Entertainment Earth to the rescue!
We've had some comic book likeness released of 3 of these characters previous to the release of EE's boxed set with a slimmer Drax, a somewhat more enraged Rocket Raccoon Build-A-Figure and Star-Lord packed into a San Diego Comic Con Exclusive boxed set. While I can't speak on the changes for Star-Lord as I don't own the first release, I'm told Rocket is a head swap (the Build-A-Figure has an articulated jaw) and a repaint, and Drax is a total revamp from top to bottom with a bulkier build and fancier trousers and boots.
Rocket gets a mini arsenal with two weapons just about the size of his whole torso, a third, smaller gun, a mini Groot in a pot and a Tesseract Cube..just because it's the ultimate paper weight. Star-Lord gets two unpainted guns of his own. Drax comes with swap out, ungloved hands better suited to hold his 4 knives. When you pop off his gauntlet hands you can also remove his arm bands. The Build-A-Figure Groot figure is now pre-assembled with a head more in line with his classic comic look. The must have of the set will no-doubt be the classic Gamora who comes packed with an alternate, uncloaked head, a removable soft-goods poncho, a sculpted, hard-plastic cape (to match the hooded head) and a sword.
While the figures seem a bit rushed with visible imperfections in the plastic, some light paint misses and gaps in joints, most notably in Gamora's thighs, these are things that are forgivable from a normal 2 foot-or-so distance and seen with the naked eye. To be blunt...when are we going to see a Guardians of the Galaxy comic book inspired set again??!! Never, I tells ya. Action figure fans will appreciate not having to assemble all the parts for Rocket Raccoon and Groot (spread across 9 figures, respectively, with Groot based on his "friendlier" movie counterpart) and since most old school figure fans collect comic book-based looks for their favorite Marvel characters, that makes this set so much more desirable. Just doing quick math, it would have cost us $180 alone to assemble the Build-A-Figures. At $120 for the complete set, this is NOT a difficult purchase you'll agonize over. Get yours NOW!!