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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Action Figure Review: Rocket Raccoon & Groot from Marvel Legends: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Hasbro
Height: 3 inches
Articulation: Swivel ankles, swivel/hinge knees, swivel thighs, balljointed hips, swivel/hinge tail, mid-torso balljoint, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: 2 pistols, 2 interchangeable portraits, and the torso for the Mantis Build-a-Figure.
Height: 1 1/4 inches
Non-Scalper Price for the set: $20
* Rocket Raccoon has a very impressive sculpt. Considering that he's smaller than most traditional 1/18th scale figures, Hasbro has given Rocket an excellent level of detail that perfectly matches up with the movie based figures. The articulation also meshes well with the sculpt, something that can be a challenge on smaller figures.
* Rocket's articulation is excellent. You really can put him in some great combat poses. He is definitely much improved over the figure from the first film.
* Unlike most Marvel Legends figures, Rocket has an articulated tail. Not only does it look cool but it also helps to keep him balanced in a number of poses.
* Rocket's main head is fairly passive (but still a bit angry looking). You can tell that Hasbro used their dot matrix printing technique on it in the larger picture to the right, but it's not noticeable in person. It looks very neat and clean to the naked eye.
* My favorite headsculpt is this angry face. Rocket looks pissed, doesn't he? It's like he finally discovered that being called a trash panda isn't a compliment! The heads swap very easily as it's just a simple true balljoint underneath.
* Rocket comes loaded up with two pistols. They look awesome, feature a weathered paintjob, and fit perfectly in his small hands.
* This toddler Groot is really cute! I love his red jumpsuit and smiling face! He's just a tiny minifigure with no articulation, but I'm not really sure what else he could have been.
* Toddler Groot does have a problem, however: He cannot stand up! His legs might just be too tiny as he keeps falling over all the time. You'll have to prop him up against something for him to remain standing.
* This is not a breakage issue (more of a frustration) but Rocket's feet and hands tend to pop out of the sockets. They're just simple swivel joints so they pop right back in but it does get a bit annoying. My fear is that I'm going to lose one while playing with the figure.
If you're looking for more Rocket Raccoon figures, I've also checked out the Disney Infinity Rocket Raccoon. If you're looking for more of Groot I've reviewed the Disney Infinity Groot and the Marvel Legends Groot Evolution figure. Of course, both a comic inspired Groot and Rocket were included in the Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy 5-Pack.
If you're looking for more Marvel Legends figures, check out the following:
Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2017)
Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2014)