Somehow after nearly five years of daily doings, I haven't done a Gentle Giant item yet. Someone from the firm was kind enough to direct me to Star-Lord, the human lead of The Guardians of the Galaxy and he appears here in a swell comic incarnation. The 1:6 scale looks pretty fantastic, exceeding what you'd get in an action figure and coming in under the 1:6 scale figure price range. For a thing for your desk, it's really something.
The character has no moving or removable parts - so you can't see the head under the fairly spectacular helmet. The Ravagers symbols are largely glossy over a metallic yellowish orange, with the effect applied perfectly to his helmet and fairly well on his chest. (You can see some brush strokes.) The helmet, though? Perfection. The glossy metallic blue on the top is dynamite. The silver brim and trim is gorgeous. A full breathing mask is loaded with little painted details, from yellow eyes to little black vents and multiple hues of grey. To call it anything less than beautiful would be an understatement - plus the helmet allows you to bypass the uncanny valley on the collectible freeway.
His uniform is nice and worn-in. You can see some creases, and there are some nice outlines on the various pouches and fully-painted rivets. This is the norm for busts, but as someone who spends a lot of time in action figure land I still find it impressive when I see a product that seems fully-realized. The guns have energy pulsing through them, coming to life. There's some dark shadowing on the red and blue parts of his outfit. The belt's metal parts are painted in silver. Everything seems pretty clean with nary a hint of slop.
Like some of the better busts, it comes to life outside its simple black base. The arms are in a wonderful action pose and it looks like he's ready to leap out and shoot... something. I don't know what. Because I'm pretty touchy-feely with toys I was looking for any way to move/remove an arm or a head, but no dice. What you see is what you get - a sturdy, resin collectible packed in a nice box with a ton of styrofoam to keep it safe. It'll look great on a toy shelf next to your Groot Pop! figures or Drax figures, or perhaps in a case with other busts. I really can't say enough nice things about how shiny and amazingly glossy that helmet wound up, so if you buy (or see) it be sure to pay a lot of attention to that sculpted and painted detail. It's a fine example of why you would want to buy a higher-end collectible like this one over an action figure, as I don't doubt the paint budget for the head would exceed that of producing an action figure. If you need something to play with? Don't buy it. If you want something cool for the desk in your office, though, this is a fine fixture.
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