While my wife and I focused on choosing a well-painted Star-Lord, we weren’t looking at the Groot arm, it’s missing the softer insert, so my Groot just had a rectangle hole in his forearm. I’ll have to snag him a new arm off of eBay here before too long.
I especially love the head sculpt. It’s right out of the movie. It’s so well done that my only regret is that we don’t have 2-3 alternate heads that nail his other expressions, particularly the screaming, angry face featured in the first trailer (and that the HT has).
The paint work is well done, but it is on the area for improvement. The green mossy paint on the torso would look great if carried over to the other limbs a little more, but that really stands is the glare! The torso and upper arms are more matte while the legs are glossy. It’s not a dealbreaker, but it does jump out at me in some poses where the legs just draw odd attention.
Articulation is mostly good, but a little mixed when it comes to Groot. Above the waist, everything is great. The ball-jointed neck has great range, the torso joint works well and the arms are loaded – ball shoulders, bicep swivels, double-hinge elbows, and ball wrists. All work and make the figure particularly expressive. From the waist down, things appear to be as great, but the figure takes a little more work. We’ve got ball hips, knees, and inverted ankles. Once you get the hang of the ankles there are some great poses, but Groot suffers from the pegs in his hip being inserted at a vertical angle instead of being horizontal. This creates an inadvertent v-crotch. Luckily, the ball knees accommodate well for this and the tree-y look hides what would look weird on a normal human leg. There are some great poses when you figure it out, but the v-crotch articulation is never intuitive.
Overall, I’m a little bummed to be missing part of the left arm, but I love this figure! He’s an impressive nine inches of sculpt and looks great backing up the team. The sculpt detail is amazing and while some better paints could really flesh that out, Hasbro got the minimum done to make him look good from the factory. The articulation is a little difficult to work with in the legs, but the poses you need are mostly in there – I like hunching him over slight and standing away from you. It looks he liked popped out of the movie. Hasbro did a great job, I think I’d love this figure even if the movie had been terrible. Thankfully, though, it’s amazing and the figure’s great. Best time ever to be a Groot fan!
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