The teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 did an excellent job in stoking fan excitement for the cosmic Avengers sequel, the first of three Marvel Studos movies debuting in 2017. It was light on plot, but promised a movie that captures the same level of fun and weirdness of James Gunn's original, which in 2014 pushed the Guardians of the Galaxy characters from obscurity to icons.
Since that trailer and Marvel's San Diego Comic-Con panel, most of the things we've learned about the film have come from the merchandising. Thanks to Funko we got our first idea of what both villain Ayesha and Kurt Russell's Ego will look like, and now LEGO have something to share about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as well.
There are three sets currently known: Ravager Attack, featuring a Ravager ship and figures of Taserface, Mantis and Rocket; The Milano vs. The Abilisk, which includes the team's ship and a monster along with minifigures of Gamora, Star-Lord, Drax, Baby Groot, and Nebula; and Ayesha’s Revenge, which boasts a couple of ships and minifigs of Star-Lord, Yondu, Baby Groot, and Ayesha. All three kits are set to be released on April 25th, a little over a week before the film's May 5th North American release.
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How accurate these sets are remains to be seen byt Giant-Man from Captain America: Civil War was revealed as part of that film's line. On the flip-side, they can also be incredibly misleading since they're based on early concept art or related ideas to allow the builders time to develop them, which can lead to disparities from the finished film or, in some cases, them detailing completely non-existent scenes (like the Iron Man vs. Mandarin showdown for Iron Man 3).
There's nothing in the Guardians 2 range that is surprising though, but it does throw up a couple of hitherto unknown details. The most intriguing is an action scene featuring the film's villain Ayesha on a strange alien world. Like the Funko Pint Size figure, she looks to be gold-skinned like i the comics and appears to have some sort of threatening device. We can see a representation of Mantis' psychic powers too - on the box art her antenna and hands are glowing, as are Taserface's head, suggesting she'll take control of him in the film. Also of interest is the presence of Nebula in the Abilisk scene - the teaser trailer showed only the existing Guardians in the fight, but their former nemesis (and Gamora's sister) may have already joined up by this point (although it could just be part of the increase in Nebula merchandise James Gunn hinted at a few months ago).
Aside from the new details, the highlight of the set reveals is the Baby Groot figure. A tiny molded piece with varying uniforms, it looks as adorable as he did in the trailer. James Gunn has said the cutifying of the character wasn't a marketing decision, but it's definitely leading to some cool merchandise all the same.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017