STAR-LORD & YONDU
“Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos! The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.”
Alright, enough of all this Star Wars stuff. Let’s be different! And by that, I mean let’s look at something from the other sequel to a wildly successful space opera franchise! Yes, let’s have a look at something from one of my top movies of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I’ll be spending the next four days looking at the Minimates from the film, kicking things off with the film’s lead Star-Lord, alongside his pseudo father figure Yondu!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Star-Lord and Yondu were one of the two shared two-packs between Marvel Minimates Series 71 and the TRU-exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 assortment. As you can probably gather, they’re based on the characters appearances in the second Guardians movie.
This marks Star-Lord’s third time as a Minimate. His ‘mate from the first film was by far the most disappointing of the original bunch, and while the Animated version was certainly a marked improvement, he was still an Animated design, so he didn’t quite fit. This ‘mate gives us Peter in his short-jacketed look, which is definitely his most prominent. The figure stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has the standard 14 points of articulation. He’s build on the basic ‘mate body, with add-ons for his hair and jacket. Both pieces are new to this figure, and they do a solid job of translating Star-Lord’s on-screen appearance into ‘mate form. His paintwork also does a pretty respectable job of conveying his film design. The face still isn’t a spot-on Pratt likeness, but it’s certainly better than the last two Star-Lords. I do have to say, I sort of miss the t-shirt’s logo like we saw on all of the Legends figures, but at least his torso isn’t a completely blank block. Star-Lord’s packed with his twin element guns, his helmet, and a clear display stand, all of which are repacked from the first Star-Lord. The mask seems a little tighter than it was before, and I actually ended up injuring myself getting it back off of him for the photos, so be careful.
Yondu’s only prior ‘mate is his TRU-exclusive one for the first film. But, of course, that one had Yondu’s old, stubby little head-fin. This one has his new pointy awesome one! That’s an important distinction! Like Star-Lord, he’s built on the usual body, with add-ons for his head-fin, jacket, and belt. The jacket is re-used from the last Yondu (sensible, since it’s the same jacket and all), and remains a pretty solid piece. The fin is obviously changed to reflect the new design, but is also just a lot sharper on the sculpting. That’s a definite plus. The belt’s just a belt, but it does what it’s supposed to, so that’s good. Like his predecessor, this Yondu’s sporting some awesome paint work. The details are very sharp, and they’ve gotten all of the little bits and bobs of his costume. I liked the last Yondu’s Rooker likeness just fine, but I think this one’s even better, if you can believe it. While the last Yondu lacked any sort of extras beyond his display stand, this one gets perhaps his most important extra: his arrow! Now he can be Mary Poppins y’all!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I don’t know why it took me so long to finally pick this series up. I was in a bit of a money crunch when they first hit, but I’ve had the whole summer to track them down, and just never got around to it. I finally ended up grabbing the whole series from Luke’s Toy Store during their Black Friday sale, allowing me to get them for a pretty solid deal, too. I have both Star-Lord and Yondu as Minimates already, but there’s no denying that these are both the superior versions, and I’m glad I finally got around to grabbing them.