This month I’m reviewing the Marvel Legends Infinite Series Groot Build-a-Figure (BAF). I was really excited to finally complete this BAF. This is my first completed BAF so my expectations were really high. Did this figure live up to my own built up hype?
Figures in the Series
- Star-Lord (Left Arm)
- Iron Man (Right Leg)
- Nova (Right Arm)
- Rocket Raccoon (Head/Chest)
- Gamora (Left Leg)
- Drax (Lower Torso/Hips)
- Groot (Build-a-Figure)
- Character: Groot
- Manufacturer: Hasbro
- Series: Infinite Series Groot
- Dimensions: 8.75″
- Recommended: Ages 6+
- MSRP: $?.?? Paid: $0.00 (Build-a-Figure)
Check out my BAF Assembly video of Groot below
Articulation – ★★★★☆
Bigger figures seem to have poor articulation, but overall, this Groot figure has really good articulation. He’s tall, but not real bulky which helps the articulation quite a bit. He’s really fun to pose, which is a good sign his articulation is quite good.
Total POA’s = 28
- Arms – There are 7 joints per arm.
- Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that allows for a really good amount of movement. His arms can raise above his shoulders which is really nice to get those towering poses of Groot.
- Bicep: Peg Joint allows for full 360 rotation. This joint is near the top of the bicep, just below the shoulder.
- Elbow: Double Pin/Hinge joint allows for a really good amount of bend in the elbow. You can almost fold his arm in half which is great.
- Wrist: Peg Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint in the wrist. The hinge in the wrist is a little limited if you’re trying to move the hand up, down is quite good.
- Legs – There are 6 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
- Hips: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint allows you to get Groots legs to move forward and back, but you really need to do some creative movements to get him there. You’ll also need to use his knee rotation to get him into some action poses. This isn’t too bad considering the sculpt of his legs does allow you to rotate the legs without making him look too odd.
- Knees: Single Pin/Hinge joints as well as a Peg Joint in the knees. Particularly the Peg joint is critical to getting those action poses. You can get about a 75-80 degree bend in the knee.
- Ankles: Each ankle has 2 joints. Pin/Hinge Joints can move the feet really far back but moving forward for action poses is quite limited. There is also an ankle rocker which is surprisingly really good.
- Body – There is a double Ball Joint in the mid torso area. This joint provides a decent ab crunch and back arch. You also get torso swivel with this but you aren’t going to be able to get Groot to lean much from side to side. I’m ok with this since Groot is a stiff character anyway.
- Head: A single Ball Joint in the neck area gives you side to side action. Groot can tilt his head really nicely and look up quite a bit. The biggest issue is he can’t really look down. Since he’s taller than all the figures in his series, it seems he should be able to look down to interact with them. This is the biggest fail on the articulation.
Mold – ★★★★☆
Hasbro really did a great job with the sculpt work on this figure. The detail work of the figure all around is spectacular. The highlight for me is the head sculpt. They really nailed the look to the movie Groot.
I have two complaints. The first being in the torso articulation. When you bend Groot forward, they did not continue the nice sculpt work on the back articulation, so you see a nice smooth surface. You get the same when you bend him back, though it’s not as noticeable. My other complaint is the ankles could have moved forward more had they trimmed just a little bit of the plastic away from the bottom of the leg where the ankle joint is.
Oh, I remember a third gripe. That’s really with how they positioned the ball joint hole on the head. As others who have reviewed this figure have noted, had the ball joint hole been positioned back further, you’d then have gotten articulation down so Groot could actually look down on his team of Guardians.
Overall, however, I think those negatives really only warrant a single star lost as the rest of the sculpt was superb.
Paint – ★★★☆☆
There’s not a lot of paint. Mostly, the figure is just molded brown plastic, but there are some really nice paint apps throughout the figure, I just felt they really could have made this figure amazing had they just added a little more. The green highlights you find on the chest, face, and forearms are really nice. They just seemed to miss areas of the rest of the body which simply makes it look like they didn’t finish. There’s none on the lower torso in front, but there is some in the back. The legs have no green, which one would think being closer to the ground, there might be more moss/mold down there. Dirtying up his feet might have helped too.
Overall, the pain app is the weakest part of this figure, but that’s not to say I’m too disappointed at all. It just could have been a little better.
Accessories – ★☆☆☆☆
Groot doesn’t come with any accessories, though I don’t know what you’d give him. He doesn’t really need any, though it might have been cool to have gotten a baby Groot to go with him, but overall, I’m still quite happy with this figure, so yes, a single star, but I’m not going to count that against him at all.
Packaging – N/A
Since Groot is a Build-a-Figure (BAF) he comes in packaging with other figures so there’s really nothing to discuss here.
Overall Rating – ★★★★☆
I love this figure, even with the few gripes I had. I have certainly seem some better Groot figures, namely the new GOTG comic version that was just recently released. That one has an amazing head sculpt, though I think the rest is using the same mold as this movie Groot. If you’re a GOTG fan, you really should get this figure. I can’t say the series is worth buying, so perhaps just see if you can buy a completed Groot, or get the parts on Ebay. I wouldn’t pay more than $30 for the figure though so don’t get taken for a ride on this one. You can find pretty much all the figures pretty easily. The most expensive one will be Drax and he’s still not too bad.
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