Groot is the Build-A-Figure in Hasbro’s Guardians of the Galaxy collection. A piece of the massive sentient tree is included with each of the six figures tat make up the set, and once assembled Groot is every bit as awesome as you could hope.
Assembly is very easy with this guy– like many past BAF figures, his body parts clip together with ratcheted pegs, locking in place securely so he won’t fall apart, while also retaining full articulation. The only catch with building Groot is his awkward proportions, which make his gangly legs and arms kind of tricky to fit into the holes on the torso. It took me a little time to get them locked in without bending or breaking the limbs, but after a bit of effort he was all together.
And this dude was totally worth the effort! Groot’s all-new sculpt is amazing, and completely on point with the movie design model. From his bark-like skin, to the branches on his head and that expressive, almost peaceful face, this is a wonderful looking figure. The articulation works very well on this guy, including a ball neck, ball torso, ball shoulders and hips, half ball elbows and knees, wrists and rocker ankles. I sort of assumed we’d see the tree-like character simply cast in brown plastic, but Hasbro’s Marvel team went the extra mile to include a wonderful mossy green wash to add realism and depth to our alien, as well.
Like the rest of this series, the Groot figure is perfectly in scale with his allies, towering over the other Guardians. His massive shoulders are also more than broad enough to support his partner Rocket, who can perch in place very well. While not every figure in the Guardians of the Galaxy Legends series was a home run, Groot most definitely is. I can’t imagine a better toy version of this strange and excellent character, from Hasbro or anyone else, and he fits in well with both the movie and comic style cosmic Legends toys.
It’s not uncommon for the Build-A-Figure to be the star of the show, when it comes to Marvel Legends series, and Groot follows this same trend. I’m very pleased with the final product, and how well he really ties this whole cinematic team together on the shelf!