Following its pre-Toy Fair 2014 preview of its Marvel Legends toys, Hasbro has revealed official product images of its entire Guardians of the Galaxy toy line, which includes more 6" scale figures, loads of 3.75" action figures and vehicles, deluxe figures and roleplay toys (including a Rocket Raccoon mask). You can see several toy versions of Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Dave Bautista (Drax The Destroyer) and Vin Diesel (Groot) after the cut, plus clear images of what actor Lee Pace will look like as Ronan the Accuser as well as Djimon Hounsou as Korath. We've also updated this post with new videos from the Hasbro showroom detailing the full line's figures and vehicles up close.
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Just in case you weren't satisfied with a look at 60% of a LEGO box a shutterbug snapped at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair last week, the toymaker has officially unveiled new images of one of its Guardians of the Galaxy sets in advance of a full preview starting this Sunday at Toy Fair 2014 (which we will be at in full force).
Remember a few months before Iron Man 3 arrived in theaters and images of a white "Space Amor" toy popped up online, fueling rumors that ol' Tony Stark would potentially blast into the final frontier (an armor limitation that was a major plot point in previous films) and, I dunno, see The Guardians of the Galaxy in a post-credits scene or something? Well, that didn't happen -- or hasn't happened yet -- so the "Starboost (Mark XXXIX) Armor" is kinda just some toy jazz, but at least it's cool-looking toy jazz. Following releases from Hasbro, the white/gold/black armor will get a 1/6 scale release from Hot Toys in November... well after the GotG movie hits theaters in August.
Plenty of concept art and set photos from Guardians of the Galaxy have popped up over the past several months, but Marvel is closing out 2013 with its first official look at the characters from James Gunn's space-faring flick.
Click through to check out the full photo of what looks like an intergalactic police lineup lineup featuring Gamora, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, and Groot.
Coming off the "Battle of the Atom" storyline, the All New X-Men are entering "The Trial of Jean Grey." A crossover between Guardians of the Galaxy and All-New X-Men, the story features the original X-Men, brought into the present from the past, dealing with an alien race that has decided to put Jean Grey on trial for the crimes of the Phoenix, which she has yet to commit in her own timeline.
For the variant covers to the series, Marvel has enlisted veteran artist Dale Keown. Perhaps best known for his work on The Incredible Hulk in the early '90s, Keown is not quite as prolific with interior comics art as he once was, but he's still occasionally producing cover work for Marvel, in addition to his creator-owned comics. For this series, Keown has produced variants for each issue -- taking place in All New X-Men #22-24 and Guardians of the Galaxy #11-13 -- with each piece spotlighting a member of each team. And, yes, Angel and Angela are paired up, because of course they are.
You can check out the first five covers, courtesy of Marvel, below.
There have been very few images officially revealed from the set of Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. But if you want to get a few behind the scenes looks a little early, there's always Vin Diesel's Facebook page. Case in point: the actor, who is playing Groot in the 2014 film, previously posted a video of himself walking around on stilts and talking about the character. This time, he's posted a picture of himself posing with every comic reader's favorite minimalist sentient tree.
From the looks of what Diamond Comic Distributors has release so far, Free Comic Book Day 2014 on May 3, will once again be a most family-friendly affair.
Diamond unveiled what it's calling its "gold-level title" list today, 12 books from publishers including DC Comics, Marvel, Image, Archie, Dark Horse, Viz Media, Bongo Comics, Boom! Studios and Fantagraphics. The fare is almost all kid-friendly stuff, with Hello Kitty, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Spongebob Squarepants, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Uncle Scrooge comics all on tap.
Odds are director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy film will be a lot of fun, given Gunn's pedigree and the cast, but I'm not sure it'll top this video of Vin Diesel being so super-excited about playing Groot that the's walking around the set of Fast 7 on high-tech stilts, hosting impromptu gatherings to talk about his tree-alien role, and, most importantly, high-fiving Kurt Russell.
Diesel posted the video on Facebook. Check it out after the jump.