STAR-LORD & EGO
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Roguish and unpredictable, Ego and Star-Lord share many of the same qualities as father and son. But when it comes to defending the galaxy as each sees fit, their approaches unquestionably differ.”
It’s been about three months since I took a look at the second assortment of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2-themed Marvel Legends. While those reviews mostly wrapped up the Legends releases for the movie, there’s still one item I haven’t yet reviewed. I’ll be taking care of that today, with a look at the film’s main antagonist Ego, as well as another variant of his son, Peter Quill, better known as Star-Lord!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Star-Lord and Ego were released as a two-pack over this past summer. They’re officially the last of the GotG2 releases to hit stores, but thanks to some wonky distribution, a lot of areas saw them before the Mantis Series (I live in one such area). They hit around July/August, a fair bit after the movie’s release, which may not have been the strongest marketing strategy.
This marks Star-Lord’s third Legends figure this year. It’s functionally the same figure as the one released in the Titus Series, but there are some notable differences if you own both. As far as the sculpt goes, the only real change is the hair, which is the more coifed Mantis Series piece, denoting this as a more official Vol. 2 figure than the first Star-Lord. The hair’s seated better on the head this time around, making for a better overall appearance. Beyond that, the sculpt’s identical to the first figure, which is hardly a bad thing since that was a phenomenal sculpt. Like the sculpt, the paint is largely the same as the first release, but there are a few differences. The most minor is the shirt, which is now a light grey instead of a dark one. The more intense changes are on the face, which uses the fancy new face printing method. It’s not terrible, and it’s certainly a vast improvement over the Mantis Series head, but the Titus Series head is still my overall favorite. Star-Lord includes an extra helmeted head, his two element guns, and his Walkman.
In the comics, Ego and Peter Quill’s father are two separate characters. James Gunn disliked Quill’s father’s identity in the comics, and decided to go for something a bit more exciting, finally deciding on Fantastic Four villain Ego the Living Planet. He was slightly re-worked for the film (he doesn’t tend to have an actual body in the comics), but his overall characterization was pretty spot-on, and Kurt Russel was clearly having a lot of fun with the part. It should be noted that this figure’s official name is actually “Marvel’s Ego,” which I found to be rather amusing in its own unintentional way. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. His sculpt is new to him, and it’s…well, it’s alright, I guess. Compared to some of the other Guardians figures, it feels a little weak. It’s mostly how the articulation’s been worked in. It just feels rather stilted and unnatural. It’s not like we’re at Mattel levels of bad or anything, but it definitely could have been better. It’s not all bad, though. The head actually has a pretty solid likeness of Russel, and I was rather impressed with the texture work on his clothing. Overall, I’m happy with the sculpt, I just think it wasn’t helped by being packed with one of Hasbro’s best sculpted figures ever, that’s all. The paintwork on Ego is pretty solid work. It’s not the most exciting set of colors, but it’s true to the movie, and there’s enough accent work to keep him from looking too bland. Like Peter, he gets a printed face, which I think ends up looking a bit better than Peter, and is my favorite sample of this technique so far. Ego is packed with an extra head, which is largely the same as the standard one, just with a slightly friendlier expression. It’s not really all that noticeably different, and I can’t even say for sure that it’s even a different sculpt. Personally, I’d have rather had a battle damaged head from when Peter shoots him, but I guess that might have been too morbid.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When this set was first announced, I was pretty excited for it, even if I did already have the basic Star-Lord. Then it took its sweet time getting here, and I had some financial things going on, and so by the time it actually arrived on shelves, I just could bring myself to drop the full $40 on it. Ultimately, I ended up getting it for about half price from Target, meaning I pretty much just payed for the Ego figure. The set’s alright, but I don’t find it to be quite as entertaining as the Thor/Valkyrie set. Star-Lord’s different enough from the Titus Series figure for me to notice, but not enough to make me actually care to have the extra, which is a bit frustrating. Ego’s not a bad figure, but he’s not a great one either, and I feel he’s a little bit of a step down from the rest of the set. At half-price, I don’t feel ripped off, but I’m certainly glad I didn’t buy it when it was brand-new.