Marvel’s most dysfunctional-yet-familial team will return to theaters this May in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster sci-fi action movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Audiences were charmed by the flawed galactic saviors in the first film, but one of the standout roles was Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, the ‘80s music-obsessed, jokey, would-be mercenary with a heart of gold. Pratt returns as Star-Lord for the sequel, but now fans can also adorn their shelves with a movie-accurate representation of the spacefaring warrior with Hot Toys’ newest action figure.
The figure depicts Pratt’s likeness and includes all the trappings of the movies’ Star-Lord. The action figure comes with an interchangeable LED light-up mask head sculpt, movie-accurate costume, two blasters (which can be holstered), a jetpack and one miniature Baby Groot that can be mounted to Star-Lord’s shoulder, as seen in posters for the upcoming film. The figure also includes multiple attachable hand positions, a base with a “Guardians of the Galaxy” decal and nameplate. Of course, a portable tape player and accompanying mix tape is included.
The figure stands at 1/6 scale. An optional deluxe version will be available that adds a maroon long-sleeved tee, a red leather trench coat and an interchangeable head sculpt of Star-Lord’s helmet mid-activation.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” takes place roughly three months after the events of the first film, in which the diverse group of characters are serendipitously brought together to defend the galaxy from Ronan the Accuser, a genocidal Kree extremist who sought the Infinity Stone of Power to wipe the planet Xandar off the star map. Instead, the Guardians briefly harness the stone’s power and thwart Ronan’s plot. The sequel sees the group come toe-to-toe with a race of genetically perfect aliens, while also finding time to investigate Star-Lord’s parentage.
Created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan, Star-Lord first debuted in “Marvel Preview” #4 in 1976. The character has long-served as a space-based peacekeeper who often travels with his crew of misfit heroes. The character was originally designed by Englehart to have a massive journey of self-discovery, going from a conceited jerk to a massively-powerful being in an epic saga that spanned the galaxy, but Englehart left Marvel before his plans could come to fruition.
Debuting in theaters on May 5, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a production of Marvel Studios directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.