Funko Friday: Rocket Raccoon

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This week on Funko Friday, everyone’s second favorite character (arguably) from Marvel’s blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon takes the stage! Rocket, featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series, is a galactic warrior who in his current state was born of genetic experimentation that granted him superior intelligence, and the ability to walk on two legs. He was also given a raging attitude and hangs out with a mutated tree named Groot. And this, my friends, is how intergalactic fiction can be great.

In the movie that nobody saw coming, and that nobody expected to do as well as it did, Rocket, the pint-sized mammal with a mouth was voiced by Bradley Cooper. If you didn’t know any better, you’d never guess that it was Cooper, as Rocket’s gruff, gravelly intonation was most certainly a put-on for the actor. I can’t imagine it was anything short of a blast to do, however. Rocket will be returning to the big screen to get into more trouble with his merry band of misfits for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017.

Peter Quill: I can’t believe I got taken down by a raccoon

Rocket: Raccoon? What’s a raccoon?

Peter Quill: You are! I’ve seen many of them, like you, on Earth!

Rocket: Ain’t nothing like me, except me!

I picked up the Rocket Raccoon vinyl Pop! doll from Funko at Hot Topic a while back, as the store’s combination of selection of the collectibles and “buy one, get one half-off” sales is, well, just goddamn irresistible. This model of Rocket is depicted as he appears throughout most of the movie, in his orange body suit, gripping his weapon of choice. Let’s not forget the menacing stare – he may look diminutive, but he’s fierce. Look at him, he’s about to kick your ass. The Rocket Pop! is also one of the select few that features a bobble-head! Funko’s line of Pop! dolls also consists of Star-Lord (masked and un-masked), Gamora, Drax, several versions of Groot, Ronan, Nebula, Yondu, Thanos, and The Collector!

This has been another edition of Funko Friday here at The No Seatbelt Blog. Past and future installments of this series can be found under “The Toy Chest” section on my website. Check out all the other blogs that I write on movies, music, beer, toys, and more, every week! Until next time, keep calm and collect on!

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Funko Friday: I Am Groot!

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Groot is perhaps the most lovable member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, a group of intergalactic troublemakers who nobody but the most seasoned Marvel comic book geeks had ever heard of before the movie came out. This big, dumb tree, voiced by none other than Vin Diesel in the film, only says “I am Groot!” throughout, with only his buddy Rocket Raccoon being able to understand him, knowing that each time he says it, it means something different. It’s quite entertaining to watch Rocket translate and then respond to the same declaration again and again, and the gag is used just enough to not be annoying.  Continue reading

Marvel Collector Corps, April 2015- Avengers: Age of Ultron

In April of this year, Marvel, in conjunction with the toy company Funko, launched Marvel Collector Corps, which is a bi-monthly subscription-based nerd box of epic proportions. Each box comes complete with at least one of Funko’s popular Pop! vinyl dolls, other collectibles, a t-shirt, a comic (so far), and a collector’s pin and patch. Everything found in the box is 100% exclusive to it- you can’t get it anywhere else! Continue reading

Review: Jurassic World

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WARNING: Contains spoilers!

Twenty-two years after Jurassic Park was released, and after two disappointing and arguably unnecessary sequels, Jurassic World came roaring into theaters. That roar was a loud one, as this summer’s blockbuster raked in a whopping $208 million on its opening weekend, surpassing The Avengers (2012) for the biggest opening of all-time. More than two decades after the theme park on Isla Nublar, which was meant to dazzle tourists with close-up views of real-life dinosaurs, closed due to unforeseen tragedy, a new one was built right in its place. It seems that humans never learn. While the original Jurassic  films were adventurous and fun (mostly the first one), they served as a commentary on mankind’s continuous and ill-advised attempts to harness and control nature. Continue reading