A closely held secret before the Guardians of the Galaxy's movie release, the baby Groot stole the show.
So naturally a Pop! Vinyl figure was coming, along with Hot Topic's "I am Groot" variant and Entertainment Earth's Ravagers Dancing Groot version. They all share the same tooling and are a little on the small side, but does it matter? It's pretty awesome. I doubt there are many other good variant colors to squeeze out of this mold as America seems to have moved past its initial rush of love for Groot, but odds are we'll see many more interesting new Groot items for sale for the next flick if not sooner.
With no articulation to speak of thanks to Hasbro having a lock on action figures, this figure's only moving part is the head. It's on a spring, making it a bona fide bobble head. Considering the annoyances of making the whole thing look natural and making it look good dancing, this is probably the best move - I like this simpler mechanism more than the electronic one because it's a) cheaper and b) won't wear out down the road. Soft rubber skin, electronics, and the need for batteries usually results in something that's going to need an extra large amount of love and care to keep nice through the decades. But this? This should just stay nice. The green buds on his head, the subtle wood paint detailing, and of course the fake dirt should be in good standing for years to come.
Funko does nice work with good sculpting - the plant parts look like a stylized plant, the pot looks like a pot, and the dirt looks like dirt. The deco is pretty good, with the Ravagers logo being some sort of decal - mine wasn't perfectly applied, but considering the price I don't exactly expect the moon here. I suspect tens if not hundreds of thousands of these are going to be populating desks and offices around the world as it's arguably the best expression of the character in this format - of course, which pot you want is up for debate. With at least three versions it's charming enough to own at least one, so go do your best to snag whichever one is handy. This one is exclusive at the place I work at, so I like this one, but the default version is truest to the movie. Snag it if you see it!
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