Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Marvel has been dominating the entertainment industry with its cinematic universe, and Guardians of the Galaxy is no exception. The quirky band of misfits has won the hearts of fans worldwide, and now, we get to add them to our collections. So let’s take a look at what Hasbro has cooked up for us.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord
Our first figure is Star-Lord, the head honcho. Although the bright blue outfit catches the eye, the absence of any shading is hard to ignore. On the bright side, the facial sculpt is impeccable, suggesting the use of Hasbro’s cutting-edge scanning technology to capture his likeness. Unfortunately, the figure only comes with two blasters and no additional hands, heads, or his signature helmet. As part of the build-a-figure series, Star-Lord does not include any bonus parts.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Nebula
Regarding Nebula, the trailer hints at a potential romantic aspect, but no spoilers will be shared here. The character’s appearance is stunning, with the vibrant blue costume standing out. Additionally, the inclusion of an alternate blade arm adds a nice touch. A noteworthy feature of the figure is the pinless joints, which enhance its overall aesthetic. To further increase your display options, the figure comes equipped with a pistol and a large blaster. However, the lack of attention to detail on both weapons, which come across as grey sculpts, is underwhelming. Adding a touch of color would have been a more fitting choice. Finally, the figure includes a build-a-figure part, specifically, Cosmos’ left leg.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Groot Deluxe Figure
Moving on to the Groot figure, it offers excellent value for your money. The sculpting is unique and not reused from other figures, and the overall appearance of Groot is outstanding. Additionally, the figure features pinless joints, making it more streamlined. Groot is also quite formidable in size. In terms of accessories, the figure comes with alternate hands, a small raccoon (whose significance may be revealed in the upcoming movie), and even Groot wings! However, the absence of a blaster is a misstep by Hasbro, also the included hands are not capable of holding any weapons. Nevertheless, this figure remains one of the most impressive in this wave, and he will cost you more as Hasbro is pricing him as a deluxe figure!
Guardians of the Galaxy: Drax The Destroyer
Moving on to Drax the Destroyer, I have to admit that the figure is quite impressive. Its details are consistent with the rest of the line, and I particularly appreciate the figure’s size and bulkiness. While the facial sculpt is excellent, the paint applications appear slightly off. Nevertheless, the figure’s pinless elbows are a nice touch, although this feature is not present in the legs. As for accessories, the figure comes with two knives that fit snugly into the side of his boots. All in all, it’s a decent figure. Furthermore, for the build-a-figure, you get Cosmos’ right leg.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon
Let’s talk about Rocket, the latest addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 Marvel Legends wave. Rocket is on the smaller size when it comes to Hasbro figures. However, the figure does come with some notable features, including articulation, with single-jointed knees and elbows.
Given the limited space for joints on such a small figure, it’s impressive that Hasbro was able to deliver some level of pose-ability. I won’t nitpick about the number of joints since it’s understandable for a figure of this size. The figure also comes with a blaster, and it’s great that they got the color right.
Without the Cosmo torso and head build-a-figure parts, the box would feel empty. However, Rocket does add some variety to the collection, especially for those who love the character. So, if you’re a die-hard fan of Rocket and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, it might be worth adding this figure to your collection.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mantis
Mantis is wearing the same blue uniform as the rest, but I appreciate the uniformity of their outfits. She looks great with a nice torso and double-jointed elbows, similar to the mechanics of the new female body. Unfortunately, there’s still a lack of an ab crunch, but what can you do? Her face looks decent, and I like that she can be posed in a sitting yoga-style position as shown in the product shots. Overall, Mantis is a good figure, and I like what they’ve done with her. With that said, Mantis for some reason has absolutely no accessories included, which is disappointing. You do get a build-a-figure bonus though. Cosmos’ right leg.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Kraglin
Now we come to Kraglin. I’m quite fond of the appearance of this figure. The head sculpt is well done, accurately capturing the likeness of the actor. Unlike the other figures in this collection, he doesn’t wear the blue uniform. He is in a red jumpsuit with a brown leather satchel. Zipper details are a nice touch and really pops against the red of the suit. But once again, there are very few accessories included: a knife, Yondu’s arrow with an air whisp effect, and the other leg of the Cosmos build-a-figure. Unfortunately, the joints aren’t pinless on this one. Nevertheless, the overall details are nicely executed.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Adam Warlock
The movie’s big reveal is Adam Warlock, and I have to admit, I like what I see. It’s pretty cool with a lot of gold, which looks amazing on him. I love the texture of his suit, which reminds me of MCU Vision, but I’m sure it’s all brand new. I’m excited to see how they use him in the film. This figure looks a lot better than the molten man we got in the Spider-Man five pack, with a nice torso swivel and a fine-looking cape. If you’re a fan of big gold figures, this is a standout piece, but if you’re not, it may not be your thing. Unfortunately, there are no accessories, which is a bit disappointing because of the price. Hasbro did not disappoint with this figure. Next to Groot, It’s arguably the best-looking figure in the set. You can tell they put a lot of effort into it.
Is Hasbro doing enough?
In conclusion, the Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 figures have their ups and downs. While they look great on display, it’s hard to ignore the lack of accessories. Hasbro seems hell-bent on giving us less value for our money, opting to stay the price of 24.99 for basic figures and 38.99 for deluxe figures while giving us less. Especially considering the number of figures in this wave. While Groot & Warlock seem to be the only real standouts, the others are a bit hit or miss.
Additionally, the lack of accessories is disappointing, particularly for figures like Star-Lord and Mantis, who should have come with more. If you’re a die-hard fan of the franchise, you may want to add these figures to your collection, but for the casual collector, the lack of value due to lack of accessories may make it hard to justify purchasing the entire set.
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