Drax is played by Dave Bautista in the 2014 live-action movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. Drax’s family was murdered by Ronan the Accuser, acting on the instructions of Thanos. Drax has vowed revenge on not only Ronan but Thanos too. Drax made his first comic book appearance in 1973.
Name: Drax (the Destroyer)
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS355
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Price: $200 USD – $220 USD
Accessories: Various accessories and display stand.
After what seems like forever, Drax is finally here to complete the original Guardians of the Galaxy team, for a long time, it seemed like Hot Toys weren’t going to release him, or there were rumours of him being cancelled etc. But, the waiting has finally paid off and he is now here and ready to be reviewed! But Drax’s release is still not without controversy as many of Hot Toys fans have still found plenty of things to nit-pick about, some warranted, some not. I’ll try my best to cover all the issues and more in my review.
LIST OF PARTS
Inside the box you get the following items:
One Drax figure
Seven Interchangeable hands
One rocket launcher
One pair of red Ravagers pants
One figure display stand
This was another one of those figures where fans were very vocal about the likeness or lack of likeness if you will or even lack of emotion in the sculpt too. I feel most these complaints are a bit of a bridge too far, as it looks just like Dave Bautista and it looks just like Dave Bautista dressed as Drax. Think, however, with the expression, the complaints are justified as he does need just a hint of emotion in his brow or mouth.
The main problem is, Drax’s character was a bit blunt and emotionless at first and opened up a bit over the course of the movie. With that in mind, I think the head sculpt works well, but it doesn’t work too well for action poses. It would be nice if Hot Toys at least changed the head a little bit for the figure from the next movie, but either way, I’m still happy with it.
The body is the other big talking point for this figure. I wouldn’t say they have started from scratch 100% but the chest is definitely new, but the proportions are a bit off, his pectoral muscles are a bit elongated when compared to photos and even his torso in general.
I don’t know if the arms need to be made bigger, but maybe a little more definition in the biceps would be nice and at least some sort of lat muscle would have helped the overall look of the torso immensely. Needless to say, the detailing on the tattoos is outstanding and looks very cool, in person.
Hot Toys have done a pretty outstanding job with the paint application on this one. The intricacy of the tattoos made it a real challenge to mass-produce this figure with consistent results. With that in mind, I feel Hot Toys have produced this figure as flawlessly as they could. It’s definitely that high level of quality everyone has come to know and love.
A number of people weren’t happy with the skin colour of Drax, claiming he was too gray and not green enough. Well, there’s a video on Youtube, that show’s Dave Bautista having the Drax makeup applied and in that more natural lighting, it looks just as grey as the figure. So, no complaints from me, it looks great, it looks realistic and it matches the source material in my eyes.
Drax has the following articulation: Ball jointed neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Ball jointed waist, swivel/hinge hips, double jointed knees and ball jointed ankles. It’s a little less than the normal Hot Toys figure would have and that’s due to the torso having a lot less articulation than you would normally expect, Hot Toys sacrificed articulation for looks this time round.
I’m pretty happy overall with Drax’s articulation, I could get him in enough poses, I felt looked good once photographed. I did find the arms a little lacking more than I would have liked and even the torso a bit too and while we are at it, the hips are a bit restricted by his pants and underwear as well.
Even with all these limitations, I still enjoyed posing Drax quite a lot, it made it more of a challenge for me and I’m pretty happy with the results. For my display, he’s going to be in a museum pose, so I’m happy. I tried to push Drax’s articulation as much as I could for the photos and even with the trade-off in joints I’m still happy with the posing potential you have with Drax, you just might need to be a bit creative.
It’s not very often these days you get too many extra items of clothing with standard release Hot Toys figures, IMO. So, it’s nice Hot Toys included an extra pair of pants to go with Drax, so you can have some choice. Both pants fit quite snug and look excellent.
The best part of the outfit for me, is Drax’s boots they are not only quite detailed, but very chunky as well with the right amount of articulation at the ankles, more so the joint is quite stiff and couple that with the large size of the boot, makes Drax very steady on his feet and during the photo shoot, I never felt like he was going to fall over on me.
Technically, he also has a pair of black padded underwear to fill out his lower body and thighs a bit better, it’s a nice touch but can make it slightly difficult when changing over pants.
Drax comes with decent amount of accessories, Hot Toys pretty much gave him everything they could from the movie, outside of prison pants. If they had done that, that would have definitely been going above and beyond in my eyes.
With that said, in some fans eyes, the price of the figure isn’t justified with the amount of accessories included. But, I feel that’s a bit of an unrealistic view, considering other factors that we the fans aren’t privy to.
All the accessories are up to the usual high standard and look and feel great, the rocket launcher is pretty cool, but the blades are what I’ll be displaying my Drax figure with and they are about perfect. The extra hands are great too and all appropriate for the type of poses you would want to put Drax in.
With most Hot Toys figures there are always things to watch out for and Drax is no different. Firstly, there’s potentially paint rub if you handle or pose the figure too much, like on the neck, when moving the head, secondarily, you have to watch out for those wrist pegs as well, you don’t want to break one of them if you can avoid it. That goes double for any stiff joints like his arms or shoulders too.
Most of these potential problems can be avoided by reading the instructions and having plenty of experience with Hot Toys figures in the first place. But, even I never skip having a quick read through the included instructions, just in case.
I paid about $205 USD from Animarket and as usual, I was not only happy with the price but their customer service as well. I’m going to assume he’s somewhat popular now he’s released, but everyone selling him for a ridiculous price will most likely have trouble moving him. My best advice would be to shop around and don’t always rely on eBay as your source of figures.
Drax is a pretty great figure, however, he isn’t without a few flaws, mainly in the articulation department. However, I think it’s still an excellent effort by Hot Toys and he’s going to be gladly added to my Guardians of the Galaxy display to join the rest of the team. I feel the wait for him was worth it and I’m very happy with him now I have him.
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