Best Shots Advance Reviews: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Marvel Legends Figures

Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is coming to theaters in May, and baby Groot isn't the only one getting in on the toy game. Hasbro is launching a new line of Marvel Legends 6" figures for the movie, and Newsarama has an advance look at what's inside the packaging. This is the second wave with some of these characters, but with a few surprises.

Together, they help build a Titus figure that isn’t exactly the best, but we’ll get into that later.

Now, let’s take a peek at what this wave has to offer fans this time around with the series’ second helping of Peter Quill, Star-Lord.

 

Star-Lord:

The level of detail that Hasbro is able to capture is impressive and that’s what this figure is all about. The crisp, film-accurate sculpt is one of the best MCU offerings that’s come along as they’re able to show off the minute ins and outs of costume. Even the curls and waves of Chris Pratt’s hair and beard are all on display.

The sculpt and paint job of his jacket is also something to be admired. It has the multi-shades of red and doesn’t come across as flat or lifeless. The folds and wrinkles of it feel so cool on the soft resin. It gives him a sense of action and motion, like he’s in the middle of a shoot-out or trying to give the slip while on a heist. Unlike a few characters in the past, namely Ms. Marvel from the recent Spider-Man series, his jacket doesn’t really hinder his movement. He’s able to twist a full 360 degrees (but why would you do that to him?) and able to do a proper ab crunch in the center. It doesn’t feel restrictive and adds that much realism to an already rad figure.

Star-Lord’s posability isn’t off the charts like a Spider-Man or Black Panther from last year’s Captain America: Civil War, line, it’s more in tune of what an actual human is capable of. He has foot swivels that go up and down and side to side, that help you get that perfect balance for a solid standing pose. Each arm has four points of articulation on the shoulder, elbow, hand, and bicep. The elbow is a hinge and not a swivel or ball joint, but that’s all about the human limitations. The legs have five points of articulation, including a stiff swivel at the boot. On his thighs are pegs that act as makeshift holsters for his space pistols, but not the most sturdy if you’re planning on leaving them there.

His hands are sculpted to be in “firing” mode that fits his guns just right. It takes some maneuvering, but once they’re in his hands, they’re good to stay.

Another positive note is the ease of switching out heads. Lately, there’s been some issues with switching out alternative heads without worry of breaking them (looking at you, Build-A-Figure Sandman), here though, it’s so much easier. The two heads are unmasked and masked. The sculpt of his mask/helmet looks great, too. The golden sections on the gunmetal grey really pops.

Nitpicks aside, this Star-Lord is pretty perfect and would be a welcome addition to any collection.

‘Rama Rating: 10/10

 

Yondu

Another rapscallion from the MCU’s Guardians franchise. Portrayed by actor Michael Rooker, this blue-skinned bad ass bounty hunter upgraded from his comic book canon costume of a loincloth and tribal wear to something more practical and militaristic.

Yondu here has the same scale and points of articulation as Star-Lord. The sculpt of this is the selling point. There’s not a whole lot of color involved as he’s primarily covered up with his outfit, but it’s the level of detail that stands out. His jacket is tattered in some places at the bottom so it has this worn and weathered look as you’d expect for somebody with his occupation. The straps and folds of his jacket seem lifelike and made of the material Star-Lord’s is made of and just as thick.

The coat has a weird placement, but it also gives Yondu that sense of drama. It’s draped over two-thirds of his body only showing off one leg and some of his torso. It’s done so that way so Yondu can show off his Yaka Arrow, which is made to look like it’s hovering in the air. It’s a very clever accessory something that adds to the stock of this figure.

He comes with two heads, which, again, are easy to remove. One is based off his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 design with his trademark fin, the other is from the first movie with his cropped mohawk. So the head based on the first movie has Yondu with a large grin and it’s a tremendous sculpt and likeness of Rooker and his jagged teeth. The second has a “whistling” expression that he uses to summon and control the Yaka Arrow. As it was the case with Star-Lord, this is one of the finer MCU’s offerings.

