EVOLUTION OF GROOOT
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“From potted prodigy to towering tree-like humanoid, Groot uses powers of regeneration to become a legendary defender of intergalactic justice.”
Man, some of these reissues are going pretty far back, aren’t they? Hey, I’m not going to complain. For today’s Legends review, I’m turning my sights to an area of the MCU that’s been left out a bit for the last few years (by virtue of not getting a third movie just yet), Guardians of the Galaxy. 2017 was a big year for them, with their second film taking the May release on that year’s MCU slate, and two whole assortments of Marvel Legends just for them. I reviewed all of the standard stuff when it hit, but there’s one item I never did review, mostly because I also never got it. Today, I’m fixing that with a look at the Evolution of Groot!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Evolution of Groot was originally released as a Toys R Us-exclusive Marvel Legends offering in 2017, designed to coincide with the first series of Guardians Legends from that year, as well as the release of the movie. It being a TRU exclusive, distribution was spotty at best, so it was a little hit or miss as to whether people could actually find the set. Like a lot of the TRU exclusives, Hasbro has gotten it back out there, this time as a wider release through the Fan Channel set-up. Though sort of sold as a multi-pack, this release is really a figure and two accessories, so I’m going to review them as such. The core figure, adult Groot from the first film, stands 8 1/2 inches tall and he has 28 points of articulation. He’s mostly a re-use of the Build-A-Figure Groot from the 2014 assortment, and is in fact so tall that his legs had to be popped off at the knees in order to fit him into the box. I really liked the BaF Groot sculpt the first time I looked at it, and I still really like it. The articulation on the legs is a little limited, but otherwise, it’s a great sculpt and a great figure. He does get a new head sculpt. The first one was a more neutral expression, whee this one replicates Groot’s goofy smile from after he takes out the Sakaraan’s on Ronan’s ship. It’s still fairly multipurpose, and I like both sculpts a lot. I don’t know if I actually prefer one over the other. The BaF Groot’s paint work has some slight green detailing to help accent the sculpt, but this release dials that up even further, and honestly looks a bit better for it. Also, thanks to all of his parts being sold in the same package, the shading doesn’t vary from piece to piece, making him feel a little more cohesive. Groot is packed with two additional Groots, much smaller than the core Groot. We get potted Groot from the end of the first film, as well as Baby Groot from the second one, this time sans the Ravager jumpsuit that the standard release put on him. Personally, I liked the jumpsuit look more for Baby Groot, but getting potted Groot is a fantastic addition to the line-up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I saw this set once at TRU. However, in 2017 I was in a shakier place financially, and just really couldn’t justify buying a figure I effectively already had. The BaF was good enough for me, and that was the end of it. However, when Hasbro announced another production run, and that it would be a lot easier to get, I had a hard time saying no. I quite like this guy. Sure, he’s not amazingly new or anything, but the changes they made make for a slightly unique figure, and he’s also just a very nice stand alone piece for those that didn’t get the BaF when he was released.
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