Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Action Figure Review: Star-Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro

Before I get into the review, I want to think Action Figure Man over at Action Figure Imagery for sending me these figures. I won their February 2015 contest and received this set and Split Cycle Superman from Man of Steel. I appreciate Action Figure Man's generosity in running these contests pretty frequently and giving out prizes! Thank you so much!

     Guardians of the Galaxy was without a doubt my favorite movie released last year. It's also my favorite Marvel film overall. Since I bought the Awesome Mix soundtrack last August I'm not sure it's left my car. I've cosplayed as Star-Lord as the 2014 Charlotte Heroes Convention and as part of a group Halloween costume. I'm a fan. That being said, I found Hasbro Guardians of the Galaxy action figure offerings to be...disappointing. Guardians simply lacked many of the problems that so many other superhero movie based toylines face: It had a full cast of heroes (versus one hero like Man of Steel or any of the Spiderman films), it had multiple non-human villains, vehicles were an integral part of the plot (no need to make up an ATV for the Hulk to ride), and kids didn't already have these characters in action figure form. This should have been a line that perfectly married a superhero line with the collectability and depth of  something like Star Wars. So what happened? Hasbro, that's what. Let's be honest: Hasbro has pretty much killed G.I. Joe, 1/18th scale Star Wars figures, and the only decent Marvel stuff they put out are Marvel Legends and the Marvel Super Hero mashers. For Guardians of the Galaxy Hasbro tried something different by offering packs of 2.5 inch tall articulated figures. That's not a problem, necessarily, as I have fond memories of smaller lines like Eagle Force, M.A.S.K., and Air Raiders. Unfortunately, these won't blend into any established Marvel collection. Ready for a closer look at these? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 2 1/2 inches

Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck.

Accessories: Sword, pistol, jetpack, missile launcher, missile, and a laser rifle.

Non-Scalper Price: $7-$9 dollars

The Positives:

* I'll go out on a limb here and say that I think the sculpts on these are good. Really good for this scale, actually. While the Star-Lord headsculpt doesn't exactly scream Chris Pratt, Gamora really looks quite a bit like Zoe Saldana. It's a great resemblance, actually. The costumes even feature some fairly crisp details. Gamora has a few different textures and some detailed boots while Star-Lord's jacket has it's unique armored plating and the jets on his boots.

* The paint is also pretty nice. For 2 1/2 inch mass market figures, there is some really clean work here. Not a lot of detail, per say, but smaller features like Star-Lord-s facial hair and the colored streaks in Gamora's hair look really good. These look much better than I expected.

 *These figure two-packs each come with a ton of accessories. Most of them come attacked to a plastic tree (like a model kit or the original TMNT figures) and you have to break them off, but it was fairly easy to do. It's not quite clear who gets what, but one of Star-Lord's pistols is included along with Gamora's unique sword. The other three accessories (jet pack, rifle, and missile launcher) have pegs that can attach to the figures' backs or to other accessories. It's a neat feature and allows for a bit of creative fun. They can also attach to the vehicles in this line. The weapons are all molded in a translucent orange plastic. That's a bit odd, but it's not really a negative to me. What is a negative, though, is that...

The Negatives:

*The weapons are too big. Much too big. The characters can hold most of them, but these seem more scaled for a 1/18th scale line. Gamora's sword is over 3/4s as tall as she is and there's no way any of these figures are holding the giant missile launcher. I guess Hasbro was concerned that kids young enough to be interested in these would feel compelled to eat the accessories? The oversized accessories add a feeling of cheapness that isn't necessarily present with the figures themselves. They make the toys feel like they're not as well thought out as they should have been.

* Typically I don't complain about the scale of a figure unless it's in relation to another figure in the same line(i.e. if a Batman figure was 6 inches while a Penguin figure in the same line was 6 1/4) but I'm going off the hinges here a bit. I can see what Hasbro was going for here with a smaller scale as they tried to release multipacks and make characters that could fit in with other vehicles. Unfortunately, they launched a new scale at the expense of kids and collectors who have spent time and money amassing a 1/18th scale Marvel Universe. It's odd and pointless, in the same way that Hasbro shifted the Spiderman 3 line to a smaller scale when everything up until that point fit in fairly well with Toy Biz's movie lines and Marvel Legends. Had they also offered film based Guardians figures this wouldn't bug me, but since they neglected those (other than some comic based repacks) this seems like a bad move. Of course, now they're releasing the Avengers figures in this same scale....

     I have to say that these little figures aren't bad in and of themselves. I think I'm just more disappointed that we didn't get a good 1/18th scaled Guardians of the Galaxy line. It's also disappointing that there wasn't more variety. Don't get me wrong: This line did contain all of the Guardians, a Star-Lord variant, Ronan the Accuser, Korath, and Sakaaran and Nova Corp army builders, but considering the size of these it would have been cool to see characters like Yondu and Nebula. As it stands, these are are Good and a 1/2 figures, but they're far less useful due to their size and bizarre accessories. If I saw these on clearance (my Wal-Mart still has shelves of them) I might be tempted to pick them up, but I'd probably have to stop and ask the question: "What would I display them with?"

I've reviewed a few other Guardians of the Galaxy items, too:

Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes
Rocket Raccoon 

 Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro


  1. Still haven't gotten any of these yet, but I was totally tempted for the little translucent weapons alone.

    At the very least, Gamora's face is particularly impressive at this size. I noticed that with the Nick Fury of the current tiny Avengers line as well.

    1. Gamora is really impressive, isn't she? I think she actually looks more like Zoe Saldanna than any of the 1/ 18th scale Marvel figures have looked like their actors.

  2. Heh, the weapon size is ridiculous, but maybe that kind of ridiculousness fits the spirit of the franchise? I feel like it almost works, even though it's something I'd rant about on almost any other figure.

    1. I just really would have liked to have seen Guardians given a decent 1/18th scaled line nearly like every other Marvel Studios film before it. It would have been glorious!

  3. The prospect of owning a whole universe of these scaled figures Is mighty tempting.I've already given the Avengers Age Of Ultron ,smaller scaled figures with vehicles a second and then a third look.

    1. I definitely can see the appeal in these but my concern is that Hasbro will just change scales again. For just the MCU films, Iron Man was 5 inches, Incredible Hulk was....kind of 5-6 inches, Iron Man 2, Cap, Thor, Avengers, Thor 2, and Cap 2 were 1/18th, Guardians and Avengers 2 are 2.5 inches, and Iron Man 3 were..just terrible. They had such a long run with 1/18th (including making the Iron Man armors from the first film) that I was hoping they'd stick with it. The only scale worth collecting to me for Marvel now is 6 inches since it seems to have lasted.

      How many of the Avengers have they released in the 2.5 inch scale? I have to admit that I've hardly even paid attention to these other than knowing they exist.

  4. I've found Star Lords gun is a great fit for the Marvel Universe version. I really want to get myself a Chris Pratt head at that size if such a thing existed, but unfortunately it would seem Jurassic Park is letting me down. I did like this line, but defenitely felt the absence of a 4" line, cool vehicles though.

    1. Yeah, the Jurassic World stuff looks pretty terrible. Pretty terrible, indeed.

      I have that 1/18th MU Star Lord too. I never thought about giving him the gun. It'd probably look pretty wicked.


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