‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Art & Toys; Stars Talk Vin Diesel’s Groot

Published 11 months ago by , Updated November 4th, 2013 at 6:14 am,

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Thor: The Dark World has already opened in theaters overseas and this Friday the second chapter of Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally releases in North America. Taking advantage of the timing and buzz, Marvel Studios launched the first full-length trailer for the next film in the series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but no official footage has released yet for the second 2014 release and the last film before The Avengers: Age of UltronGuardians of the Galaxy.

What has surfaced in the last few days however, is a look at promotional art for Guardians of the Galaxy, a comprehensive and potentially revealing list Hasbro toys for the film, and quotes from stars Michael Rooker and Chris Pratt, both sharing their brief thoughts on the character of Groot and the actor playing him – Vin Diesel, respectively.

The first unofficial art for the Guardians of the Galaxy film popped up in a theater in São Paulo, Brazil (note the MarvelBrasil.com URL at the bottom). It’s in the same style as the early leaked promotional art for Thor and The Avengers which revealed our first looks at the heroes in costume, but director James Gunn wrote off the early look as simply fan art. The official site at the bottom of the poster – and the social media link – may indicate otherwise, and it is true to the character designs even if Gamora and Drax’s faces are a little off. Still, what’s most interesting about the image, real or not, is the emphasis on the mysterious orb, the MacGuffin of the film which may have greater implications for the future of the franchise.

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Also in vein of leaked Guardians info, a list of action figures and sets in the Hasbro Guardians of the Galaxy toy line may offer some minor plot point spoilers. Some interesting battles that could be in the film, according to the toy titles, include Drax fighting Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou) and Drax fighting Thanos, the latter of which we’re unsure will actually be in this movie or in a future appearance in The Avengers 3 or 4, a Guardians sequel, etc. There’s also a mention of the Badoon species which may confirm that Marvel Studios is introducing that important alien race from the comics into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s also of course Nova figures and a Nova ship, but we’re curious as to whether or not the Nova from the comics will be introduced in the film as one of Marvel’s highest profile cosmic characters.

Take a look at the complete toy code list below from Collider.

  • GGM 12 IN TITAN HERO FIGURE AST A8471
  • GGM 12 INCH ELECTRONIC STAR LORD A8685
  • GGM DRAX A7907
  • GGM DRAX VS KORATH A7897
  • GGM DRAX VS THANOS A7897
  • GGM FIGURE 2PK AST A7895
  • GGM GAMORA A7905
  • GGM GROOT A7915
  • GGM GROOT AND ROCKET VS BADOON WARRIOR A7898
  • GGM HERO SHIP PLAYSET A7911
  • GGM IRON MAN A7909
  • GGM MARVEL PLATINUM SERIES 6IN LEGENDS A7903
  • GGM NOVA A7908
  • GGM NOVA SHIP A7893
  • GGM PURSUIT SPACECRAFT AST A7892
  • GGM RAPID FIRE ROCKET A7902
  • GGM RAPID REVEALERS FIGURE AST A7912
  • GGM ROCKET A7906
  • GGM ROCKET AND GROOT VS NOVA SOLDIER A7900
  • GGM ROCKET RACCOON A7914
  • GGM ROCKET RACCOON A8474
  • GGM ROCKET RACCOON FEATURE MOTION MASK A8472
  • GGM ROCKET RACCOON RIFLE BLASTER A8475
  • GGM ROCKET RACOON A7914
  • GGM ROCKETS PIRATE SHIP A7894
  • GGM ROLE PLAY SET A7901
  • GGM STAR LORD A7904
  • GGM STAR LORD A7913
  • GGM STAR LORD A8473
  • GGM STAR LORD BLASTER A7910
  • GGM STAR LORD VS GAMORA A7899
  • GGM STAR LORD VS RONAN A7896

Even though Guardians of the Galaxy wrapped production of its London shoot a few weeks ago, there’s still one piece of casting not yet official – that of Vin Diesel voicing and performing motion capture work for the character of Groot. Diesel himself has confirmed he has the role but Marvel Studios has yet to make an official announcement, even while Diesel walks around the set of Fast & Furious 7 on stilts training for the role on his breaks. When asked about the casting of Diesel as Groot, Pratt praised his unique voice in an interview with iamROGUE:

As for the odd character of Groot who in appearance, looks like a walking, talking tree, Michael Rooker tells Forbes:

“Groot is not a tree, he’s a different being from a different universe. And he’s not like a tree the way we have trees. We use it for cordwood, for cooking and heating our homes. Groot is a whole different being from a whole different galaxy, somewhere you don’t even know where he’s from. I don’t even know where he’s from. He just happens to look like bark.”

