"Being stuck in space with no accountability makes for a strange combination of youthful vibrancy and cluelessness in a childlike man," said actor Chris Pratt of his role as Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, the first Marvel Studios film to depict some of the decidedly less iconic characters of the Marvel comic book universe. In an interview with USA Today's Brian Truitt, the actor and Guardians director James Gunn shared new images from the film and revealed some details about the characters and the overall nature of the film, which they hope will be a "fresh diversion" for superhero movie fans who've been seen the same movie again and again and again.
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Between its massive Hasbro and LEGO toy lines, Guardians of the Galaxy is the undisputed movie license of Toy Fair 2014. So it's no surprise that Funko has debuted some new GotG figures as part of its own sizable 3.75" tall Pop! Vinyl empire -- or that the usually four-character Pop! wave is extra big to accommodate the film's five heroes.
We can't show you everything LEGO has on display at Toy Fair 2014, but there's still several Marvel and DC Comics sets that fans are going to want to see. Are you ready for a proper LEGO Sentinel? We've got plenty of X-Men, Spider-Man and Batman sets for you to check out -- including from the new, easy-to-build LEGO Jr.s line and the kid-friendly DUPLO line.
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.
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.