ROCKET & TEEN GROOT
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (HASBRO)
Remember last week when I looked at Star-Lord, and I did the whole thing about the Guardians of the Galaxy being part of the line? Well, here’s the follow-up, Rocket and Groot, the inseparable pair, who make up the token Guardians slot of the deluxe assortment. So, let’s see how they turned out!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This pair makes up the second half of the first deluxe series of Avengers: Infinity War figures. Unlike Hulk, it’s not that either of them is really larger than a standard figure, but more the two-pack aspect that makes them deluxe.
Rocket’s look is essentially unchanged from his Guardians Vol. 2 look (which was itself pretty much the same as his look from the end of the first film). The figure stands about 3 inches tall and the has 7 points of articulation. The sizing of this figure is much smaller, so it made more sense to do the two-pack thing for him. His sculpt is decent enough. Obviously, not quite as impressive as the recent Legends figure, but certainly superior to the Vol. 1 version. No elbow joints, but at least this one can actually move his legs. That’s certainly a plus in my book. The level of detailing could perhaps be a touch sharper, and it’s hard to make out any sort of expression on his face, but for the style of the line, it’s a pretty solid sculpt. His paintwork is probably the most nuanced of the figures I’ve looked at so far from the line, especially on the face, which features a number of variations in the coloring of his fur. The work on his jumpsuit and armor plates is a little fuzzy around the edges, but it isn’t terrible. Rocket is packed with a rather large gun, which, unfortunately, he can’t really hold that well. He also has the Power Stone, which is the first repeated stone we’ve gotten (having been also included with Black Widow).
Groot is possibly one of the most changed characters for Infinity War, having aged to adolescence over the course of the Vol. 2 stinger scenes. This is our first Teen Groot figure. The figure is 5 1/2 inches tall and has the same 11 points of articulation as most of the other figures in this line. His sculpt is once again all-new, and it’s probably my favorite of the sculpts from the basic line. What I really like about it is how well it can slip in with a set-up of Legends figures, should you be so inclined. The level of detail is still a little simpler, but it’s really not that far off. He definitely has some similarities to the Build-A-Figure Groot, which was one of my favorite sculpts of the time. I quite like Teen Groots sulky expression, which perfectly encapsulates what we’ve seen of him so far. Like Rocket, Groot’s paintwork is more nuanced than the others in the line. There’s some darker accent work, as well as a little bit of green, since he’s a plant and all. It’s perhaps not as subtle as I’d like, but it’s still much better than just getting a straight brown. Teen Groot has no accessories of his own, but with Rocket and all of his extras, it’s not like this pack is particularly light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This set, along with Widow, is what really sold me on the whole line. Sure, there’s a Legends set with these two in the pipeline, but without them being available right now, and with Groot being the only of the Guardians to be notably different, this set certainly has quite a bit of appeal.