Hasbro’s latest wave of Marvel Universe team packs included the Fantastic 4 – Future Foundation variant and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians set is a much needed boost of cosmic for Marvel Universe, but is it worth $19.99?
Awesome art by Mike Deodato Jr. and a nice open window package that will display the figures nicely for MOC’ers. The cardboard included inside could also be used as a nice background for photos.
Starlord uses the AIM Soldier/Ghost Rider bod which works well for the uniform and i’ve got a feeling Hasbro will be doing it again for more GotG members. Drax re-uses the Absorbing man body w/ added knife holders on his belt. No complaints on either of the bodies except for Drax’s hands look strange if he’s not holding his knives. Both Drax & Starlord have new headscuplts w/ plenty of details on Starlord’s helmet.
Drax’s green skin really makes the awesome paint job on the red tattoos stand out. Starlord has a highly detailed uniform and helmet and the paint brings out those details, even the GotG logo on the uniform looks perfect.
Starlord’s AIM soldier body has 20 POA. AIM soldier was one of the first figures to have the now popular thigh cut. Drax’s Absorbing man only has 18 POA and only lacks the thigh cuts of Starlord. And for the record, Rocket Raccoon has 2 POA (tail and head).
What the Guardians team pack lacks in figures (2 instead of 3) it makes up for in accessories. Two knives for Drax, two pistols for Starlord and a rifle for Rocket Raccoon. The other two included GotG members in my opinion are accessories and not figures. Groot is in his potted version and has no articulation, Rocket Raccoon (while awesome) is on the same level as the Fantastic 4’s H.E.R.B.I.E. accessory. Awesome, but not really an action figure.
Comic Book Accuracy
Nearly 100% comic accurate, no complaints here. Starlord looks perfect, from his helmet to his duel wielded pistols. Some might remember the purple suited Drax but this is how he’s looked for awhile now. He’s a tattooed Thanos-heart-rippin’ out badass and it’s captured well in his figure. The Rocket Raccoon and Groot accessories are also perfect. If you’re wondering why Groot is so small, it’s because when he dies he can be regrown from a cutting or twig.
Hasbro’s Marvel Universe team packs are supposed to be 3 figures for $19.99 and you’re not exactly getting that here. The Guardians of the Galaxy set is more like 2 figures with a large amount of accessories and you know what? This set is so cool that I can look past that, I have to give Hasbro kudos taking a chance on obscure Marvel cosmic characters. What the set lacks in value it makes up for in awesome and what can I say, Rocket Raccoon is growing on me. I’m adding Guardians of the Galaxy to the numerous Marvel Universe teams i’m putting together and look forward to Hasbro releasing more members.
I haven’t seen the recent team packs in stores yet but you should be able to find them at Toys R US or Wal-Mart eventually. Ordered mine directly from HasbroToyShop along with my Future Foundation set. I’ve heard of people finding these at comic shops so check your LCS.