Jumping the Gunn: New Guardians Of The Galaxy Toys Previewed Before Movie's Release | Fanboys Anonymous
Recently, James Gunn, the director of Marvel's upcoming new epic sci-fi fantasy Guardians of the Galaxy, released a series of pics on Instagram and Twitter teasing the release of all-new Guardians toys from both LEGO and Hasbro!

Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn sci-fi fantasy adaptation in cinemas 1st August
"It was so dark, I can't quite remember if the mugger looked like a raccoon or a tree..."
This seems to be coinciding with the release of the movie's official trailer early next week, as Gunn seems unable to contain his excitement. With Guardians of the Galaxy set to be released on August 1, 2014, I can't tell if this is a PR stunt to keep us teased and gather interest and momentum for the movie's release or if it's just James being James and going off the deep end.

Regardless, I'm impressed that both LEGO and Hasbro are in on the campaign already, because it shines with confidence, and why not? Marvel's latest big event seems to have a vibe about it that reminds me of all our '80s cartoon heroes such as He-Man and Thundercats, and that's something that could attract audiences older and younger. It isn't often such an ambitious sci-fi fantasy comes along with such high hopes, either.

GI Joe toy and comics company Hasbro to release Guardians of the Galaxy action figure set for movie's release

First off, let's take a look at Hasbro's action figures, aptly titled Marvel Legends: Infinity Series (it's a Thanos thing!) and looking pretty neat. It doesn't tease much about the movie, if you've already done your homework and seen the teaser trailer. If there's anything Hasbro is great at, it's capturing likenesses. Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista are instantly recognizable as Star-Lord and Drax the Destroyer.

Hasbro action figures for Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel in Guardians of the Galaxy
Although Bradley Cooper could use an afro comb.
Onto the LEGO stuff, however, this is the real treat for Marvel fans, especially considering LEGO's inclusion of DC's Batman in their own movie. There is also the Marvel LEGO video game, of course. Guardians of the Galaxy is not only getting its own LEGO characters, but Star-Lord's Milano Spaceship also gets the LEGO treatment here, as does main villain Ronan the Accuser's own craft.
Guardians of the Galaxy's Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) Milano Spaceship LEGO collectible
Note: Guardians of the Galaxy LEGO spaceships will not actually fly.
Marvel characters from Guardians of the Galaxy to become collectible toys by Hasbro and LEGO

It's also worth mentioning how coincidental it might seem that Guardians of the Galaxy's lead star, Chris Pratt, is the first to get his own LEGO character out of all the cast. Pratt also provided the voice to The LEGO Movie's central character Emmet Bricowoski. With the Parks & Recreation co-star also headed for Jurassic World in 2015, it looks like he's headed for huge success!

Sound off, Fanboys! Who's headed to the toy store later this year? Comments below and thanks for reading.
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