I started my reviews of the new Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends series several weeks back, but got sidetracked by the news juggernaut that was New York Toy Fair 2017. But now it’s back to reviews! And this time, I’ll be covering a movie character who probably deserved to have a figure for the first movie–but didn’t. Luckily, Hasbro has come a long way in three years. So even though he’s already down to 16 bucks shipped online, the first-ever 6″ Marvel Legends Yondu figure we’re getting this year is way better than the one we would have gotten in 2014…
But all that changed with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2014, where I found myself not only connecting with Yondu, but actually loving him. I’ve been waiting for a great Yondu action figure ever since, and after a lengthy wait, he’s finally here…
I’m going to begin my Marvel Legends Yondu review in a place I usually don’t: accessories! Besides the Blaster Arm for the well-done Titus Build-A-Figure I reviewed last month, Yondu comes with what are almost unquestionably the two best accessories in the entire wave: an effects piece arrow and an alternate Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 whistling head with huge Mohawk!
There’s no alternate hands this time, but I’m okay with that since we haven’t exactly seen Yondu in any fisticuffs action thus far in these movies.
Hasbro giving us a head for the short haired version of Yondu from the first movie is a godsend, and I love how you can almost feel Yondu’s sleazy charisma radiating off his grin. Also, sometimes there’s little to no actor likeness in the 6″ Marvel Legends movie figures, but I can absolutely see Michael Rooker in this portrait. What a fantastic head sculpt!
Meanwhile, the whistling Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 head with long Mohawk and corresponding effects piece arrow are a straight-up blast. You can shove the effects piece trail into Yondu’s holster to mount the flying arrow, and frankly, it looks awesome. Supernatural whistling is Yondu’s thing–and also a rather difficult power to portray in an action figure–but Hasbro has totally nailed it here. “A+” for ingenuity, Hasbro!
Hasbro did a stellar job with the 100% newly-tooled sculpting on Yondu’s costume all-around, and particularly on the jacket. The highly-detailed sculpting on Yondu’s jacket is excellent–clearly, the days of low-detailed, boring jackets are gone.
And although Yondu isn’t the most active guy in the MCU, he still has ample articulation to be: ankle rockers, double-jointed knees and albows, ball-jointed hips, ball-hinge head/wrists/shoulders, ab crunch, swivel boots/waist/thighs/biceps… the usual high standard of articulation is retained here.
For me personally, either making the energy effects removable or just including another plain arrow would have made this figure perfect.
Overall: Yondu is one of my favorite characters in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but I can say without any personal bias that this Hasbro Yondu action figure is outright excellent. While an arrow without energy effects and perhaps some alternate hands would have made this figure totally perfect, the actor likeness, amazing sculpt, great paint deco and outstanding interchangeable head make this likely to be the best movie Yondu figure that will ever be made (assuming there’s never a Hot Toys Yondu). Sensational work by Hasbro.