GAMORA & ROCKET (W/ GROOT)
Who would think that a raccoon and a giant radioactive turtle would make such a great pairing? What what? Not the turtle? Oh, with the “o.” That makes more sense. You can understand my confusion. Man, how cool would it be if Rocket just came packed with Gamera? I mean, Gamora’s still, cool, I guess, but now I’ve got Gamera on my mind. I’ve set myself up for disappointment now, haven’t I? Well, better just review these figures, then.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Gamora and Rocket are the second of the two shared sets between Marvel Minimates Series 71 and the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 TRU-themed assortment. Unlike the first film, TRU actually had the whole team in their assortment this time around, which I’m certain was done in part due to DST wanting to avoid any ill-informed parent anger like what happened for the first movie. It seems to have paid off in that regard.
Gamora inadvertently ended up in the hardest to procure of the two-packs from the original Guardians assortments, so it wasn’t a huge surprise to see her included in a shared pack. She’s sporting her slightly fancier Vol. 2 design, which I’m quite a fan of. The figure is about 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. She’s got add-ons for her hair and the bottom section of her jacket. Both are re-used, with the hair being the same piece as the Series 57 Gamora, and the jacket being from the Civil War Scarlet Witch. Both pieces work well here, and recreate her onscreen design pretty nicely. I even find the jacket’s crossing across the waist far less distracting here than I did on Scarlet Witch, which is certainly a plus. The paintwork on Gamora is overall pretty solid. The detail work in particular, especially on the face, is really strong, and as a whole she just looks really clean and well put together. My only real complaint is the way the hair has been handled; the change from brown to purple is a bit too jarring for my taste. Gamora’s packed with her sword (the same one seen with the Series 57 version) and a clear display stand.
There have been two “minimate” Rockets in the past, but they were both completely static pack-in figures. This one switches things up, and gives us an actual ‘mate, with articulation and everything. Less articulation than the average ‘mate, of course, since he’s using the shortened limbs to keep him smaller. He’s still got 8 points, which is a definite step up from “none at all.” Construction-wise, Rocket gets a new head, the shorted arms, new shortened legs, and a belt featuring his tail. The head’s definitely my favorite piece, and it looks pretty awesome, but the rest of the pieces make for a decent enough take on Rocket, albeit a slightly large one. The paint on Rocket is decent enough. Some of the base work is a little sloppy, but not unreasonably so, and the detail work on the torso is nice and sharp. In addition to a clear display stand, Rocket includes his companion Groot, now in his baby form. Like the prior Rockets, Groot is unarticulated, but given his smaller size, that’s pretty reasonable. Rocket also includes a larger gun, the origin of which I’m not entirely certain. Initially, I thought it was actually supposed to be the huge gun Gamora used to attack Nebula, but that looked different, and it would leave Rocket with no guns, which would just be odd.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Gamora was one of my favorites of the Series 57 ‘mates, so this one had a pretty high bar to clear. I’m happy to say she’s certainly stepped things up. Rocket’s no contest, of course, since this one’s an actual figure, rather than just a statue. I wasn’t sure how well it would work, but it really did. Sure, he could use some guns, but Baby Groot is a fun extra, too!