We do know that the bark-skinned member of the Guardians has only one line in the film, “I Am Groot,” so Diesel has an interesting and unique challenge ahead of him bringing emotion to one of the most obscure characters the Marvel movies may ever introduce.

Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. Cooper joins a cast led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.

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Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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Sources: Collider, Imgur (via Reddit), iamROGUEForbes

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  1. I am somewhat inclined towards considering that art unofficial, myself. That orb Starlord’s holding looks like some kind of tiny Earth (with a tad too many clouds); there’s a possibility it’s not the movie’s macguffin at all, and it’s instead something the artist put in to further symbolise the film’s space setting (the picture is pretty cramped, after all, with little in the way of background).

    • the orb is confirmed to be in the film – here’s an image from COMIC-CON: http://media.bestlittlesites.com/images/users/uploads/53086/GotG%20orb.jpg

    • That would suck because I was on Wikipedia and they said the premise is that a group of ex-cons (the guardians) are transporting a dangerous object. However I don’t see that orb connecting to the infinity gauntlet that I thought was going to connect the phase 2 films because it was briefly mentioned in thor.

      I do have a theory: Maybe that orb is like the tesseract where Thanos needs it to explore the realms he knows exist now. The tesseract is Asgard now.

    • The tesseract being in Asgard is one thing and the orb might take Thanos To Asgard where I don’t know he finds the infinity gauntlet that he was searching all is life for

  2. “It’s in the same style as the early leaked promotional art for Thor and The Avengers”

    It’s similar, but from the very second I saw it I knew it was fanart… call it an artist hunch perhaps, but the way the characters were drawn is definitely a different person to the ones doing The Avengers and previous GoTG official art.

    Oh, and speaking about Groot. You know what would have been awesome?
    This is just me fan-wishing, but I wonder if the casting for Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper (as Rocket) for voice-work only was just a part of the ‘actual casting’. It would be awesome if suddenly it is revealed that Vin is actually Thanos, and Bradley is actually playing Adam Warlock. Both fits the characters nicely and it would be such a huge surprise!

    Again, that was just my fan-wishing, don’t make a rumor out of it… haha

    • Agreed man. I think you may be right there about Vin Diesel actually playing Thanos. The Groot thing might just be an excuse to explain Vin diesel’s presence on set.

      • Nah, I’m hoping Damon Poitier is still Thanos and Vin is just playing Groot.

  3. PLOT SPOILER: Groot (bragging) says, “Sticks (like me) and stones may break your bones…!”, when suddenly he is attacked by a swarm of termites, wood-peckers, beavers,and woodworms, and has to rely on the rest of the team to save the day…..!

    • naw he just said” I am groot!”

      • “I am root”.

  4. Iron man toy in gog?

    • thats what i was thinking wtf?

      he did enter space, does he go back…or a lost suit hmmm

      • for one of the buttons of gog tony runs in to the gog while testing his new space and have the other with thanos getting the cc or a ig gem

    • +1
      Let the Crossover begin!

  5. Thanos toys?? Where are they!?!?? Why can’t I see them!?!?!?

    *shakes laptop*

    Why… isn’t… this… working…

    *cries*

    • Toy #5, Drax vs Thanos.
      I’m a bit sad they’ve changed Drax’s story so that his goal is now taking down Ronan instead of Thanos. Otherwise, GoG could’ve introduced Drax and Thanos, and then had Drax team up with the Avengers to fight Thanos… It’s a shame.

  6. I want a StarLord helmet so much.

  7. I want a deadpool movie….

    • I also want a Deadpool movie…

      • me three

  8. Gamora looks a little “cracky” in this pic. I hope this is not the final makeup!

  9. Definitely fan art. Looks a bit off.

  10. @Rob, but, Thanos WILL be in the film.. remember what Kevin Fiege said about him… here’s the quote..

