MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES
Before the title passed to the likes of Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot, the Guardians of the Galaxy were rather a different. They first appeared in January 1969, created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. The team was hailed from the 30th Century, and each of its four members (Vance Astro, Martinex, Charlie-27, and Yondu) was the “last of their kind.” Now, those of you that only know the team from more modern appearances will probably only recognize one of those four names: Yondu. Yondu was fortunate enough to turn up as a (sort-of) ally of the movie Guardians, albeit with a bit of a personality change. Still, he’s become the original team’s most recognizable member, and became the first of them to get a proper figure (though Vance ended up hitting right around the same time in a two-pack). I’ll be looking at Yondu today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Yondu is one of the six single-packed figures in the first series of Hasbro’s 3 ¾-scale Marvel Legends Series. He actually manages to not be the most obscure character in the set (he can thank Ulik and Triton for that). The figure stands almost 5 inches tall (counting the Mohawk; he’s 4 ¼ without it) and he has 19 points of articulation. He still lacks some of the articulation we came to expect during MU (waist and wrists are the standouts), but thanks to some parts re-use he ends up more articulated than several of the more recent small-scale figures. Yondu is built on the new mid-sized body, which is the same one we saw used for Machine Man. He also uses the lower legs and quiver of the MU Hawkeye figure, with unique pieces for his head, belt, and right forearm. The pieces do a pretty nice job of capturing Yondu’s design from the comics. The head seems to work in a little bit of the film version’s surliness into his expression, but it doesn’t feel too far removed from his comics look. I will note that it’s a little jarring that his wrist band on his right arm is sculpted, but the armband further up is not, but that’s what happens when you have a specific budget for the number of new parts allowed. Yondu’s paintwork is pretty solid all around. The colors are pretty nicely handled (though I wouldn’t mind them being a little brighter), and all of the application is pretty clean. Yondu is packed with a bow and a single arrow. Both are re-used from the MU Hawkeye, but cast in a bright yellow/orange. Seeing as Yondu is a fellow archer, the re-use is warranted, and it helps that the pieces were pretty good to begin with.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve mostly moved away from the 3 ¾ inch Marvel figures, so I wasn’t really sure I was going to pick up Yondu. I found one at Toys R Us, but that one went to my dad, who’s more of a classic GOTG fan than I. He decided to return the favor, however, when he came across the whole first assortment of figures at Target. They had apparently not put the figures into their system yet, so the store manager ended up selling Yondu here to my dad for $3, which is a pretty great deal. Yondu’s not an outstanding figure or anything, but he’s solidly done.