“Cosmic calamity! When Star-Lord blasts into battle, it’s not a matter of if things get weird, but a matter of when.”
“Cosmic calamity?” Maybe it’s just better not to ask about that one. Though the GotG films both succeed in no small part due to their amazing ensemble casts, there’s no denying that, at their heart, both are following the story of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. Due to his central nature, Star-Lord is the luckiest member of the team in terms of toy coverage, finding himself in both of the Legends assortments for the movie. I looked at the first assortment’s short-coated figure, which was one of my favorites this year. But, can the second round’s long-coated variant live up to that? Let’s find out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Star-Lord is figure 4 in the Mantis Series of Marvel Legends. This figure covers the the second of Peter’s three prominent looks in the film, giving us his aforementioned long-coated look. The shorter version still ended up being the more prominent look for the sequel, but this look at least didn’t disappear quite as quickly as it did in the first film. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He’s built from the same starting point as the Titus Series Star-Lord, sharing that figure’s torso and legs, along with a new head, arms, and jacket (obviously). The new jacket is a very nice piece, and is a stronger sculpt than we saw on the first film’s figure, or even the Titus Series Yondu. While it’s not as sharp in detailing as the shorter version (due to needing to be molded in a slightly softer plastic), there’s still plenty of very sharp work. The new arms look decent enough, though they do seem a little more gangly than the Titus Series arms. My only real complaint about them is that they don’t quite sit flush at his sides. Still, they get pretty close, and a bit of careful posing covers any remaining issues. The new gloved hands are fun, and I had a lot less trouble getting the blasters into them this time around, which is a definite improvement. You know what’s not a definite improvement? The head. The Titus Series Star-Lord head is an amazing piece, and was sporting a near perfect Chris Pratt likeness. This one misses the mark on a few counts. I do appreciate the more goofy expression, since that’s been missing from prior Legends Star-Lords, and honestly, I don’t think it’s the face that’s really throwing it off. I think it’s the hair, which has been slightly changed from the last figure. It’s hard to say if it’s that the hair’s just not as well done this time, or if it’s just been placed a little off on the figure, but it doesn’t look quite right. On top of that, the paint has also taken a slight dip on this guy. After using newer techniques on the last Star-Lord, as well as this series’ Rocket and Gamora, this figure looks to have gone back to more traditional painting techniques. There’s a lot more slop, the lines are a lot thicker and less lifelike, and, most annoyingly, they’ve gone back to the “smear some brown paint on the lower half of the face” style of facial hair, which looks really goofy. Without the prior figure to compare to, I probably wouldn’t have any major issues with the paint here, but after seeing how close they can get it when they put in the effort, it’s a little sad to see a slight step down here. On the plus side of things, the rest of the paint is top notch. His shirt gets the print like the one we saw on the earlier figure, which is a fun detail. They’ve also put a bit of a wash on the jacket, which makes it look appropriately worn-in. Star-Lord is packed with the scarf we see him wearing on his way to Ego’s “planet,” as well as his Walkman, his two element blasters, and one of Mantis’s arms. It’s a shame that he doesn’t get the headphones for the Walkman, especially since Hasbro’s already got the mold for them. Also, while he never wears his helmet in this jacket, it might have helped this figure a bit to include that extra head, since the main issue I have with this figure is the head.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I grabbed this guy at the same time as the last three figures. I’d seen him a few times before, but I held out for the full set. I like the long-coat look a lot, so I was looking forward to this guy after the awesomeness that was the Titus Series figure. The head’s definitely a let-down, and he’s got a few other minor issues that hold him back from being quite the same quality as the last one. Still, there’s quite a lot to like about this guy, and he’s certainly an improvement over the Vol. 1 figure. Throw one of the two heads from the Titus Series figure on this guy and you’ve got a real winner!