Welcome to our review of the Marvel Legends Infinity War 3-pack of Thor, Rocket and Groot. We are breaking down each figure in the set and look at the pro's and cons as well as giving them our usual overall rating out of 5. In this part of the review we look at Rocket
If you have arrived here after reading one of the other reviews from this 3-Pack then skip the first section on packaging which is repeated
Pros : Good sculpt. Plenty of articulation for such as small figure
Cons : Weapons lack paint detail and Rocket struggles to hold the new larger gun
One of the best "team-up" within Infinity War was the unlikely trio that saw a bruised and battered Thor team up with Rocket and the teenage Groot as they sought out a weapon to take down Thanos. Rather than include this trio in single carded Avengers waves, Hasbro went down the multi-pack route. The set includes Thor as seen in the first half of the movie with his eye patch and black outfit. Rocket who is essentially the figure released in 2017 in the Guardians of the Galaxy wave. And a brand new figure of Teenage Groot.
The set comes in a large scooped side Marvel Legend window box that uses the same design colouring as the other Avengers figures. The side panels have Thor at one side and Rocket and Groot on the other. The set was originally planned as a Toys R Us exclusive and is marked up with the silver embossed Toys R Us exclusive sticker.
The rear of the box is dominated by an image of the three figures posed in an action stance. To the side is a very short synopsis that talks about the journey of a "blaster-toting raccoon, a teenage tree and an Asgardian god".
All three figures are slotted into the inner plastic try without the need for any twisty ties or bands. The accessories are interspersed between each figure and are taped into place. The inner tray sits in a cardboard tray that is an explosion design with a large Avengers "A" symbol in the centre.
This is the exact same Rocket sculpt as we saw in the 2nd Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 wave in 2017. It uses the closed mouth head-sculpt, and for me I prefer this one more than the shouting Rocket head. The face sculpt is a good match to what we see on screen, and the painting is neat. The eyes are brilliant, with a glass like finish just like a rodent.
Rocket's teeth are sculpted and painted to create that snarling look that Rocket does so well.
Rockets jumpsuit is predominantly blue with black panels and silver painted clasps on the front. The fur is visible on arms and legs and this is textured with dry-brushed grey on the arms and legs adding depth. The tail is subtly striped and acts as a counter point to stand Rocket.
While this is the same sculpt as the Guardians release, the figure has got some subtle paint difference - most notably the darker panels on the suit. The blue too is much deeper.
Despite his size, Rocket include 17 points of articulation - although many joints are quite rudimentary. The head is ball jointed but without the pivot in the neck - this means it rotates, but will pop off too easily if you try to get him to look up or down. A similar ball joint is built into the chest and this too rotates but does very little in terms of lean forward or back.
The shoulders are ball jointed and have a full range of movement. The elbows are less manoeuvrable and are a simple rotating single joint that doesn't even bend to a right angle. The wrists are jointed in so much that they rotate because of the pin that is inserted into the wrist piece.
The legs are jointed at the hip using a ball joint, but it is restricted by the groin section. There is a thigh swivel sitting above a basic knee joint that bends about half way. Like the wrists, the ankles will rotate as the feet are slotted into the ankle with a peg.
The final joint is the tail which is ball jointed for full movement. In the main the tail is best used to balance the figure as a third point of contact, but with some patience the tail can be posed out and Rocket still stands upright.
Rocket comes with the same two blasters as the Guardians Vol. 2 release. Hasbro have cut back on their paint decor though, going for the cast grey plastic and not the black wash and silver highlights we saw originally.
The blasters fit into either hand with delicate trigger fingers which can actually be slotted into the triggers. Sadly, there is no holster or any way of holding these if they aren't in Rocket's hands.
Rocket does get a new weapon in this release, the larger weapon he wields when they arrive in Wakanda. This too is cast in its base colour, but gets a line of bronze painted detail down the barrel.
As this weapon has been added after the figure was designed, Rocket does not hold this all too well. Any two handed poses looks awkward, and in one hand it looks too big. The best pose I achieved is the over shoulder look which is reminiscent of the first Guardians movie.
In terms of scale, Rocket fits in neatly with most Legends - although he does look small next to Thor as Hasbro always over-size the Asgardian characters. The three of them from the set look fantastic together and work well as a set in context to the movie. We review Thor and Groot in separate reviews - checkout the link at the bottom of this review.
Rocket, in this set, gets a better paint job than the original release with the darker black panels and brighter blue suit. He also gets a brand new weapon, but at the expense of the decor on all the weapons. Articulation is good for a figure of his size, and he is fun to pose. It is a shame he can't tote his new larger weapon better, but that is a minor niggle and I score this version of Rocket the same as the original release - a 4 out of 5.
Taking this set as a combined entity, I am glad that the RRP on this didn't come in at around £60 for the three figures. The set is sensibly priced at around £45 and I think this is fair considering the size of Rocket and the articulation and limited paint job on Groot. Had we been looking at £60 for these three figures, then the scoring for the box as a whole would have dropped considerably in terms of value for money. As it stands the set for me has a stand out figure in Thor, that was then taken too far with that bizarre decor. Rocket, even with the paint variations, is essentially a repack and for me Groot is half finished and is missing a whole other paint application at least. The accessories all feel cheap with basic paint and very rubbery misshapen plastic. While the price is amicable, the contents still don't really make me feel "wow" what a great set - and I score the Thor, Rocket & Groot 3-Pack a mediocre 3 out of 5.