Bandai SH Figuarts Star-Lord Figure Revealed!

Bandai Japan announced that they had acquired the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 license a few months back, but I started getting a little fidgety wondering if they were actually going to use it when April arrived and we hadn’t seen a single prototype. But while there’s still no word on what characters will be in the S.H. Figuarts GOTG Vol. 2 lineup, we at least know one figure that is on the way: the 6″ SH Figuarts Star-Lord figure has now been revealed!

SH Figuarts Star-Lord Figure Bandai Chris Pratt

With less than a month until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters, pretty much every GOTG Vol. 2 licensee out there has at least started taking pre-orders for one of their collectibles from the movie. The exception to that rule is Bandai Japan, who hadn’t even showed a single prototype of a figure… until today.

With the Bandai Figuarts line famous for scrapping shown prototypes and not completing lineups, I think a complete Figuarts Guardians of the Galaxy team is a 50/50 chance at best, but we now know the team leader is at least on the way: the Star-Lord Figuarts!

Whereas I thought that the Hasbro Marvel Legends Star-Lord 6″ figure that came out this winter was close to perfect except for the head-on facial likeness and pegs on his hips, Bandai’s 6″ Star-Lord figure doesn’t look to have either of these problems.

Star-Lord Figuarts Figure Chris Pratt LikenessThe Chris Pratt likeness is the best that I’ve seen in a 4″-7″ action figure, which is a huge selling point of the figure for me. I’ve heard a couple folks saying already that they prefer the portrait on the Guardians of the Galaxy Legends Hasbro figure, so your opinion may vary, but I just don’t see any contest personally–this Chris Pratt head looks far better to my eyes.

As Bandai has only released this singular image of the S.H. Figuarts Star-Lord figure so far, we don’t have any idea on the accessories that will be included outside of the two Element Guns (sorry, “Quad Blasters”) shown in the image. Even so, I think we can be reasonably confident we’ll get an interchangeable masked head as well, since if Bandai Japan is going to skimp on a head, it’s almost always the unmasked version they ignore.

SH Figuarts Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Announcement - Copy

There’s no word yet on whether or not Bluefin Distribution will bring this figure over to the United States–and no obvious diorama effects part they could pair with it to get it over the required $80 price-point–but after a whole new wall was created just to sell SH Figuarts Spider-Man in North America, I’d be surprised if we didn’t get Star-Lord here as well.

I’ll update the Marvel Toy News Facebook and Twitter Pages when we know more about this figure’s release details, including what accessories will be included and what regions it will be available in.

SH Figuarts Star-Lord Figure Bandai Chris PrattThe Guardians of the Galaxy SH Figuarts Star-Lord figure will go up for order on May 12th 2017 (yes, after the movie opens), and is scheduled for release in September 2017. As there’s over a month between now and the pre-order window for Star Lord opening, we should see plenty more images of the action figure and its accessories over the course of the next month.

Alright, Marvel collectors: Let’s hear it! Based off what we’ve seen so far from Bandai, which of the three 6″-7″ Star-Lord Guardians of the Galaxy movie figures is going to be the de facto version in your collection: SH Figuarts, Marvel Legends or Marvel Select?


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Bandai SH Figuarts Star-Lord Figure Revealed! — 6 Comments

  1. Hey Dabid! I’ve been feeling the lowest of the low and NOW IM UBER HAPPY! WOW! SO FREAKING HAPPY. HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK THIS WILL BE? Will people in the US being ale to preorder it?

  2. Definetly a pass for me, especially if they don’t make the full Guardians roster. Figuarts are expensive, so I usually only get them to fill in gaps in my Legends collection, i.e. Civil War Ant-Man. There is pretty much the whole team slated for a Legends release, though, so I’m happy.

  3. Figuarts are so worth it… you don’t have to worry about paint smudges or crooked eyes and the joints wont break on you. Im guessing they’ll do this and draw with baby root. They usually don’t do all the members of movies but I don’t need everyone. You can even put SL in an a avenger display now.

    • Except… you do sometimes have to worry about paint smudges, or crooked eyes, or breaking joints. Maybe not quite as often as with Hasbro, but it’s definitely not entirely a non-issue. Hell, my SHF Mace Windu has a misprinted eye. Fortunately, it looks fine from most angles, but any relatively low angle will make the eye look pretty weird.

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