Welp, we’re officially going backwards.
If the massive price hikes and severe quality control issues weren’t bad enough, Hasbro’s most recent wave of figures — which features characters from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 — is a microcosm of everything that’s wrong with the company’s toylines right now.
All of the following figures will be priced at the new Marvel Legends baseline of $24.99 with one glaring exception. They’ll be available for preorder on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00 PM from most major retailers with an expected arrival this Spring.
Almost entirely reused parts and almost no accessories to speak of. You’d think Hasbro would at least give Peter Quill some holsters for his blasters, but that’s clearly expecting way too much out of the line at this point.
I’ve never been an Adam Warlock fan, but I’m really digging the character’s MCU design — especially how it’s portrayed by this wonderful-looking figure. That said, the lack of accessories is completely inexcusable.
At least you get a couple of Build-A-Figure pieces, though.
Once again, we get a good-looking figure (albeit without much new tooling) that comes with zero accessories other than a Build-A-Figure part. Since Mantis won’t be the Build-A-Figure this time around, this might be the most cost-effective option if you want to add her to your collection — assuming you’re okay with the new Guardians of the Galaxy uniforms.
Even if you don’t like the new Guardians of the Galaxy uniforms, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t a great-looking Drax figure. I’m not 100% sure I agree with the folks saying the legs are completely new, but they do look better.
He only has two accessories, but that was the case back in the golden $19.99 days of just a few years ago. He can also put the knives in his boots, so that counts as a holster.
Wow. A great looking figure that actually also comes with cool accessories.
It’s a great facial likeness of actor Sean Gunn, but the expression makes him appear even more bored about this wave than we are.
At least the Yaka Arrow accessory is pretty neat.
This figure is going to cost the same inflated price point as Drax or all the other medium-sized characters? I guess we’re paying for the gun (HA!) and the main BAF piece, which will disappoint even an unabashed dog lover like myself.
This should not be a Build-A-Figure.
As toy reviewer/photographer Shartimus Prime pointed out in his preview of this wave (where he sounded sadder than I’ve ever heard him), small Build-A-Figures were a thing back when Hasbro first took over the Marvel Legends line in 2007 and nearly tanked it.
Cosmo looks good, but she should have been packed in with Rocket. Instead, what should’ve been the wave’s Build-A-Figure has been turned into this:
Let me say right off the bat that this is an outstanding Groot figure. Unfortunately, it also carries the new Marvel Legends deluxe price point of $38.99. You can actually spend 99 cents less to get an even better figure that’s loaded with accessories from the Savage Crucible Kickstarter.
Unfortunately, if you want to complete the Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 team (sans Gamora I guess), then you’ll have to pick this one up.
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