    Certainly you’ll get more than one turn-around-and-smirk. You’ll get much more than that.

  11. I live in Mexico.. so yesterday I watched Thor 2, and despite I was negative about the film at first (you can see it in my other SR comments), I actually enjoyed it.. they were good joke scenes…and some sad ones.

    Everyone already knows that the movie teases GOTG. Personally I didnt like the way it was introduced (Alan Taylor agrees with me on that one apparently)… but it clearly hints very important stuff about the future.

    And finally I want to say this..
    Loki is the god of mischief…one should never forget that.
    And I think Loki did something more complex to Coulson, than just stab him.
    Heck! Maybe Loki is the Coulson we see on Agents of Shield…

  12. I’m curious to know why there isn’t a Ronan the Accuser Action Figure?!?! Could Lee Pace not be Ronan??

    • He most likely is. It just reminds me of the LEGO playsets for IM3 that had Mandarin in a tank and everyone speculated on the movie’s ending based on that.

      • I want to see more set photos or high res images of the characters. Aren’t you tired of seeing the same or similar type of concert art they presented at Comic-con. I have only seen some set photos of Yondu and nova prime and barely Drax.

      • Yeah but that’s a different case. You see, at least Mandarin got an out of control action figure. Ronan (one of the main antagonists) isn’t getting an action figure, from what the list says.

        • True but the toy line for iron man 3 came after the photos and we got to see the mandarin. Even man of steel did it as well (The toy line that was rumored before man of steel was false. I’m just saying that maybe this isn’t the official toy line.

        • That was my weird point though, toy lines shouldn’t really be an indication of what’s in or not in the movie.

          • Ok then I guess were on the same page

    • •GGM STAR LORD VS RONAN A7896 there is a ronan its just you got to buy star lord as well

      • Oops! I over looked that. Thanks!!

  13. I think we’re missing the bigger question here, like what the case assortment is going to be like. Are we getting 10 Star Lords per case and one villain? What are the odds there will only be one Thanos or one Rocket Raccoon per case. This it what worries me.

  14. Why does Marvel need to confirm that Vin Diesel is playing Groot it’s already a locked deal.

  15. i saw cameraphone filmed footage (comicon?) of gotg on youtube but cant find it again has anyone else seen this? definitely didnt imagine it

    • Probably removed

      • that is the 36 sec cell phone video. You just have to go down a little bit. its in hd , it looks way better then the version that was on youtube.com

        • Dude that footage was amazing….. How did you get it

          • google.com

  16. I’m really not too happy with some of the visuals……RR is way too human, Drax looks like a musclebound Neanderthal and StarLord continues to be missing his iconic helmet.

    • There weren’t finished with the film yet

      • errrm, they have already wrapped up filming.

        • Yeah after the comic-con footage, remember they flew from London (where they were still shooting) to greet fans.

          • Nothing I mentioned is going to change post production/editing.

    • isn’t rocket raccoon a alien that has been genetically altered with some robotic alterations too. He didn’t look human at all to me he looked like a genetically altered alien animal who talks and shoots ppl with guns.

      http://www.digitaltrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/drax-the-destroyer-marvel-comics.jpg what do you expect drax to look like he is smoking crack?

  17. Wait you are telling me Drax’s soul purpose for living isnt killing Thanos? Im done not seeing it now, Marvel keeps screwing up villains so badly they are making Fox look good at something for once.

    • how do you knkow that his soul purpose for living isn’t killing thanos? Drax wants to kill ronan to get to thanos. Plus considering there is this •GGM DRAX VS THANOS A7897. So you can buy a toy of thanos vs drax but drax doesn’t want to kill thanos? I guess that drax and thanos are going out for space pizza in the toy set were its labled drax vs thanos?

      • When they released the character bios, it Drax’s said his main goal was taking revenge on Ronan for killing his family. This could mean two things. Either they have changed his focus from Thanos to Ronan, or he will find out that Ronan was working for Thanos. That’s it.

  18. Who said that

  19. I WANT A GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY MOVIE

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