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While we know we’re not supposed to touch Lola, Funko is making it tough to resist with this upcoming addition to its Pop! Rides line.
Arriving in October, the new Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. collectible features Director Phil Coulson with his prized possession, the high-flying, flamethrowing 1962 Chevrolet Corvette better known as Lola. And, yes, Director Coulson, we realize Lola’s not just a collectible.
The Dancing Baby Groot sequence from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy sparked a pop-culture sensation that launched a seemingly endless parade of merchandise and introduced a new generation (or two) to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” It also inspired stop-motion filmmakers Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe to collaborate on a new video.
Using a hand-drawn background and more than 1,000 photos of Hot Toys 1/4th-scale Groot and Marvel Legends 6-inch Drax, Roberts spent “dozens of hours” to recreate that scene (with a Jackson 5 cover by Denver Duncan). The result caught the attention of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who commented this morning on their YouTube page, and then tweeted his appreciation for their work.
When the call went out at BoredPanda for readers to submit “a cute photo of your baby showing their (or their parents’) true nerdy colors,” I’m not sure anyone was prepared for the avalanche of adorableness about to be unleashed. Because, honestly, how could you be ready for an actual Baby Groot (who probably won’t be dancing for several months yet), or a pint-sized Ninja Turtle, complete with pizza slices?
While I’ve spotlighted many of the superhero-themed photos, the BoredPanda thread also features plenty of babies representing Harry Potter, Star Wars and video game fandom.
The rivalry that’s been building for a while — at least since the pair met in the Mos Eisley cantina — finally boiled over into an intense, and surprisingly expressive, rap battle between Groot and Hodor.
Backed by Rocket Raccoon, Bran Stark and Osha in this new video from The Warp Zone, the gentle giants of Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of Thrones throw down some mad … not rhymes, exactly. However, they do appear mad, or at least mildly perturbed.
In the post-Guardians of the Galaxy licensing onslaught, we’ve seen a dancing Groot bobblehead, a Baby Groot that actually dances to “I Want You Back,” a “movie-accurate” Little Groot and an absolutely terrified Potted Groot, and that’s only for starters. But now we have something a little different, and a little more eco-friendly.
Entertainment Earth is accepting preorders for a dancing Baby Groot solar-powered bobble head that not only wiggles his little body but never requires batteries. Alas, it’s not accompanied by the sounds of the Jackson 5, so you’ll have to hum the tune yourself:
I don’t know much about Madison, Wisconsin, Mayor Paul Soglin, but I’m willing to bet Friday was the first time in a political career that stretches back to 1968 that he’s been photographed with Groot. Or, well, any Flora colossus from Planet X.
However, you don’t get elected mayor seven times — seven times! — without kissing a few babies and shaking a few branches … of sentient tree creatures.
Although I have my doubts as to the calming, meditative qualities of a character whose signature line is “Hulk SMASH,” I’m not immune to the appeal of these 3D-printed Buddha sculptures of an assortment of pop-culture characters, from the Star Wars cast to Batman to Judge Dredd to Groot (with Rocket Raccoon, naturally).
The statues, which come in three sizes — 2 inches, 4 inches and 6 inches — range in price from $7.99 to $27.99. You can see some of the pieces below, and the full selection on Chris Milnes’ Etsy page.
Few characters in modern sci-fi and fantasy are as misunderstood as Chewbacca, Groot and Hodor. It’s not that their motives indiscernible, mind you; they’re all upright guys. It’s that two of them have incredibly limited vocabulary — namely, “I am Groot” and “Hodor!” — while the third, well … how many people actually speak Wookiee?
So, you can imagine when these kindred spirits get together, they have a lot to talk about. A lot. That’s the premise of “No One Understands,” a video from Brotherhood Workshop that finds LEGO versions of trio from Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and Game of Thrones drowning its sorrows in the Mos Eisley cantina.
If you’ve been searching for more details about Hot Toys’ “movie accurate” Little Groot — c’mon, who hasn’t been? — look no further than Showcase Collectibles’ video showcase, which promises the figure “in action.”
That means a demonstration of the moveable arms, designed to allow you to replicate poses from the meme-launching mid-credits scene from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s also a display of the three interchangeable heads, permitting Groot to be displayed with a smile, a neutral look or “a wide-mouthed grin.”
While many of Marvel’s licensing partners have seized upon the inherent cuteness of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s breakout star, Gentle Giant Ltd. has gone in a decidedly different direction with its new Groot statue, which hews closer to the character’s comic-book roots that to his big-screen incarnation.
The result, Potted Groot, is a bit unsettling, with his sinewy body, elongated arms and almost dragon-like face. However, Gentle Giant knows how to soften those harsh angles: with Christmas regalia!
If you’re one of those who takes a do-it-yourself approach to holiday gifts, this may be for you: a Baby Groot made using a laser printer and materials purchased from a Dollar Store. He has articulated arms, to boot!
I’m not at all crafty — as the lopsided wind chime and shapeless backpack from my shop and home ec. classes will attest — but even I could could make this, with little frustration or injury. I think. Maybe I’ll just buy a Dancing Baby Groot from KIDdesigns, or wait for the movie-accurate figure from Hot Toys … Anyway, watch the step-by-step video below.
There have been quite a few excellent depictions — both official and unofficial — of dancing baby Groot from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and it was only a matter of time before Hot Toys decided to try its hand at one. The toy company, known for its incredibly detailed and accurate action figures from Marvel Studios films, has announced a Little Groot collectible is in the works, featuring three interchangeable head sculpts, special paint application, and movable arms and body to help replicate his dancing skills from the end of the blockbuster.
Even if you’re not big on Christmas carols, you’ll likely find something to enjoy in this new video from James Covenant, who edits together movie clips to make the heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sing “Joy to the World,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and, in Groot solo number, “Jingle Bells.”
Covenant is also the mastermind behind last year’s “Let It Snow!” video featuring Jean-Luc Picard.
Thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, last month we saw an amazing one-of-a-kind Groot swing set, constructed for Super-Fan Builds. And now we can check out how the crew at the Hollywood prop company Tim Baker Creations built the piece as a surprise for father-and-son Guardians super-fans Michael and Patrick Coleman. Note that Groot’s hand even has LED lights to replicate the firefly effect from the Marvel film.
“It’s too cool, ” Patrick said. “I can’t even talk about it.”
DJ and video artist Eclectic Method, who last year took on The Avengers, has now turned his attention to Guardians of the Galaxy, delivering a remix the should please fans of Rocket Raccoon, Groot and, of course, Redbone, whose “Come and Get Your Love” gets a contemporary makeover.
And, yes, “I am Groot” and “a bunch of a-holes” are sampled liberally.