"You shouldn't have killed my mom, and squished my Walkman!" is one of the greatest lines a hero as ever said before making his comeback and taking out the bad guy. It was uttered by Peter "Star Lord" Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which to me is one of the best, not only Marvel films to date, but one of the best sequels to any movie ever made. Its one of my family's favorite films. So naturally when Diamond Select Announced that Star Lord, Drax, Rocket, Gamora, and Groot were getting the Marvel Gallery treatment it should be no shock that they would soon be displayed in our house.
The first figure I am going to review is Star Lord and as you can see above he looks amazing. From the mask, to the outfit, to the weapons, to the base everything pops out at you. I love how the base, which looks like a part of a space platform sits at the bottom of a huge and finely sculpted blast of jet fire from Star Lords Jet pack. Angled out and twisting to the left ready for action on both incoming sides, this is the most perfectly angled diorama I have seen to this date. You can see in the picture (yes that's my kitchen table) how it has a 3D style about it. You can also see the amazing detail done on this one. Rocco Tartamella outdid himself with this amazing work of art that truly captured the look and feel of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
One of the first things you will notice is the perfectly etched helmet worn by Peter Quill. I say etched because its not just a simple paint and shadow design. you can actually run your fingers over the helmet (and any part of this actually) and feel every single line and bump. Painted perfectly over it, even down to the dots in the red visors for Peters eyes this helmet is a definite eye catcher. It even has his hair falling slightly over he helmet as it does when he is flying in the film. You can see his chest plate on his trademark red jacket is also perfectly done showcasing how it bonds to him with a push of his buttons. This is definitely fine design work
The blasters are also perfectly done, as every single detail is put in them. You can see how the hands are fully rendered and designed that they make a perfect anatomic grip around the handles of the guns with the thumb slightly above where the trigger would be. If you notice The sleeve of the jacket is even done to perfection, showing battle worn creases and damage. I personally love how the hand comes out but is turned slightly giving it an accurate feel for how the blaster would truly be aimed. With the focus on the eyes of the mask and the way the blaster is pointed, it really has the look and feel like it will come to life and start blasting bad guys.
The design of the pants is astounding. I put the film on before I wrote this just for a quick comparison, and the fact that even the leather pants are a carbon copy is amazing. You can see (etched as well) every single crease, and wrinkle in these things. The painting and shading alone is marvelous as these things really look like they are made of leather. Every single pocket, and holster, hell, even the belt buckle is an exact replica of what Chris Pratt wore in the film. This just blows my mind what Diamond Select has been putting out. You cant find detailed work like this anywhere.
Here is the back shot of the jet pack and fire blast that connects the figure to the base. As you can see the fire coming out of the jet pack is almost like looking at a glass based design. The white, oranges, and greys are blended together so majestically that it truly gives the appearance of real fire and smoke coming out of the pack.
What really makes it pop is that it does not come down in a simple shape. Its all over the place, with twists, and turns, that wind it down to the base. Even then it still has fire like blow-back so it really looks as though is taking off. The Jet pack is a cool design, and looks just like it does in the film. I really dig how it has a "Rocketeer" vibe to it. Note: Diamond Select if you read this make a Rocketeer Statue. I will buy one. The pack has all the marking from the one used in the film and even connects to the jacket in the same way.
Here you can see how I said it really looks like a fire landing. As the part connecting Star Lord to the bas is supposed to be rocket fire, its fantastic how its mounted in all different shapes as opposed to say a giant like circle. His Boots, which are identical to the film costume as well are raised from the fire of his pack so he really does look to be flying.
I like how the base is a platform of sorts. It reminds me of what the Guardians were standing on at the beginning of the film when they faced off against that weird monster that Drax believed he single handedly defeated. Having a space design really adds to the depth of the piece and helps set it apart from other dioramas in your collection.
Overall this is another winner from Diamond Select. Sadly it resides in my sons room with Drax so when people come over its not right on my entertainment center as a conversation piece. I would highly recommend you purchase this for your collection. Like I said its part of Diamond Selects Marvel Gallery Line.
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Overall 5 out of 5 Stars