Edit: This Review was Originally Published on August 29th, 2013
I want to love Marvel more than I do. I enjoy some of their comics and most of their movies. And some of my favorite characters hail from Marvel, but it’s always been difficult for me to get into their shared universe. It’s just not the same as the comic universe that learnt me how to read, I guess. You always love what you find first, I suppose, but Marvel does good stuff too.
As such, I’ve picked up a lot of Marvel figures over the years. Some because they were truly awesome, some because they were those favorite characters, and others, well… because they were there. (They drink the sand because they don’t know the difference, Lewis!). I once had all the MLs, at least up until they got boxset crazy and I had trouble keeping up. I also bought a lot of MUs – there’s that checklist over there, as a matter of face.* But, the truth is in the pudding – Marvel has yet to be featured in my stumbling ReCollect Blog because, one, it’s stumbling and hard to make time for, and two, I haven’t unpacked a single Marvel figure yet. Seriously, it’s just MS Venom, a couple Thor-related MUs & Iron Man Legends hanging out in my toy roo… ahem, office. It’s sad.
*I am working on a full 2013 update to the MU Section that will catch the checklist up to the line’s end later this year. I can’t promise if it will go on beyond that. It’s hard to keep on top of when I’m not collecting it.
Anyway, the lack of Marvel representation changed a bit this week. It finally dawned on me a week or two ago that Rocket Raccoon was available as an ML (I bet you all can figure out what spurred my memory). When I hit up BBTS, I also remembered why I forgot. Hasbro has been evil to me of late. My big wants? Arnim Zola. Iron Monger. Rocket Raccoon. Yep, if I’ve wanted a Marvel figure lately, I gotta buy a ton more. That’s evil! Like a toy subscription or something!
I ended up picking up the whole wave from BBTS, even though two figures don’t even have BAF parts, because the singles were sold out and because I still have yet to see Hit Monkey in stores (curse you, Hyperion & Red She-Hulk!). And since I’m so terribly behind on ML reviews, I made sure to get at least one pic of everybody in this wave into this review because who knows when I’ll have time to get back to them, particularly the ones I didn’t really want. (I ended up selling some of ROML Wave 2 before I reviewed them. Oops!) So, if there are any of the five component figures you really want to see get the IAT Review Treatment, speak up now. (The only one I know for sure will get done is Wrecker, provided Hasbro gets a Bulldozer out to retail).
Alrighty then, we’re getting pretty far in here without discussing the Raccoon figure. If you’re not familiar with Rocket Raccoon. He’s a talking Raccoon. In space. Everyone who knows me should know that is sufficient information for me to fall in love with a character. Admittedly, I didn’t come across Rocket Raccoon until a few years ago when his notoriety level shot up after Marvel’s Annihilation mini-series. To be fair, I think he’d only made a dozen or so appearances prior to that. The new space opera that Abnett & Lanning had put together was fantastic and gave me a new inspiration for tons of Marvel’s space characters. My Marvel Legends want list might have doubled in size after all those crossovers.
So when the box arrived from BBTS, I opened it up and got to assembling. Hawkeye & Scarlet Spider were cast aside, as Rocket only needed three figures to carry his parts. I quickly opened those three, taking a moment to go “Whoa! Jim Lee Jean Grey!?” and then quickly assembled the raccoon.
A few minutes later, I had a half-awesome, half-so-close Rocket Raccoon figure. Let me get the half-not-so-much out of the way first, Rocket’s not really articulated below the waist. I’ll give Hasbro the benefit of the doubt – he is tiny and, knees aside, I’m not sure how I’d articulate those lower limbs either, but it still feels wrong. Luckily, he does have good balance on the two legs. Plus, the tail is ball-jointed if you need it for some poses. So, he can stand up – which is more than I can see for some other under-articulated figures I’ve bought! I’d like to see more artic down there, but I can understand Hasbro’s case for skipping it. Continue to Page 2…