you can’t swap heads between the two). This time around, the finish on the figure is also a whole lot less shiny, which makes him look just a lot better as a whole. Drax is packed with the same pair of knives included with the first figure, which are still very nice. He also includes a rocket launcher (which looks to be the same one he was carrying in the first movie), as well as the left arm of Titus. I wouldn’t have minded another head (either the calm one or a laughing one) to make up for all the re-used parts, but the launcher’s a nice addition, and he doesn’t feel too light on extras.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Despite liking the character a lot, I didn’t initially plan on picking up Drax, given just how similar he was to the first release. I ended up getting him from Super Awesome Girlfriend, who picked him up for me after feeling sorry that I wasn’t having much luck with the Warlock Series. I gotta say, having him in hand, I feel the purchase was warranted. He’s very similar to the original, but the small changes they’ve made really add up, and result in a figure that just feels like a step up from his predecessor.