Okay, we’re gonna try “Guardians of the Galaxy” Week. I say “try” because my computer is seemingly on it’s last legs. It’s been a good beast, but it’s eight years old and just isn’t keeping up as well as it should. It cut out right in the middle of SDCC Armchair Coverage and has only been functional sporadically since. Even now, I wonder – can I finish this review before we encounter a problem? We’ll see. Note to my readers, this is a spoiler-free review!
So why Guardians of the Galaxy Week? For one, because I’ve got a whole wave of figures to get through. And two, because I loved the movie. Loved it. (There are a few nitpicks – more characterization for the villains (this is the one area Marvel movies tend to be weak), and maybe more time to flesh out the supporting cast overall. But I loved it. Nearly all the Guardians became favorite characters in a little under two hours. I bought the MLs. I want the Hot Toys. When I’m at TRU, I think about if I want any of the other merch. Surely, I’m on a GOTG high, but the movie earned it as far as I’m concerned.
Originally, when I ran across this wave of Marvel Legends, I picked up my all-time favorite character, Nova. At SDCC, Hasbro mentioned he’s one of the best selling MLs they’ve ever done. Crazy. I waited on the rest of the wave because I hadn’t seen the movie and I’ve been waffling between collecting the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the much cheaper ML scale and the much nicer HT scale. So far, I’m failing because I keep buying both. My wife wants to have a talk with me about this.
When I bought the whole wave and sat down to start reviews, I wanted to kick off with my favorite non-Nova figure even if he’s the BAF: Groot. I love Groot in the comics and he, along with Rocket, were my most anticipated characters in the movie. Even better, Groot got a great figure.
The Flora Colossus is an 100% original sculpt and the detail work is amazing as a result. I haven’t really checked it with the animation model in the movie, but nothing about him looks wrong. The upper torso and head, included with Rocket, are the highlights of the figure with a little more texturing and detail for the moss than anywhere else on the figure. I would like to see that level of detail throughout, but it doesn’t clash. The figure is a mix of hard and softer plastics depending on the amount of tendrils in any location. Sadly, this did lead to one QC issue. Continue to Page 2…