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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 it comes to decorating Easter eggs, I never progressed beyond the messy mix of hot water, vinegar and food coloring. However, artist Barak Hardley is operating on a far higher plane.
In this video from AWE Me, he showcases dozens of his holiday creations, from the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (with appropriately larger Groot and smaller Rocket) and Baymax from Big Hero 6 to Hellboy and Hobbes. In between, you’ll spot the likes of Homer Simpson, Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie, Saul Goodman and Ehrmantraut, the Powerpuff Girls and the Deathstar.
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.
If ever there were an appropriately named toy line, it’s the pint-sized Guardians of the Galaxy Dorbz series from Funko and Vinyl Sugar. Dorbz!
Showcased last month at Toy Fair and now available for preorder, the collection of 3-inch vinyl figures not only includes the team from Marvel’s 2014 blockbuster — Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Star-Lord, with and without mask — but also Ronan, Nebula, Korath, The Collector and Yondu (who resembles Sam the Snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). That’s a refreshingly broad lineup, even without Thanos or, say, Nova Prime (come on, who doesn’t want a Glenn Close collectible figure?).
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:
If NBC’s Parks and Recreation has taught us anything, it’s that 1.) jogging is the worst; 2.) at least once a year you have to treat yo self; and 3.) seven years from now, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will still be wildly popular.
After pitting Marvel against DC and the Empire against the heroes of both companies, Alex Luthor has turned his attention to another sci-fi franchise, using the Tesseract to draw in the Decepticons for a fan trailer that mashes together all of the mass destruction of Michael Bay’s Transformers series with all of the … mass destruction of superhero films.
When Megatron & Co. attack, it creates a threat so big that not even the combined powers of the Avengers, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Arrow and The Flash aren’t enough to stop them. That’s when Nick Fury calls in some help …
First came the cameo in The Avengers, then came a full-fledged appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, along with the promise of a larger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What could possibly be left for Thanos? How about movie-accurate figure from Hot Toys?
The high-end collectibles company has revealed its 1/6th-scale figure of the Mad Titan, based on his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy. He comes complete with two sets of interchangeable hands and a throne with LED light-up function.
However, there’s no mention of price or release date, so stay tuned.
The good-natured Super Bowl rivalry between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has moved beyond a charity bet to inspire a charity T-shirt.
As CBR noted last week, Boston native Evans and Seattle resident Pratt dug in for their own Civil War: If New England wins Super Bowl XLIX, Pratt will don a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven in Boston, which provides a home away from home for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo cancer treatments at nearby hospitals. but if the Seahawks win, Evans will dress as Captain America and visit Seattle Children’s Hospital while carrying a 12th Man flag.
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.
Given the sheer amount of Guardians of the Galaxy apparel, toys and collectibles on the market, you’d think Disney and Marvel Studios covered all the merchandising opportunities for the 2014 blockbuster. However, CineFix’s 8-Bit Cinema spotlights one they overlooked — and that we desperately need: an old-school side-scrolling video game.
In the video below, CineFex effectively retells director James Gunn’s space adventure using 16-bit technology, complete with snippets of dialogue and — best of all — a new, and totally appropriate, rendition of the film’s hit soundtrack.
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.”
If you’re a Guardians of the Galaxy fan with a taste for slightly retro T-shirts, we have a couple of suggestions for how you can spend a little of that holiday cash.
RIPT takes us back to the ’70s with “Ziggy Starlord,” which mashes together David Bowie and Peter Quill in the best possible way. If a T-shirt isn’t to your liking, Piercek25’s design is also available as a hoodie, a baby’s onesie, poster or coaster. They’re only available for another 10 hours or so, however.
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 all supervillains were as adorable as the ones in the next wave of Funko’s Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Pop! Vinyl figures, we wouldn’t mind the mayhem and destruction as much.
Arriving in March, the Bobble-Heads include 3.75-inch versions of Yondu, Ronan, Nebula and The Collector, plus a 6-inch tall Thanos Super-Sized Pop! Vinyl figure. Because, y’know, he’s the Mad Titan.
They join Funko’s previously announced Guardians figures: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket Racoon, Dancing Baby Groot and Howard the Duck.