‘Rama Rating: 9/10

 

Darkhawk

What 90’s kid reading comics didn’t want this guy? Teenager Chris Powell finds a mysterious amulet that allowed him to switch places with an android that he controlled with his mind. So can you believe that this is only Darkhawk’s second action figure? In the almost thirty years of the character’s history there have been two: one being the 3.75” scale from the old Marvel Infinite line, and this one. End of list.

True, he’s not the most popular character, but in a world where Moon Knight has six figures, it’s weird to think that there’s only two helpings for Darkhawk as a toy. Well fans of the character can rejoice because Hasbro has a solid interpretation this time around.

Based off of his more contemporary costume, Darkhawk comes with wings spread and one hand having his claws extended. He’s crazy flexible with five points of articulation in each leg and four in each arm. The shoulder pads aren’t fixed down so you can work his shoulders and arms in extended positions with no worry of hindering movement or breaking them.

The wings that protrude from his bicep and forearm are fairly firm and unremovable. They have a metallic sheen to them, but wish they had gone with more of a chrome finish like the upcoming Colossus figure. Same goes with the jewel and visor; instead of a matte finish, a metallic or even a reflective material would look better. The paint job as it is is simple because he’s three colors. They did a great job nailing that deep, dark blue of his costume. In some light it almost looks black!

Darkhawk’s claws are kind of a bummer here, though. Instead of firm plastic, they’re wiry tendrils. Only one of his hands as them extended so it looks uneven too. How he was packaged had the claws pressed in a weird way so when you take him out, there’s this huge gap between one and the other two. It’s all mildly disappointing in an otherwise great figure.

‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10

 

Nova (Sam Alexander):

One of the newest, and youngest, members of the Nova Corps, Sam Alexander is also one of the most petite offerings from the Marvel Legends line since Magik two years ago. He’s shorter and slimmer than most of the superhero builds, as they utilized the recently introduced teen boy body mold.

Sam is shown in his Nova Centurion costume with the navy and gold color scheme. For even such a small frame, the sculpt is pretty sharp. Each leg is based on a ball-joint with five points of articulation. The knee hinge is interesting because it can extend all the way back, adding a little more flexibility than the rest of this group. He also has an ab crunch which is becoming more common with the Legends line up.

Each arm has four points of articulation, and since he has closed fists at the ready, it can provide some pretty cool action poses. The paint job on the Nova helmet shines, too. Instead of doing a straight up white eye outline, they incorporated a hint of light blue, around the edges giving the effect of some illumination. Also a solid paint job on the face all around. There’s no runoff with the flesh tones mixing in with the helmet’s blue.

There’s not a whole lot to talk about as he doesn’t come with any accessories (some jetfire or energy projection would have been nice) but he does come with Supernova member Phlish, who was killed in the comic books by the Chitauri.

This is not Sam’s first figure overall, but his first incarnation in the Marvel Legends line up.

‘Rama Rating: 7 out of 10

 

Drax:

While the weakest of the MCU offerings in this wave, there’s still a lot going on for our favorite destroyer. Based off of the movie design and having some resemblance to actor/wrestler Dave Bautista in an enraged expression is the main attraction for this addition.

The body sculpt is just a complete recoloring of Drax’s other Legends edition from a few years ago with the Build-A-Figure Groot collection. The markings on his body are raised so they have some texture, but nothing’s really new here. Instead of maroon pants, he’s sporting dark blue this time around. Even the belt buckle and the boots remain the same. The main difference here, aside from the different facial expression, is that he comes with a colossal gun, that isn’t the best fit for him. He does come with this patented knives that also fit into his boot straps.

If you missed Drax the first time around, you can scoop this number up and it’s practically the same. The sculpt on the face is definitely more like Bautista than the previous offering, but that’s about it. The knives fit his hands perfectly though so there’s a lot of fun to be had there.

‘Rama Rating: 6 out of 10

 

Vance Astro/Major Victory:

We’re in deep cut territory now.

