The first LEGO set for Marvel Studio's "Guardians of the Galaxy" has been revealed, with two major secrets awaiting those with eagle eyes. Not only does the set show off the film's bad guy; but it also seems to add more fuel to the fire for a "Planet Hulk" movie at some point in Marvel's future.
The set was first revealed over at USA Today, and is described as:
"The Milano Spaceship Rescue" set, with 665 pieces priced at $74.99. In addition to the brick version of the Guardians' starship Milano from the movie, the pack includes mini-figs of three heroes — Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt in the film),Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) — as well as an alien Sakaaran Soldier and the villain Ronan the Accuser(Lee Pace).
The first bit of interest is a close up look at Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser, the villain of the film. Though we don't expect Pace to be quite as blocky in the final product, his look hews pretty closely to the traditional look of Ronan in the comics. And for color scheme, he's right in line with the other Accuser/Pursuer characters in this month's new Marvel comic, "All-New Invaders;" something that's surely not a random coincidence.
The second bit isn't depicted, but the mention of "alien Sakaaran Soldier" certainly drew our interest. We previously reported on how the planet Sakaar, and the resident Sakaaran's play heavily in the "Planet Hulk"/"World War Hulk" story line. The characters were almost used in the recent "Thor: The Dark World," though didn't end up in the final product.
An off-hand mention on a LEGO set doesn't guarantee that Marvel is setting up the arc, which finds the Hulk sent into space to fight gladiatorial battles on an alien planet; but it certainly adds a tiny bit more fuel to the fire. At the very least, some of the cosmic pieces will be in place if (and when) Marvel does decide to pursue the popular storyline.
Stay tuned throughout the week as more news breaks from Toy Fair. "Guardians of the Galaxy" hits theaters on August 1.