Following the release of the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, we’ve picked out several elements we’re hoping to see in LEGO sets going forward.
While a lot of Marvel movies are highly anticipated, the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has been one of the more memorable examples. The group of ragtag interstellar heroes were catapulted to pop culture stardom in 2014, with the characters re-appearing in various other films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’ve also inspired a wide variety of LEGO sets, with Rocket Raccoon receiving his own set – 76243 Rocket Mech Armor – in early 2023.
Now the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 has arrived, promising some new ships, new characters… and a sombre closing chapter for these heroes. While no tie-in sets have been confirmed by the LEGO Group, they seem likely to materialise – particularly when we consider that the first two films each inspired multiple LEGO releases. As such, here’s what we hope the movie inspires in LEGO form:
5 – a new Guardians’ ship
The action packed nature of the Guardians’ life means they tend to go through ships fairly quickly. Volume 3 (and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special) suggest that’s still the case, as the latter introduced a new ship design with larger, more prominent wings. Early footage in the movie trailer and comments from James Gunn suggest it’ll be the Guardians’ choice of transport going forward.
Officially known as the Bowie (a reference to the legendary musician), the ship is a stark departure from its predecessors in terms of overall design. As such, it seems like an obvious choice for a LEGO set – although its large size may necessitate some design compromises in LEGO form.
4 – new uniforms
By the time of Volume 3, the Guardians seem to be a more official outfit – with matching, dark blue uniforms for most of its members. These mimic Star-Lord’s earlier appearances in the Marvel comics, which feature a similar uniform with red detailing on the front.
The LEGO Marvel theme has actually paid tribute to this design before – in the Mighty Micros theme, which took a more relaxed approach to its character design. Of all the elements on this list, these may be the most likely to crop up in LEGO form.
3 – The High Evolutionary
The big bad of Volume 3 appears to be the High Evolutionary, a kind of Dr Moreau figure with a penchant for animal experimentation. Since the film is delving into the past of Rocket (which is still largely a mystery to us) his inclusion in the film makes a lot of sense, particularly since there’s a clear connection between the two.
Marvel villains crop up pretty consistently in LEGO sets (although, admittedly, we’re still waiting on a LEGO Ego/Kurt Russell) so we feel relatively confident about getting a LEGO High Evolutionary before the year is out.
2 – Adam Warlock
Another relatively obscure Marvel character, this gold-hued warrior was teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. He earns a brief appearance in the movie trailer, and appears to be an enemy of the Guardians – although several decades of comics history suggest that could change going forward.
Considering we already have a LEGO Ayesha (who is responsible for his creation) a LEGO Adam Warlock would be a fitting addition to the LEGO Marvel theme.
1 – Knowhere
This location (in the colossal head of a dead Celestial) has popped up in several Marvel movies, as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. It appears to be a little more reputable nowadays, and offers plenty of potential for LEGO sets in the future.
While the location has been technically depicted in 76020 Knowhere Escape Mission, that set arguably failed to capture the essence of the location. As such, we’re hoping the LEGO Marvel theme revisits it – and rumours of a low-priced Guardians’ headquarters could be a solid starting point.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 will debut in cinemas on May 5, 2023. You can check out all the currently available LEGO Marvel sets (and check out the upcoming releases) on LEGO.com.
(Header image: Marvel Entertainment)
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