‘When I saw that baby Groot I thought – Christmas number one bestseller!!!’
Is the most up-voted comment on just about any Reddit discussion about Guardians of the Galaxy.
And it’s pretty easy to see why someone might think that Marvel came up with that scene with at least a grain of cynicism in their motivations. After all, the character was already insanely going to be a fan favorite and making him into a baby is just a surefire win.
Now it looks like another toy company – Funko – is capitalizing on Groot’s cuteness. Though they’re also releasing a whole bunch of other characters from the film including Rocket Raccoon, Star Lord, Gamora and more (amora) all on Entertainment Earth.
Each one is given diminutive stature (three inches isn’t that short… right?) plus giant-headed proportions and is pretty much adorable (hence the name ‘Dorbz‘). If you like a bit of Gardians (who doesn’t?) and Classic Batman and you want to nod to that enjoyment in a way that is somehow slightly less geeky than having a realistic action figure, then these should scratch that itch. That, or they’d make perfect gifts for kids which is probably what they’re supposed to be for.
The toys debuted at a recent Toy Fair and are currently available to order.