With the Super Bowl XLVIII in a few weeks, Hollywood movie studios will push their biggest and brightest of their upcoming slates to the American public. We know that Transformers: Age of Extinction is planning to premiere some footage during the big game, but it’s also likely that Disney and Marvel will introduce Guardians of the Galaxy to many, many people all around the world during the Super Bowl. Another way Marvel will introduce the cosmic team of peacekeepers to the public is through LEGO toy sets.
According to Bleeding Cool, Marvel is planning to release a few Guardians toy sets through LEGO. While it’s unclear who or what the sets will feature, rumor has it that they will include Star-Lord’s sentient vessel called “Ship” (pictured above) The mini-figures inside would include the whole team — Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper). No word if the film’s supporting cast will be represented, including Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou), Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker), Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly), and Nova Prime, or any of the villains — Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), The Collector (Benicio del Toro), and Nebula (Karen Gillan). So when will these LEGO sets be released? According to Bleeding Cool, they’ll be introduced sometime around the upcoming New York Toy Fair in February.
Meanwhile, Guardians is in post-production, but it will be breaking one longstanding Marvel tradition: comics creator and geek legend Stan “The Man” Lee won’t be making a cameo in the space-faring adventure. While Stan has appeared in practically every Marvel movie to date, he did not create the Guardians of the Galaxy, so he won’t appear in the film. When asked, Lee told DweebCast, “No, I’m afraid not. That’s the one group I didn’t create. I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are. I can’t wait to see the movie.”
Comic book writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan created the original Guardians of the Galaxy in 1969, while Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning created the current team. Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers are credited with creating the tree-like alien Groot, but Lee must have forgotten. It’s going to be a shame not to see Stan Lee in Guardians of the Galaxy. One of the pleasures of watching the previous Marvel movies was looking to see when Stan would pop up. It was a good streak while it lasted.
Guardians will follow Peter Quill, a half-human/half-alien who is the target of a manhunt after he steals a mysterious orb from Ronan the Accuser, a general in the dreaded Kree Empire. To help him get away from the Kree, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of cosmic misfits. But when Quill learns of the orb’s true power, he must rally his new team of rivals to save the galaxy from a mysterious new threat.
Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Benicio del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, Olivia Lovibond, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close, and the movie will open in theaters everywhere on August 1, in 3D.