Coming this August, fans can get their hands on a LEGO Marvel I am Groot (76217) set. You can actually pre-order the 476 piece set for $54.99.
This is my first summer set review but it looks like LEGO has changed the design on the instructions for all the summer sets. It now has a very minimalistic design which just shows the product with no fluff like the older instructions. I’m not sure why LEGO made the change but fans on other early reviews are not too happy about it. It’s possible that ink prices are getting too high and they are cutting costs on that.
Before we get to Groot himself, there are some accessories that go along with it. First is the display plaque which shows some stats about Groot but it just says I am Groot on everything.
The other accessory is a brick-built cassette tape of Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and 2. The shape of it plus the use of stickers makes it look extremely accurate. The one downside is that you can only look at it from one side because the other one has an unsightly bar to hold the wheels for the reels. You just have to flip it if you want to display Vol. 1 or 2.
On to Groot, he is built similar to many other character models. You start with the body which consists of mostly stacking bricks and plates. The top of the torso has a ball joint connector for his head while the lower torso has one for the legs but it’s covered up so it just gives it a waist swivel. Plastered on the front and the back of the torso are stickers of roots.
The arms are on ball joints and there are some little details on the hands. The left hand has a vine from a whip that goes up the arm while the right hand has a branch on the thumb.
The legs are also on ball joints but they are restricted by the Technic piece so they don’t have much range of motion. The knees, however, are not restricted so they have more movement. Like with the arms, the legs are decorated with plants and branches.
On to the head, I will say that it looks unproportionally large compared to the rest of the body. It is on a ball joint but the weight of the head it makes it wobble a little too much. The eyes are printed shield pieces and the mouth is able to open slightly.
Overall, the LEGO Marvel I am Groot (76217) set is fun little set but it does have some flaws. Like I said before, the head is a little big and that makes it somewhat unstable on the ball joint. It does have decent poseability but it does lack some on the legs and that lacks. Also, the price point of $54.99 is a little too high for what you get. Other than that, the build represents Groot well and his playful self.
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