I should just learn the lesson that a theme week invokes bad luck. You’re perfectly healthy, things are going well, you had a good birthday, you think “let’s do a theme week”. Next thing you know, you’re sick as a dog, shivering under covers in-between trips to the bathroom. I love Theme Weeks, but Theme Weeks… yeah, they don’t love me.
To speed things up a bit, I’m going to pair off the remaining reviews and that mean’s we’ve got Rocket & Gamora today. I don’t really have a good reason for pairing these two up other than that they’re more or less the two weakest figures in the set. As I’ll go over, they’re not terrible, but the figures for the guys in this wave just came out far better than either these of two. However, it could be said that these are still light years ahead of where Hasbro/Marvel was just a couple years ago and that would also be true.
Again, this review will be largely spoiler-free. I will say that both of these characters were well represented in the movie. Enough so that they’re easy characters to enjoy following and enough to get me to buy these MLs even though I’m also likely to pick up the Hot Toys (don’t tell my wife!).
Of the group, Gamora seemed a little flatter for the others, but I think that was largely due to her just not needing as much growth as the others. Star-Lord, Drax, & Rocket all had things to come to grips with. Gamora had undergone a change, but it was largely off-screen before the film started – which was totally awesome. It made sure her motivations were pure and not directly tied into meeting Star-Lord. I liked her a lot in the film and I’m hopeful GOTG2 will give her more room to shine.
Rocket was made to be loved. That’s probably been true since he was created by Bill Mantlo & Keith Giffen back in 1976. His movie portrayal was fantastic – Bradley Cooper didn’t just lend his voice, he delivered Rocket as a character and nailed it. He’s the guy that says what you’re thinking, the way you want to say it. The movie actually made me love Rocket more than I already did.
In terms of sculpt, these two are on par with the rest of the wave. Hasbro has improved in just about every area since they first started making Marvel Legends seven years ago and that is still reflected here. We’ve got two 100% original sculpts and the attention to detail on both is phenomenal. I could probably spot one or two little differences from the film characters if I looked, but from the ribbing on Rocket’s jumpsuit or the tassels on Gamora’s pants, a lot of the detail has been carried over giving both figures a great look.
One area on the sculpt where I wasn’t as impressed is the two head sculpts. They’re both good, but I don’t know that either conveys their character. On Gamora, I simply don’t think it looks a lot like Zoe Saldana. There are some angles where you can catch a glimpse of her – it may just be that the facial expression is so placid. The figure’s not angry, happy, determined; she’s just zoned out. I think a little something here would’ve helped the figure.
Rocket is kinda the same thing. On the technical side of things, it works. It’s a great raccoon head. I think I could probably pop it on a Schliech raccoon and no one would notice – but that doesn’t make it Rocket. This is another head sculpt that needed something, a snarl, gritted teeth, just a little change to make it more unique to the character. The comic version was spot on, so it’s a shame to not see that here. Continue to Page 2…