Vance Astro was one of the founding members of the Guardians of the Galaxy going back to 1969. He also has the distinction of being on the Avengers twice, once as his younger self in the Justice moniker and as himself in the future.

He has the typical muscular build that they use for the likes of other beefy heroes like Captain America. The headsculpt is nondescript and eerie with his vacant eyes. He definitely comes across as otherworldly which can be difficult at times. Astro has the standard points of articulation with four in the arms and five in the legs. The knee hinge and upper thigh twist were stiffer than the rest of his joints, but his waist was fairly looser.

Vance here comes with the lost shield of Captain America, which is a pivotal story in the character’s history. There’s nothing fancy with it, but it’s cool to see that story being recognized.

Now where this figure’s biggest faults are the paint job. The white isn’t really white as it is an opal that has a marginal sheen to it. The blue is nice and metallic, giving the feel of heavy metal and cosmic energy. However, white shades aren’t the easiest to work with as they’re easily overpowered by other colors. There’s a few parts on the body that the paint looks smudged and chipped away, especially in the upper arm. The star decal has a matte finish, but helps it stand out on the metallic chest.

Having Vance Astro of all characters in your lineup shows the dedication that the Marvel people at Hasbro have for the Legends line. No character is too obscure or unknown to be presented in this format and that has to be appreciated, but it’s the little things that rack up to a lower score here.

‘Rama Rating: 7 out of 10
 

Angela

Originally created for Todd McFarlane’s Spawn comic by McFarlane and Neil Gaiman, but after Gaiman won the rights to the character after a hefty legal battle, he sold her Marvel in 2013 where she was retconned as Thor’s long-lost sister.

This is Angela’s first offering as an action figure, not counting her appearance as a Minimate in the Age of Ultron box set and it’s a doozy. She comes with three weapons: two scythe-like blades and her sword. Her sword has a sheath that’s connected to her belt and warskirt. Her thigh high boots are gilded, as is her top. Her armor that covers most of her arms is heavily detailed and has a metallic finish as well.

Angela has shoulder pads that slightly hinder her arm movement at the top. Add in the sculpt of her voluminous hair and it becomes even more limited. The headpiece isn’t as firm as originally thought and is actually quite flimsy, but that cuts down on the odds of them breaking if you dropped her. The paint job, even with all these colors going around, is superb. She’s a little difficult to balance at first since she’s so top heavy (that hair is no joke), but not impossible to work with.

She doesn’t have an ab crunch in the middle but a swivel underneath her breasts, which helps posing with her sword in action as it’s usually drawn as a two-handed weapon. Angela’s costume is so ornate and detailed-oriented that it’s a lot to marvel at at this scale. The hair is wild and her facial details so distinct, she fits right in with this cosmic collection with ease.

‘Rama Rating: 9 out of 10
 

Titus

Along with Phlish, this member of the black ops Nova Corps team, the Supernovas, and served along with Jesse Alexander, Sam’s father. He resembles a white tiger with cybernetic parts after he lost his arm and eye to a Chitauri attack.

This is this wave’s Build-A-Figure as the last Guardians wave had Groot, they went with a villain this time around. Adorned in his Nova Corps costume in the blue and gold, Titus’ real strength comes from his head sculpt. The way the fur waves and sticks out is a nice touch. Even with his teeth having all the dents and a fantastic paint job on them.

He towers over the rest of the assortment, especially Sam, and even Drax and he certainly different from any other Build-A-Figures in the past, but it’s almost too plain. When compared to the likes of the Sandman from the Spider-Man wave and the Juggernaut from the X-Men wave, Titus just looks bland by comparison when you put them side-by-side. Add in the fact that Titus is still a newer character in the Marvel pantheon, it’s not that impressive.

Titus has pretty okay articulation for his massive sculpt, but even with his gun arm being so heavy, he’s more balanced to pose around.

‘Rama Rating: 5 out of 10

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